Why learn Piano?
Learning piano offers many benefits to students. It is often seen as one of the easier instruments to learn – its easy accessible to all ages and doesn’t require much muscle strength (compared to a guitar or brass instrument for example).
It is also great to enhance the brain’s cognitive processes and learn coordination. Learning to play piano teaches students the value of achievement through practice and effort – values that are obviously beneficial across everything in life.
Piano lessons at Circle Music
Piano lessons at Circle Music are taught on an 88-key fully weighted upright grand piano. A typical piano lesson is 30 minutes long and will often be broken into short segments to keep interest and attention levels high.
Lessons are designed to focus on the goals and interests of the student, from beginner through to advanced levels – and are adaptable as learning progresses. They will usually cover theory, technique and practical skills.
Young children might be taught a more hands-on, fun-focused approach to help develop their attention while older students will likely pick up music theory more quickly. Classes may then be customised and adapted in future according to the needs of the student.
Teachers will give students tips, recommendations and knowledge to help build their own creativity.
The main objective for all piano students is to have fun and enjoy the learning process. As they grow they will begin to recognise their own effort and discipline will power their own achievement. They will grow to understand about how to apply the theory they’ve learned to all types of music.
How will you learn?
Students can begin to learn any particular style they want to play and will be taught the best way to progress up to the level they want to achieve.
Typically students will learn to read notes and practice scales – two of the fundamentals of playing piano. These are not mandatory but will always help progression. If they find it hard to do this in a conventional way, other methods can be applied to help them.
The best way to learn piano depends on the type of student. The class means the teacher will find the best way to help the student learn, and also the best way to practice.
Books are often used and make taking lessons home easier. They are not mandatory but are highly recommended. The teacher will assess the student’s learning level and recommend any books after the first lessons.
How much practice do I need?
Homework will usually consist of practicing what has been taught in the lesson – from a new song or scale through to a music revision quiz. A good practice level might be a minimum of three times per week for half an hour – this can be broken down into shorter segments if necessary. If this is not possible, the teacher can also help provide tools to help maximise shorter practice periods.
Becoming a good player may take less time than expected depending on how much practice is put in. Students will always progress faster if they enjoy what they are doing and can enjoy and adapt their study to their own musical passions – whatever their age or tastes.