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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

 

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.

Conclusion

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 parkhillpianostudio1@gmail.com or comment on this post today!

 

 

 

How to Pick a Beginner Piano or Keyboard

How to Pick a Beginner Piano or Keyboard

So you are interested in starting piano lessons or piano lessons have already been started, and you need help getting a keyboard.

Congrats on starting you or your child’s music education! Having a piano or keyboard at home is important in getting the best out of your lessons.

What is the difference between a piano and a keyboard?

There isn’t really much difference between an acoustic piano or a digital keyboard.

With an acoustic two types of styles. You will have an upright that stands up against the wall, or a grand that is a full size piano. They will also have 88 keys on the piano.

With a keyboard, you can pick several different options. You can choose 60, 76, or 88 keys. You have the ability to use headphones, and most of them come with different sounds like strings or harpsichord.

Which is least expensive?

An acoustic piano will range anywhere from $500 and up.  A keyboard can start out as little as $100.

Which one is better?

The answer depends on your needs and budget. I grew up with a grand piano in the home, and it’s the same one that my students play on in the studio.

But, I understand that not every family has the space or the budget to buy a grand piano. If you have the space and the budget to buy an acoustic piano, I will always vote acoustic.

However, keyboards take up less space, and as a mom myself, having my child plug in headphones while practicing would be nice! They also are portable. You won’t be toting around an acoustic piano.

Where do I find a piano?

If you are local in the Little Rock area, I highly recommend going to visit Steve at International Piano Gallery. He will set you up with an acoustic piano, deliver it for you, and tune it so you’re all set to play!

Where do I find a keyboard?

You can shop in town at Guitar Center or Saied Music Company. Or you can go online. You want to make sure that the purchase also includes a bench, and the adapter kit for the keyboard you choose.

Conclusion:

When buying a piano or a keyboard, first establish a budget and space that you have for the instrument. A beginner can get started on a budget friendly keyboard and you can always upgrade later.

If you’re interested in free online piano lessons for kids to get started check out Learn To Play Piano Kids Here

 

Piano and Voice Lesson Times Open Fridays

Due to the influx of requests for piano and voice lessons in North Little Rock, and the increasing presence of the studio; Friday Lesson times are now open beginning December 1, 2016.

Piano and Voice lessons are located in the private home studio of Lena Adams, and are available by appointment only.

Times that are now open are from 3 to 7 pm.

Please contact (501)747-1870 for more info

Starting Children In Guitar Lessons

Starting children in guitar lessons is something that we get a lot here at the studio.

In today’s pop culture, lots of children are seeing their favorite pop stars playing the guitar. Before you start your child in guitar lessons, here a few things you need to know.

Children learn differently than adults

Finding the right teacher for your child will be the first step in ensuring the success at learning to play guitar. Find one that has experience with children, and that your child enjoys taking lessons from. The student/teacher relationship is an important one, and if your child has a hard time understanding the teaching methods of their guitar teacher, or the personalities don’t match, then the student will less likely enjoy lessons.

Mr. Adams, the guitar teacher associated with us, has a Masters Degree in Education, and has been teaching in the public school system for many years.

Children need positive reinforcement, and achievement recognition

Taking guitar lessons should be an engaging way for your child to get positive reinforcement when they’ve got in some good practice before their lesson.  Find a teacher that recognizes that, and your child will be more excited to practice.

Children need guitars that will be best suited for them

Just like not all guitar teachers are the same, the instruments themselves aren’t either.  If you have an old guitar stuffed away in the closet, it might be too big for your child to comfortably play, so check with your teacher on the best options for guitars for children. Dogtown Sound is a great instrument store in North Little Rock to get a start on shopping local. Don’t always trust what you find online. Guitars need special setting up for making playing easier.

Now that you know just few things you need for your child to get started in guitar lessons, we’d like to invite you to reach out to Mr. Adams, and learn more about getting your child started! He can be contacted directly at (501)416-3594

 

Park Hill Piano Studio Accepting Applications for Voice Lessons 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 voice 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 voice lessons. So, we are looking for students that are absolutely serious about learning to play, committing to practice, and achieving their goals in voice study.

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

Park Hill Piano Studio Accepting Applications for Violin Students for 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 violin 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 violin lessons. So, we are looking for students that are absolutely serious about learning to play, committing to practice, and achieving their goals in violin study.

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

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

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 cello 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 cello lessons. So, we are looking for students that are absolutely serious about learning to play, committing to practice, and achieving their goals in cello study.

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

Park Hill Piano Studio Accepting Applications for Guitar 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 guitar 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 guitar lessons. So, we are looking for students that are absolutely serious about learning to play, committing to practice, and achieving their goals in guitar study.

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

Park Hill Piano Studio Accepting Applications For Flute 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 flute 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 flute lessons. So, we are looking for students that are absolutely serious about learning to play, committing to practice, and achieving their goals in flute study.

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