My Teaching Technique…

After 40 years, I have a million different techniques to get children to learn. I really end up doing something totally different with all of them. The big plan is if they like it. Then they will want to play and maybe practice. So first we have to find out the child’s favorite song or kind of music. You can get anything at any level now. (Frozen II, Star Wars) so I always from day one let the student work on something they pick out.

One time, at the last recital, I had 3 students play background music from their favorite games. But they still all have their lesson books because we are going to learn to read music. So good for thinking and reasoning. I am also going to have everyone play some Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven along the way because it will make them use a lot of thinking skill and do a lot for their self esteem when someone hears them even working on it.

Sometimes I have to sneak it in because …oh look this rock song is just like this Beethoven!  One of my students, doesn’t want to take home a book so we have to learn cool pieces from memory every week. One played Christmas songs for Boy Scouts to sing. Those are the ones that “hate” it. Do you think so? 

Some kids play by ear. I don’t. But I still will still encourage them to do that. It’s a gift. Some people are good at reading music but they can still try to memorize. It’s all good. We all just have different ways of learning. 

Some Piano Inspiration

“ The piano ain’t got no wrong notes”.

Thelonious Monk

“The piano is able to communicate the subtlest universal truths by means of wood, metal and vibrating air”.     

Kenneth R. Miller

“A piano might fall on your head, he said, but it also might not. And in the meantime you never know. Something nice might happen”.

Meg Rosoff

“The piano is an orchestra with 88 things, you know“.

Vladimir Horowitz

Learning Piano is a Lifetime Journey

No one should get discouraged if it takes them longer to learn. The joy is in the journey! Once again, while it is true that with determination and really hard work you could learn a favorite song that is above your level, it may take months to learn it, and your performance may have some technical challenges. It is good to progress one step at a time and tackle repertoire that fits your level. That way you’ll have so many more possibilities open to you with the kind of pieces you’ll feel comfortable learning as you advance.

How long does it take to learn Piano, you may ask?

A lot of people ask how long it takes to learn to play the piano. Maybe you have a certain song in mind, and you want to know how long before you can play it. Maybe you’re starting lessons and wondering where it ends. Or maybe you want to know how long before you can accompany yourself while you sing, or play with a band, or play hymns in church. The real answer to “How long does it take to learn to play the piano?” is: it depends! Let’s explore the possibilities.