Piano Lessons: Learn to Play Piano & Hire a Great Teacher

November 19, 2020


Taking piano lessons builds the fundamental skills for other instruments later in life. It also helps with confidence, dexterity, and adaptability. Learning an instrument and music theory can also improve your analytical skills. Get ready to get energised with piano lessons and learn to play piano. It’s a skill you’ll have for life!

You don’t have to be a child to begin learning to play the piano, though! People of all ages can take piano lessons, and all music styles can be played on the piano.

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What Do You Need for Piano Lessons?


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1. A Piano

It seems obvious, but you never know. Having a piano at home is essential for learning, as you need to practice between lessons. There are many options available for pianos, and they can fit in all budgets. In other words, you don’t need a full-size grand piano. An electric keyboard will do just fine when you’re learning to play the piano.

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2. A Couple of Hours a Week to Spare

Piano lessons can range from 15 minutes to two hours, depending on the student’s skill level. Lessons should take place weekly, as practice and instruction are required to build skill. You’ll also have to set aside time during the week to practice your skills, so make sure you have the time to commit.


3. A Love of Music

Sounds cheesy, but it’s true. If you don’t love music and enjoy the instrument, you’ll never want to practice or go to lessons.


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Why Do You Want to Become a Piano Virtuoso?

Maybe you want to learn to play the Top 40 hits to impress your friends, or maybe you’re pursuing a career in music. Whatever your reason for learning to play the piano is, piano lessons can benefit you.

Many people learn piano first and proceed to learn more instruments. This is because the piano can go hand in hand with music theory in a visual way. Learning the two in tandem will build the skills necessary for learning other instruments.

If your piano teacher organises recitals, you will also be learning how to perform in front of a crowd. You’ll get used to performing and will build confidence for future endeavours. Even if you don’t want to be a professional musician, this might be reason enough to begin piano lessons.


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How Much Do Piano Lessons Cost?

In the UK, piano lessons cost between £20 and £40 per hour. The Musician’s Union, which represents musicians in the British music business, recommends that teachers charge £32. While you can teach yourself piano with online software or by watching YouTube videos, there is nothing that beats the skill and advice of a piano teacher.

Many piano teachers on Bidvine offer block prices for students looking for long-term growth. Given that piano is a skill that needs to be learned over time, block prices are a great option! Lots of teachers also offer first-lesson discounts, so request bids on Bidvine today.


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How Do You Hire a Great Piano Teacher?

When you’re hiring a piano teacher, make sure you ask for references. If they don’t have any, this could be a red flag. You should also ask about their experience and teaching methods. In the case of piano teachers, their experience could include formal education or teaching experience.

Ask potential teachers to play you something, and if they don’t, leave. If the piano teacher cannot play the piano, they should not be teaching you. Ask if they host recitals for their students, and listen to their opinion on the subject.

Ask about their repertoire. If you want to play popular music, and a teacher looks down on them, they’re not the right teacher for you. Popular music is full of basic music theory, too, so it’s a great starting point.

For a list of questions you should ask a potential piano teacher check out this post.


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What Should You Be Looking for in a Piano Teacher?

You should check for experience and references when you’re looking for a piano teacher. Even if a teacher is young, make sure they have the credentials to teach piano. Many piano teachers have degrees in music or music education.

You don’t want an experienced teacher to be bored with what they’re teaching. If a piano teacher is so set in their ways that they do not adapt to each student, that is also a bad sign.

Your piano teacher should be able to adapt to different learning styles. They should also be supportive and patient. When you’re looking for a piano teacher for children, look to see that they are not condescending. Children also respond well to humour when they’re learning a new skill, so this is essential.

Last but not least, a piano teacher needs to want the best for their students. Many host recitals and prepare their students for performance. Performance is a skill that can carry over into other areas of life. Performing will also improve their confidence for years to come.


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What Does a Typical Piano Lesson Look Like?

No two piano lessons are the same. As such, most teachers don’t use a strict schedule as it takes away from learning. Good teachers will work with their students to develop lessons that focus on their needs. Lessons can even vary from week to week, as students’ skills develop.

Most piano lessons will include instruction on scales and chord progression. It’s essential to understand the building blocks of music to learn more complicated repertoire. You also have to learn how to move your hands on the keys to improve your skills.

Another fundamental skill that will help with your musical skills is music theory. Piano teachers generally spend time on theory to help you understand the music itself. Some teachers will touch on music history, too.

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How Often Should You Practice?

It’s recommended that you practice a few times a week, in addition to your weekly lesson. The time you should practice varies by age, from 15 minutes for young children to 45 minutes to an hour for intermediate musicians.

The brain is a muscle like any other, so too much practice will wear it out. Don’t practice for hours on end every day, give yourself some time to rest. It’s also important not to practice for the sake of practising, as you will get bored. Try to keep practising the piano fresh and exciting, and avoid practising so much that you resent it.


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What’s the Best Way to Practice the Piano?

To keep yourself accountable when practising the piano, you should maintain a practice journal. Keep track of your progress so you can see your improvements and where you need improvement. Discuss your notes with your teacher each lesson.

It may be tempting to practice what you already know. You can start off with this but keep learning new skills and repertoire. It’s also important that you practice different sections of songs. If you practice the beginning of a piece over and over again, you won’t feel comfortable with the rest of it.

Study music off of the piano and take notes. Use the information you learn from piano lessons to improve your understanding of music. It will help you understand music more, and improve your music theory skills.

For a list of 10 expert practice tips, check out this post.


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When Should You Practice?

Set aside time each week for practising the piano, and try to stick to a schedule. Keep a log of your practice times and take notes on your progress. Discuss your progress with your teacher at your lessons so they can help you achieve your goals.

If your children are reluctant to stick to a schedule, try using stickers to promote success. Your kids will appreciate the support and feel motivated to practice with a promise of recognition. Piano lessons for kids will help them develop skills they will have for years to come. Plus, if they want to learn another instrument later in life, they’ll already have a foundation of knowing how to play the piano.

Don’t practice when you’re in a time crunch, make sure you leave yourself enough time to go through the motions. If you try to practice when you’re in a rush, you won’t get the full experience and won’t learn as much as possible.


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Where Should Your Lessons Take Place?

Lots of teachers have studios where they like to teach lessons. They’ll teach at their home or at an external studio, depending on their situation.

If you have a piano at home (which you should), you can even ask them to do lessons at your home. It’s all about being comfortable and motivated in your surroundings.

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