October 22, 2016

About the Author: Stefan Joubert

Stefan Joubert manages the London Piano Institute, a premier destination for adult piano learners seeking individualised instruction and progress towards their musical goals. He believes anyone can learn to play regardless of age or ability!

It’s time to bust the myths surrounding playing the piano

There are many myths surrounding playing the piano and if one of them is holding you back from taking up the instrument it’s time to put your fear and apprehension to one side and try a lesson for yourself.

While learning a new skill can be a daunting prospect, learning to play the piano for pleasure can be fulfilling and has some health benefits, such as helping to relieve stress, too. Here we debunk 6 common piano lesson myths.

My teacher will get angry at me if I make a mistake

Everyone is going to make mistakes when they first start out and even occasionally when they’ve played for years. Any good piano teacher won’t get angry or criticise you for making mistakes, instead they’ll help you overcome obstacles by teaching proper techniques with good structure.

At the London Piano Institute, you can be assured that we will never get angry at you in your piano lessons. We are here to help you learn in a comfortable and encouraging manner.

You can be assured of receiving piano instruction from world-class musicians who genuinely care for your piano progress and who always have your best interests at heart!

We will do our utmost to make your lessons enjoyable!

I have to study classical music

The best way to improve at something is to really enjoy what you’re doing. If classical music isn’t your thing you certainly don’t have to study it before moving on to jazz or popular music.

It is however generally a good idea to lay a strong foundation prior to moving to more advanced material. At the London Piano Institute we teach you the style you want to learn but without compromising on essential foundations of music!

I don’t have time to take piano lessons

There are plenty of options for learning to play the piano amid busy schedules and hectic work life. An hour long lesson can fit perfectly into the evening, a lunch break or over the weekend without ruining other plans. The London Piano Institute can even offer Skype lessons to suit you.

If an hour a week is too long, you can even attend for 30 minutes at a time.

We also do not push you to practice too much when you have a very busy schedule.

It is, however, important to do some practice if you want to become better at playing the piano.

I can’t start lessons because I don’t own a piano

The truth is you don’t need a piano to start leaning. In fact, it can be an advantage to start before you own your own instrument as this will allow you to try out different options and receive advice from your instructors. Another common myth is that you’ll need to pay a lot to get a good piano but there are many affordable options on the market – here are our recommendations.

Of course, if you can afford a top-notch upright or grand piano, we will be very happy to help you find a model that is suitable for you!

It is a fact a better quality instrument makes playing more enjoyable!

I need to practice everyday

Of course, practising daily means you’ll improve quicker but sometimes life does get in the way. Even if you can’t commit to playing every single day you’ll still be able to improve and enjoy playing the piano for pleasure.

There’s no point in learning when I’m an adult

Even if you don’t take up piano lessons until you’re an adult you can still become an accomplished amateur pianist. Besides it’s not all about how well you play but also what you get out of it! (Please also see our other article: 5 Reasons why it’s never too late)

As Lao Tzu wisely said: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!”

We are here to make that journey a big success with you!

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