Melbourne Piano lessons: What to expect in your lesson?

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I am often asked by friends and non-musicians about what a music teacher actually teaches, specifically what we do in music lessons, so I thought I’d do a quick blog post giving a basic run down of some of the things you could expect to encounter in your music lesson. Of course every teacher is different, and has his or her own approaches, but there are certain things we all agree on as essential things for the aspiring musician to study.

Each instrument is different in the way it’s constructed and played, so there will always be unique things relevant to a specific instrument. But beyond that, there are areas that are common to all instruments.

In the case of the piano, you play the instrument by pressing down keys to play different notes. When you first begin you will start to develop the basic coordination and technique needed in order to play a basic tune. Your teacher will go through different exercises with you to develop this. There are many technical exercises to learn, in the form of scales, arpeggios and other things that help to develop your technical facility on the piano. You will also learn to read music, and understand theory. Aural skills are also very important, that being the ability to play a song just from hearing it, without the sheet music. We work on this by learning to identify by ear different types of chords, rhythms and melodic intervals.

In the course of your studies, you will learn many songs and pieces, otherwise known as repertoire. Learning your favourite song or piece of music is the part that draws most people to music in the first place. The ability to play music from memory to perform for yourself, for friends, in a band or in concert is one of the most satisfying parts of learning music.

This has just been a very short overview of some of the topics we cover in our Melbourne piano lessons. Why not take the step and book in for your first lesson? Call us today.