Pictured here is one of my students practicing in his home. One of the things which has helped my students progress more quickly is that I ask them to send me short videos of pieces or technic items they are working on during the week. Most students' parents take a quick video using their phone and text it to me, or share it via icloud or youtube. I view the short video and write comments and often will ask for students to re-send the items a few days later after changes have been made.
This process is incredibly helpful for many reasons: 1) this is a way to involve both students and parents and in order to have a video to send, students must actually practice at home! 2) I find it interesting to see the set up of the pianos of the students; are the pianos in tune, are the students sitting properly? 3) if students follow through and send short videos of their practice to me regularly, it is a huge gain for both of us because it is as though they get extra short mini lessons throughout the week. 4) it is a time saver which can stop students from practicing something incorrectly for a whole week.