Leaning to play piano can be one of the most enjoyable things one can do in life. Here are seven things you can do to help you find the best source of piano lessons.
1. Co ntact your local elementary school and ask if they have a qualified music teacher who offers private instruction. Most music teachers are qualified to play/teach numerous band and orchestral instruments such as piano.
2. Locate your Local Musicians Union to search for a qualified teacher–doing a search on Google for your local union is the easiest way to contact them. Although being a professional musician doesn’t immediately guarantee that you are a patient, understanding teacher, experience and mastery of many types of musical idioms, along with the demand for superb “sight reading” gives them an edge. At the very least, this will be a great source for a reference.
3. If you live in or near a college town that has a school which offers a professional music curriculum, there are typically scores of advanced students who will offer their services to teach piano. And, this is often the least costly source of private lessons. Alternatively, the department heads will usually be a good source for this information–you might even find a professor who will offer lessons in their spare time.
4. Do a search on craigslist. There are frequently ads by qualified teachers in your area offering to teach piano. Alternatively, you could place a ‘want ad’ for piano instruction–you are likely to be overwhelmed by the responses, but you will at least have a place to start.
5. Look in the phone book for piano tuners. Piano tuners are frequently “keyed-in” to the local music scene and can be a terrific source of information. Many are musicians and teachers just tuning pianos to earn spare cash.
6. Contact your closest source of retail piano sales. As with tuners, stores that sell pianos are usually knowledgeable about local teachers. You might even find a deal to buy or lease a piano in the bargain.
7. Google now has a feature called “local search” which uses your computer’s IP address to furnish you with local vendors and sources of searched items. Include your town and state to assist Google in focusing on your particular neck of the woods.
Taking private lessons is considered the best way to learn piano by most people because teaching it requires such a diverse set of skills. Reading music, learning different keys and time signatures, getting used to two hand fingering, setting-up good practicing pattern, and just finding time to devote to improving over time can be a challenge, but very rewarding when mastered.
There are piano instruction books and the ability to learn the keyboard online for those who are not sure if they have the skills, funds, or commitment for an undertaking like learning the piano. Some are quite good, others less so.