5 Tips for Finding Beginner Piano Lessons That Work for You
Like learning any new skill or area, different people have different learning styles and one of the greatest challenges in learning a new skill may be simply finding a teacher that can match your learning style. There is no one option that works great for everyone so a first step is to identify your ideal learning style. If you’re beginning to entertain the idea of learning a new skill, the piano for example, here are some suggestions for selecting the best option so that you can see the best results:
1. Determine your level of commitment. If you are not truly committed, it may be challenging to set aside practice time and lesson time. This is a great way to find yourself feeling defeated in a challenge you weren’t even entirely dedicated to pursuing in the first place. If you are serious about learning the piano, your lesson time will be more informative and your practice time will be more productive. If you’re not sure yet if you’re really committed, it may be worth exploring some low-cost ways to explore the interest. Stop in a piano shop and play around. Listen to different kinds of piano music in your downtime to determine your area of interest. Join some online forums dedicated to novice piano players.
2. Do your research. If you’re played around on some keys, listened to some different kinds of piano music, and followed along on an online forum and still find yourself drawn to the instrument, you can now narrow your interest to have a more streamlined entry into the world of piano playing. If you’re interested in playing like Duke Ellington, you’ll likely be bored learning/listening to Mozard, for example.
3. Kids lessons. If you’re exploring piano lessons for a child, the first step is ensuring that the child herself is interested in learning. You don’t want to spend a bunch of time and money on piano lessons for someone who is uninterested. Piano doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby, but it certainly can be so. For this reason, it is important to recognize the interested level of you or your child before diving too deep into the hobby.
4. Make your piano training a priority. For many novice players, this means building a piano lesson and practice schedule and seldom deviating. This should be time to which you look forward and feel joy, if you find yourself skipping lessons, avoiding practicing, and only experiencing frustration when you do play, maybe piano isn’t for you. But you’ll only learn this by making it a priority. Don’t let yourself make excuses to get out of something you enjoy!
5. Selecting your piano or keyboard. Pianos and keyboards come in all different sizes, shapes, colors, qualities, and expenses. If you already own a keyboard or piano, skip this step. Otherwise, figure out what kind of relationship you want to have with your instrument: will you be taking it with you? Will it be the centerpiece in a room in your house, or stored away when not in use? Will you be sharing? I usually advise novice players start with an inexpensive electronic keyboard – it doesn’t have the sound that you likely love about the piano, but it will help you learn the basics, it’s inexpensive, it’s mobile, and it doesn’t take up much room when not in use. If you find yourself loving the act of playing but not the sound being produced, then it’s probably time to upgrade to a nicer instrument.
6. And finally, remind yourself throughout the learning process that this is a joyful expression, not an arduous task. It’s easy to forget why you had an interest in the first place, so it may be helpful to write out some brief phrases about what piano means to you and why you’re choosing to learn it. That way, if you’re feeling lazy or tired one day and want to skip a lesson or a practice session, you can look back at what interested you in the first place and convince yourself to keep at it.
Like any new skill, you may not be amazing the first time you sit down to play. But each time you find yourself developing and demonstrating a new skill, your world becomes and little bigger and the soundtrack becomes a little more beautiful.