Category: Piano Lessons

Can You Learn to Play Piano as An Adult

Can you learn to play piano as an adult?

If I had a dollar for every time an adult came up to me and told me “I took piano lessons as a child, and wish I hadn’t quit”, then I would not have to teach piano at all.

But, can you really learn to play the piano as adult? What are the challenges to doing so?

You Have to Practice

This is a well known factor in learning play or do anything. If you don’t practice your new skill, then you won’t reap the rewards.

But how long should you practice, and how often? How long it takes you to learn something is directly proportionate to the time you spend working on it. But, as an adult when you combine working, and all of the responsibilities that come along with life, it can be hard, so I like to use this rule

The Rule of 10

As a mom of 6, business woman and teacher, it can also be hard for me to get in my practice time. So, I went and bought a small kitchen timer.

The Rule of 10 works like this. When you need to practice, set your timer immediately for 10 minutes and sit down to play.

When the timer goes off, re-evaluate if you want to keep going or if you need to move on to something else.

Often times, it’s the getting started that hinders what you want to achieve. So set your timer for 10 minutes and then re-evaluate.

It’s that simple, and can go a long way in learning to play the piano as an adult.

How long will it take to learn to play?

That depends on you and the teaching methods of your teacher. What I have learned is that adults need an easy, method to learn to play for their own enjoyment.  Therefore, teaching you from the beginning a strict classical way to play probably will not work for you.

What you need is an easy, quick way to understand the piano and be able to play it through songs that you love. Not everyone wants to learn to play “Fur Elise” by Beethoven, but lots want to learn to play what songs they grew up listening to.

You should find a teacher that has both classical training, and modern day training so that you can practically learn how to play for your own enjoyment.

If you’re looking for that kind of piano teacher, email me here and let’s chat! ParkHillPianoStudio1@Gmail.Com


3 Ways to Learn Piano Songs Faster

3 Ways to Learn Piano Songs Faster

I see it in my student’s eyes a lot.

They hear me play a song that they are working on, but they can’t play it that fast or it’s harder for them.  I have to remind them that they are specific techniques to learn piano songs faster. Here are 3 ways to learn piano songs faster.

1) Listen to the song you are learning.

When I pick a song to learn, the first thing I do is listen to it on repeat. In order to play your piano song faster you need to know the tune and know the patterns in it. Listening helps give you a guide to your song.

2) Practice in Chunks.

Practicing in chunks will help you to learn to play piano songs faster. Start with the first measure. If you can’t play the first measure correctly, there isn’t any use in trying to move on to the others.  Perfect measure 1, and then play measure 2. The combine 1 and 2 and so forth. You will play your piano song with less mistakes and get it perfected much faster this way.

3) Practice Slowly

Only play the piano song as fast as you can play the most difficult part correctly. This means you must practice all parts of the song at an even and slow pace. Speed and getting the song faster only comes after you have practiced it slowly and can play it perfectly at the slow tempo.


Learning to play piano songs faster takes patience, and you won’t get there overnight, but you can use these 3 tips to help you move ahead quickly. Remember to listen to the song a lot, practice it in small chunks, and take it very slowly at first.




Online Skype Piano Lessons for All Ages

Online Skype Piano Lessons for All Ages

online skype piano lessonsHave you heard about the latest greatest way to take piano lessons online? It’s through Skype! Read on further to learn if online Skype piano lessons are for you!

What are Skype Piano Lessons?

Skype is an online platform in which you can make a video call from one person to another. Taking piano lessons this way enables you to learn from the comfort of your own home.

What do I need to take a Skype Piano Lesson?

In order to benefit from taking online Skype piano lessons, you will need:

  1. A computer with a webcam
  2. A keyboard or piano
  3. A microphone or microphone on your computer
  4. 30 Minutes set aside for your lesson time

How do they work?

During your online Skype piano lesson, you will be able to see my piano and talk with me. If you are a beginner, we will start from the beginning, and you will be given an assignment to practice for your next piano lesson online.

Is it harder learn online than in studio?

No. Lesson plans are essentially the same. You just get to stay home and have your lesson in your pjs if you want!

Who are they for?

Online piano lessons would work best for a homeschool student, a person who is homebound, or for more flexiblity in scheduling.

What else comes with an online piano lesson?

You will get the recording of your lesson sent to your email so that you can look back on it each week and be better prepared for your next lesson. You can also email me with any questions!

How do I start?

To start your online piano lesson, you need to pay for the lesson ahead of time. No time is scheduled without pre-payment. From there, we will schedule your lesson. Lesson times are open Monday-Saturday from 10am to 7pm Central Standard Time.

How much are they?

Online Skype piano lessons are $30 USD per 30 minute lesson.  Time greater than 30 minutes is added at $1 per minute. So, if you want a 45 minute lesson, it would be $45 USD.


Online Skype Piano lessons are a great way to learn to play that provides flexiblity in your schedule, and to be able to learn from the comfort of your own home.

If you are interested in learning more, email me at or comment on this post today!




Park Hill Piano Studio Accepting Applications for Piano Students 2016-2017

Park Hill Piano Studio located at 3720 JFK Blvd in North Little Rock, Arkansas is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year for new students interested in piano lessons.

We have quite a standard for the type of students we are looking for. There is a lot of work on the teacher’s part in setting a student up for success in piano lessons. So, we are looking for students that are absolutely serious about learning to play, committing to practice, and achieving their goals in piano study.

If you would like for yourself or your child to be considered for interview, please apply by clicking here

Why Some Practice is Better than No Practice!

I know you’ve seen them! You’ve seen the video of the 5 year old Mozart on social media, and you secretly want your child to go viral, too!

Not only do I run a business, but I am also a busy mom, so I understand that secret desire to have your child be a top performer.

But, let me shed a little light on that viral star’s home life. I’m going out on a limb here, but I’d venture to say that the 5 year old Mozart was sitting at that piano as soon as he could sit up. He has put in hours and hours of practice, and I’m talking to the tune of at least 3 hours per day.

So, how do you get your child to succeed at learning an instrument? Well, there isn’t any way around it other than to practice their new skill and be consistent at it. The only difference between me, the professional pianist, and the new student is that I made playing the piano a DAILY habit.

One of the most immediate questions I get from new students and parent’s is, “How much should I practice?”

I say, “practice only on the days that you eat.”

Do you see what I am getting at here? You have to practice every single day to get better.

Before you decide to jump on your child for not practicing today, let me help you get into their little minds.

You have student’s that every once in a while will practice and play so much that a parent has to beg them to stop, but that is a small minority. Most of these children need encouragement, because learning to play an instrument is a solitary task, and children still need social interaction.

You will see your child succeed if you ask them to sit down and play their song for you. Make a big deal out of it if they are the outgoing type!

Ask them questions about the new stuff they are learning.

Give them a tip jar and throw in some change when you see them practicing.

If you search the internet about how long to practice each day, you will get varied opinions.

I like to use the 10 by 3 rule. Start off with 10 minutes 3 times per day. If you have trouble with that, start off with 5 minutes, and work up. The point is to consistently build it into a daily habit.

“Consistency breeds talent”


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Adult Piano Lessons in Little Rock

Are you looking for an adult piano lesson teacher in the Little Rock area?

Park Hill Piano Studio in North Little Rock offers adult piano lessons that you can take on your own time schedule.

Adult students need a time schedule that works for them and their busy schedules, that is why Lena, the director of the studio, developed The Piano University for adult piano lessons.

Here’s how it works.

  1. You enroll in the online Piano University, and you take lessons via video at your own leisure.
  2. Each week, Lena gets online and answers any of your questions that you may have via an online lesson.

To learn more about starting out taking adult piano lessons, click here

How to Play 5 Piano Scales Using 1 Finger Pattern

Did you know that you can easily play 5 different piano scales on the piano by using one simple finger pattern?

Well you can! And this tutorial shows you how, but for those of you that like to see directions written in clear instructions…here they are!

The first thing to remember is to use just your right hand for these scales right now.

The finger pattern is 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…with your thumb as number one.

  • Play the C major scale. CDEFGABC and C is the place to place your thumb. So C is 1 and you will also use your thumb on G in this scale.
  • Play the G major scale. GABCDEF#G. This scale is where you start adding black keys. We add one here and it is the F#. Using the same finger pattern, your scale will begin on G and your thumb will also go on C in this scale.
  • Play the D Major scale. DEF#GABC#D.  This time we add a black key…C#. Once F# showed up in the G scale. It will be used in all scales going forward, and since we added the C# in this scale…it stays. too.
  • Now, we move to the A Major scale. It will have 3 black keys. We are adding the G# in the mix. So the scale starts on A and will go like this. ABC#DEF#G#A.  Now guess what? We are adding another black key and moving the new point to …
  • E Major Scale EF#G#ABC#D#E.  It has 4 sharps (black keys)

BONUS>>>>Start on B and you will use all of the black keys. BC#D#EF#G#A#B…

Happy piano playing!

PS>>If you are looking for piano lessons in Little Rock, please contact the studio today at 501-747-1870 or visit us on facebook

Piano Lessons for Kids in Little Rock

piano lessons for kids in little rockPiano Lessons for Kids in Little Rock

I heard this today. A new student came in who was 4 years old, and her mother told me that it was hard to find someone to take a child for piano lessons in the Little Rock area!

This was not news to me. I’ve been teaching for 11 years now, and a lot of teachers in this area won’t take young children. There are a few reasons for this, but I have the solution to that!

A child needs to be able and to know the following things before starting piano lessons in a formal setting

They need to know:

  • how to say the 1st 7 letters of the alphabet forwards and backwards
  • they need the attention span to sit for at least 30 minutes
  • they need to know basic math skills
  • the need hand coordination, or hands big enough to reach at least 5 keys simultaneously
  • they need lots of parental assistance at home to be a success

Now if you’re saying that your young child can’t do all of these things yet. Don’t fret! The solution for taking piano lessons in Little Rock is to start them at Park Hill Performing Arts Academy in the Rockstars Class!

…The Rockstars Class is designed for ages 3 to 5.

In this class, your child will learn:

  • the basics of reading music
  • the rhythm they need to be a success
  • important listening skills
  • music theory definitions
  • beginning piano skills

This class focuses on movement, and games to help your child get the best foundation for when they are able to focus long enough for a formal lesson. It is important to go ahead and get them started! They will be ahead once they do take a formal lesson!

…How do you join?

  • The classes are $47.00 per month for a 1 hour class
  • Classes are given on different days

What you need to do now is call 501-747-1870 or connect with the Academy by clicking here now

Look forward to seeing you in class!

~ Ms. Lena

Piano Lessons in Little Rock

shutterstock_17243095Park Hill Performing Arts Academy located at 3720 JFK Blvd in North Little Rock, and has several options for you or your child to take piano lessons!

Piano lessons at the Academy begin at age 5, and there are several options for tuition rates and classes.

All beginners are recommended to go through group instruction. Group Piano class is held daily at different times, and is a 1 hour class. The monthly cost is $47.00.

little rock piano lessons

If you or your child have had previous instruction, a private lesson might work better for you. Private Lesson rates are as follows:

  • 30 minutes each week for $67 per month
  • 45 minutes each week for $87 per month
  • 60 minutes each week for $107 per month

With all of the different options available for lessons, we hope that you join us to begin learning today!

You can reach the studio and schedule your piano class or private lesson at 501-747-1870, or connect with us on Facebook