- Concerning your device at the lesson used for Zoom: the newer the better.  The faster the processor and more memory the better.  The larger the screen the better for you to see my demonstrations.  Ethernet connection is more stable than WiFi. 

An external microphone connected to your device is likely necessary for intermediate level and above students.  Beginner and elementary level students may or may not need one, depending on the quality of your device's built-in microphone at the online lesson.

-As needed, I make videos for you to supplement learning, and make them available to you privately through my YouTube channel.

Your Piano and other equipment

An acoustic piano is preferred and a good digital one works well. Either upright style piano or a grand piano. If you have a digital piano, you need fully weighted keys that create the same range of dynamics (very soft to very loud) as an acoustic piano, a full size keyboard and pedal(s).  If you have a 61-key keyboard that has weighted keys, that works too! That's about the number of keys in Mozart's piano way back "in the day".   

This is needed so you can learn effective "technique".  Technique is a word that describes what we do at the piano, the physical motions, to create the sounds that are beautiful, or powerful or otherwise expressing all the music requires. 

I am happy to make recommendations on digital pianos if you like. 

I love music and people! 

...because of me, of course!  ha ha.... but it is true

My name is James Heuser.  I am a talented, dedicated professional instructor and musician who combines a love of music with a great desire to help you  achieve your musical potential. That passion shows in all I do!

I create piano lessons individually for you with a personalized curriculum that reflects your interests and abilities. My primary goal as a teacher is to help you make a personal connection with playing music at the piano, that hopefully will last for a lifetime.

Simply put, my mission is devoted to you -- making the most of your musical interest, talent and ability -- and helping you achieve your goals.

© Copyright 2021-2024: James Heuser; Four Points Piano Teacher All rights reserved

Live online piano lessons are ENJOYABLE...

Elements of Student Learning

Generally, students study a combination of sight reading, music theory, technique, ear training, music history, and artistic expression.  I also encourage students to apply themselves to learn basic improvisation, understanding a lead sheet, and composition. I weave all these into lessons so each element is practical and you retain the benefit. 

​Though I teach  classical technique and approach to creating sounds at the piano I encourage students to explore other genres of music that fuse classical and/or jazz elements with more popular styles, including pop-classical fusion, film music, and what some might refer to as healing or spiritual music. 

Music theory exams and piano performance exams are available for students.  They are a great way to measure progress and help steer the student in alignment with their goals with piano and music.  ​​​


Consistent practice ​is necessary to achieve your goals with music.  Playing an instrument is a many faceted endeavor that requires breaking "beautiful playing" into many parts which are practiced separately, then in groups, with much repetition to achieve "the sound" we are trying to achieve.  It is so rewarding to work in this manner.  Your ear will love it and you will learn to enjoy the challenge!

 You need to practice at least 5 days each week to make enough progress so you can enjoy the fruits of your efforts.  

If you are a parent, please make sure your student has scheduled practice time, uninterrupted and quiet so they can focus.  Your involvement as a parent is essential for student progress.  They need your help to establish a practice routine, be their cheerleader and encourage them to stick with it because one day they will play the way they imagined they would play. Piano playing though enjoyable is seldom easy. 

Music is for the whole family! I suggest you listen to good music,  played by good musicians, and this will help your grow as a musician and pianist. Be sure to include symphonic based music with many instruments to train your ear for different sounds and colors.  We try to recreate those kinds of sounds as we can at the piano.  Yes, with the right application from the student, a note on the piano can sound more like a French horn and another more like a violin or a flute! 

Listen to the best singers and play the melody along with them at home as you  listen to their recordings to get a sample of different ways of creating a musical phrase, the "line" in music, and listen for the nuances of sound.  

My Style of Teaching:

It is all about you. At our interview before lessons begin we discuss your background in music, your goals and interests. From our discussions, I develop curriculum that is specifically for you and your development, to achieve your goals and hopes with music.

Though I might use a book that appears to be part of a method of some kind, I do not teach a "method", if that makes sense. My approach is to help the student listen carefully enough to themselves so they can create any quality of sound desirable, to express the music. I use a variety of materials and books to fit the path of each student.   

Each student learns differently and progresses at their own pace.  Some need extra assistance to succeed whereas others just blaze along their musical path.  I have patience and expertise to accommodate different styles of learning. 

Live online piano lessons are as effective as traditional lessons...

​James Heuser

I share music at the lesson with my app, ForScore.  But you don't need that app. The music can be marked up just as in an in-person lesson. I send it to you after the lesson so you have a copy! 


​Q: Do Live Online Music Lessons Really Work?

A: A Resounding "YES"!

This is a view of two of my cameras at once in my online studio. They can have separate views and zoom in and out as needed during the lesson. I also have a 3rd camera not seen here.

Do Online Music Lessons Really Work?

                                        ...due to how I teach during lessons.


Even though each individual student has differing subtle and overt ways of perceiving and understanding, ALL STUDENTS learn the same way:  by a combination of seeing, hearing and feeling/touch during lessons.  All that is maintained during the live, online piano lesson! 

Spoken and visual communication during the lesson is fluid and initially is a learning process for how the student and teacher communicate in this technological format.  We become accustomed to one another rather soon.  Just like we would in an in person lesson. This is no different, except we interact with each other using a high quality audio and video experience in the live online lesson.  I have the high quality devices on my end so the student reaps the benefits!  What the student needs for technology is simple, but must be at a minimum level, I'll describe later here.   


I  have  a side view camera and an over the keyboard view camera, with multiple zoom in and out options so a student can see anything comparable to an in-person lesson as I demonstrate things at my piano.  I have a third camera for close up views of my piano keyboard, my hands, arms, etc, as the student needs to see for demonstration purposes.  Anything a student needs to see from a teacher demonstration is accomplished with the use of these cameras, which switch INSTANTLY during the lesson when needed.


Apps are utilized in my teaching to help students learn.

One is called "ForScore" and is used to write my comments as I would in a student's music  book, as if I am with the student in person.   It is shared with the student live as I write them, and the student writes it on their music. It can also be texted or emailed. 

I might use the app "Classroom Maestro" . It can visually demonstrate the relationship of written notes to their location on a piano keyboard. 

-There are various other apps and online resources I use during lessons.  I also direct the student to acquire apps which assist with practice. They are appropriate for the age and advancement level of the student.  Sight reading, note recognition, and hearing the music the student is learning, and more are utilized.  


-You should  have a device large enough to see my demonstrations.  This is for your benefit, to see your teacher demonstrate what you need to see.  So, please  use a computer, laptop, tablet, or iPad - something with a large enough screen for you to view me. Use your phone only in an emergency.

-Your device will be positioned off the edge of your piano, so I may see both hands of the student and the entire profile as the student plays for me.  How I appear in the pictures below are an approximation of what you need to look like to me.

-Your internet speed needs to have a minimum of 10 Mbps upload and 25 Mbps download.