In-Person and Virtual Piano Lessons
Perhaps you’ve been wondering “Should I learn the piano?”. At DMA we accept students 4 and up for piano. Let’s go over some of the pros and cons of taking piano lessons so that you can make the best decision for your wallet, your schedule and your personality:
Pros of playing Piano:
- Easy to play for young students developing fine motor skills
- Straightforward for music reading
- Has benefits for both sides of the brain
Cons of playing Piano:
- May be a little more costly and take up space
- Not very portable (depending on whether you get a keyboard or piano and the size)
- Nails must be kept short
- Have to read two staves at once
A Great Instrument for a Beginner and for your brain!
Beginning students will enjoy the piano for a variety of reasons. They won’t have to take a tremendous amount of finger strength to press down the keys. Students will find it relatively intuitive to read the music. As the notes go up on the page, the pianist plays the next finger to the right. As the notes go down on the page, the pianist plays the next finger to the left.
Reading and Motor Challenges
Sometimes students can find reading tricky because they have to learn two different staves (a lines and spaces configuration that organizes music notes) at once. Students need to be adept at using two hands at once. Sometimes each hand has to play two very different patterns at the same time. However, these situations are only introduced after the student has developed some mastery of hands separately. Furthermore, developing this multitasking skill has tremendous benefits for the student’s brain. Studies have shown significant brain growth on both sides of the brain after years of studying piano when compared with non-musicians and with musicians that predominantly use one hand to plunk out notes and chords, such as violinists.
What’s the Cost?
A prospective pianist must also consider the cost and upkeep of a piano, and the space it takes up. If you have a smaller living space, having a piano can definitely be a challenge. Getting a keyboard might be your best bet.
While the piano itself will likely be free if it’s being rehomed, you will need to consider for moving and tuning costs. Pianos must be tuned at least once a year. (side note: never take a piano from a previous owner if it has been living in a basement or garage or hasn’t been tuned in five years or more-it may be irreparable). You will need to place the piano in a room that doesn’t have variable humidity levels and it ideally should sit against an internal wall. If that’s a challenge, you might want to consider a keyboard or another instrument.
Beginner Piano Lessons for Children, Pre-Teens, Teens, Young Adults & Beyond
All beginning piano students from children to adults learn how to read music fluently and develop correct techniques during piano lessons. We will be going over basic music theory reading skills, developing the necessary fine motor skills for playing, and beginning to discuss dynamics. Children and preteens will learn about composers' lives and may do simple structured improvisations. Young children are encouraged to engage in creative exploration on the piano using teacher-structured improvisation, music theory games, and very simple songwriting exercises. Students are taught about the lives and writing styles of various composers alongside the music they learn and invited to watch video performances of their compositions.
Intermediate Piano Lessons for The Growing Pianist
Expand your technical skills with scale patterns and interval exercises. Learn chord progressions, key signatures and music analysis, and how finger numbers relate to keys. Expand your repertoire and practice sight reading.
Advanced Piano Lessons for The Experienced Pianist
Continue to work through music theory analysis of songs including writing and understanding harmonies. Practice increasingly more difficult sightreading exercises and work on expanding your musical repertoire.
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Piano Lesson Pricing
One-on-One piano lesson pricing:
- 30 min: $180 per month
- 60 min: $320 per month
For small group piano lesson pricing (2-3 people of the same level and age):
- 30 min: $100 per month
- 60 min: $160 per month
We have designated makeup days at the end of each month on the 29-31.
Pay-As-You-Go Piano Rates
Students who are unable to pay monthly or schedule a recurring weekly time slot may participate in pay-as-you-go. It is the responsibility of the student to schedule lessons with the teacher on a weekly basis. This form of scheduling does not guarantee a weekly guitar lesson slot.
- 30 minutes: $50 per lesson
- 60 minutes: $90 per lesson