The Best Way To Learn Piano

As you are considering piano lessons for your child, you might think: What is the best way for them to learn this new instrument? The possibilities are many due to new technologies and exploring these many options could be daunting. Some ways to learn include youtube, games, apps, online courses, a private piano teacher, group class piano instructor, google, self-taught from a book, a playing piano, etc. BUT- What is the best way for YOUR child to learn?

To see progress, a teacher must instill passion and promote the desire to learn how to play. It is –in the end– a study of playing piano. The student must show effort, spend time developing their skills, and have discipline to keep consistent with it.

The best way for anyone to learn a particular skill is based on your learning skills. What ways do you learn the best? According to ThoughtfulLearning.com, “The 21st century learning skills are often called the 4 C’s: critical thinking, creative thinking, communicating, and collaborating. These skills help students learn, and so they are vital to success in school and beyond.” If a child is able to use this new technology to accurately play piano with a correct hand shape, read music easily and with understanding, all the while interpreting the correct musical sound for the piece, then I applaud their learning! Not everyone can process new information clearly on their own.

However, the most effective way a child can succeed in learning the piano in it’s entirety (theory, technique, sight-reading, performance, etc), is to be in a student-to-teacher learning environment. In group classes, the 4 C’s are used in every aspect of the lesson plan. The curriculum includes students analyzing music notations and symbols, examining repeated sections and patterns within the music, defining musical terms, describing the feeling and musicality of a piece, creating contrast in volume and sound, and classifying the composer and the written work. Using all of this knowledge will develop a masterful composer and an advanced performer.

Piano classes provide useful tools to establish good habits early in the beginner’s piano playing journey. In the foundation of the lesson the teacher introduces a new concept, possibly from a magnetic white board, then uses flashcards, games, and clapping/singing to engrain the new lesson in the child’s mind. The student is then able to apply the knowledge to playing by reading from their book of written music. The teacher will usually model the new song so students can hear the correct interpretation of the sound before they play. If a student gets confused, he or she can get clear feedback by asking the teacher a question. Each child interacts with one another by listening to each other play. Participation is required in activities so students can learn from each other and grow as musicians. This is not a difficult task in a small class of 4-6 students.

In the end, the bulk of progress in a student’s piano playing happens at home during the week while practicing the piano. The student goes to class once a week only to be instructed and guided in a new lesson. Classmates provide peer motivation to encourage students to complete their “home-work.” There are prizes awarded to those who complete their time goals for practicing during the week.

Another advantage to being a part of a piano or music studio is that there are many exciting opportunities to be involved in the community. Students are able to participate in a halloween float, mini-Christmas recital, end of the year Spring Recital, nursing home performances, talent shows, and more!

Mastering piano is an investment that will bring joy and fulfillment throughout the student’s life. If you are going to learn piano the best way, start by finding a professional piano teacher near you!

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Connie Mandrozos
Connie Mandrozos
03:43 27 Oct 19
My son has been taking piano lessons with Jessica for quite some time now. Jessica is always easy-going and kind and... encourages him to feel confident. She has a great sense of his learning style and always keeps things at his level, yet challenges him. I would highly recommend Jessica as an instructor, she is truly gifted and her passion for her job and students in evident. My son’s progress and love for the piano started with her.read more
Kari-Elise Codispoti
Kari-Elise Codispoti
21:32 22 Oct 19
Ms. Jessica is a wonderful teacher for our young (6 &8 years) children. They love going to lessons and have learned so... much in such a short time. I am really impressed with her ability to introduce musical concepts to them. We look forward to seeing how they grow as they progress in their lessons.read more
MB Twohig
MB Twohig
20:00 23 Sep 19
Me. Jessica is very supportive and encouraging during classes. She’s very good at adapting to my learning needs and... letting me learn at my own pace! I have no past experience and she has been great!read more
ashley born
ashley born
14:48 19 Sep 19
Excellent and caring teacher! Ms. Jessica works great with my 9 year old son and even engages with my 2 year old... daughter regularly. Highly recommend! Jessica also donated her time and talent playing the piano for the 2019 United Way Red, White & Chocolate fundraising event. It was so appreciated!read more
Sydney Bigelow
Sydney Bigelow
22:37 10 Sep 19
I love Miss Jessica! I am a ninth grade student and this is my third year, and she does a great job working and... adapting to different skill levels. She makes sure that each lesson is entertaining and helping the student to grow. Definitely would recommend!read more
Naj Nakad
Naj Nakad
18:16 04 Sep 19
Jessica is a very kind, patient and encouraging piano teacher. My girls have learned so much in only a year and... performed so confidently and beautifully at their first piano recital. Jessica praises and rewards her students and every lesson is always fun and a positive experience!!!read more
Clifford Rios
Clifford Rios
20:02 07 Aug 19
Very effective teacher for our 6 yr old daughter. Teaches at an age-appropriate level and I was very impressed to see... all the beginner children okay so well at recital after just a year of lessons. Highly recommend for anyone looking to have child try piano.read more
Mahesh VP
Mahesh VP
23:33 15 Jul 19
Jessica Versland was recommended to us by one of our friends who has been sending her daughter to Versland Studios for... piano sessions. Our son has been taking piano lessons from Jessica since January 2019 and we are super impressed with her teaching skills. Jessica is very organized, and always focuses on building the foundation right for her students. She makes her session very interactive and enjoyable for the students so that they truly build the passion for playing piano. Jessica sets manageable daily practice goals for her students so that her students take full advantage of the program. Within a span of 5 months, our son was ready to perform at a recital program. Jessica is an excellent piano teacher and I will strongly recommend Jessica to anyone looking for piano lessons.read more
Parri Hockenberry
Parri Hockenberry
14:14 05 Jul 19
We’ve had a wonderful experience with Jessica over the past year. Our girls are thriving during their time with... Jessica and are learning how to read music, play scales, and even performed their favorite song at the end of the year recital. We look forward to continuing their music education into the future.read more
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