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More than 20 years experience teaching children and adults, all levels and all styles of music.

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PIANO LESSON BASICS

The piano is recognized in the world of music as the Mother of all Instruments. Whether or not your primary instrument is the piano, it is considered an essential foundation for developing musical skills. Although it is possible to learn the basics from watching video lessons, there is no substitute for one-on-one lessons with an experienced teacher that can create a lesson plan ideally suited to your needs and interests. 

Best age to start lessons 

A good starting age ranges between 6 to 8 years old, mostly dependent on their maturity.  If your child is showing a great deal of interest at a younger age, consult a piano teacher and suggest a trial lesson to get some feedback.  The youngest that I have taught were 5 years of age. I recommend very young children to start with mommy-and-me type group lessons, where they will teach the very basics of music through play. You and your child will both enjoy the experience, and it will prepare the student for private lessons.

Lesson duration and frequency 

For children, I recommend starting private lessons when they are mature enough to sit and take instructions for 30 minutes, which is typically around 6 years of age.  Adults would do well with 45-60 minute lessons. Weekly or bi-weekly lessons are best for the student. The more time that passes between lessons, the better chance of developing bad habits or mistakes, which can take longer to correct, and that can be quite discouraging.

Staying motivated to practice (or as I like to say, "play" piano)

Adults and children alike do much better when they are enjoying the learning process. I believe that positive reinforcement, motivation and inspiration all work hand in hand to provide a sustaining interest in learning. I like to introduce my students to a variety of musical styles and allow them to bring any music they would like to learn, provided that they also study essential learning material. The reality is that the more you play the piano the more you’ll improve. The teacher is simply a tool for learning.

No regrets

So many adults have said to me “I’ve always wanted to play the piano.” And I respond, “What are you waiting for?” It’s never too late to start (or re-start) piano lessons. My adult students truly enjoy sitting at the piano and playing for the first time or continuing after a LONG break.

Piano vs Keyboard

Kids may find keyboards to be more interesting than a piano because of the many sounds it can make and the recording capability. You will also appreciate that keyboards do not require tuning (ever!). I personally prefer the piano for feel and sound, and it is much better for building and maintaining correct technique. However, there are good quality "digital" keyboards with weighted and touch-sensitive keys that come pretty close to the feel of a real piano.  

Finding a good teacher

A referral from a friend or music store is often the best way to find the best teacher.

 



My personal choices and recommendations:

One of my very favorite brand pianos is the Bösendorfer, manufactured in Austria.  It's a bit pricey, but the sound, feel and build quality is outstanding!

I also like Yamaha pianos, particularly the concert series.  Their grand pianos are a great value with superior sound and build quality, and higher than average resell value, as are their professional series baby grand and upright pianos. 

The Schimmel pianos made in Germany are quite nice as well, more exclusive than the more mass produced Yamaha pianos.  If you want something a little more stylish and unique, this is a great choice!

Pianos for my studio & live performances:

  • Yamaha C7 - Most of my albums were recorded on this model, including Promises, Keys To My Heart, CD2000 and The Four Seasons.
  • Yamaha C9 - Germany and the Secret Genocide film score and theme song, live performances.
  • Bösendorfer Imperial - Various projects, including live performances.

My pianos:

  • Bösendorfer Grand Piano, Johann Strauss model - First edition, built in the 1850's, this piano is the best sounding piano I've ever played, but also the most difficult physically (like an old typewriter).
  • Kimball Baby Grand - My first piano, which I still enjoy playing despite having worn out most of the internal parts.  Interesting fact: From 1966-2002, Kimball Pianos owned Bösendorfer.
  • Yamaha U3 upright - I enjoy the sounds and feel of this particular model more than any other model or brand upright.  These are often the pianos they have in concert hall orchestra pits. 
  • Yamaha U1 upright - The ideal choice for a home, not too big or too loud.