Part 2: Pianospel.eu – an online course of study since 2001
The website for my piano lessons, Pianospel.eu, has kept me busy since May 15, 2001. These days, it’s hard to find a piano teacher without a website but back then, in 2001, I was one of the first!
I can pinpoint two important reasons why I was quick off the mark.
First, an old schoolfriend, K. Wesselius, convinced me of the future importance of having a website and helped me to register Pianospel.eu. I am eternally grateful to him for this.
Second, my background in technology (before I graduated as a piano teacher, I studied Aviation and Space Technology at the Delft University of Technology from 1984-1989, and subsequently trained as a mathematics teacher from 1989-1990) enabled me to build a website single-handedly. Well almost, with a little design help from Mark Smit…
While developing Pianospel.eu, the idea came to me to place the study path I had created on the internet. I was using it myself, so why not make it generally available? It would draw visitors to the site, after all.
The study path I placed online was very rudimentary. Twenty or so linked pages, navigated alphabetically or through the nine different levels. I formatted the pages as a table, not as a database. Consequently, it wasn’t possible to perform sort or search functions.
You can see this very first version here (in Dutch only). To see the course of study, click on ‘Welke stukken kan ik spelen?’.