So you finally made the decision to take some piano lessons. The question now is how long will it take to learn? I’ve been connecting music students to teachers for about 6 years now, and this is still one of the most asked questions. I always struggle with giving a good answer over the phone. It’s not a bad question, it’s just a hard one to answer. In order to answer the question though we need to understand what “learning piano” actually means to you.
Have you ever practiced a section for weeks and weeks, but it never seems to get any better? It’s time to perform, but you just know you’ll mess that difficult part up. If this scenario sounds familiar to you, then I have something that will help. You’re practicing wrong. There should never be a section that seems impossible to learn. If you tackle the passage correctly, with almost no exceptions, you can feel comfortable with it in about a week. Not only will it be comfortable an accurate, but forget about spending hours and hours on one section. If you just set aside a about a minute a day, it will be learned before you know it.
If you’re like the vast majority of students, you probably have a hard time memorizing music. If memorizing is ever “difficult” or “frustrating” then you’re doing it wrong. That’s right, memorizing music, or anything else for that matter, is only hard if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Your kids are taking music lessons, so you finally get a break for an hour right? Wrong! In my many years of teaching, I can only think of one or two parents that have actually sat in on music lessons. Usually this lasts for the first month or so, and then the parent decides everything is going well, so why not spend that time doing other things? There are a lot of reasons why you should always be there for the lesson. Here are only a few.