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Information, knowledge and communications are all part of the internet world and anyone can learn a new skill from the comfort of their own home. If you want to learn to play piano, it just got a whole lot easier, now you can order a piano software course for beginners, online, and get started within minutes. If you do a search on the internet, you will find lots of piano software courses offering various degrees of advancement and prices, but you don’t need to spend a fortune.

Piano software courses and online piano lessons are the modern way to learn how to play the piano. Learning to play the piano is not exactly easy whether you use software or a teacher but using software is cheap, easy and you can do it anytime you want.

Learning to play the piano using software or learning online is fast becoming the most popular way to learn the piano, here are three good reasons you should start learning today:

Have piano lessons at a time that suits you

Trying to organise your work time and free time has always been awkward for busy people, and having to go to a piano teacher at the same every week is just out of question. If you use a piano software course to learn to play the piano, it certainly won’t help you to organise your time more efficiently, but it will help you to learn the piano when you do have free time, in other words you choose your own time and if you use a laptop your own place, anywhere in the world.

Piano software is such a good invention because allows busy adults to have a go at playing the piano. If you are always on the go and you are having piano lessons with a teacher, then you will have to cancel a lot of lessons, and that’s not good for you or the teacher. It’s obviously going to be more difficult for a busy adult to keep to a regular lesson schedule and that’s why piano software is such a brilliant invention.

We have already discussed that if you don’t have the time to practice or use your piano software it doesn’t matter. So you might well ask what’s the point in trying to learn. Well, the point is, you are using your free time more effectively, all right, you might not have practiced for a while but when you do get free time, you can immerse yourself into the task at hand and you can spend hours or days learning to play and using what I call quality practice time. It’s better than snatching half an hour here and there.

Good value for money

Another great benefit of piano software is the cost; it’s a fraction of what it costs to go to a piano teacher. The average cost of piano lessons in the UK is about ten to fifteen pounds for half hour lessons and twenty to thirty pounds for hour lessons and you can add petrol costs to those figures. If you have a broadband connection, you can download piano courses to your computer after payment. Prices vary for piano software packages; they start at about twenty pounds and go up to a hundred pounds.

Take control of your piano lessons

When you are in charge, you won’t be able to use any excuses for not learning to play the piano because you will make all the decisions. These software courses offer everything for the absolute novice and will guide you through to a more advanced stage of playing the piano. You can discover the right piano for you just by logging on to the World Wide Web, there are lots of portable keyboards for sale online and there’s even a roll up piano, which is the ultimate in portability.

As good as piano software is, it will be useless unless you practice, it might be easier these days to learn how to play but it’s not magic, in fact practice is probably the most important part of the whole process.

Mikes Music Room Recommends PIANOFORALL Piano Software Course for beginners wishing to learn how to play the piano. This course is very competitively priced at $39.95 and comes with a 60-day money back guarantee.

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If you would like to find more information about this course, you can visit the PIANOFORALL website.  The creator of this piano course Robin Hall, who is also a piano teacher, will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Europa posted:

My teacher is going on vacation for the next month and a half. I really would like to continue learning during this time (not just practicing), and i don’t have any lesson books. Anywhere I could find some lessons online, and what you would recommend doing to strengthen my sight reading?

Thanks in advance =)

Learn To Play The Piano

There isn`t a parent who doesn`t want their child to be good at something and one of the more common aspirations is playing piano. There`s something about being able to dance your fingers across the ivory keys that appeals to both parents and children. The big question on every parent`s lips is “When should my child start piano?”

The younger, the better. We`ve all heard about the likes of Mozart and other child prodigies who began playing at very tender ages, 3 or 4. Getting a child into piano that early means they will have the most time possible playing, even if they don`t end up being extremely gifted in the area of music.

Introducing Young Children to Piano

You can start peaking your little one`s interest in music right from the start. Listening to classical piano while in the womb and after birth will give your child an early appreciation for the piano. They will be far more interested in playing than if you simply ignore music all together and then abruptly introduce it as you want them to play.

If you`ve decided to start your very young child in piano, it is very important to find the right teacher. Toddlers can`t and shouldn`t be expected to, focus on one thing for a long period of time. That means lessons will certainly need to be cut into smaller, more manageable bites. Most 3-4 year olds do very well with 15 minute lessons.

You really can`t expect a 3 year old to learn the same way a teen or adult would, so having a piano teacher that understands the age group and knows how to communicate effectively with a small child is vital. Without this, you`ll find that children don`t learn well and will rapidly become frustrated with the instrument. The idea is to keep it fun and enjoyable, particularly at this young age.

With a good base to build on, small children will often go on to play piano for the rest of their lives and this gift of music is definitely something that they will treasure in years to come.

Older Children and the Piano

Of course, not everyone can start their toddler in piano lessons so early. In some cases, parents may not have even considered the possibility until their older child came out and asked for lessons. This is a common scenario, where the child is the one interested in playing.

First, you`ll want to ensure that this isn`t just a passing phase. Most parents do this by requiring their children to take a minimum of one year of piano lessons. This is more than enough time to get a good taste for the music and after a year, a decision can be made, to continue on or to leave it.

Children who instigate the learning process tend to stick with it better than those who are forced into it at an early age, but they may be slower to pick up the concepts behind the music and it can be a bit of a struggle for older children to learn to read music in some cases. However, if the effort is made, it can be an excellent way to learn more about music and no one has ever done poorly because they learned to play the piano.

To make the piano lessons a success, be sure to have a way for your child to practice daily. It`s important they have this opportunity, no matter what their age. While younger is still better, that certainly doesn`t rule out older kids who are interested in learning.

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smart person asked:

I was just wondering what the going rate is for piano lessons around the country/world. How much would you/do you pay for 1 half-hour piano lesson? (assuming the teacher has a college degree and/or is a professional)

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If you have to nag your child to practice the piano, I have news for you. There’s something called the Battle of the Piano and you’ve already lost.

The Battle of the Piano is the time honored process whereby a child is either deemed a success at the piano or not.

Some children make it. They number 10% of all kids who try.

Some children don’t make it. They number 90% of all the kids who try.

The moment your child’s interest in piano lessons starts to wane, usually due to a lack of creativity on the teacher’s part, you have entered the Battle zone.

After what I call the “honeymoon,” where a child finds piano rather fun and interesting, there comes a moment of reality, when the child realizes subconsciously that the teacher has no tools OTHER THAN REPETITION.

The one tool of the non-creative piano teacher is repetition, mindless and numbing.

Such repetition is fine for an adult who is determined to play Beethoven, and is willing to pay the dues to do so. But for a six year old, it is a crushing regimen, a fact borne out by the 10%-90% statistics.

When a child’s interest in the piano wanes, they are surely headed for quitting if the teacher’s only tool is repetition.

As your nagging increases, the child becomes more and more alienated from the piano, until subconsciously the child blames the piano for your nagging. They can’t hate you for nagging, you’re Mom, so they hate the piano instead.

Mind you, all the while you’re unknowingly paying this teacher to make your child hate the piano, and you’re adding to the stress with your entreaties.

You ask the teacher for advice, after all, you’re paying them, and I guarantee you their only suggestion will be that the child practice more. That’s the one tool they have.

It’s as if your child hates broccoli, and the chef’s solution is to serve even larger portions. That chef knows nothing of child psychology and human nature.

Look at it from the child’s point of view. This crossfire of negativity from you and the piano teacher can have only one inevitable result, and that is the emotional destruction of the child’s desire to play.

Nagging won’t help. Nagging is a huge part of the problem, not the solution.

The child simply follows human nature.

What is the solution? A rule of thumb is to listen to your child.

Don’t think that going and observing a lesson will be any indicator of your child’s progress. The teacher, your employee, will be putting on a performance and your child will be terrified that you will be displeased.

Listen to your child. Go for a few weeks and see if it gets better. Keep listening to the child and ask them how they feel about it, and be sympathetic. Draw them out on exactly why they don’t like it. Assume they might be correct and get them to describe the lesson, perhaps request a comical reenactment to put them at ease and make them give you more details. You’re on their side.

Then, if the child’s attitude persists or gets worse, you have two choices.

First, try a different piano teacher. Spend your time talking to local people and find out if there is someone who specializes in children and has a reputation for making music fun for your age group. Find out which teachers are disciplinarians and avoid them, especially with younger kids.

The only other alternative is to give in to the child, and let them quit. It may actually be a better solution than allowing the bad feelings in the lessons to continue. Try a different instrument, switch to guitar, trumpet, drums, anything.

Or take a break from lessons and try again later when you’re sure a better teacher can be found. Find out what things the child finds fun about musical instruments. Go to a store and try out musical instruments.

Let them try a variety of instruments until they find one that suits them, and at which they seem comfortable and willing to expend at least a reasonable amount of effort.

Music lessons for children should be an enjoyable experience, and if it’s not, there’s something wrong.

The number one rule is to never force a child to learn music. Ever.

If you force them, I guarantee you they will end up hating it.

by John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2008 Walden Pond Press

John Aschenbrenner is a leading children’s music educator and book publisher, and the author of numerous fun piano method books in the series PIANO BY NUMBER for kids. You can see the PIANO BY NUMBER series of books at

If you want to learn to play the piano, you can go to a piano teacher or teach yourself. If you’re going to teach yourself how to play the piano then you have to decide whether to use piano software courses or tuition books.

Let’s look at the benefits and drawbacks of both methods of teaching yourself to play the piano. Both methods will help you to learn to play the piano, Both will provide you with songs to play on the piano and both will include the necessary music theory required to play the piano. So which method is best?

The benefits of tuition books

The obvious benefit of using tuition books is the cost. When you buy a beginners tuition book for example “The Complete Piano Player” or if you’re using a Yamaha keyboard “The Complete Keyboard Player”. They are normally sold as part of a series, for example, book 1 to book 4 and each book costs about six to ten pounds. You just buy the book you need, which means it’s incredibly cheap to get started. Each book contains about twelve songs and each song will introduce something new to learn.

The drawbacks of tuition books

The main drawback of these books are not the books themselves but the fact that they are designed to be used with a piano teacher. If there is something you can’t quite grasp then a piano teacher would have many ways to explain things. Without that help, your task can become overwhelming and many people will give up within the first three months.

The other main drawback is that tuition books dont teach you what you need to know before you start using the books. That is, the basics, what the notes are called on a keyboard, what are the notes called on sheet music, time signatures and time values. These are the basics that apply to all musical instruments and you must learn this first.

Find out more about piano software courses in part two of this article.

Visit Mikes Music Blog to Read Part 2 of this article and buy Piano Software Courses for piano and keyboard. You can also download a Learn The Basics tuition book before to start to learn. You be glad you did.

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