Piano Lessons - Frequently Asked Questions
+ What age should I start learning Piano?
Adults: You're never too old to start Piano lessons. We've successfully taught people of all ages and seen them grow, improve and enjoy playing Piano.
Kids: Piano is one of the absolute best instruments for children to start learning on. Unlike some other instruments, no complicated left and right coordination or physical hand dexterity is required for beginners to play piano, kids can simply press a key and make sound.
The two most important considerations for your kids when considering enrolling young children in piano lessons are whether they can sit still and focus for 30 minutes in a lesson, and whether they are able to read. Learning music requires a basic understanding of the alphabet as one of the first steps on piano (and any instrument) is learning to read notes.
+ Should I sit piano exams?
This is a very individual decision and needs to be discussed between student, parent and piano teacher. Exams can be very beneficial for some students, and encourage dedication, accuracy, and technical proficiency on the piano. Keep in mind piano exams can be intensive and will take 6-7 months of focusing on your exam material, and some students might benefit more from a different, more varied approach. Also, some students enjoy a more relaxed approach as they enjoy the piano more as a hobby. There's no right or wrong answer!
+ How much piano practice should I undertake at home?
For all students, consistent, daily practice is important to progress on the piano. Depending on your age and goals, this may be as short as 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or as long as an hour! Consistency can be difficult for adults with busy schedules, but just remember, 5 minutes a day is still better than nothing! On the piano, and on all instruments, what you get out is what you put in!
+ Do I need to own a piano at home to be able to take lessons?
In short, yes, or at least have access to a piano outside of your lessons to be able to practice consistently during the week. Digital keyboards are also another more affordable and space-saving option. It is important to have a keyboard that has touch-sensitive, weighted keys so that you are able to be musically expressive with dynamics in a way that is similar to a piano. Without access to a keyboard or piano for consistent practice, your lessons will not be as beneficial to you.
+ If I want to learn contemporary piano do I need to learn classical first?
It is important that your piano teacher knows what kind of music you are most interested in so that they may help equip you with the necessary skills to be able to play in that style. Learning classical piano traditionally means a good understanding of notation and extensive theoretical knowledge. Though contemporary music may generally be associated with improvisation, it is important that contemporary pianists have good notation reading skills. Similarly, classical pianists should also have some improvisational skills. The important thing to remember is that the more well rounded your skills are, the more music you are able to play, regardless of which style you choose to spend most of your time playing in.