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Frequently Asked Questions
LEARNING TO PLAY THE PIANO
Why learn the piano?
The piano is a great instrument to start with. This is because its very visual, and produces a great sound without having to learn how, (such as the violin or the guitar).
Because of this, it is and ideal starting instrument, especially for a young child, and this is probably why it is the number one instrument choice in the world. The piano is also the best instrument to understand music theory, (the study of the structure of music).
This is because while most instruments can only play one note at a time, the piano can play many, helping students see the musical structure. While the piano is the easiest instrument to begin, and provides a great musical foundation, it is also the hardest instrument to master.
What is the best age to start piano Lessons?
Usually 4 and up. This is hard to answer however, because music requires concentration and focus, and children are ready for this at different ages.
The best way to find out is enrol in classes and see how well the child responds. If the parents can provide some structure and oversight to practicing that makes a huge difference.
Also attendance of our masterclasses and recitals often sparks curiosity about learning the piano.
How long does it take to learn the piano?
Usually a few months to learn a simple piece.
That said, everyone learns at a different pace, and this question is difficult to answer. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months.
Also, progress tends to accelerate over time. Most of our students take lessons on a long term-basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons enjoyable.
What digital keyboards do you recommend?
We recommend any keyboard with weighted keys, so students strengthen their fingers as they play. Popular beginner digital keyboards include Yamaha P45 or P125 models.
Is it too late to learn the piano?
No. This is a question we frequently get from adults who are interested in getting back into piano after many years, or who are thinking of starting for the first time.
We fully believe that its possible to learn piano at any age, and in fact some element of learning such as the technique, theory, and reading can be faster learned by the adult mind.
How long of a lesson should I take?
For children 5 to 9 years old, a 45 minute musical lesson is sufficient. For studnets 9+ years and students who have specific musical goals such as playing in orchestra, a full 1 hour lesson is a better investment. For any advanced players a 1 hour lesson is highly recommended.
Do I need my own instrument?
Can we split a 60 minute lesson into two lessons?
If you have two students wanting to learn, we are able to divide a 60 minute lesson into two 30 minute lessons.
What happens if I leave for 2 months and come back?
If you are leaving for 30 days or longer, you have the option of holding your time and teacher for when you return by paying your normal monthly tuition.You may also withdraw completely and re- register when you return, however your time and teacher may not be available.
Do you accept the government’s Creative Kids Voucher?
Currently we are only accepting Creative Kids Voucher in NSW. We hope to accept the government voucher in other states soon.
Do I need to travel anywhere for my lessons?
We will come to your home, meaning you don’t have to fight traffic to get to after school lessons.
How can we access the student portal?
You can visit the Teachworks page to log into the student portal. Email us at email@example.com to get your login details.
Is my child too young to start music lessons?
How old should my child be to begin music lessons?
Children as young as five can begin learning their instrument and basic music theory.
We are very experienced in tutoring young children who are complete beginners, and have all the patience and personality needed to engage your child and give them best start in their musical journey.
Is a 45 minute lesson too long for my child?
In our 45 minute lessons, we are able to cover music theory, technical skills alongside the songs we teach. These important aspects of musical education are often skipped over in 30 minute lessons.
How do I know my child is progressing ?
To keep our students learning and progressing, we use the Musical Ladder system. Every 3 months our students take a test with their teacher to make sure they are absorbing the material in the lessons and making progress. Our students love this system as they get to earn cool colourful wristbands and certificates as well as trophies for their achievements! Our teachers also will take the time to conference
What happens if I ( my child ) gets sick and can’t make a lesson one day?
We have group make up classes on the weekend, that are age and level appropriate. You can sign up online for as many as you would like and the make up never expires, meaning you can take the make up class a week or 2 months later.
What are your teachers qualifications?
We are highly experienced in teaching students of all ages and skill levels, and have completed the relevant exams that allow us to teach. All teachers have undertaken a government certified “Working with children” police check.
BOOKING A LESSON
How does booking lessons work?
We offer weekly lessons, scheduled at the same time each week, with your teacher. Our lessons run throughout the school terms.
How frequently do I need to pay for lessons?
Students have the option of paying per month or term. Invoices are sent to students on a termly basis, so please let us know if you prefer monthly billing.
How does the payment work?
We ask all students to pay via direct debit or credit card. Our teachers will not accept cash. Lessons are prepaid to guarantee your placement.
Why Should You Take Piano Lessons?
We want to encourage our kids to have hobbies (ie things that keep them busy and are hopefully educational).
Meaningful, long-term hobbies like learning the piano is one of the most purposeful and long-lasting. Buying a piano for kids is a financial gamble that begs the question, is it worth it? YES— is the short answer.
ou don’t have to go crazy, buying a full-size piano before you even know if they are interested (or have any potential). It’s better to start with a scaled-down version or a digital piano until you and your child have decided it’s still interesting after the first month.
With programs such as Music Lessons Academy providing in home and online piano lessons it’s easy to get our kids started on their musical journey— it even keeps them busy for periods of time (we’ve been testing it out during quarantine and yes, it does really work!).
There’s no having to drive to lessons but they still get to learn notes and follow a rhythm.
There are a lot of studies that look into the effects of learning to play the piano on the development of children and their brains.
Everything from improved concentration to higher levels of emotional intelligence to increased math ability has been associated with skills credited to the piano.
Whether or not you’re looking for an activity to do for learning or are simply looking for a kid-friendly outlet for stress or anxiety, we have rounded up a range of options for the best piano for kids and toddlers that may pique your child’s interest.
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Before your child begins piano lessons, be sure you sit down and have a conversation about what you expect. I recommend agreeing on a time of day to practice, every day, even if that practice is only for them to play for five minutes.
Start small, but start consistent, and then you’ll have something to build on as your child advances through their piano lessons to the point where they can play many songs on the piano.
The first lesson is important to establish whether or not the young child wants to progress any further with their musical education.
Please note, no child is instantly gifted with the ability to play piano from the first lesson, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE is the key to learn everything there is about piano.
Even if the first step is just to learn a note or some notes and begin to string them together, kids just need time to practice and have fun with the keys until they ready to pursue bigger and better things.
We know that Music Lessons Academy is a great option for beginner piano students who want to start piano lessons, with fantastic teachers that want to progress and develop your ability to play piano at an early age to help you explore your interest in piano and build confidence. If your child or children wants to learn piano, start with us as we have many resources to help our students achieve their musical goals.
Even if your child has already started piano lessons and you haven’t done some of these things, no worries!
Music lessons are an ongoing process, and piano students will benefit as you apply these ideas at any time during their education.
Visit online at Music Lessons Academy Instagram for posts that show helpful ideas for students to learn and develop.
No other piano course offers such a detailed and complete overview of scales and chords.
You’re never more than only one click away from the piano chords or scales you were looking for.
You want to play your favorite song by ear, without having sheet music, chords or melody?
After this learning how to play the piano you will be able to sit at the piano and play any song, just by listening attentively, derive chords and melody and then play the song, by ear!
Surprise everyone playing any song on the piano with this amazing technique!
The way the course is created, with lots of songs and easy explanations of every detail, means that you will advance rapidly every day.
VERY QUICKLY, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PLAY YOUR FIRST SONGS ON THE PIANO OR KEYBOARD
At a very early stage, you will already apply what you’ve learned and start playing songs. First playing the melody with your right hand, later also adding your left hand.
And what makes it a real pleasure to practice, is that you play a song together with a band that accompanies you while you are playing on your piano or electronic keyboard.
LEARN PIANO IN A FUN WAY, NOT BY ONLY ENDLESSLY RUNNING UP & DOWN THE SCALES
In order to play the piano or keyboard well, you have to practice scales. But only endlessly going up & down the scales is not very fun way of learning the piano or keyboard, that’s why in this course you practice the scales in songs that contain just the notes of that particular scale.
And of course, the band will accompany you in all the songs.
This makes practicing the scales a pleasure!
TRY THIS PIANO COURSE WITHOUT ANY RISK.
If you’re still not sure, why not just give it a try? It’s without any risk: if for whatever reason this is not the course for you, you can get a full refund within 30 days after purchase.
So, there’s no need to wait any longer: just hit that ‘enroll’ button and get access to more than 22 hours of video, interactive music theory exercises and to an amazing BONUS: a 110 page ebook with all the scales and chords in all the inversions with finger positions, as well as plenty of other resources (play-along files in different tempos, PDF files with sheet music for every song, …).
It only takes you one click to have access to ALL of this.
Still not convinced?
Just have a look at the promo video and the free preview videos to have an idea of how I teach, and also have a look at the course curriculum.
You will apply the theory and skills learned during the lectures in songs that you will play together with a band (play-along mp3 files and MIDI files included). In this way, practicing the notes in the scales becomes a pleasure!
Lots of practice files (mp3 and MIDI) in all 12 keys and in several tempos included
An ebook included for FREE with ALL the scales and chords in all inversions with finger positions (110 pages!) with clickable index that leads you directly to the scale or chord you were looking for
More than 450 downloadable resources! (more than any other piano course)
Clear explanations by an experienced teacher (more than 25 years of teaching experience)
Apart from the introduction section , the course consists of 6 main sections, each with a lot of lectures that will help you to advance in a steady way. The 6 main sections are:
- Piano chords
- Other chords
- Playing by ear
- Reading music
SOME OF THE TOPICS COVERED IN THIS COURSE
- Major scales in all 12 keys
- Minor scales in all 12 keys
- Transposing songs in other keys
- Lots of songs to practice the notes of the scales
- Circle of fifths
- Major triads
- Minor triads
- Dominant 7th chords
- Minor 7th chords
- Diminished chords
- Major 7th chords
- Slash chords
- Sus chords
- Lots of songs to practice the chords
- Diatonic chords in a major key
- Diatonic chords in a minor key
- Playing by ear
- Treble clef
- Bass clef
- Time signature
- Key signature
- Practice songs
- Pentatonic scale (major and minor)
- Blues scale
- The 12 bar blues
- Improvising with the pentatonic and blues scales
- Licks and riffs
- Adding rhythm in the left hand accompaniment
- Adding colors (9th, #9th, 13th) in the left hand accompaniment
- Extend the blues scale with extra notes
Who this course is for:
This course is for anyone who wants to start to play the piano: to play songs, read from lead sheets, chord sheets and sheet music, start to improvise and obtain a good understanding of music (theory).
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