How much progress can you expect to make after your very first piano lesson? It will be a little bit different for everyone, but by your second lesson you’ll probably start to feel a little more comfortable with the keyboard and music notation. Last week our new student Julie D. shared her first piano lesson with us. She was a little nervous because she’s never played an instrument before and doesn’t have a musical background. Let’s check in with Julie again to see what she’s learned so far…
I have now completed the first two weeks of piano lessons, and I love it more and more each time I play. My lessons with my instructor, Jordan, are awesome and I’m learning so many new things from him at each lesson. He’s very helpful in helping me understand the instrument and learn how to play. He’s very observant during the lessons as I play and then gives me effective strategies to help me utilize my strengths and build on my weaknesses. I’m becoming more and more comfortable and confident at my lessons because Jordan is very patient with me and breaks down the techniques as I go along.
So far I’ve learned all of the line and space notes on the staff, their matching piano keys, and what the counts are for different notes. Jordan and I use a metronome at my lessons, which has been really helpful for me to keep a steady rhythm and pace. Jordan is very patient and forgiving when I play the wrong note, key, or rhythm, and then helps me correct myself when we start again. The saying “practice makes perfect” couldn’t be more true when learning how to play the piano. I notice that if I make mistakes and then practice where I made the mistake over and over again, after a few times, I don’t make the same mistake again.
Jordan gave me a list of resources of piano books, song sheets, note explanations, etc. to study and practice with outside of my lessons. All of the resources have been great tools to keep me on track between lessons and get more comfortable with the piano.
So far, I’ve learned how to play a few songs from the piano book, Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course, including: Ode to Joy, Aura Lee, Rock-Along, and Mexican Hat Dance. I feel like I’m making great progress and I’m really excited for my next lesson and to continue learning more and improving along the way!
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More in this series…
-Julie’s Journey: Lesson 1