Our online workshops programme was launched in 2020 and has proven to be an incredibly popular complement to our various digital resources. We have also discovered many benefits to the format, including the opportunity for participants to try things at home during a session and interacting with a diverse audience across the globe!
Frequently asked questions
How do your online workshops work?
We use Zoom, a widely used platform to deliver the workshops which is free for participants and easy to use and install. The workshops are presented over video using a combination of camera angles (including a close-up for specific hand and finger movements) and slides. There is a comments / chat function which allows participants to submit questions which are answered at various stages throughout the sessions.
More information on our Online Performance workshops is available here.
What do I if I book but can’t attend on the day?
We record all the sessions and participants receive an email shortly afterwards with links to the video recording and any other resources e.g. slides and worksheets (for selected workshops).
I’m an Online Academy subscriber – how do I obtain my subscriber discount?
Please sign-in to your account in order obtain your discount. When you are signed-in, the discount will automatically be applied on the check-out page when you’re asked to enter your payment details.
What formats and types of sessions do you offer?
We offer a variety of different types of workshops, but the majority are presentations / lectures with opportunities for questions and feedback. Our interactive workshops are designed to offer a more-hands on experience with break-out sessions in which participants can try things during the session followed by an opportunity to ask questions and get input from the presenter.
We also run performance workshops which are an online take on the traditional masterclass format (click here to find out more).
How do I find out about other event details and notifications?
I missed an event – can I purchase the recording and access to the resources?
Access to resources e.g. recordings, presentations, worksheets and other included materials for selected previous events can be purchased here.
Do I have to have camera and / or microphone?
No, you do not have to use video or your microphone if you don’t want to. Questions can also be submitted via the comments / text chat function.
What participants say
Here’s what some of our participants have had to say about our online events and workshops:
“Excellent format and content, appropriate number of people and expertly demonstrated – I thoroughly enjoyed the session.”
“I had ready Graham’s books on practice, but it was great to be reminded of the key principles in a way that was focused, allowed questions and made me feel like a member of an engaged community of piano learners.”
“I enjoyed this workshop very much even though I had to be up at 6 AM! I am a member of Practising the Piano Online Academy and I have the eBooks but I always learn a bit more each time I review the materials or view a presentation!”
“The practical advice and very specific examples regarding effective practice. It’s great to not only hear about the principles but to be guided through sample applications.”
“I’ve watched Mr. Fitch on YouTube and read his Pianist Magazine articles for years. Recently I have subscribed to his Online Academy website. I was thrilled to participate in a live interactive session that was beyond any opportunity I had ever dreamed of! Thank you to all who made it possible.”
“Graham’s pedagogy is thorough and the scope of the content is as wide as it is deep.”
“I am very grateful for these events. That way, people who are not able to travel can benefit from the knowledge of a great teacher as well!”
“I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to using these newly gained tools in my piano practice.”
“I am very glad I have attended the Practice Tools workshop. I really liked the fact that Graham was going through any questions that we were posting in the chat in between his presentation slides.”
“The best part of the workshops was where Graham answered our questions when we needed clarification.”
“The clarity of Graham’s teaching and being able to watch his demonstrations so clearly and in such detail was fantastic.”
“I loved the personal account of when you (Graham) first learned rotation and the initial fog!”
“I found the demonstration of movements, using different cameras to be very useful. Also the demonstration on the arm as well as on the keyboard.”
“I hope there will be more events like this in the future. I also found the combination with the materials on the Online Academy to be very beneficial.”