At what age should children start learning the piano?

Every child is unique so there is no absolute answer to which age should a child start piano lessons. However, parents should keep in mind that the language of music is best taught by teacher’s demonstrations. For example, the teacher can play something and the child can try to imitate. This is the most effective learning in the early stage. As long as your child can respond to music (this is usually developed by the age of 4), your child can start taking piano lessons. We highly recommend 20-30 minutes piano lesson for young beginners.

How do I learn the piano?

Many students have asked about how to be able to play the piano and make beautiful music. The answer is simple. You need to first grasp the fundamental elements in learning the piano.

Firstly, you need to learn about the piano keyboard: how many keys are there on the piano and how are the black keys grouped. Then you need to see the design of the keyboard has a repetitive pattern.. Secondly, you need to learn to read music notes. This normally takes a while to become fluent. It is like learning a new language. Once you have grasped in reading music, and knowing the keyboard with your eyes closed, you can develop further and deeper knowledge about the history of the pieces and the composers, the harmonic and melodic structures, the genres, etc…

Learning to play the piano is a very elegant yet not easy discipline. It will definitely put your brain on alert and analytical mode…

Let the adventure begin!

What are the benefits of playing the piano?

Every individual chooses to play the piano for personal goals. Playing the piano is not only beneficial for brain development but it is also therapeutic. Piano playing involves your entire body (from head to feet), and it requires mental awareness. This is why scientists claim that piano playing is an exercise that incorporates all the hemispheres of the brain. This scientific fact is applicable for all ages.

Why choose the piano?

Although all musical instruments have their own special sound colour, the piano contains the entire orchestral range. Reading piano scores require reading two (sometimes more than two) clefs, and the pedal markings (if required).  To be able to read and play piano music is a specialised skill. This is not all, you will also gain more cultural sophistication through playing piano music.

Why practice?

Practice is like training. A swimmer needs training to swim faster; an athlete needs training to improve performance skills. Same with playing the piano, pianistic skills can be improved through practice (or ‘training’). Although there are exceptional cases where the piano student is highly intelligent and does not require much practicing.

What is the correct practice routine?

That depends on the daily schedule. For young students consistency is most important. For adults it depends on the individual. From my years of teaching experiences I find my students enjoy playing the piano when they like the music. Teachers should remember that piano playing should not be chores for their students and the practice routine of every piano student should be planned accordingly.

How much does lessons cost?

Individual lesson starts from $35.  Group Lesson costs $25 per hour.

CEO & Managing Director,  Paddy Ge (MMus.BMus.LMus. Sydney and South Africa)

NSW Piano Tuition offers piano lessons for all ages and provides professional teaching approach to all individual goals. Holiday courses are also available.