Frequently Asked Questions
by Bernd G. Schleicher - Friday, 16 June 2006, 03:12 PM
  Here you find the answers to questions frequently asked!
Do keyboard lessons really work without a teacher?
by Bernd G. Schleicher - Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 08:12 PM
  Taking private keyboard lessons with an keyboard teacher is certainly best. Provided the teacher is a good one, of course. Not everybody can afford private lessons, however. Group lessons, how we know it today, are less suitable to learn playing the keyboard. Unlike in guitar or flute lessons, in keyboard lessons itīs hardly possible for all students to play together. So it only makes sense for keyboard lessons to have small groups of 3 or 4 students. Sharing 45 or 60 minutes, not much time left for a single student. Sometimes group lessons for keyboard are done so called simultanious. With this method, the teacher listens to the students by headphone and mixer incidentally. With this method the student also stays by his own most time.

But the function of a keyboard teacher should not be overrated. The job of a teacher is to instruct, control and to correct if neccessary. For this tasks only a little time is available. The duration of the keyboard lesson. The real success depends on how, between two lessons, the student can realize what he or she learned, and how the student is able to verify exercises by his or her own.

The learning concept of Keyboardschool24 does substitute the teacher by computer. Computers can instruct at least as good as teachers can. Sometimes even more clear and more patient. And by computer, the student gets the capability of permanentely controlling his/her playing, and if neccessary, to correct it.

Summary: Keyboardschool24 can not and want not replace private lessons with a keyboard teacher, can complete it, however. But it is absolutely an alternative to group lessons and itīs unique in the field of self instruction programs.
Is there not an impulse missing, doing the homework without teacher?
by Bernd G. Schleicher - Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 08:13 PM
  Honestly! How big is the influence a teacher has over a student doing his or her homework? It should be interest and fun driving a student, not the teacher. Certainly, kids need sometimes to be reminded doing their work. However, this is parents job. Independent of taking keyboard lessons with or without teacher. More usefull as force and pressure is parents showing interest for the hobby of their children - and applause. Not only for children goes: Success is teaching best! With Keyboardschool24 the student can always feel going forward. This brings the motivation needed to keep on busy going.
Can the course be done by children?
by Bernd G. Schleicher - Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 08:13 PM
  Definitely Yes! During the test period before introducing the course, I introduced it to the students at my local keyboard school. All of them did it wis enthusiasm. It seems to be very motivating for kids to work with computers. It was impressing successful. With this course, all in a sudden, some students were able to overcome with problems we fighted for month. One reason I see is a psychological one. If a keyboard instructor permanentely insists on correct counting for example, the student becomes just nerved. If a computer does it instead of a teacher, the student will accept it, just because a computer canīt do it better. The student practically doesnīt even regognize he/she is forced to do it right. My experience regarding the course and children are positiv at all.
Can I learn playing the piano with this course?
by Bernd G. Schleicher - Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 08:14 PM
  No! Learning piano is completely different from learning electronic keyboard. With the piano, the left hand plays a much more important role as it does with the electronic keyboard. Within Basic Course the left hand is limited to be teached on how to play chords. Not enough for a piano player. Who wants to learn playing the piano should consult with a piano teacher.
What is the advance of the online course?
by Bernd G. Schleicher - Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 08:15 PM
  A big advance of the course is having it done from home. Without time pressure, arround the clock and always at the own keyboard. The biggest advance however is the structure of the course itself. There is actually no uncontrolled practicing between two keyboard lessons. The student does always practice under instruction and control of the computer. It is almost impossible to study mistakes.
Where can I get help when I got stuck?
by Bernd G. Schleicher - Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 08:16 PM
  First in our Help Forums. All Questions will be answered as fast as possible. Should it not be enough to communicate in writing, itīs possible to appoint a video-chat session. Video-chat is an extra charged service available within tutoring.
Can I print a copy of the course?
by Bernd G. Schleicher - Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 08:17 PM
  Not directly. However, each lesson does provide a summary of relevant content and the sheet music of the training aim, prinatable in pdf-format. Since all exercises within a lesson contain parts of the training aim itīs even possible to practice independent of computer.
What if Iīm not done with the course after a year?
by Bernd G. Schleicher - Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 08:17 PM
  Even done slowly, the content of the Basic Course should be handled within a year. Mathematical the student has 3 weeks and 5 days for each lesson in average. Should it not be done within a year, enrolement has to be renewed.
Will there be advanced courses after Basic Course?
by Bernd G. Schleicher - Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 08:18 PM
  Advanced courses are planned and some even under construction. Such advanced courses will be of content as extented chord training or technical finger training. These courses will refer to Basic Course and must be booked individually.
I do not have a internet flatrate. Will this not be expensive?
by Bernd G. Schleicher - Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 08:19 PM
  Who does not have a flatrate usually pays his provider a time or a volumn dependant fee. Everybody can calculate how much it will cost spending 20 or 30 minutes a day with the course. If the internet provider is paid by volumn: the whole Basic Course takes 17 Megabyte of space at our server. Over the year it should hardly be noticeable at your providerīs bill.
How much do the courses cost?
by Bernd G. Schleicher - Friday, 16 June 2006, 10:18 AM
  You must be registered to see pricing information at site. Current prices for each course will be shown by clicking the link to the specific course.
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