When you or your child are ready to start piano lessons, don’t just jump in. A few steps ahead of time will set you up for long term success. Follow our guide below to have a great first lesson paving the way toward many more!
Steps to Take Before Your First Piano Lesson
Meet with your Teacher
Ask about what books, outline of class, what to expect during the lessons, what are the homework expectations
Many teachers have a busy schedule - don’t we all! If meeting face-to-face is too tricky, try to set up a call. Hearing each other’s voice can help relax you both. If your child is taking the lessons, make sure they do some of the talking. If email is the only way to get in touch, send an email! Any contact is better than no contact.
Feeling the Music
Take some time before your first lesson to listen to some music. Instead of doing something else like chores or walking the dog, really listen to the music. Try to catch the beat of the music. Take it a step further by clapping or tapping a foot to the rhythm. Bonus points if you can pick up changes in the beat.
Find Your Piano Home (Middle C)
As you will soon learn, the C key is the center of the piano. Middle C will often be a key you use to orient yourself to where you are on the keyboard - think of it as your base.
To find the middle C key, sit in front of the middle of the keyboard. Look at the keys noticing the black and white keys. The black keys are in groups of two and three. Position your right thumb on the left black key in the center group of two. Then slide your thumb to the white key immediately to the left of that black key. Congratulations, you found middle C.
Your other fingers will land on the next notes up (D, E, F, G). Practice playing the keys and saying their key to start to connect the two.
Building finger and wrist strength and flexibility will be essential for you to have success playing the piano. Plus, this will help the practices not hurt so much. With your hands flat on a table, lift each finger individually. You can also touch your fingers to your thumb. These exercises will build your finger coordination, dexterity, and strength.
Journal Your Thoughts
Start a journal to keep track of your thoughts about playing the piano. Your journal can be what you make it. Consider adding your passion, why you want to play. If your child will take the lessons, have them write about the music they like. When they tap into the joy music brings them, they will connect good feelings with playing the piano instead of seeing it as a chore.
Evola Music brings instrumental opportunities to students of all ages. Whether we help you find your next instrument or a better appreciation for music through our lessons, we have something for music lovers here. Give us a call or stop by one of our locations today to discuss starting piano lessons.