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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Average Cost of Piano Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute piano lessons is $64. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $9 and $300 per hour.

30-min $9
 
$37 average
$117
45-min $9
 
$50 average
$159
60-min $9
 
$64 average
$300

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute piano lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute piano lessons are 22% less expensive at $50, and 30-minute lessons cost 43% less at $37.

Curious how much piano lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best piano teachers .

Piano Lesson Reviews from Students

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Van Nuys, CA
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beginning through intermediate. all ages.

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Wayne February 28, 2018
· Cello · Online
Ms Shannon has been very accommodating with instruction, since I have some physical challenges. She finds new and creative ways to make things work for me.
I am so lucky to have found her. She's an imaging teacher.
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Adalia February 28, 2018
· Triathlon · In studio
Coach Shannon is very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I have gotten both stronger and faster! I even placed 2nd in my age group at my last race! She definitely knows her stuff!
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· Cello · Online

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I bring to teaching piano an unrivalled Juilliard education, international performing and recording career, and 18 years of experience teaching students of various levels. In teaching, I see myself as my students' partner dedicated to helping them realize their full potential as budding musicians and performers. I am encouraging, enthusiastic, patient, and flexible in teaching adults and children of all levels. I love finding the right individual approach with each of my students, so that they stay motivated and inspired while growing in their musical understanding and mastery.

I strongly believe that a chief tool enabling progress in all aspects of musicianship is focused listening, and see my role as a teacher to guide students in developing power and sensitivity of aural perception through concrete steps and activities. I'm deliberate in selecting and assigning a repertoire that challenges students with appropriate techniques and allows them to develop as pianists and ...

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Charisma August 29, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Dr. Gabrielius Alekna is a 5 Star piano teacher. He’s very inspiring. He’s an accomplished concert pianist, recording artist, and holds a Doctor of Music from the Julliard School of Music. Despite all of his accomplishments, he teaches with humility and kindness.

He establishes a high quality standard so you could achieve your best. Either by playing a passage or the whole music piece (to your heart’s delight), he demonstrates the complexity and beauty of the music you are working to learn.

He’s very professional. He genuinely regards every person without condescension and wants you to work toward being your best. I’ve taken lessons with him since 2009 and I’ve played pieces that I will never have been able to play without his patience with me. He is generous with his time, helping me to select a new piano on his day off and always finishing a lesson at its natural conclusion (not because the clock says so.)

Above all he’s a real person that you and I could relate with. And, because of that, I not only regard him as my instructor and mentor, but truly a friend.
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Martyna July 24, 2018
· Piano · Online
I have been studying piano with professor Gabrielius Alekna in Vytautas Magnus University's Music Academy (Lithuania) for three years. Now we continue our lessons online and I am more than pleased to work with him - he is an amazing pianist, caring teacher and one of the most wonderful people that I've ever met. Over this time Gabrielius taught me to hear and understand (classical) music in new and very subtle ways, encouraged me to take challenging music pieces and successfully helped understand, learn and perform them. With Gabrielius' lessons and help I've won national and international piano solo and accompanists competitions, discovered new ways of interpretating music in piano duet and chamber music ensemble. Gabrielius' teaching distinguishes itself by calm and professional approach, which makes the learning process seem rather easy and pleasant than challenging or requiring much effort. The methods used by Gabrielius help achieve excellent quality in one's playing and create the feeling of freedom, which makes the music flow...
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Susan July 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Gabrielius is a brilliant teacher who cares very much about his students. He has taught my son piano for over 4 1/2 years and in that time has helped him to reach beyond what he thought he could do. He is very thoughtful and dedicated in finding the right techniques and repertoire to challenge my son and allow him to grow. His ability to connect with his students is exceptional, so much so that we moved from Virginia in order to be closer for lessons. What my son has liked best is that Gabrielius has taught him to hear and think about music in a new way.

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Van Nuys, CA
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Piano, Chamber Music, Accompaniment, Audition and Competition Prep.

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Michael November 5, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher who has been training my daughter in classical piano for the past 3 years. Anahit has an incredibly vast knowledge of piano repertoire, technique and performance. She has gotten my daughter active in the Certificate of Merit program of California and understands how to properly prepare students to achieve high marks in all aspects of piano study. Highly recommended!
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Hovik July 3, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
I have been taking piano lessons with Anahit for 2,5 years. I was recommended by an acquaintance, whose technique I admired and I also saw the improvement immediately after she started taking classes with Anahit. I am so glad I made the decision to commit full time and let Anahit work her magic. She has certainly taken me to new levels of knowledge, skill and technique. If anyone is serious about playing the piano, especially as a career, look no further. Aside being a master of her craft, she is kind, professional and polite. I highly recommend her!
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jessica June 24, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Anahit is an amazing piano instructor. She instills a felling of confidence in students. She also has a very extensive repertoire that almost seems endless. I would recommend her to anyone of any age that wants to learn how to play the piano. She teaches from the basics to very advanced levels. She is also very committed to her job, and rarely misses lessons. Her lessons are very professional and private.

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Knoxville, TN
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Tulsa, OK
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New York, NY
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Get ready for a truly rich and rewarding experience. Maria studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Viktor Merzhanov. She is a 4th-generation pupil of Franz Liszt and 6th-generation of Beethoven. She was one of the fortunate few (Garrick Ohlsson among them) to study with Roberto Eyzaguirre, who was a student and friend of Claudio Arrau, one of the 20th-century's greatest pianists. Arrau studied with Martin Krause, who was one of Franz Liszt's final pupils. Liszt was taught by Carl Czerny. And Beethoven was Czerny's teacher. Through this great lineage, learn an incredible technique that will enable you to play the music of your dreams!

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Sarah July 30, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
I am honored to finally write a review for Maria!

Having already been a musician for a decade on various other instruments, I was looking for a teacher that could help me learn technique for piano. I found Maria on this website and have never had a better private teacher.

She quickly adapted to my experience level, gave constant feedback, called me on my mistakes (in the nicest way possible) and encouraged me to succeed.

I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to learn piano, regardless of your musical background. She is a wonderful, kind, incredibly knowledgeable teacher and is a very welcoming and encouraging person. I am so glad to have had her as my teacher.
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Lucy May 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Maria's a beautiful human being.
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Collin April 8, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My son really enjoyed his first lesson!

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I teach and encourage students to play music and songs they love !!!
All music styles. Any and all music genres.
From very beginner students to very advanced. All levels All ages.
I can also teach you how to write your own original songs and melodies.

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Gail B. September 6, 2018
· Violin · In home
Excellent instruction, patient and kind
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Robin June 7, 2018
· Violin · Online
A++ instructor. If you are looking for that unique combination of world class violinist AND masterfully experienced at teaching the violin, then Mimi is for you. I've progressed rapidly in eight months of weekly instruction from a complete beginner playing his first notes through Suzuki Book II. Mimi is FUN to work with -- patient, encouraging and inspiring. She truly loves to teach and it shows.

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I am a graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard exchange program with ten years of teaching experience in beginner to intermediate classical piano and beginner to advanced jazz piano. I also teach accordion, as well as jazz and pop composition, jazz theory and music history. I'm a full time performing musician, so I can teach skills that are relevant to a performing career, but I'm also just as happy to teach someone who has never played an instrument before. Every student is different, and so I believe in catering my lesson plan to the needs and wants of each student, beginning from their goals and working towards a comprehensive knowledge of the piano.

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Candela September 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I've taken jazz piano lessons with Ben for almost a year and I really enjoy them! He always finds new ways to explain things and suggests different exercises, even when we are working on one same tune. I always feel motivated to practice at the end of the lesson.
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Jackson August 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I have learned so much from Ben about what it is to play jazz and have enjoyed every minute of it.
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Val August 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Ben is not only a very talented pianist and kind human being, but he is an incredibly intuitive teacher who understands how to constructively offer suggestions for what needs to be improved but also knows how to push you to the next level (in a way that seems on the edges of what is reachable). This makes learning the piano so exciting, productive, and varied and fun. I highly recommend Ben. It is a privilege to learn from and with him.

Recent Piano Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Piano articles on our blog.

Ultimate Guide to the 5 Most Popular Piano Styles

Ultimate Guide to the 5 Most Popular Piano Styles

Don't know what piano style you want to learn? Below, piano teacher Liz T. shares the five most popular piano styles to give you a better idea of what suits you... Having the ability to play a number of different piano styles will help you become a better overall piano player. What's more, knowing the important composers, performers, and pieces of each piano style will assist you in your musical studies. Below, I've listed the five most important piano styles, which include classica … Read More

Ultimate Guide to the 5 Most Popular Piano Styles
Don't know what piano style you want to learn? Below, piano teacher Liz T. shares the five most popular piano styles to give you a better idea of what suits you... Having the ability to play a number of different piano styles will help you become a better overall piano player. What's more, knowing the important composers, performers, and pieces of each piano style will assist you in your musical studies. Below, I've listed the five most important piano styles, which include classica
Beginner Piano Exercises: How to Tame the Flyaway Fourth Finger
When you're learning how to play the piano, finger exercises are especially important--especially if you're having trouble controlling that pesky fourth finger! Learn the steps to take in this guest post by Ann Arbor, MI teacher Amy C...   When I first began to learn piano, my fourth finger seemed bent on being anywhere but on the keys. Whenever I was not using it, the fourth finger--and by extension, the fifth finger--simply floated in midair, hovering above the ivories. This mea
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People of many different ages find themselves asking the question: am I too old to learn piano? No matter your age, playing the piano is a wonderful skill to have for a variety of reasons. Studies have shown that playing music reduces stress and improves the memory. Playing an instrument in a group also leads to lifelong friendships, while refining communication and social skills. If you’re wondering whether or not your age will stand in between you and all the benefits of playing th
How to Get Ready for Your First Piano Lesson
So you’ve decided to take the plunge and schedule your first piano lesson? Congratulations! If you’re feeling a little nervous, you’re not alone. It’s totally normal to get the jitters when you’re about to do something new for the first time. Preparing for your lesson is a great way to banish your nerves, plus you’ll show up to your lesson primed for success. Follow these 5 steps and enjoy the excitement of your first piano lesson! 1. Ask Your Teacher Before lessons begin, have a chat
How to Measure the Success of Your Child’s Piano Lessons
Piano lessons for kids are an investment -- so how do you know your investment is worthwhile? Here are some tips for checking in and making sure your child is learning piano at the right pace, courtesy of Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T...   If your child has recently started taking private lessons, there are certain benchmarks you can follow to assess musical progress as he or she is learning piano. Many parents are unaware of how to track and measure their child's musical abilities.

Free Piano Lessons with an Expert Teacher

Learn how to play the piano in these video tutorials from a professional piano teacher!

Have you always wanted to play the piano? We’re here to help! Get started with these 20 video tutorials hosted by San Diego, CA piano teacher Jordan M, one of our expert instructors with TakeLessons.com. In this free video series, you’ll get an introduction to the instrument and learn a few easy exercises to get you reading music and understanding rhythm!

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Intro to the Piano

Intro to the Piano: Learn about the parts of the piano and how to find the all-important Middle C.

Video #2:
Piano Basics

Learn about proper posture, hand placement, and other beginner essentials.

Video #3:
Reading Piano Notes

Learn about the treble and bass clefs, and tips for remembering the notes on the piano.

Video #4:
Time and Key Signatures

Learn what all those sharps and flats really mean, and how to decode your music.

Video #5:
Understanding Rhythm

Follow along to master quarter notes, quarter rests, and half rests.

 

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Why TakeLessons?

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Piano Lessons

Learning to play the piano can be a very enjoyable hobby. The benefits of learning to play a musical instrument cannot be overstated!

The piano is a common instrument for beginning musicians, and many students choose piano to broaden their education as well as their physical and mental performance capacities. Piano is fun to learn, and with dedication and practice, most students can play several simple songs within a month or two.

It's no surprise students learn faster when taking private piano lessons. It simply cannot be compared to watching video tutorials or ‘how to play piano’ YouTube videos. Personalized lessons are important, and finding specialized teachers for one-on-one lessons allows students the necessary feedback and personal attention required to become great pianists.

Advantages of our personalized piano instruction include: • Fully customized lessons for all ages, experience levels and interests. • Extensive listings of friendly, certified teachers. • Easy access to online lesson journals. • 100% money back guarantee.

We believe music is fun and rewarding, and we've worked overtime to make sure you benefit not only from your lessons, but from the inspiring support and resources our piano instructors offer!

We hand-pick our piano teachers to give each student the best music education available. Our safe, certified instructors complete rigorous interviews, which include professional references and criminal background checks. There is nothing is more important than the safety of our students!

We offer flexibility so students can manage their lesson schedules, length and location. Our trained student counselors help you with everything from scheduling and billing to your initial communication with your teacher. All you have to worry about is enjoying your lessons!

Beginner vs Intermediate vs Expert Piano Lessons

Private piano lessons with a TakeLessons instructor are tailored to each student based on their current skill level, and goals. Beginner students get easier songs, easier exercises, and simpler techniques. From there, the difficulty increases in order to properly challenge and motivate intermediate and advanced level pianists to develop greater skills, to stretch their preconceived limitations, and to ultimately gain more satisfaction and enjoyment from the piano.

We understand advancing pianists may also have professional goals, so our teachers can counsel you to increase your chances of getting more and higher paying gigs. Who knows, someday, you too can become a TakeLessons piano instructor and get paid to teach other aspiring pianists like you. Piano Lessons for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

If you’re the type of parent who believes music can improve early childhood development, science has good news for you. A recent study suggests that piano practice can help children better and faster process music and language. Hearing different pitches and tones can help one better parse spoken words. So while every parent needs to be careful not to forcefully involve their little ones in music, sports, and other interests, parents can still take a gentler approach that stimulates joy and curiosity, and plants a seed for lifelong learning.

Piano Lessons for Kindergartners and Grade Schoolers

Science also has good news for kids older than preschool age. A Harvard study found that kids, at the average age of 6 who took 15 months of piano training show increased brain matter and structure. In other words, piano lessons can help improve motor skills, cognitive performance, and listening skills at a young age.

TakeLessons instructors are background-checked, and highly qualified to give your kids the lessons they need to stay engaged, enjoy the learning process, and to gradually and continually improve one key, one note at a time. After all, learning at a younger age yields the greatest and most long-lasting benefits.

The last thing you want to do is force a kid into playing and practicing so much that they begin to flame out and reject something as delightful as the piano.

Piano Lessons for Autism, Dyslexia, and other Special Needs

Some TakeLessons instructors specialize in teaching students with special needs. We believe that not every student learns the same way, and that every student, regardless of their special needs, is capable of becoming an excellent piano player. If you can’t find a special needs teacher near you, try searching for online teachers, to find the perfect teacher that can meet your or your child’s needs.

Piano Lessons for Teenagers and High Schoolers

The teen and tween years are the make or break years for most people, in deciding whether they’re going to stick with a childhood hobby or interest, for life. As you go through puberty, and begin preparing for life as an adult, and responsibilities pile on your plate, the first things to go tend to be the personal interests you’re passionate about, because they don’t pay the bills. Also, because they’re not an official part of your school curriculum. In other words, what was once a must-have becomes a nice-to-have.

This is why it’s important to have someone that holds you accountable for prolonging your learning and practicing, regardless of whether it’s a musical instrument, or a sport, or any other after-school matter. Someone to keep you motivated. And if you decide to make your passion a profession, someone to guide you along the way on how to find the right opportunities for paid gigs, or even a full-time career in playing the piano.

Piano Lessons for College Students

Let’s be honest, private lessons aren’t the best idea for college students who are generally tight on budget, time, and commitments. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop learning and practicing. You can still work the piano by taking classes or participating in music programs at your college. These tend to be more affordable, more social, and less stressful than trying to fit private lessons into your routine.

Alternatively, we also offer group classes where you can practice the piano for free online in small groups. Sign up for TakeLessons Live, get unlimited access to piano practice, and join the class sessions that best work for your schedule. And hey, if you can afford to take private lessons, find a TakeLessons instructor near you, or take online classes.

Piano Lessons for Working Adults & Parents

By now, you’ve already decided whether to stick with the piano or to drop it. If you’re one of the lucky few that stuck with it, in spite of having an extremely busy schedule with work and family obligations, congratulations. Contrary to popular belief, taking the time out for routine piano practice has tremendous benefits, even for the busiest of people.

We believe that piano practice as an adult is more productive than it seems because it clears your head, it builds patience, discipline and concentration skills which you can transfer over to other parts of life, and it keeps your hand-eye coordination sharp. It also keeps you committed to learning and improvement, which again, are transferable traits to professional life. As role models, parents taking active classes shows kids the importance of pursuing personal interests for life.

Piano Lessons for Senior Citizens & Retirees

Another study showed that practicing a musical instrument can slow down the aging process. The study of adults ranging from ages 60 to 83 revealed that those who played music regularly had better verbal and non-verbal memory, verbal fluency, visuomotor speed, and cognitive flexibility.

Even if you’ve never played a musical instrument or shown any interest, it’s never too late to start. Even latecomers can fall in love with something as timeless as the piano. Age isn’t a relevant factor, when it comes to curiosity, pleasure, and determination.

What to Learn with Private Piano Lessons

Your private lessons instructor can help you fill in all the knowledge gaps that are preventing you from playing the piano to the best of your ability. Here are all the fundamental piano topics you should expect your teacher to cover:

Learn about the physical and theoretical aspects such as piano keys, notes, chords, scales, sheet music reading, tuning, music theory.

Learn how to play piano while singing or in combination with other instruments.

Learn about the similarities and differences between the different types of pianos: keyboards vs grand vs upright vs digital vs hybrid.

Learn about the similarities piano has with other percussion instruments such as tabla, djembe, bass and snare drums.

Learn about what separates an expert pianist from an intermediate level pianist.

Learn about popular piano songs and artists, and how to play like them.

Learn about the different piano music genres such as Classical, Jazz, Latin, Contemporary, Modern, and Christian.

Are piano and keyboard lessons the same?

A piano is acoustic instrument, a keyboard is electronic, and a digital piano is a mix of both. They each have unique advantages and drawbacks.

An acoustic piano and digital piano have weighted keys, while an electronic keyboard has unweighted keys. You can connect headphones to a digital piano or a keyboard so only the pianist can hear the music. Acoustic pianos sound the best, or rather, the most natural, but tend to be more expensive to buy, and to maintain (tuning). Keyboards and digital pianos are cheaper, don’t require tuning, and are easily portable. Grand pianos and upright pianos take up a lot of room, and are difficult to move, however, if they’re well taken care of, they can last you over 30 years.

A TakeLessons piano instructor can teach you best practices based on the type of piano or keyboard you or your child is using to learn and play.

Free Piano Lessons & Resources

Check out this video for a free piano lesson on finger speed exercises.

Check out this video on playing the piano with emotion.

Check out our free articles, guides, and infographics on learning the piano fast.

Finally, take free piano classes with TakeLessons Live.

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