If you’re trying to find a way to learn piano online, one of the most important choices you’ll make will be to choose a piano lesson program that’s right for you.
There are literally hundreds of options for online piano courses, but not all of them are good choices. What’s more, even if a course is a good program, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right course for you.
Here are a few factors to consider.
What’s Your Piano Level?
The first question to ask before you choose a course is to clearly identify what, exactly, your piano skill level is.
The overwhelming majority of courses available online cater to complete beginners. And by beginner, I mean truly beginner. They start with the basics of what the note names are and how to find middle C on the piano, and move up from there.
Many people, however, are still “beginners” but may need a level beyond this, so it’s important to figure out what your true level is in terms of what the course offers to teach you.
That way, you’ll be able to compare your current skills against the list of techniques you’ll master through the course, and be sure you’re on the right playing level.
Do You Know How To Read Music?
For some, a purely aural style of instruction is ok, and for others, the course will already assume you know the basics of how to read music, and focus instead on how to play the piano.
Other courses combine all aspects, and start from square one, showing you how to read treble and bass clef, and apply that knowledge to the piano.
There’s no one “right” way. Which is right for your depends on your own background and experience.
What Style of Music Do You Want To Play?
Thirdly, make sure you consider what style of music you want to play. Many beginner courses focus on the fundamentals of piano from a classical mindset, and don’t necessarily consider the skills you’ll need to master jazz or blues piano.
Others will place emphasis on basic blues patterns, but not teach you some basics you’ll need if you want to play Mozart or Chopin.
While stylistic considerations are more important the more advanced you are, and it can help to get a broad base of several styles before specializing in any one form, choosing a course that teaches you the style you really want to play is often the best path.
What’s Your Budget?
Finally, you need to consider your budget. There are many affordable course options, and even a few that let you start for free, but ultimately you should think of your first online piano course as an investment in your musical growth.
Also consider the course cost, length, and value in relation to how much you would pay to acquire the same knowledge and playing experience as you would by another means, such as a private teacher, and I think you’ll find that most online courses are priced with your budget in mind!
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