Have you always been interested in learning how to play a musical instrument? Well, now’s your chance to learn everything you need to before you start! For this pro post, we consulted Barbara De Biasi, founder and director of Fireworks Music School in London.
She answered some of our questions about piano lessons, including when the best time for kids to start learning to play the piano is. If you’re looking for piano lessons for kids or for yourself, then this pro post is for you! Read on to learn more about learning how to play a musical instrument.
1. Which age is best to begin piano lessons?
The earlier the better! We have pupils starting as young as 2 years old, but really any age is great.
The majority of our children start between 4 and 7 years old and the effect of playing a musical instrument on their brain is incredible. It has been scientifically proven that children playing a musical instrument are more likely to achieve better in school than their peers who do not play a musical instrument. It helps with their memory, their attention and focus and their organisational skills, so playing an instrument not only is great fun, but it is directly related to children’s brain development.
2. I want to learn how to play a musical instrument. Why should I take piano lessons?
The piano is a great starter instrument since it’s great for learning sight-reading. For the piano, sight-reading involves reading two lines at the same time, each in a different clef.
Both hands are involved whilst playing the piano and they mostly play independent rhythms and musical patterns, which involves the brain to work twice as hard!
The piano is a musical instrument that requires what we call ‘symmetrical’ playing. This is because our body needs to be completely aligned to the front of the piano, and our hands are symmetrically positioned on the keyboard. If you take a violin player, for example, you will see that their body is completely asymmetrical whilst playing. Violinists need to put most of their body weight to the left, to accommodate the violin position on their left shoulder. This might compromise posture at a later stage and might result in aches to the body later on.
For all the reasons above and many more, the piano is a great choice!
3. How often do I need to practice the piano?
The more the better! Pianists are like athletes and your fingers are like your legs before running a marathon. The more you warm up in your practice, the more you train your fingers to do as they are told, the more they will be able to play freely in more complicated pieces later on.
A good starting point is 30 minutes each day for a beginner. Increase the practising time to 1 hour as you start to learn more and more complicated pieces.
The more time you put in, the more your fingers will thank you, and the more progress you will make. Whether it’s before going to school in the morning, or after school in the evenings, try to find as much time to dedicate to your piano practising. And remember, practising doesn’t have to be boring! It releases the tension of the day and takes you straight into the magical world of music!
4. What should I expect in piano lessons?
It all depends on your level, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced.
If it is your first piano lesson, your teacher will explain how to position your hands on the keyboards, the right posture, how to learn the notes, how to count the beats in a bar, and about the difference between the treble clef (right hand) and the bass clef (left hand).
The longer your lesson is and the more time you have with your teacher, the more you will be able to accomplish.
Our teachers at Fireworks Music School are all very supportive and passionate about music. We can’t wait to take you on a beautiful musical journey with us!
Barbara De Biasi, Music Teacher
Fireworks Music School
Bidvine Professional since 2015
We’d like to thank Barbara for her answers to our questions, and her dedication to Bidvine! Fireworks Music School offers music lessons throughout London if you’re interested. A teacher can come to your home, or you can learn at their home, the choice is up to you!
Fireworks Music School’s tutors have performed in the Royal Albert Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Centre, the Royal Festival Hall, Salzburg-Mozarteum, Paris-Unesco Hall, just to name a few venues. What an outstanding list of accomplishments! If you’d like to hire a London-based piano teacher from Fireworks Music School, submit a free request on Bidvine today.
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