At what age can a child start piano lessons?
Children are generally ready for piano lessons by the age of 7 or 8. It is possible to start a little younger, as long as parents have the time to support their child at home.
I’m an adult, is it harder to learn later in life?
Adults are well equipped to learn the piano – for many, learning the piano has been a long term ambition and motivation is therefore high. You also have the maturity to focus on the task in hand and to take on board suggestions for improving your piano playing in skills. Just remember to be patient and make time for regular practise.
What kind of instrument will I need?
Buying a piano can be a considerable expense, especially if you are just starting out and are unsure if it is right for you. A good electronic keyboard with ‘touch sensitive keys’ will suffice in the early stages of learning. Alternatively, many shops allow you to rent a piano, with the option to purchase it at the end of an agreed period.
How much time will I need to practise?
The most important aspect of practising is to make sure it is done on a regular basis. The brain and fingers learn best by doing a ‘little bit and often’ – you will find a small amount of practise every day much more effective than two hours before the lesson. Aim to make piano playing part of your daily routine – not only will you progress more quickly, you will enjoy it a lot more.