How to learn piano as an adult- what is the best way?
Should you start taking piano lessons or teach yourself to play? Are there any other alternatives?
Maybe you took piano lessons earlier, and now would like to start again, or you are looking for ways to have some "you" time and do something just for yourself.
Perhaps you want to challenge yourself with a new direction, develop your creativity, or even "train your brain".
Whatever your reasons, there are two main ways how to learn piano; you can either teach yourself piano or start lessons with a teacher.
If you choose to teach yourself to play piano, invest in a good quality self teaching piano-method book as well as CD’s and DVD’s about piano playing.
You can also use piano software that may help you learn faster.
Why teaching yourself?
Teaching yourself piano is a good idea, when you have limited time for a regular lesson time, if money is tight, or if there are no piano teachers where you live.
If you choose to start piano lessons with a teacher, remember that you have many options. There are different types of lessons available; for example with different styles of music.
Sometimes you have the option to choose between group/class or individual lessons. Some teachers even offer online "long distance" lessons, which is a relatively new approach.
Starting piano lessons with a teacher can be a good idea to get a push in the right direction. You may be able to choose between private one-on-one teaching, either in your own home or at the teachers place or studio.
Trouble finding a teacher? Here is my guide on
how to find a piano teacher.
You can discuss with the piano teacher if you would like only a few lessons, maybe even sporadically. In my piano studio, I offer my adult students various options;
Even if many prefer regular once per week lessons, it is good to know that this is not the only way. Work out a plan with your piano teacher so that it suits you!
Another fun option is piano lessons for adults group lessons or classes, where you meet in a group setting. Fun, and a chance to meet new friends, as well as an in-built motivation booster - you don't want to show up unprepared ;).
A wonderful and inspirational way how to learn piano and to keep yourself motivated, is to attend an adult piano camp. There are several adult piano camps available for pianists from beginners to advanced.
In the camp you will have a lot of fun of course, and work intensively with your playing with different piano teachers in individual lessons as well as master classes. You will also prepare to perform and get a lot of practice in how to dare to do so!
Some teachers offer online lessons via Skype or similar.
In this way you can have lessons in the comfort of your home, but with a professional piano teacher that you work with personally, online.