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What are the Best Songs to Learn on Piano for Pop & Rock Fans?

What are the Best Songs to Learn on Piano for Pop and Rock Fans?Everyone who plays a musical instrument encounters stumbling blocks or hurdles from time to time. From beginners who have spent the last few months perfecting scales and the simple melodies in nursery rhymes all the way to professional musicians who are performing concertos in packed concert halls throughout the country, every piano player experience setbacks at some point.

Boredom from practicing the same style of music over and over is especially common – the trick is to catch that feeling before you completely lose your drive to play! So if you’re feeling worn out from the same style of music, why not consider trying out a different genre? Some of the best songs to learn on piano are some of the more contemporary tunes. Maybe a catchy song that you hear on the radio will sound even better when you transfer it to piano – especially when it’s you that’s playing the tune! It’s always fun to hear a song from the original recording and then be able to play it yourself.

Of course, the songs don’t need to be brand new Top 40 hits, either. The ’70s and ’80s classic rock era is full of great piano songs to play. You’ll typically find with these songs you’re covering the parts for multiple instruments, so at times you might be playing a bassline with your left hand that is quite different than the melody with your right. Sometimes the person who transcribed the song will make it simpler to play, which can make learning the song easier, but it may not have quite the same sound as the original recording.

Finding Popular Songs

Any song can be transcribed for piano, but sometimes it’s hard to find the sheet music. Your local music store should have a decent selection of piano books for popular rock and pop music, and you can also do an internet search for piano sheet music for a particular song. We suggest talking to your piano teacher before doing any searching on your own, because he or she might already have access to the sheet music, or be able to teach you by just listening to the song!

Your private instructor might also have a few ideas for some popular songs that are fun to play, easy to learn, and sound great on piano. It’s important to have a few songs that you can learn quickly – that way when if you’re getting frustrated with a particularly hard passage in your latest musical endeavor, you can blow off some steam by playing one of your old standards!

Some Ideas to Get You Started

While everyone has different opinions on what the best songs to learn on piano in the pop/rock genre are, the following songs are some of the most popular:

Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” is a true crowd-pleaser, and is a song many people will assume you know as soon as you tell them you play piano! It’s not a very difficult song to master, the sheet music is readily available, and the tune is admittedly quite catchy. The left hand plays an ostinato broken chord bass line, and whether you choose to sing along with the piano will determine the right hand’s notes. Either way, it’s a very recognizable song to add to your repertoire that your audience will love.

Enya’s “Orinoco Flow” is another song that has a simple melody and bass line. You and your piano teacher will have to determine the easiest way to play the song, as the original version has you playing octaves with your left hand the entire time. Unless your hands can handle stretching the entire octave for the entire length of the song, it might be better to play with a single note in the bass line to avoid straining your hand.

The final song suggestion we have is Coldplay’s “Clocks”. Even though this song is over 10 years old, it’s still one of the best songs to learn on piano! You will be playing block chords with your left hand and broken chords in your right, which harmonize to create the full piano part played by the band. Just like in “Piano Man”, you might find that unless there is a singer, the song doesn’t sound quite the same as the original recording.

Good luck with finding other tunes that you’ll consider to be the best songs to learn on piano. As always, make sure to ask your private instructor before you start playing anything new, as he or she might have some suggestions for you!


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Getting Started: 5 Wonderful Piano Books for Kids

Getting Started: 5 Wonderful Piano Books for KidsWhen a child begins playing piano, the first few months must be entertaining enough to keep them engaged, but educational enough that they feel they are making progress. There are many piano books for kids available, but a few provide the right mix of familiarity and challenges likely to keep your child’s attention. The majority of beginning piano books for kids include nursery rhymes and children’s songs, so finding a book that they can enjoy is easy. However, it is balancing this with less familiar music and new concepts that can prove to be the biggest challenge.

A Dozen A Day

Of all the piano books for kids, “A Dozen A Day” is going to be one of the most important. It is a series that will push your child’s knowledge a little further. The first book in the series introduces your child to all of the basics and puts it on a level that nearly anyone can understand. From the beginning of the first book, your child will learn how to hold their hands comfortably as they play the short pieces and scales. As your child progresses, you can purchase the next book in the series to keep them learning. The books are specifically designed as a way to warm up every day, and they really are a great help for all levels of players. Of all the piano books for kids, this is one that can progress with them for a while.

As your child reaches the more advanced books, they will get to play faster-paced songs. While the exercises can sometimes feel like a chore, with regular practice, your child will start seeing the progress they’ve made. A few minutes every time your child sits down at the piano can makes a huge difference in both their learning and comfort at the piano.

Alfred’s Basic Piano Library: Lesson Book Level 1A

This book is geared toward a child’s thought process, making it very useful when your child first starts playing. As the name suggests, it is for the absolute beginner. Because smaller hands often have trouble reaching complex fingerings, the book begins with simple rhythms. As your child gets comfortable stretching over the keys with one hand, they will progress into intervallic reading. The entire book is broken up into steps so that it is easy to determine when your child understands a concept and is ready to move to the next one. They will learn the layout of the keyboard and how the black and white keys are related. Finally, everything is pulled together into the grand staff. By the end of the book your child will be playing with multiple fingers on each hand, which can help give them a sense of accomplishment early in their playing.

Scales Bootcamp

Scales are part of the foundation for learning any instrument, but it’s especially true for piano. You may find that your child is resistant to spending time playing scales because they can feel more like work than play. When you think of the best musicians, you aren’t going to think of them playing scales – but every musician has learned them, and the best can actually make scales sound fun! “Scales Bootcamp” breaks down scales into easy-to-learn chunks, as three- and four-note blocks. This is actually one of the main advantages of learning piano; when you learn scales you generally learn to play multiple notes at a time, making it easier to remember which scales have which sharps and flats. The other focus of the book is making scales more fun. Whether playing with a different rhythm or adding another kind of twist, the book makes scales fun and memorable.

Bastien Piano Basics Primer Level – Piano

This book is entirely geared toward teaching children. From the graphics to the vocabulary, the book will help engage your child from the start. As such, it may not be recommended with a teenager or adult, because it may seem too childish. The book provides piano notation and a graphic of what key is being learned on the piano, alongside big print.

The book is divided into four levels with three keys in each level, so your child will understand the different keys by the end of the book. Like most beginner books, your child will learn one hand and clef at a time before diving into the grand staff.

Piano Adventures Lesson Book – Primer Level

This book is geared toward learning how to correlate notes to fingering, starting with middle C. Unlike a lot of beginner books, the pedal is incorporated into learning so that your child will understand early on how the pedal affects the sound. It also works to teach your child proper body posture, which is essential for playing the full length of the piano. After the child learns a few skills, there is a review to make sure they can put it all together. Of all the piano books for kids, this one is perhaps the most physically comprehensive, because it teaches about the entire body, not just the hands. By the end of the book, you child will know how to read basic sheet music in relation to the keyboard.

Maximizing Your Child’s Learning

While piano books for kids are great tools from day one, without private piano lessons, learning how to play is much more difficult. It can be overwhelming to think about handling both the harmony and melody of a song at the same time; a teacher can break everything down into manageable chunks, help your child focus on one or two key concepts, and direct them to the corresponding pages in their books to make practicing feel more like a game than a chore. An instructor will also give praise and guidance that is absolutely essential for keeping your child interested in playing.

With a great instructor and these piano books for kids, your child will be primed for success! Encourage your youngster to go far, and have fun!


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Starting With the Basics: How Do You Play Piano?

Starting With the Basics: How Do You Play Piano?So you’ve made your mind up and you want to learn how to play the piano, right? Fantastic! Before you plop down and start banging away at the keys there are a few things you should clarify so that you start out on the right track.

Set the Stage for Success

How do you play piano with no previous knowledge of music? One way is to hire an expert to show you. So first, take a look at your daily and weekly schedule. You will need to set aside time for lessons and practice on your own and make sure your daily routine can accommodate regular practice sessions. Every player’s style is unique, and students learn at different speeds depending on aptitude. A private instructor can help you develop the fundamentals of playing, the discipline to practice, and the desire to transform a curiosity into a rewarding skill.

Next, think about exactly what sort of a piano player you want to become. If classical is your thing then make that distinction when selecting an instructor. Think about the many different styles of music and pinpoint the one that moves you the most. The more specific you can get about the direction you want to take, the easier it will be for a teacher to guide you there.

Start Out Strong: The Right Teacher and the Right Gear

How do you play piano well without developing bad habits? The best way is to have the pitfalls explained to you by an experienced player. A good teacher is going to get into your head a little bit and show you what not to do from the very start. You’ll likely start with a review of sitting posture and why it’s important not to slouch to the side or slump forward.

Your teacher can also help you determine the gear you need, including helping you decide between an actual piano or a keyboard, as well as the additional accessories and materials you’ll need.

Teaching Your Hands How to Dance

Training your fingers to move in unfamiliar ways means re-programming your hand muscles. This happens gradually through extensive repetition of exercises called scales. By practicing these exercises regularly, you’ll build up the muscles and tendons in your hands so that they have the strength and endurance to keep up with the demands of playing the piano. Learning piano scales (and how to practice them) is essential to your success, and working with a private teacher who can keep you motivated will certainly help.

How do you play piano if you are unmotivated to practice? Your relationship with your teacher is the leverage that gets you away from distractions and in front of the keys. You both are invested in your progress. Setting goals will involve you making a commitment to rehearsing, and your teacher will help hold you accountable.

Stepping into the world of music doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. Allowing a private teacher to show you the ropes and make sure you don’t get tangled up is a great way to become a proficient piano player. Have fun!

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Tips for Beginners: Piano Hand Coordination Exercises

As a pianist, there are many skills to develop through your practice regimen. Reading the grand staff means you need to be proficient in understanding both bass and treble clef, simultaneously! You need to develop independence between your left and right hands while playing and you also need to have an understanding of music theory, voice leading and harmony. One challenge that is both fun and practical to learn is coordination of your hands while playing. Here are some great exercises that can help you to achieve your goal. Experiment with these practice ideas to get your playing “in sync”! Read more

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What’s the Fastest Way to Learn Piano? You Might Be Surprised!

Fastest Way to Learn the PianoMemorizing, beginning with scales, starting with songs, recognizing notes – there are many ways of learning to play the piano, and good teachers will tweak their methods to accommodate each student’s abilities and desires. While each method has their own merit, still some people have this question: what is the fastest way to learn piano? Is there one? They may be more eager about the destination and less concerned about the journey, but the journey is very important. But there is one technique that will help just about every student – and that is by practicing slowly.

It may sound like a contradiction – the fastest way to learn piano isn’t to play fast, but to play slowly. How is that possible? Once you understand the reasoning behind this strategy, it’s quite simple.

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How to Find the Best Teacher for Adult Piano Lessons

Adult Piano LessonsPiano playing transcends age limitations. Some people start with piano lessons shortly after learning to walk and talk, while others begin learning later in life. If you’ve decided that learning to play the piano is something you’re interested in as an adult, there are few things to keep in mind when considering adult piano lessons – one of them being finding the right teacher for you.

Finding the Right Instructor

For children learning to play piano, taking private lessons from an instructor is relatively straightforward. These students need an instructor that works well with the younger generation, can provide adequate praise to support effective learning, and can keep the pace of instruction at a speed that fosters adequate learning as well as enjoyment.

For adults, however, the situation is a little different. You might have trouble keeping a consistent schedule for lessons every week, or even at all, depending on your work and home life. If your work requires a significant amount of travel during the week, you might not be able to schedule a weekly lesson at all. And if your family requires you to be home immediately after finishing work for the entire evening, this is another reason that weekly scheduled lessons may be tough.

Do You Need a Flexible Schedule?

Adult piano lessons can be challenging to coordinate, so finding the right instructor to work with is imperative. For instance, if you can find a private instructor that is willing to come to your home for your weekly piano lessons, you won’t have to worry about leaving your children alone while you’re at the lesson. Another option would be using Skype or Google Hangouts for online lessons. While you won’t have the benefit of the instructor sitting next to you watching every aspect of your playing, they are a great alternative for busy students. Unless your daily schedule is allows for “traditional” scheduled lessons at the same time every week, having a private instructor with some flexibility to move things around is a necessity.

Does Their Experience Match Up With Your Goals?

Another important consideration in selecting the instructor for your adult piano lessons is his or her musical choices for your learning. If you’re most interested in learning popular or contemporary music, an instructor that only selects classical music might frustrate you and make you less motivated to attend lessons. Before your first lesson, discuss your goals with your instructor. The right instructor should tailor your lessons around what you want to do and what your goals are.

Evaluate Your Lessons

Along with finding an instructor who can be flexible or use alternative teaching methods for your adult piano lessons, it’s also important after the first few lessons to take stock and evaluate things. After around a month of lessons, reflect on how things are going. Are there any issues with scheduling that you haven’t been able to work around? If so, make sure to bring these up before they become a bigger problem. Are you satisfied with the way the lessons are progressing and the type of music you’re learning? If you’re not, make sure to have a few different ideas for your next lesson. It’s possible that your private instructor is teaching you the basics of piano playing, starting out with simple chords, scales, and melodies that you’ll recognize, and then will progress into music that you’ll enjoy learning and playing.

Either way, this is something you should check in with your instructor about if you’re feeling frustrated.  It’s possible that your instructor isn’t familiar with the songs you’d enjoy playing, and is sticking to the classic music that he or she knows best. Again, your teacher should be tailoring the lessons to what you want to learn – if this isn’t the case, it may be time to think about switching to a new private teacher.

Adult piano lessons can be successful for even the busiest of students, as long as you have the right teacher guiding you and motivating you. Just don’t forget to practice!

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What Are the Steps to Learning the Piano?

PianoLearning to play an instrument can bring so much joy into your life. And the great thing about music is you’re never too old to start! If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano, but aren’t sure where to begin, read on. We’ll explore the first steps to learning piano, from whether you should rent or buy your first instrument to how to find a great teacher!

Setting Clear Goals

The very first step is to determine and set some goals. Understanding and setting realistic goals is the key. Many students, both children and adults, expect far too much from themselves and this can lead to frustration. Be realistic and understand that a steady, slow start will pay off with huge dividends over the long term. Take your time and ask yourself:

  • What kind of music do you like? Are you open to exploring various genres?

Many teachers are classically oriented, while others will specialize in a particular genre, such as jazz, pop, or rock. While it is possible to teach yourself, it’s best to work with a private teacher in the beginning of your studies – especially if you don’t have a musical background. By narrowing your focus, you can find a teacher that is specialized in the area of music that interests you.

The Internet has made it easier than ever to find qualified teachers - TakeLessons, for example, offers a helpful search tool to find safe, qualified teachers in your town for either in-person or live, online lessons.

  • Determine a realistic goal for six months to a year down the road.

Once you’ve decided on a direction for your studies, think about where you’d like to be a year down the road. Choose a piece of music that you’d like to be able to play, such as a simple Bach Minuet, or your favorite jazz or pop song. If you’re having trouble setting this goal, your piano teacher can help you with realistic suggestions based on their teaching experience.

Remember, the beginning stages of learning proper technique can take time. Be realistic and start slowly, but have a long-range goal to work toward. This will motivate you to take the time and put in the practice necessary to achieve it!

Rent or Buy? Keyboard or Piano?

One of the most important steps to learning piano is having an instrument to practice with.  Is it necessary to invest in an acoustic piano or will an electronic piano or keyboard work? Should you rent an instrument or buy one? It all comes down to your level of commitment.

Purchasing a full piano can be a big investment, both in terms of cost and the space needed in your home. While many teachers may recommend owning an acoustic instrument, it may not be a realistic option for you – and that’s perfectly fine. Today, there are many high quality electronic keyboards and pianos available at a very reasonable cost.

Whether you’re considering purchasing or renting the instrument, the most important step to take is to try it before you buy it. Go to your local piano shop or music store, and spend an afternoon trying out various instruments. You will be spending a considerable amount of time practicing, so you’ll want to make sure you are comfortable with the instrument’s action and tone.  Ask yourself a few key questions:

  • What is your price range? – Pianos can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000, with many high-end brands costing significantly more. Keyboards are much less expensive, but a quality model can cost upwards of $200 and up to $1,000 depending on the extra functions offered.
  • Do you live in an apartment, or with other family members? Is noise an issue? –  If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you may want to consider an electronic piano or keyboard. Most electronic instruments feature a headphone jack that will allow you to practice any time of the day or night without bothering other people in your household. This is great if you have neighbors, or can only practice early mornings or late nights.
  • Can you afford the upkeep necessary for owning a piano? – Pianos need to be tuned at minimum twice a year. Depending on where you live and the condition of the piano (used pianos can require much more upkeep), this may cost around $100 per tuning. Keep this in mind when making your decision.

Most professional pianists argue that nothing beats the sound and feel of an acoustic piano. While electronic instruments offer many advantages, they will never exactly offer the sound and feel of an acoustic instrument. However, ultimately it comes down to personal preference, budget and space considerations. Just remember to try before you buy!

What is the Best Way to Learn?

Another one of the most important steps to learning piano is to decide the best method for you.  While the Internet has made learning an instrument a bit easier by offering online tutorials and videos, the most efficient method for learning is working with a private piano instructor, at least in the beginning stages.

Why? When first learning to play an instrument it’s important to approach it with a strong foundation. Improper technique and bad habits can be much more difficult to “unlearn.” A good teacher will offer you a strong foundation in proper technique. Learning to play correctly will keep you on a positive path and can also prevent repetitive stress injuries such as tendonitis.

A good teacher will also gear your lessons to your ability level, while simultaneously pushing you outside of your comfort zone. Learning to play piano should be a fun and rewarding experience, and a good teacher will help you to stay motivated and challenged.

To find a great teacher, TakeLessons offer extensive resources and listings of qualified piano teachers from all over the country.  If you can’t get to your teacher, many students opt for online lessons, allowing you the same one-on-one guidance, but from the comfort of your own home.

There are many steps to learning the piano. Outlining your goals, getting your instrument, and finding a teacher are three of the first steps to take.  Be realistic in your expectations, and remember that one of the most important steps for learning the piano is… just get started! Learning to play the piano or any other instrument will offer you a lifetime of rewards and joy. So, what are you waiting for?

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8 Unexpected Benefits of Playing the Piano

Piano PlayingThere are several benefits of playing piano that go far beyond a greater appreciation for music and the acquisition of a new skill. Most of these benefits are applicable to both adults and children – it’s never too late, nor too early, to start taking lessons! If you are still unsure whether it would be advantageous for you or your child to learn the piano, read on to check out some of the long-term benefits you can expect to reap. Some you may never have thought about before!

Better Response to Criticism

To get the most from this benefit of playing piano, it’s important to work with a qualified piano teacher who is able to give you constructive criticism. When younger students see their teacher as an expert in the field, it’s much easier to take their advice and feedback. And this ability to respond to criticism – and learn from it – will typically carry over to other aspects of daily life, such as school and work.

Improved Ability to Handle Stress

Participating in piano recitals, or even just performing in front of a group of friends, can help students deal with the symptoms of stage fright. Plus, all of the practicing leading up to the performance will help them learn about dedication, self-discipline, and the goal-setting process.

Learn to React Well to Successes and Disappointments

This is another skill you will gain from performing, especially if you participate in competitions. Similar to learning how to respond to criticism, you may experience some disappointment along the way. A good teacher will help students learn how to maintain a positive outlook, even when things don’t go their way. And other hand, you can learn how to celebrate your wins!

Increased Social Participation

The ability to play in front of a group is also an important social skill. It’s a great way to share your talents with others, and you may find yourself expanding your network as you put yourself out there in the musical community. Discussing your piano playing with other musicians is a wonderful way to improve your understanding of the instrument – plus, you never know how your connections can help you later in life!

Stronger Hand Muscles

Piano playing is useful for developing dexterity in children and for maintaining strength in adult hands. However, in order for your hand muscles to develop properly, you’ll need to learn the correct form and hand position for playing the piano with a professional teacher.

Improved School Performance

Children who begin learning piano during grade school have better general and spatial cognitive development than their peers, found a study conducted by McGill University in Montreal, which can help with mathematic skills. In addition, playing piano can help with concentration and therefore improve overall school performance. (Learn more about how music lessons make you smarter here!)

Aural Awareness

Whether you naturally have a good sense of pitch or you struggle with this skill, piano playing can definitely help you improve. Some of these benefits of playing piano include developing a sense of relative pitch, and training your mind to recognize tones, intervals, chords, and more, which can help with learning music theory later on in your studies.

Split Concentration

When you’re first starting to learn how to play the piano, it can be incredibly frustrating to coordinate your two hands, when they’re each playing something different. But the more you play and practice, the easier it will get – trust us! Even simpler pieces can teach you the skills and focus you’ll need to play multiple melodies at the same time.

Split concentration is not just a physical ability; you can also use the skill for listening. If you’re taking classes with a private piano teacher, you’ll likely learn how to listen to the sound of your playing as if you were both in the front of the concert hall and to the back of the room. You can use the mental part of this training in everyday life to improve your multi-tasking skills, as well as your hand-eye coordination.

Final Notes

If you have been unsure about taking up piano lessons for yourself or your child, think about all of the benefits of playing piano, such as improved social skills, mental health, physical ability, and cognitive skills. However, many people choose to begin piano lessons for the simple joy of learning and playing an instrument or they choose to start their child on the piano to fill their home with music. Whatever your reason for starting to play, remember that you can begin learning at any age. Put in the effort, and you’ll notice the positive feelings you experience when you learn a new skill!

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Music Basics: Reading Keys on the Piano

Reading Piano KeysAs a beginning piano student, it’s important to gain an early understanding of many things in order to play the instrument as well as you possibly can. One of those early components is learning how to read keys on the piano in sheet music, and understanding the difference between major and minor.

Understanding Key Signatures

The key signature is marked at the beginning of every piece of music, immediately to the right of the grand staff (the treble and bass clefs on any composition). Key signatures include sharps and flats, and let you know in which key the music is to be played. The sharps or flats dictate which keys on the piano you’ll be using, as well as whether the piece is in a major or minor key.

So, how do you tell the difference? As you train your musical ear, over time most students can instantly tell if a piece is major or minor. Songs written in major keys tend to sound happy, bright, and upbeat. Minor keys often sound mysterious, sad, hauntingly beautiful, or even ominous. For example, most music used at Halloween or in horror movies tends to be written in minor keys.

Your private piano teacher can guide you through training your ear, as there are many exercises that can help.

Looking at Keys on the Piano

When you first glance at the keys on the piano, you’ll notice the black keys are in patterns of 2s and 3s. The closest distance between two keys is called a half-step, for example, from C to the closest black key to its right (C sharp, which could also be D flat, depending upon the key signature) is a half step. If you go to the next white key to the right of C, that is D, and that distance is called a whole step.

If you abbreviate whole steps as “WS” and half-steps as “HS” – using the key of C Major for simplicity’s sake, since it has no sharps or flats –  this is the pattern of a major scale:

WS         WS         HS        WS         WS         WS        HS

C – D      D – E      E – F      F – G      G – A        A – B       B – C

A scale is made up of 8 notes, from one C to the next, or D to the next and so on.  For major scales, the pattern is always the same as listed above, so you can now begin on any one of the keys on the piano you like, and build a scale, using that simple WS and HS pattern as your guide.

Your piano teacher will likely give you exercises to play using the keys on the piano to create scales, as well as other technique and finger-strengthening drills. Your teacher may also teach you the basics of music theory, such as the order of the flats and sharps in the key signatures.

Minor keys have a different pattern of whole steps and half-steps on the keys on the piano. Your teacher can give you a more in-depth explanation when he or she feels you are ready to tackle playing scales in the various keys. As a beginner, you’re doing great if you can understand the difference between whole steps and half steps, and how those are arranged to play a basic major scale.

Where Do I Go From Here?

Try listening to music in a different way from now on, to train your ear to recognize major or minor compositions. Whether you listen to classical symphonies or your favorite jazz, blues, pop, folk, or rock music, one thing is true of all styles: they will all either be written in a major or minor key. Remember, the bright, happy-sounding music indicates a major key; sadder or more mysterious-sounding pieces will tell you it’s in a minor key. Some pieces switch back and forth from major to minor – your ear will learn to tell the difference sooner than you may think!

Congratulations on deciding to learn piano, and for working closely with your teacher to help you gain the best understanding and playing ability possible. Keep playing, ask good questions, and have lots of fun – music is a great adventure and meant to be enjoyed!

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How to Find Free Piano Lessons for Kids – And if They’re Worth It

Free LessonsThese days, there are so many resources available to help you or your kids learn how to play the piano – and many of them are free.  But are free piano lessons for kids the best way to learn? Are there any differences between finding free resources, or paying for private piano lessons? In this article, we’ll go over some of the options, and how to determine what will best suit your child’s needs.

Finding Free Piano Lessons for Kids — Available Free Resources

  • YouTube: Nowadays, it’s extremely easy to browse YouTube and find videos on how to play the piano. There is an almost infinite amount of videos, and more and more show up every day. You’ll also find a wide variety of lessons, providing you with lots of genres and styles to choose from. Almost anybody can try to learn any style of music from YouTube.

  • Music Websites: You can also try out some music websites that offer free piano lessons for kids. They usually provide videos, sheet music, ear training exercises, and a few other bells and whistles. This often involves going through a trial period or signing up in order to access the free resources.

Pros and Cons of Free Lessons for Kids

Free piano lessons, at first glance, may be a more appealing option because they’re free. However, there are going to be some differences in the quality of lessons. Here are a couple reasons free lessons might not be the best option:

  • Free Lessons Lack Human Interaction: YouTube provides many videos, but this approach ignores an important contributor to your success in learning:  human interaction and a skilled teacher who can assess your child’s playing skills. Having a professional available who can observe and comment on your child’s playing is invaluable. Teachers have spent countless hours honing and perfecting their skill — they’ll be able to identify errors in your child’s playing, help to correct them and prevent poor playing habits from forming.

  • Free Websites Only Offer So Much: Learning how to play piano from a free website or trial will only take your child so far. Websites often only provide you with a set amount of material for free, and may charge you after a certain amount of time or point in the program has passed. This can be discouraging for your child if they’re on a positive arch in their learning process.

So, where do private piano lessons come into play? As mentioned earlier, working with a teacher one-on-one is an important part of the learning process. Some additional advantages of private lessons include:

  • Experience with a professional: Private piano lessons give your kids the opportunity to study with a professional, someone who brings their experience, personal insights, successes, and failures to the table. They are able to provide real-time adjustments and answer any questions that your child may have. They are also able to connect with your child emotionally, something that a website or YouTube video can’t do!

  • Variety: It can be beneficial to study with someone who can teach different genres and provide a strong foundation for learning – and private lessons do just that. With free piano lessons, your child will only be able learn so much about a specific genre. A private teacher will be able to guide your child and help them pursue their interests, increasing their excitement of taking lessons.

Putting It All Together

Studies show that children involved in music develop intelligence and skills that stick with them throughout their lifetime. If there is any gift to give to your kids, music is definitely one of them. Although private lessons may not be free, the price is about the only con when considering what’s best for your child. Signing up for piano lessons will help bring out the best in your child’s ability and provide them with a strong foundation to excel!

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