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Benefits of Learning Piano

You know what? I’ve seen it over and over! Learning Piano is good for your health!

Taking piano lessons is a great way to develop musicality, improve hand-eye coordination and build discipline. It can also encourage creativity, allow for expression and increase self-confidence. The more you practice, the stronger your memory will be as well! It’s all in the repetition. 

I could go on and on. Learning how to play the piano has so many benefits: it’s a great stress reliever; it strengthens memory; it improves hand-eye coordination; encourages creativity; allows for expression (you can make up your own songs); increases self-confidence and so much more…

What You Need to Start Learning Piano

  • A piano or keyboard
  • A teacher or instructor
  • and a practice space; such as a room in your home where you can play without being disturbed by other people or pets. It should be well-lit and have enough space for you to sit comfortably at the piano with your music stand in front of you. If possible, try to find a room that has carpeting on the floor so it’s softer underfoot when playing barefoot (or socks).

Commitment to practice often

If you want to experience the full benefits of learning the Piano, you really should make a commitment to practice. That’s how you’re going to be able to play the songs that you really want to learn. 20 minutes a day 5 days a week will be plenty when you first start. If you want to get better faster, consider more time. As you improve you’ll benefit even ore from longer practice sessions but 20 minutes will work great when you first start.

Types of Piano Lessons

There are many different types of piano lessons. Private lessons are one-on-one lessons with a teacher where you can learn at your own pace and at your own convenience. Group lessons are similar to private lessons in that they’re taught by an instructor, but they’re usually offered in groups and may be more affordable than private lessons. Online piano classes are another option for those who want to learn how to play without having to leave home or travel very far from their computer screen!

Self-taught piano is another way people learn how to play this instrument without taking any formal instruction (though some people choose self-taught over other options). In this case, students will usually use books or online tutorials as their main source of guidance when learning new pieces on their own time rather than having someone else teach them directly through face-to-face interaction. I’ve helped many self taught piano students who have reached the stage in their self direction that they need help taking them to the next level. A good piano teacher can help correct mistakes, posture and fingering to make it even easier to play.

Choosing the Right Piano Teacher

– Experience! A good piano teacher should be able to provide you with a list of references and recommendations from previous students.

– Teaching Style. Does the piano teacher use a traditional or contemporary approach? You might want to try both styles before deciding on one that feels right for you and your child’s learning style.

– Personality Fit/Reliability/Communication Skills: A good piano teacher will be someone who is patient, reliable, organized, flexible and enjoys working with children (or adults).

Piano Lessons for Adults

If you’re an adult and have never played the piano before, it’s important to find a teacher who can help you get started. Your teacher should be able to explain things clearly and answer any questions. You’ll also want someone with whom you feel comfortable working with–a good relationship with your teacher will make practicing even easier!

Your first steps for learning the Piano

The first step in learning how to play the piano is finding out what kind of music interests you most. Do you want to learn classical pieces? Or maybe jazz or pop songs? Once this is decided on, set some realistic goals for yourself regarding how much time each week (or month) that should be spent practicing at home so that progress can be made towards those goals without feeling overwhelmed by having too many things going on at once. Finally but most importantly: make practice time a priority! Before school, after school, after dinner, before bed are all good places to carve out some time!

Practicing Piano

Practicing piano is a great way to improve your skills and learn new pieces. But it can be hard to know where to start or how much time you should spend practicing each day. Here are some tips for developing a practice routine that works for you:

Set realistic goals for yourself–and stick with them! It’s easy to get discouraged when things don’t go as planned, but if your goal is too high or unrealistic, then it won’t be helpful in the long run. Instead of aiming for perfection on day one (which probably won’t happen), focus on making progress every single time that you sit down at the keyboard.

Make practicing piano part of your daily routine so that it becomes second nature over time–and don’t forget about rest days! Just like any other activity or sport, playing music requires physical exertion and mental concentration; so make sure not only do they get enough rest but also give themselves breaks throughout their week by doing something else entirely unrelated such as reading books/magazines/newspapers, etcetera

Common Piano Mistakes

– Not warming up. It’s a common mistake to think that you can just jump right into playing the piano, but this is not the case. Warming up your fingers and hands before playing is essential for avoiding injury, as well as getting your mind into the right place for learning how to play.

  • Not having a plan. If you’re not sure what you want out of your lesson or how much time you can devote each week, then it may be best for both parties if we go our separate ways now so we don’t waste each other’s time! Having an idea of what exactly will be covered in each lesson will also help me tailor my teaching style accordingly so that everyone leaves happy at the end of class.”

How Long Does It Take to Learn Piano?

The answer to this question is dependent on a few things. It depends on your individual learning style, the type of lessons you take and how much time you practice.

For example, if you’re a visual learner who likes to see how things are played on the piano before trying them yourself, then an in person piano teacher may be best for you. This way, there’s no guessing about whether or not your fingers are in the right place because there will be visual cues showing exactly where they need to go! If this sounds like something that would work better than traditional private lessons (and save money), 


If you’re considering taking piano lessons, there are a few things to keep in mind:

Piano lessons can be a great way to develop musicality, creativity and discipline. With the right teacher and a commitment to practice anyone can learn to play the piano.

If you have never been exposed to music theory or notation before it might be helpful to take some time before your first lesson with your teacher so that they can help explain how everything works. Don’t worry. It’s not a hard as some make it out to be.

It is important not only for students but also teachers that lessons are fun! This means both parties should be enjoying themselves while learning from each other at the same time!

So, come have some fun with us! I’m available Monday-Thursday and love helping my students experience the Piano! Find out more here 

About the Author: Noel Wentworth

Noel Wentworth has been a well known musician and music Instructor in Kelowna. Teaching Guitar, Bass and Ukulele since 1996, Noel has been a community relations, Music Education advocate for over two decades. Notably, Noel was responsible for securing High school credit in BC for Students studying popular music (Rockschool). Noel Teaches along side his wife Lora (Piano and Saxophone) at the Upbeat Music Academy Kelowna.
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