Getting Started with Piano Lessons

So you're interested in starting piano lessons but you're not sure where to begin? You're in the right place! 

Keyboard. The first thing you'll need to get started is a piano. An acoustic (and well-tuned) piano is ideal, but it's not always feasible. No problem! A full-size keyboard with weighted keys is perfect for a beginning student of any age!

Chair or bench. This is very important! If your keyboard does not come with a bench, you will need to buy a bench or use a chair that is the same height as a piano bench. If your student is very young, sitting on large books can help him reach the keys more comfortably. 

Teacher. Now that you have your piano and you're ready to start, you'll, of course, need a good teacher! The most important factor when considering a teacher is if he or she will be a good fit for your child. Is there a specific style of music your child wants to learn? Does your child have a goal she wants to reach? Does your child's learning style fit with the teacher's experience? Does your child have specific learning or behavioral needs? Ask if the teacher about an interview or trial lesson to discuss any concerns and see if you are a good fit for each other! A good teacher will want to make sure, as well, before accepting a new student into her studio. 

Materials. Your teacher will tell you exactly what materials you will need for lessons. Some teachers include materials in a yearly fee. If yours does not, you can plan to pay up to about $100/year for materials. 

Once you have your piano, you've found a teacher you and your child love, and they are happily learning, I strongly encourage you to communicate with your teacher often! I love when students text me during the week and update me on what they're learning or ask questions if they feel stuck. I can't encourage communication strongly enough! It is VITAL to your child's success!