Starting Piano lessons can be a daunting task. For most parents, everything about music is new. What kind of keyboard or piano should I purchase? Where should I get lessons? Is my child old enough or even ready for lessons? What supplies will I need? I started in the exact same boat. My parents had no idea where to start. My mom only played clarinet in high school and my dad played piano for about six months when he was seven. They were starting from square one.
The first thing they did, which I recommend you do as well, is evaluate the student. Are they ready for lessons? Many parents want to start their students as soon as possible. A good indicator that they are ready is if they are able to read and write their letters. When I was in 1st grade, I started my piano lessons. I could read and write at the minimal level needed, which is important to the development of the student’s ability to play. Many of our teachers here at the store require their students have this literary base.
The next step is finding the right teacher for your student. There are tons of piano teachers here in the Johns Creek area. Many of them teach younger students exclusively whereas many others will only teach intermediate or advanced students. We have teachers here at Music & Arts that specialize in beginning students! Mr. Greg Oliver is one of our most tenured instructors here at the Johns Creek location. He has conducted Kindermusik classes, taught youth groups, and has been teaching for over twenty years in the Atlanta area. He, among many others here at our store, would be overjoyed to teach your child.
If your student is ready and you have a teacher, the next step is to get your student an instrument for in-home practice. Different teachers have different requirements for the instruments you need. Many, if not all, teachers have come to a consensus of three key factors. One of the most important factors is having 88 keys; this is the full range of the piano. Many teachers will also require it to have graduated weighted keys. This means that the lower keys are heavier and the higher keys are lighter. This makes the keyboard feel like a real piano. The third thing you should have is a sustain pedal. While you don’t start out using this, it is a very important factor in piano performance. On an acoustic piano, this is the far right pedal. It lifts the damper hammers and allows the sound to sustain on acoustic pianos. The pedal mimics this effect on electric keyboards and you will need this as you advance.
There are quite a few options when it comes to keyboards with these three key features. My personal favorite is the Yamaha P-45B. I personally have this keyboard because all the important features come standard. I have been playing piano for over 15 years now, and I love this keyboard. It is portable and smaller than most, so it does not take up much room. I never have to tune it and it is easy to move. The only supplies you need to purchase with this are a stand for it and a bench to sit on while playing. This is my first choice for the beginning and advanced player. And if you come in now, we are offering 10% off instruments $299 or more so come by anytime! I look forward to helping you get started on your musical journey!