Do you yearn to tickle the ivories or are you looking for beginner piano lessons for your child? What does it take for a beginner to learn piano?
Time & Monetary Commitment
Commitment in terms of money and time and effort is needed to progress in piano. Many people would like to achieve a certain level in piano, but if there is no commitment, or the commitment level does not match up, it can be frustrating to your piano instructor and most importantly, to yourself. It is important to make time for practice almost every day so that you can see progress. It need not be long sessions of practice everyday, setting aside 5 to 10min on busy days is better than non. For monetary commitment, you have to invest in a piano so that you could practice. Other than that, some books and of course, piano lesson fees. In Singapore, piano lesson fees for beginners range from around $120 - $150 onwards per month (4 lessons of 45minutes).
Basics Basics Basics
Everyone starts with ABCs to learn the English languague, whether you are an adult or child. For beginners piano, you will learn about piano, posture, the keys and where the notes are on the piano, music theory and so on. You may think that you can just skimp through the basics or that you already know the keys or can read music, but it imperative to grasp the basics.
Research and ask your piano teacher
As a beginner, you will have many questions, like how to practice, how long to practice, the books to get, the type of pianos to get, whether used piano is a better option for you, etc. There are tons of information online, you can do some research and leverage on your piano teacher's experience and knowledge. The best way to learn is to ask.
Set mini goals and bigger goals, and with dates, of course! Without dates that you aim to achieve the goals they are like dreams. Short term goals can be things like your practice goals and longer term goal could be that you aim to take your Grade 2 exam in 2 years time.
Keep track of your practices and lessons
Try keeping a piano journal book so that you can look back to see how much you have practised and on what, and how you have progressed (even when at times, you don't notice your progress, over time you can see it in your log book!). You could add in columns to record the results and your positive emotion and motivation. It can also help you plan your practise sessions and make your practice sessions more efficient. If it is done on Excel sheet, you could even see the average time you invested in practising and over the years at the different phases of your life! Over time, you will personalise your log book.
Learn pieces that you like! Free beginner Piano Sheets
There are some sites providing free beginner music sheets. This site offers a good variety of free piano music sheets that are easily downloadable as pdf documents. You are limited to 3 downloads a day for free unless you pay. I think that it is more than enough. Soon you will have a collection and you could file them neatly according to the composer an genres. You can also listen to the music before saving the music sheets.
These are the categories offered at this site:
Songs from Around the World (22 pieces)
Popular Classics (22 pieces)
Boogie & Blues (22 pieces)
Opera Classics (27 pieces)
Mission - Not That Difficult (15 pieces) Have fun! ~