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Frequently Asked Questions
LEARNING TO PLAY THE PIANO
Why learn the piano?
The piano is a great instrument to start with. This is because its very visual, and produces a great sound without having to learn how, (such as the violin or the guitar).
Because of this, it is and ideal starting instrument, especially for a young child, and this is probably why it is the number one instrument choice in the world. The piano is also the best instrument to understand music theory, (the study of the structure of music).
This is because while most instruments can only play one note at a time, the piano can play many, helping students see the musical structure. While the piano is the easiest instrument to begin, and provides a great musical foundation, it is also the hardest instrument to master.
What is the best age to start piano Lessons?
Usually 4 and up. This is hard to answer however, because music requires concentration and focus, and children are ready for this at different ages.
The best way to find out is enrol in classes and see how well the child responds. If the parents can provide some structure and oversight to practicing that makes a huge difference.
Also attendance of our masterclasses and recitals often sparks curiosity about learning the piano.
How long does it take to learn the piano?
Usually a few months to learn a simple piece.
That said, everyone learns at a different pace, and this question is difficult to answer. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months.
Also, progress tends to accelerate over time. Most of our students take lessons on a long term-basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons enjoyable.
What digital keyboards do you recommend?
We recommend any keyboard with weighted keys, so students strengthen their fingers as they play. Popular beginner digital keyboards include Yamaha P45 or P125 models.
Is it too late to learn the piano?
No. This is a question we frequently get from adults who are interested in getting back into piano after many years, or who are thinking of starting for the first time.
We fully believe that its possible to learn piano at any age, and in fact some element of learning such as the technique, theory, and reading can be faster learned by the adult mind.
How does a Piano Tutor help with learning music theory?
A Piano Tutor integrates music theory into practical lessons, making complex concepts like scales, chords, and harmony understandable through direct application on the piano. This approach enhances both playing skills and musical knowledge, providing a well-rounded musical education.
What age is appropriate to start Piano Lessons?
Piano Lessons can begin as early as age 5 or 6, focusing initially on developing a love for music, basic rhythm, and familiarity with the piano keys. However, students of all ages, including adults, can start learning the piano and enjoy the process of musical growth.
What is the expected practice time outside of Piano Teacher sessions?
Consistent daily practice is crucial for progress. Beginners might start with 15-30 minutes per day, while more advanced students may need several hours to practice more challenging pieces and techniques. Your Piano Teacher will guide you on the optimal practice duration based on your level and goals.
Can adults benefit from starting Piano Lessons later in life?
Absolutely. Adults can greatly benefit from starting Piano Lessons, as learning an instrument enhances mental agility, reduces stress, and offers a rewarding creative outlet. Lessons for adults are tailored to individual pace, interests, and goals, making it a fulfilling experience regardless of age.
What materials will I need for my first Piano Tutor session?
For your first Piano Tutor session, you’ll need a notebook for note-taking, a pencil, and your own piano or keyboard at home for practice. Your tutor may recommend specific books or resources tailored to your starting level.
How do I choose the right Piano Teacher for my child?
Choose a Piano Teacher who not only has the necessary qualifications and experience but also a teaching style and personality that matches your child’s learning style and interests. A Free Trial Lesson with Music Lessons Australia is a great way to assess compatibility.
What are the benefits of learning piano with a Piano Tutor compared to self-teaching?
Learning with a Piano Tutor provides structured guidance, personalized feedback, and motivation that self-teaching lacks. Tutors can address individual challenges, adjust teaching methods, and help set realistic goals, making the learning process more efficient and enjoyable.
How often should Piano Lessons take place for optimal learning?
Weekly Piano Lessons are typically recommended for consistent progress. This frequency allows sufficient time for practice and assimilation of what’s been learned, while also maintaining momentum and engagement with the instrument.
What styles of music can I learn with a Piano Teacher?
With a Piano Teacher, you can explore a wide range of music styles, from classical and jazz to pop and contemporary. Teachers can tailor lessons to your musical preferences, ensuring a varied and enjoyable learning experience.
Is it necessary to have a piano at home for Piano Lessons, or is a keyboard sufficient?
While having an acoustic piano is ideal due to its touch and tone, a keyboard is sufficient for beginners. Ensure the keyboard has full-sized keys and, if possible, weighted action to mimic the feel of an acoustic piano.
How does a Piano Tutor adapt lessons for students with different learning abilities?
A Piano Tutor customises lessons based on each student’s unique learning style, pace, and abilities. This includes using visual aids, simplifying concepts, or incorporating technology to enhance understanding and engagement.
Can Piano Lessons help improve academic performance?
Yes, studies have shown that Piano Lessons can enhance cognitive skills such as spatial-temporal reasoning, memory, and concentration, which can positively impact academic performance.
What milestones can I expect to achieve in my first year of Piano Lessons?
In the first year, you can expect to learn basic piano posture, finger positioning, reading simple sheet music, playing basic scales and chords, and performing simple songs. Progress varies based on practice and commitment.
How do I balance Piano Lessons with other extracurricular activities?
Balancing Piano Lessons with other activities requires good time management. Schedule regular practice times, prioritise activities based on goals and enjoyment, and communicate with your Piano Teacher about any adjustments needed to accommodate your schedule.
What is the role of performance in Piano Lessons?
Performance plays a key role in Piano Lessons, offering students the opportunity to showcase their skills, build confidence, and receive constructive feedback. Many teachers encourage participation in recitals, exams, or informal performances to develop stage presence and performance experience.
How does a Piano Tutor help students overcome performance anxiety?
A Piano Tutor helps students overcome performance anxiety through various techniques, including breathing exercises, performance practice, positive visualization, and gradually exposing students to low-pressure performance situations. Building confidence in one’s abilities through regular, positive performance experiences is also key.
What are some common challenges beginners face in Piano Lessons, and how are they addressed?
Common challenges for beginners include coordinating hands together, reading music, and maintaining proper posture and hand position. These are addressed through targeted exercises, patient guidance from the Piano Teacher, and regular practice to build muscle memory and confidence.
How can I prepare for my first Piano Lesson to ensure a successful start?
To prepare for your first Piano Lesson, ensure you have the necessary materials (piano or keyboard, music stand, note-taking supplies), set up a quiet and comfortable practice space, and think about your musical goals or interests to discuss with your Piano Teacher. It’s also helpful to have any previous musical experience or questions ready to share.
What role does theory play in Piano Tutoring, and is it necessary for all students?
Theory plays a crucial role in Piano Tutoring by providing a foundation for understanding music structure, harmony, and composition. While the depth of theory covered can vary based on the student’s goals, a basic understanding of theory is beneficial for all students as it enhances their musicality and ability to learn and interpret music.
How can adult learners make the most out of their Piano Lessons?
Adult learners can maximise their Piano Lessons by setting clear, achievable goals, maintaining a consistent practice schedule, being open to feedback, and exploring music that interests them. It’s also beneficial for adults to engage in self-reflection on their progress and communicate openly with their Piano Teacher about their aspirations and any challenges.
What strategies do Piano Teachers use to engage young children in lessons?
Piano Teachers engage young children with a variety of strategies, including using games and interactive activities to teach musical concepts, incorporating technology, choosing age-appropriate and enjoyable repertoire, and providing positive reinforcement to encourage practice and progress.
How do I know when I'm ready to move from beginner to intermediate Piano Tutoring?
Transitioning from beginner to intermediate level in Piano Tutoring typically involves mastering basic skills, such as reading music, understanding basic theory, and playing simple pieces with both hands. Your Piano Tutor will assess your readiness based on your proficiency, confidence, and ability to tackle more complex pieces and techniques.
Can Piano Lessons be conducted online, and are they as effective as in-person lessons?
Yes, Piano Lessons can be conducted online using video conferencing tools, and many students find them just as effective as in-person lessons. Online lessons offer flexibility, access to teachers regardless of location, and the convenience of learning from home. The effectiveness depends on the student’s engagement, the quality of communication, and the use of technology to share music and feedback.
What kind of progress tracking is used during Piano Lessons?
Progress in Piano Lessons is often tracked through a combination of methods, including setting and reviewing goals, recording performances over time to observe improvements, and preparing for graded examinations or recitals. A Piano Teacher may also use practice journals or digital apps to monitor daily practice and milestones.
How does learning piano with a Piano Tutor affect emotional well-being?
Learning piano with a Piano Tutor can have a positive impact on emotional well-being. It offers a form of emotional expression, reduces stress, and provides a sense of achievement. Music can be therapeutic, and playing the piano allows individuals to express feelings and emotions through the music they create.
Why Should You Take Piano Lessons?
We want to encourage our kids to have hobbies (ie things that keep them busy and are hopefully educational).
Meaningful, long-term hobbies like learning the piano is one of the most purposeful and long-lasting. Buying a piano for kids is a financial gamble that begs the question, is it worth it? YES— is the short answer.
You don’t have to go crazy, buying a full-size piano before you even know if they are interested (or have any potential). It’s better to start with a scaled-down version or a digital piano until you and your child have decided it’s still interesting after the first month.
With programs such as Music Lessons Academy providing in home and online piano lessons it’s easy to get our kids started on their musical journey— it even keeps them busy for periods of time (we’ve been testing it out during quarantine and yes, it does really work!).
There’s no having to drive to lessons but they still get to learn notes and follow a rhythm.
There are a lot of studies that look into the effects of learning to play the piano on the development of children and their brains.
Everything from improved concentration to higher levels of emotional intelligence to increased math ability has been associated with skills credited to the piano.
Whether or not you’re looking for an activity to do for learning or are simply looking for a kid-friendly outlet for stress or anxiety, we have rounded up a range of options for the best piano for kids and toddlers that may pique your child’s interest.
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Before your child begins piano lessons, be sure you sit down and have a conversation about what you expect. I recommend agreeing on a time of day to practice, every day, even if that practice is only for them to play for five minutes.
Start small, but start consistent, and then you’ll have something to build on as your child advances through their piano lessons to the point where they can play many songs on the piano.
The first lesson is important to establish whether or not the young child wants to progress any further with their musical education.
Please note, no child is instantly gifted with the ability to play piano from the first lesson, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE is the key to learn everything there is about piano.
Even if the first step is just to learn a note or some notes and begin to string them together, kids just need time to practice and have fun with the keys until they ready to pursue bigger and better things.
We know that Music Lessons Academy is a great option for beginner piano students who want to start piano lessons, with fantastic teachers that want to progress and develop your ability to play piano at an early age to help you explore your interest in piano and build confidence. If your child or children wants to learn piano, start with us as we have many resources to help our students achieve their musical goals.
Even if your child has already started piano lessons and you haven’t done some of these things, no worries!
Music lessons are an ongoing process, and piano students will benefit as you apply these ideas at any time during their education.
Visit online at Music Lessons Academy Instagram for posts that show helpful ideas for students to learn and develop.
No other piano course offers such a detailed and complete overview of scales and chords.
You’re never more than only one click away from the piano chords or scales you were looking for.
You want to play your favorite song by ear, without having sheet music, chords or melody?
After this learning how to play the piano you will be able to sit at the piano and play any song, just by listening attentively, derive chords and melody and then play the song, by ear!
Surprise everyone playing any song on the piano with this amazing technique!
The way the course is created, with lots of songs and easy explanations of every detail, means that you will advance rapidly every day.
VERY QUICKLY, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PLAY YOUR FIRST SONGS ON THE PIANO OR KEYBOARD
At a very early stage, you will already apply what you’ve learned and start playing songs. First playing the melody with your right hand, later also adding your left hand.
And what makes it a real pleasure to practice, is that you play a song together with a band that accompanies you while you are playing on your piano or electronic keyboard.
LEARN PIANO IN A FUN WAY, NOT BY ONLY ENDLESSLY RUNNING UP & DOWN THE SCALES
In order to play the piano or keyboard well, you have to practice scales. But only endlessly going up & down the scales is not very fun way of learning the piano or keyboard, that’s why in this course you practice the scales in songs that contain just the notes of that particular scale.
And of course, the band will accompany you in all the songs.
This makes practicing the scales a pleasure!
TRY THIS PIANO COURSE WITHOUT ANY RISK.
If you’re still not sure, why not just give it a try? It’s without any risk: if for whatever reason this is not the course for you, you can get a full refund within 30 days after purchase.
So, there’s no need to wait any longer: just hit that ‘enroll’ button and get access to more than 22 hours of video, interactive music theory exercises and to an amazing BONUS: a 110 page ebook with all the scales and chords in all the inversions with finger positions, as well as plenty of other resources (play-along files in different tempos, PDF files with sheet music for every song, …).
It only takes you one click to have access to ALL of this.
Still not convinced?
Just have a look at the promo video and the free preview videos to have an idea of how I teach, and also have a look at the course curriculum.
You will apply the theory and skills learned during the lectures in songs that you will play together with a band (play-along mp3 files and MIDI files included). In this way, practicing the notes in the scales becomes a pleasure!
Lots of practice files (mp3 and MIDI) in all 12 keys and in several tempos included
An ebook included for FREE with ALL the scales and chords in all inversions with finger positions (110 pages!) with clickable index that leads you directly to the scale or chord you were looking for
More than 450 downloadable resources! (more than any other piano course)
Clear explanations by an experienced teacher (more than 25 years of teaching experience)
Apart from the introduction section , the course consists of 6 main sections, each with a lot of lectures that will help you to advance in a steady way. The 6 main sections are:
- Piano chords
- Other chords
- Playing by ear
- Reading music
SOME OF THE TOPICS COVERED IN THIS COURSE
- Major scales in all 12 keys
- Minor scales in all 12 keys
- Transposing songs in other keys
- Lots of songs to practice the notes of the scales
- Circle of fifths
- Major triads
- Minor triads
- Dominant 7th chords
- Minor 7th chords
- Diminished chords
- Major 7th chords
- Slash chords
- Sus chords
- Lots of songs to practice the chords
- Diatonic chords in a major key
- Diatonic chords in a minor key
- Playing by ear
- Treble clef
- Bass clef
- Time signature
- Key signature
- Practice songs
- Pentatonic scale (major and minor)
- Blues scale
- The 12 bar blues
- Improvising with the pentatonic and blues scales
- Licks and riffs
- Adding rhythm in the left hand accompaniment
- Adding colors (9th, #9th, 13th) in the left hand accompaniment
- Extend the blues scale with extra notes
Who this course is for:
This course is for anyone who wants to start to play the piano: to play songs, read from lead sheets, chord sheets and sheet music, start to improvise and obtain a good understanding of music (theory).
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