Nowadays, many parents want to keep their children busy by letting them take taekwondo, art, or swimming, while many parents encourage their kids to attend piano lessons. There are even some parents who would go as far as to let their children attend as many different classes and activities as possible. Taking any form of musical classes, art or martial art lessons is a great way to expand a child’s mind, overall capabilities, and knowledge.
However, not many people know where to begin. If you or your child wants to learn how to play the piano, you should follow these next five simple steps to succeed:
It is Never too Late!
The first thing you need to do is to establish if learning how to play the piano is your child’s dream or if it is one of your own longtime dreams. I have met numerous students who quit their piano lessons because they were not interested – they were simply attending the classes to please their parents. If this situation sounds familiar to you, then I advise that you should rather take the lessons, instead of sending your child. Keep in mind that it is never too late for anyone to learn how to play a musical instrument.
Determine which Type of setting is Better
Before you begin your search for piano lessons, you need to choose the right setting. Do you prefer learning from home or a music school? Would it be convenient to attend lessons in another location? The answers to these questions are vital to consider prior to starting the piano lessons, because you need to feel exceedingly comfortable in the chosen setting. Private lessons are excellent if you or your child want complete privacy. Nonetheless, if being around people makes learning easier for you, then a music school is the best choice.
Choose a Musical Instrument
I know you want to learn to play the piano, but you need to determine which piano type you would prefer to play. There are a few different types such as the acoustic piano, digital piano, and keyboard. Since you are a beginner, the keyboard is a usually a better choice, unless you already have a piano at home.
Many piano teachers feel that it is ideal to start with a keyboard and see how it goes from there. As time passes by and you want to continue to play simply for personal enjoyment, then you can always stick to the keyboard. Nonetheless, if you are serious about your piano lessons and you want to take part in recitals, for example, it would be sensible to switch to an acoustic piano.
Find a Piano Teacher
Even if you choose to take piano lessons from a music school, you have to choose a teacher that makes you feel at ease. Most people hire a piano teacher by visiting several music schools in their region and sitting in on their classes to see how these teachers carry out the lessons. At the end of the lesson, talk to the teacher and ask him about his education and career history, general knowledge of music, and the length of time that he has played the piano. Besides this, I advise that you do some proper background checks on the different piano teachers before you make your final choice.
Prioritize Your Lessons
This does not mean that you need to fill your daily schedule with piano lessons. You simply need to prioritize it by limiting other activities that you may have. Learning to play the piano is meant to be fun and something that you should not rush. For this reason, I advise that you arrange your lessons in such a way that you do not feel overwhelmed by other things.
Do you think that learning how to play the piano is an easy undertaking?