You can hear the piano in classical music, playing solo or with an orchestra, or in rock groups, jazz bands, theatre orchestras, accompanying singers, and in many other musical settings. So you can see that learning the piano opens up a huge range of possibilities for you as a performer. What kinds of music would you like to play on the piano?
Learning the piano also greatly boosts your understanding of music in general, giving you a head start if you choose to learn music theory, to write songs, or to compose music. If you are interested in music, but not sure where to start, learning piano would give you skills that would be helpful if you moved to another instrument later.
What will I learn?
Content of your lessons will always depend on your current ability and learning goals.
Lessons for beginners will typically focus on: Making sounds with the piano, building the strength and skill of your fingers, reading music, posture, playing melodies, playing chords.
I like you to be playing recognisable tunes as soon as your ability allows – usually in the first few lessons. We then add to your abilities, and put them into acion with increasingly interesting music.
In due course, we will usually explore music from the grade exam syllabuses, which contain many different msucial styles at a range of attainment levels. Some students like to mark their progress by taking grade exams, but its not compulsory to do so.
What will I need?
To learn piano, it would be ideal to have a standard acoustic piano. There are alternatives, some of which serve very well. Modern digital pianos are popular – importantly, they have weighted touch-sensitive keys and pedals. The minimum instrument requirement to start would be a digital keyboard with weighted touch sensitive keys and a sustain pedal. In addition, you will need a piano stool that is adjustable for height.
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