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Beginners' Piano Lessons


With Piano Teachers Connect you can be sure to get off to the right start, learning from the most qualified piano teachers who have finely tuned methods and proven success rates for teaching beginner piano students.

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Beginners' Piano Lessons


With Piano Teachers Connect you can be sure to get off to the right start, learning from the most qualified piano teachers who have finely tuned methods and proven success rates for teaching beginner piano students.

Beginners' piano lessons

 

With our piano teachers you can be sure to get off to the right start, learning from your area's most qualified piano teachers who have finely tuned methods and proven success rates for teaching beginner piano students.

 

Our piano teachers specialising in beginners’ piano lessons have qualifications, experience, and a unique skill set specifically geared towards teaching beginner students.


In addition to having a Bachelors or Masters degree in music, many of these piano teachers have degrees in education, and specialised pedagogic training in areas such as the Suzuki, Kodaly, Dalcroze, and Orff teaching methods. We also have piano teachers specialising in teaching beginners’ piano lessons to children with autism and ADHD.


The beginning stages of learning to play the piano can be the most important, and it is essential to have a piano teacher who is right for you.


Piano lessons for young children, under the age of 6, require a unique set of skills, and we have piano teachers who specialise in this, with the experience and qualifications to match.


For older children and adults, piano lessons can be very flexible, tailored to your individual interests, goals, and practical requirements.


We encourage students to take time to consider the options. That will help us match you with the perfect piano teacher right from the start:


  • Are you interested in having piano lessons in a particular style of music, such as classical, jazz, or pop/rock?


  • Are you interested in piano lessons that will prepare you for ABRSM piano exams?


  • What do you see when you visualize yourself playing piano in the future?


  • What are your practical needs? Would you prefer to have piano lessons in your home or in a studio, and what days and times do you have available to have piano lessons?


  • Do you have a piano or keyboard at home to use for practise between your piano lessons?



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Piano Lessons for Young Children


Our Piano Teachers have excellent teaching methods for young children, guaranteed to engage and inspire, and make piano-playing fun!

Piano Lessons for Young Children


Our Piano Teachers have excellent teaching methods for young children, guaranteed to engage and inspire, and make piano-playing fun!

Piano lessons for young children

 

What is the ideal age for a child to start piano lessons?

 

Teaching music to young children is a highly specialised field, and it is important to recognise that not all piano teachers are well suited to this. At Piano Teachers Connect we actively recruit piano teachers specialising in teaching piano lessons to children 3 years and above.

 

Piano Teachers Connect believes that you are never too young to start making music. As soon as a child has the ability to maintain focus for a 30-minute private lesson, they are ready to begin piano lessons.

 

In fact, we all start learning music from the time we enter the world - even before we are born. These days music is all around us, and as our impressionable minds are exposed to music for the first time, our brains naturally begin to recognise the sound patterns that make up the language of music. In these, our first “music lessons” in aural training, our ears begin opening up to the emotion, adventure, and playfulness that music can communicate to us.

 

Your child’s musical development will thrive with the guidance of a piano teacher who specialises in teaching piano lessons to young children.

 

We make sure that our specialists in beginners’ piano lessons for young children have excellent teaching methods, guaranteed to engage and inspire young children, and make your child’s first exposure to the piano fun and enjoyable. These first piano lessons also set in place the basics of piano technique, posture, hand position, the ability to read music notation, listening and aural skills, and musicality and expression, that once established will provide the foundation for your child’s life-long adventure in piano playing.

 

Our piano teachers are intuitive and creative, sensitive to children’s attention spans, and able to turn any aspect of the piano lesson into a game, making learning fun. Our piano teachers incorporate singing and playing drums and other percussion instruments into piano lessons, which are excellent ways to develop the ear and a feel for rhythm at any age, and are great for engaging young children in music. Students learn to read music notation by progressing through one of a variety of method books available, which their piano teacher will recommend to them for purchase.


The role of parents is crucial to the success of piano lessons for young children. Our piano teachers are aware that young children often learn best directly from their parents, and our piano teachers will help parents develop a strong understanding of what their child is learning so that parents can support their children during the piano practise time between lessons.


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Piano Lessons for Ages 8-17


Our Piano Teachers' piano lessons for ages 8 to 17 will inspire students and open them up to the wonder, mystery, and excitement of the piano.

Piano Lessons for Ages 8-17


Our Piano Teachers' piano lessons for ages 8 to 17 will inspire students and open them up to the wonder, mystery, and excitement of the piano.

Piano lessons for ages 8-17

 

Piano Teachers Connect believes that learning the piano is a life-long process, and that knowing how to play the piano is a skill that will bring you joy and fulfillment throughout your whole life.


It is a common tale, told again and again: “I took piano lessons when I was younger, but I hated it.” “I took piano lessons as a kid, but haven’t played since.” This “tale” is most often the result of piano lessons that were not designed with the piano student’s interests in mind.


Piano students between the ages of 8 and 17 have often already developed strong musical interests, a music collection, and inspiring musical role models. It’s common sense that a student’s own musical passions should be the starting point for their development and growth as a pianist and musician.

 

When teaching piano lessons to students aged 8 to 17, our goal as piano teachers is foremost to inspire our students and open them up to the wonder, mystery, and excitement of creating music on the piano.


Once our students’ enthusiasm has been sparked they will be inspired to practise piano and to grow as musicians, and will be much more likely to develop a love of music and the piano that they can carry with them forever. With this goal in mind, we offer flexibility in our piano lessons for students aged 8-17. Our piano students can learn to play any style of music - including classical, jazz, and pop/rock - and can take graded piano exams, or not.


Sometimes an excellent option for students in this age range is to include a variety of styles of music in their piano lessons. Our students can work towards classical or jazz graded exams, which are great sources of motivation, while also learning one of their favourite songs from the radio, their parents’ music collection, or their favourite film or TV show, on the side.


Learning to play the music that you love to listen to is a great way to grow as a pianist, for piano students of any age. It will develop your ears, and inspire you, and it will be fun!


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Adult Beginners' Piano Lessons


Our Piano Teachers have highly tuned teaching methods specifically suited to piano lessons for adult beginners.

Adult Beginners' Piano Lessons


Our Piano Teachers have highly tuned teaching methods specifically suited to piano lessons for adult beginners.

Piano lessons for adult beginners

 

The early stage of learning piano is a critical period.


As an adult, choosing your first piano teacher is an important decision - it could mean the difference between developing a wonderful outlet for self-expression and enjoyment, and giving up in frustration with a lasting dislike for music.


It’s never too late to learn to play the piano.


Our piano teachers have highly tuned teaching methods specifically suited to piano lessons for adult beginners. Our piano lessons for adult beginners are very flexible, and our piano teachers are intuitive, able to quickly find the ideal course of study and teaching approach for each individual student.

 

Getting off to the right start is of utmost importance.


From your first piano lesson we’ll focus on:

 

  • The experience: having fun playing the piano.

 

  • Reading music: developing accurate and effortless reading skills.

 

  • The ear: music is sound, and playing the piano must involve listening skills.

 

  • Creativity: no matter what the genre, style, or level, treating music as a means of self-expression will breathe life into your piano playing.

 

When teaching piano lessons for adult beginners, our piano teachers:

 

  • Encourage students to take an active role in choosing repertoire and making decisions about their course of study.

 

  • Talk to students about their learning style, and the best way to organize lesson material for them.

 

  • Understand that many adults work full-time and have busy lives.

 

  • Balance students’ personal musical goals and aspirations with the need for a well-rounded development and strong foundation of piano playing and musical knowledge.

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The Process of Learning Piano


Piano Teachers Connect explains what's involved in learning to play the piano, and what you can expect to learn in your piano lessons.

The Process of Learning Piano


Piano Teachers Connect explains what's involved in learning to play the piano, and what you can expect to learn in your piano lessons.

The process of learning to play piano

 

What’s involved in learning to play the piano, and what can I expect to learn in my piano lessons?


Reading piano notation: Music is a language, and understanding written piano notation is an important part of communicating with your piano teacher and with other musicians - including those no longer living, those great piano composers of the past. Once you understand this written form of the musical language you will be able to learn any piece on the piano just from observing the sheet music. Mastering a piece is a more difficult task, one which your piano teacher will help you with during your piano lessons!


Piano technique, posture, and hand position: There is an aspect of playing the piano that could be compared to athletics. A proper technique is necessary, including the ability to relax and control the tension in your hands and body, a correct posture and hand position, control over subtle differences in touch and articulation, coordination and independence of the hands and fingers, and proper use and control of the foot pedals.


Musicality and expression: Music is an art, and ultimately creative expression comes from within you. Beethoven, Duke Ellington, or the Beatles may have written the piece you are playing, but it’s you who are making the music now, in the moment, and it’s you who are expressing your inner thoughts, emotions, and dreams through the piano. Your piano teacher will work with you on finding your inner pianist, and breathing life into your piano playing.


Music theory:
Understanding the building blocks of music - melody, harmony, rhythm, and form - will add depth to your playing. By observing the connections between notes, groups of notes, and different sections in your pieces you will develop a sense of how the choices composers make result in tension, resolution, and a manipulation of listeners’ expectations in order to communicate their musical message. You will also be able to memorize pieces more easily and quickly, and even compose and improvise your own music.


Preparing for performances and exams:
Our piano teachers will work with you on polishing your pieces to a performance level. This involves both looking at the small details and nuances and knowing the piece as a whole extremely well. It may also mean memorizing your performance repertoire. You will also learn strategies for relaxing and avoiding stress and performance anxiety, and a specialised practise routine to be set in place during the last few weeks before a performance or exam.


Aural training:
Music is sound, and to grow as a musician you must develop your ears and listening skills. This can involve everything from listening to music on a regular basis, finding recordings of the pieces you are learning, and going out to see live piano performances, to recognizing common sounds on the piano, being able to play back a piece or a melody after a few hearings, and learning music from recordings, without using sheet music.



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Our Approach to Teachers Beginners' Piano Lessons


Our piano teachers' approaches to piano lessons for beginners focuses, above all, on enjoyment and creativity.

Our Approach to Teachers Beginners' Piano Lessons


Our piano teachers' approaches to piano lessons for beginners focuses, above all, on enjoyment and creativity.

Our approach to teaching beginners piano lessons

 

Choosing your or your child’s first piano teacher is an important decision:

 

  • The right beginners’ piano lessons can be life-changing, helping you or your child discover a wonderful outlet for creativity, self-expression, and enjoyment.

 

  • The wrong beginners’ piano lessons can leave you or your child discouraged, with low self-esteem, or worse - with a lasting distaste for music and the piano.


Our piano lessons for beginners focus, above all, on enjoyment and creativity.


For children, this means beginners’ piano lessons that are pure fun. Children find themselves learning through musical games and activities, playing fun, appealing repertoire that interests them, getting excited by their fast progress and step-by-step achievements, and being inspired by their piano teacher’s infectious enthusiasm for music and the piano.


For adults and older beginner students, beginners’ piano lessons are catered directly to students’ interests, and the goals and dreams that have inspired them to take beginners’ piano lessons. In these piano lessons students learn to play repertoire that truly fulfills them. They learn to express their emotions, release tension and stress, and escape from everyday life. They develop the ability to change their own mood and the mood of those around them, to live the music.



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Reading Piano Music Notation


Our piano teachers have some of the best methods for teaching you to read piano music notation quickly, efficiently, and most importantly - accurately.

Reading Piano Music Notation


Our piano teachers have some of the best methods for teaching you to read piano music notation quickly, efficiently, and most importantly - accurately.

Learning to read piano music notation

 

One of the first tasks you will undertake in your beginners’ piano lessons will be to learn to read music notation.

 

This task may seem daunting, but with the right method and guidance you will progress through your piano lessons quickly, efficiently, and most importantly - accurately.

 

Method books: The most common way to learn to read piano music is to progress through a piano method book. There are many of these books available, and they all share a common premise. They start off with very basic, simple piano pieces, using only one or two fingers and lasting only a few seconds. Very gradually, they progress to longer and more complex piano pieces.


These piano method books use many different strategies, and there is constant debate among piano teachers as to which piano method book is the best.


The truth: no piano method book is perfect.


This is where your piano teacher comes in. It is essential for your piano teacher to supplement extra material, advice, and instruction, in order for you to build a well-rounded approach to reading music and a strong foundation on the piano.


Our piano teachers are highly intuitive, making subtle changes to their teaching methods and techniques depending on the strengths and weaknesses of their individual students.


Here are some general tips to keep in mind when learning to read piano notation:


  • Read through the piece in your mind before you begin. Can you visualize which fingers will be moving, and when?


  • Go slowly. By taking the time to look ahead at each note before your finger presses the key, you can play any piece perfectly upon the first reading.


  • Maintain intense focus, for short periods of time. In the early stages of learning a piece, we want to avoid errors at all costs. If you find your focus waning, immediately stop and take a two to five minute break.



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Classical Piano Lessons for Beginners


Your beginners' piano lessons in classical music follow a tradition of piano education that has existed for centuries. Piano Teachers Connect has a roster of some of the region's best classical piano teachers.

Classical Piano Lessons for Beginners


Your beginners' piano lessons in classical music follow a tradition of piano education that has existed for centuries. Piano Teachers Connect has a roster of some of the region's best classical piano teachers.

Classical piano lessons for beginners

 

Your beginners’ piano lessons in classical music follow a tradition of piano education that has existed for centuries.


Nearly all of the great classical piano composers throughout history were also piano teachers. When their students needed new piano music to study and play for their piano lessons, these great pianists composed music at the appropriate level for their piano students. They also wrote about their piano teaching methods and their piano lessons. These composers left behind a legacy of beginners’ piano pieces to the piano teachers who followed them, including the piano teachers of today.


Though your beginners’ piano lessons may begin with the basics of the instrument, and learning how to read piano music, you will soon be diving head first into the great and expansive classical piano repertoire.

 

Progressing through the piano exams held by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) is an excellent way to develop a thorough knowledge of the classical piano repertoire in your piano lessons. For each piano exam you will prepare pieces for performance from different eras throughout the history of classical piano music. For your first piano exam you could be playing piano pieces by the likes of Mozart and Shostakovich.


Taking the piano exams is not, by any means, mandatory. If you already are familiar with the classical piano repertoire, and have specific preferences for certain composers and classical music eras, your classical piano teacher can design your piano lessons around your musical tastes, rather than around the piano exam criteria.


The important thing - and something often overlooked in classical piano lessons - is to involve yourself completely in the exploration of classical piano music. Listen to pieces by the great piano composers, and find different recordings of the same pieces to discover your favourite classical piano interpretations. Listen to symphonies, operas, chamber ensembles, and vocal music too - the piano can be like an orchestra, and classical piano composers are influenced by all of these genres of composition.


And don’t forget, classical piano music is an art form, and as in literature, poetry, theatre, film, dance, painting, sculpture, and photography, there is a story to tell! It is your job to tell both the composer’s story, and your own story, in each piece you learn in your classical piano lessons.

 


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Jazz Piano Lessons for Beginners


Piano Teachers Connect offers you beginners' jazz piano lessons that will teach you to unleash your inner creative spirit. Learn from the best professional jazz piano teachers.

Jazz Piano Lessons for Beginners


Piano Teachers Connect offers you beginners' jazz piano lessons that will teach you to unleash your inner creative spirit. Learn from the best professional jazz piano teachers.

Jazz piano lessons for beginners

 

In your beginners’ jazz piano lessons you will learn to unleash your inner creative spirit right from the beginning.


It’s a common misconception that beginners’ piano lessons must begin with classical piano music. In truth, jazz piano lessons can be an excellent point of departure for the beginner piano student.


Improvisation, one of the defining features of jazz piano, is easy to learn right from the start. Once your jazz piano teacher introduces you to a few simple patterns and groups of keys on the keyboard, you will be able to experiment and explore different melodies without ever making a mistake. In fact, learning to improvise can be much easier than learning to read music; just as exploring a forest or a new city, nothing you play is a mistake, and everything is a discovery. Gradually your ear will guide you back to your favourite sounds, just as you may return to your favourite cafe in that new city.

 

Once you become more comfortable with the piano keyboard, your jazz piano teacher may introduce you to the 12 Bar Blues. This provides a structure and framework for your improvisation, and is the basic form for hundreds of jazz and blues compositions. With the blues scale, you will quickly be able to improvise catchy and cool-sounding melodies, just by sticking to a few notes on the piano.


Jazz piano education has come a long way in the past decades. Systems and methods have been designed and perfected to create the ideal jazz piano lessons.


For beginner jazz piano students who want an especially structured approach to jazz piano lessons, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) offers jazz piano exams from grades one to five. Preparing for jazz piano exams in your beginners’ jazz piano lessons can be a great way to progress while working towards concrete goals. However, it’s important to note that the ABRSM jazz piano exam program, on its own, is not complete enough to encompass the entire course of study for your beginners’ jazz piano lessons. Your jazz piano teacher must supplement additional material and instruction in order for you to achieve a well-rounded and thorough jazz piano education.


And don’t forget, it is essential to involve yourself completely in the exploration of the art of jazz. Listen as often as possible to recordings of the great jazz instrumentalists and vocalists, and work at identifying their influences and important places in the development of jazz history.

 


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Pop/Rock Piano Lessons for Beginners


Piano Teachers Connect offers beginners' pop/rock piano lessons that will have you playing the music of your favourite singers, bands, pianists, and keyboardists before you know it.

Pop/Rock Piano Lessons for Beginners


Piano Teachers Connect offers beginners' pop/rock piano lessons that will have you playing the music of your favourite singers, bands, pianists, and keyboardists before you know it.

Pop/rock piano lessons for beginners

 

Your beginners’ pop/rock piano lessons will have you playing the music of your favourite singers, bands, pianists, and keyboardists before you know it.


It’s a common misconception that beginners’ piano lessons must begin with classical piano music. In truth, pop/rock piano lessons can be an excellent point of departure for the beginner piano student. Pop/rock piano lessons are also a great stepping stone for students who may be interested in taking jazz piano lessons in the future, as these piano lessons share much in common, while the music theory involved in pop/rock piano lessons can be a bit simpler and more straight-forward.


Your beginners’ pop/rock piano lessons start with your music collection. Right from the start, your piano teacher will design your piano lessons with the goal in mind of learning to play your favourite music on the piano.

 

Once the basics of the piano have been established, your piano teacher will teach you about chords - the essential building blocks of pop/rock piano harmony. Your piano teacher will point out how simple pop/rock songs can be, often built from 2 or 3 simple major or minor chords.


Your piano teacher will listen to your favourite music with you in your piano lessons, and teach you the secrets to learning to play pop/rock piano songs by ear. Your piano teacher can help you learn some of the beautiful, energetic, and fun piano parts from pop/rock piano greats such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Elton John, and Billy Joel. Your piano teachers can also teach you the vocal melodies of your favourite songs, working with you to create your own solo piano versions of songs originally written for a singer and a band.


With your pop/rock piano lessons, it’s easy to progress from beginners’ piano lessons to being able to write and perform your own songs, or applying your piano/keyboard skills to music production.


Many of our pop/rock piano teachers are also singer/songwriters, session keyboardists, recording artists, recording engineers, and music producers. If you have aspirations to compose or write songs, if you are a producer, or if you are a singer and wish to be able to accompany yourself on piano, our piano teachers will design your pop/rock piano lessons to have specific applications to your dreams, artistic practise, or career.

 


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Buying Pianos/Keyboards


Piano Teachers Connect offers advice on buying your first piano or keyboard - essential in order to make your piano lessons worthwhile.

Buying Pianos/Keyboards


Piano Teachers Connect offers advice on buying your first piano or keyboard - essential in order to make your piano lessons worthwhile.

Buying your first piano or keyboard

 

Do you have a piano or keyboard at home? It’s essential to have access to an instrument to practise on during the week between lessons, in order to make your piano lessons worthwhile.

 

Taking beginners’ piano lessons is only one (albeit important) part of learning to play the piano.


Ultimately, the success of your piano lessons depends, in large part, on the time you put in practising piano between your lessons. Each week your piano teacher will assign you material to practise and work on before your next lesson. If you are unable to practise, your piano teacher won’t be able to move forward with you to the next task, and your piano lessons will be of little value.


This doesn’t mean you must practise piano for hours on end to make your piano lessons worthwhile. Each of our piano students comes from a different background and situation in life, and our piano teachers design your piano lessons around the time you have available for practise. The key is, you must have some time on a regular basis - 5 minutes of piano practise per day is worlds away from having no practise time at all, and even small, regular amounts of piano practise will allow you to make steady progress.


So, what kind of piano should I buy?


When it comes to choosing the right piano, there are a lot of options. Prices range from the hundreds to the tens of thousands, and instruments from small, toy keyboards to grand pianos.


The first question is: Do I buy a real, acoustic piano, or an electronic keyboard?


Our answer is always the same: a real, acoustic piano is the ideal to learn on. The main reason is that as pianists, we are doomed to constantly be playing different pianos, everywhere we go, since the piano is not the most portable of instruments. If you play regularly on a real piano, it will be quite easy for you to play any other instrument - real piano or electronic - but if all your practising is done on an electronic piano, transitioning to play a real piano will always be a struggle for you.


That said, there are many excellent digital pianos and keyboards on the market that are designed with a touch and sound that is as close to a real piano as possible. If you are planning to purchase an electronic keyboard (also called digital pianos, clavinovas, stage pianos, keyboards, synthesizers) we strongly recommend an instrument with the full 88-key keyboard, and weighted keys that imitate the key-weight of a real piano.



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