The piano is one of the most popular instruments around the world historically, with some variant found in nearly every genre of music. It remains a dominant today, in part thanks to the rise of electronic music and video-game music, for which digital keyboard is a vital tool. This is a guide to tackle the more common questions we’re asked regarding piano lessons. Please visit our FAQ page for general questions related to the school.
What’s a good age to start?
For a beginning musician, the piano is advantageous because it’s so easy to produce a good-sounding note–all you need to do is press a key! The challenge comes later, as hand independence becomes a larger factor.
From a developmental perspective, a young child is optimally prepared for the coordination and mental demands of piano playing by 6-8 years old. That said, there is no minimum age requirement. Provided realistic expectations are maintained, a student can get started developing the necessary skills and habits at a tender age. There is also no age limit! As the saying goes, it’s never too late to start, and we’re pleased to teach plenty of adult students.
Do I need to have an instrument at home?
The short answer is, yes! Practice at home is crucial to musical growth.
With that in mind, we recognize that pianos are expensive, and not everyone is willing or able to make that kind of investment (especially if you’re not sure whether your child is going to stay committed). At the beginning, just about any piano or digital keyboard will suffice to learn the basics. However, it won’t be long before a student needs a keyboard with a realistic feel to practice. A digital keyboard with 88 weighted keys is usually the most cost-effective solution.
We recommend two particular models for their affordability, quality sound, and sturdy design:
Though we do not sell either model in our store at this time, we will be happy to direct you to a reputable retailer. All other required materials are at the discretion of the instructor.
What should I expect?
As with many instruments, becoming a competent piano player requires an understanding of reading sheet music. For beginning students, much of the early stages of the learning process will involve familiarizing oneself with music notation. The use of sheet music will of course continue and get more complicated as the student progresses.
Additionally, students can expect to study technique exercises such as scales and arpeggios, as well as music theory worksheets and exercises, tailored to the student’s level.
Everything else is dependent on the teacher’s judgment and the student’s interests and goals! Whether you want to play classical, jazz, pop, or all three, our teachers will craft a curriculum that suits your needs.
Lessons are available for the following rates and times:
*Monthly Prices shown for standard 4 week month. For additional lessons add one lesson at discounted rate to total for 4 week month. For months where one less lesson occurs for any reason, subtract one lesson at discounted rate