Piano Students

When learning piano, it is fine for students to begin on keyboards but very important to move on to piano either when they are ten years old or whenever they have passed their ABRSM Grade 2 piano exam. The muscles in the hand do not develop sufficiently otherwise, Grade 3 will be considerably more difficult and Grade 4 impossible without a tuned 88 note piano with fully weighted key action, see your local showroom or check on the internet.

 

As a group we must all make it our business to be proud of what the students are doing and do not listen to staff at schools who do not allow access to the pianos. 

Another important point which can certainly help all musicians and singers is keeping pianos in tune, this does not apply to any electric pianos or keyboards. Any normal acoustic upright or grand pianos must be tuned twice a year to concert pitch. All students will learn music a lot quicker if they are able to match a the pitch of a note to a key on the piano.

Over 3 years we all have a strong chance of developing good relative or perfect pitch if we play regularly, this skill is when a person develops the ability to play by ear and pick out tunes by sound alone, without having a piece of paper music in front of them. This of course means that any of your favorite tunes on the TV / Radio / Films or CD's at home can be easily learnt to play on the piano. This will only happen if the ear can settle to the same sounds over time.