We aren't looking for the students who can play the fastest, or have achieved the highest grades. We're looking for students with the right personality, mind-set and approach to learning.

We ARE for:

  • People who want to become the best piano players they can be

  • People who want regular, ongoing lessons from a world-class teacher

  • People who are committed to practicing regularly

  • People who want to learn the piano properly, with good technique and attention to detail

  • People who have a positive mind-set

  • People who want to work towards goals, and constantly improve, learn and grow

  • People who respect their fellow learners, their teachers and themselves

  • People who want to do grades (but there's absolutely no pressure). It's an option if you want it.

  • People who take responsibility for their learning

  • Any age. However, if your child is under 13, you (as a parent) will need to sit with your child and help them during each of their practice sessions.

  • Any location. As long as you have an internet connection, you can become a Virtual Piano Academy student.

  • Any level. Even complete beginners are welcome to apply.

  • Any gender or sexual orientation; religious affiliation or race.

  • At the moment, we only offer lessons in English, but are working towards offering lessons in other languages in the future.

We encourage our students to express their own individualism and be authentic. All our students and parents agree to be inclusive, accepting of our communities' differences and behave in a non-discriminatory manner. We take this very seriously and aim for our music school to be a safe creative space.

We are NOT for:

  • People who just one to learn one or two songs

  • People who think they can learn piano in 30 days

  • People who think they already know everything

  • People who don't want to practice regularly

  • People with a negative mind-set

  • People who are rude or disrespectful

  • People who want a "quick-and-dirty" fix to learning the piano

  • People who don't take responsibility for their learning

  • People who don't want to learn piano (ie: parents "forcing" their children to learn against their will)

What Do We Expect From Our Students (and Their Parents)?

Most of Amy's students over the past 20 years of her teaching career have achieved a piano exam result of an A or A+. Why? Is it because Amy only teaches the most brilliant students? Nope. Not at all. Some of these students have been far from "natural talents". These are the reasons these students have done so well:

  • They have support, encouragement and a parent that takes an active part in their piano studies. This is extremely important to a child's success. A child who practices on their own for 2 hours a day without parental support simply won't do as well as a child who practices 30minutes a day with a parent who is actively involved.

  • They practice regularly (most of the students who have achieved A's or A+'s practice 6 days EVERY week). It doesn't necessarily mean these students are practicing 2 hours every single day. But they are making practice (even if it's 15 minutes) a regular part of their day. Binge-practicing just doesn't work.

  • These students make practice part of their routine and stick to it no matter what. It's so easy to find an excuse to not practice. Perhaps the excuse is "Too much schoolwork. I'm busy at work. I'm tired. I didn't know what to practice. I don't like my piano teacher" etc. There's always SOMETHING you can blame for not practicing. But excuses get you nowhere.

  • They aim to walk away from EVERY practice session being able to do something they couldn't do before. Playing through your music once from start to finish isn't practising. That's playing. It's different. Practice means working on improving something and being able to do something you couldn't do before you sat down to practice.

  • They focus on the small details during their practice and make sure they are practising everything correctly, and slowly. Sloppy practice is useless. Why train your fingers to play something wrong? Slow and correct, with attention to detail, is the best way to train your muscles where they need to go.

  • They focus well in their practice. It's easy to be thinking about a thousand other things whilst you're practising, but this lack of focus renders your practice pretty useless. Try using your practice time to switch off from everything else that's going on. Studies have shown that people who play the piano unknowingly meditate. Focusing intensely on something like music for 20 or 30 minutes is a great stress-reducer and a form of meditation. Don't see your practice as something stressful you have to do. See it as an opportunity to escape the other stressful things in your life for 20 or 30 minutes.

  • They have fun, and have a light-hearted approach to learning, and life. You can take your piano studies seriously, without having to BE serious. Parents who treat their children like they are the next little Mozart often put unnecessary pressure on their child (and their child's teacher). This actually works against you, and these kids often quit and rarely perform well under such intense pressure.

Our Academy Pillars

If you agree with these, you are likely a great fit for Virtual Piano Academy:

1. I take responsibility for my own learning, practice and progress.

2. I have an open and positive approach to learning.

3. I respect my fellow learners, my teachers and myself.

4. I pay attention to the details in the music. This is where the magic lies.

5. I always aim to walk away from my practice being able to do something I couldn't do before.

6. I work towards my goal by committing to regular, focused, purpose-driven practice.

7. I will not succeed with a negative attitude.

8. I take all feedback (even if it's hard to hear) as an opportunity to learn and improve.

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