Myself and our teaching team have now delivered around 40 live seminars and I thought it would be a good opportunity to share our plans for what’s coming next, and also to invite any feedback, ideas, and suggestions from our students.
Here’s a quick update on current progress and our plans for the coming months:
1) Seminar Chapters
I know how useful the chapters are when re-watching a 1 hour archived seminar, and so during every live seminar I am now creating the chapter timestamps and chapter labels whilst the seminar is taking place so that the chaptering can be added immediately after the seminar has ended.
Every archived seminar is now fully up-to-date with chapters and downloads and I will ensure this is the case moving forwards.
2) More Styles & Genres
We hosted our first gospel/blues seminar last week and we will now have one gospel or blues-themed seminar per month in addition to the current seminars on jazz piano, vocal piano, and Brazilian piano styles.
I particularly want to ramp up the production of blues-themed live seminars as this genre is currently under-represented in the seminar archives. For this we will be reaching out to our current teachers and also new “guest teachers”…
3) Monthly “Guest Teacher Slot”
Starting next month in April we are introducing a “Guest Seminar Slot” hosted by a piano teacher/accomplished musician who doesn’t currently teach on PianoGroove. I will email everyone a poll this week to understand exactly what styles are most sought after by our students and then I will find suitable musicians to host seminars on these style.
If particular guest seminars are well-received by our students, we can then roll out full courses taught by the guest teacher on the style in question.
4) Light-Up Keyboard On All Seminars Moving Forward
I would like to standardise this for all seminars, as currently it’s just my own seminars that have the light-up keyboard with note names above. It is quite fiddly to livestream the light-up keyboard as it requires an extra monitor, cables, and software, and so I was hesitant to use this system for all teachers. We opted for the overhead camera which is easier to configure and less prone to errors.
Anyhow, after chatting with a student yesterday, we have found a way to generate the light-up keyboard after the seminar has taken place, and then I can swap the keyboards in video editing software. I will be trialling this new approach for the next live seminars and hopefully rolling it out on all seminars moving forward.
That’s about all for now.
If anyone has any feedback on the live seminars (good, bad, neutral) I’d love to hear it.
Likewise if anyone has any ideas or suggestions to make the LIVE section of the website better, please don’t hesitate to let me know.