The pursuit of a Piano Education promises lifelong enjoyment, inspiration, and accomplishment.
Lessons are scheduled weekly and depending on the level are 30 to 60 minutes in length. Young beginners usually don't have a concentration span much beyond 30 minutes. Most of my students are taught at my music studio in Blairstown.
Beginners 30 minutes - $30.-
Intermediate Advanced or Adult 45 minutes - $40.-
Advanced or Adult 60 minutes - $50.-
In order to benefit most from piano lessons, regular practice is important. An instrument in good condition should be available. It is a good idea to have the piano tuned at least once a year, although twice a year is preferable. This keeps the pitch up and the piano sounding great. A digital keyboard is suitable for practice at a beginning level, keeping in mind an upgrade may be necessary as the musician advances.
inspires creativity, imagination and cultural awareness
develops self-confidence and spirituality
enhances scholastic performance
improves concentration, memory and coordination
So, you want to take lessons but you don't have a piano?
Unless you get lucky and buy a used instrument, are you ready to invest big dollars not knowing if it will meet your expectations? You might consider getting an electronic keyboard as an intermediate solution. Modern technology now provides you with some excellent choices in keyboards that might fit your budget.
Prospective students are always asking me for recommendations, so I've provided my personal favorites here along with shopping links. Musician's Friend and Music 123 are both favorites of mine. Compare specials between stores and go with the best deal.
For beginners, one of my favorite keyboards is the Yamaha P-105 . I also recommend an inexpensive set of headphones along with a sustain pedal for your keyboard. A bench and stand are optional, but they do provide the most ergonomically correct position at the keyboard, so I highly recommend them!
However, any electronic keyboard below $700 lacks the real feel of an acoustical piano. You might want to look at keyboards that incorporate 'hammer weighted action'. This means that the keyboard emulates the action of a grand piano.
After you've checked all of the above, here's one final look you should consider. The Yamaha Arius YDP142, comparing quality and price, in my opinion is the next best thing to a standard acoustical piano, but with one major advantage as with all electric keyboards... It's always in perfect tune!
"Music to me is the perfect expression of the soul." Robert Schumann