I have worked with many students as young as four, five, and six years old. While every four- or five-year-old I have worked with were ready for and learned much from their lessons, the six-year-olds definitely made progress much quicker than their younger peers. Therefore, it may be best to wait until your child turns six before starting lessons. However, if your little one absolutely cannot wait to have fun on the piano, then by all means, let’s get started!
As a general guideline, one to three years of dedicated study are needed to achieve a beginning level of piano playing. Two to four years are needed for the intermediate levels. Exceptionally hardworking students may progress faster, and less dedicated students may take up to many years longer.
Early advanced technique and repertoire may require a few additional years to be introduced to the especially studious students. After that, higher levels of musical artistry may take up to a lifetime to polish, refine, and enjoy for amateurs and professionals alike.
See more details here under “Tuition”.
See complete details here under “Tuition”.
If you are unsure whether the piano is the right instrument for you or your child, please consider the option of renting from a reputable piano dealer. Many dealers offer very affordable rent-to-own programs for as low as $50 a month for an upright acoustic piano, and most to all of the rental fees may go toward the price of purchase. Since many full-sized digital pianos already cost $600+, renting a upright may be the more economical solution. Besides, the resale value of acoustic pianos tends to be much higher than digitals in general. You can find a great piano buyer’s guide at www.pianobuyer.com.
Acoustic pianos are actually much more affordable than what most people think. Used upright pianos of decent condition and mid-range brands like Yamaha and Kawai are usually listed in the $1,500 to $4,000 range. That is about the price of a fancy computer. Unlike a computer, however, a good used piano will still last for decades. Rentals start at about $50 per month, and many dealers offer some credit toward purchase. If your home can fit a full-sized keyboard, it already has enough space for an upright piano.
Please keep in mind that the better your instrument can respond to your playing, the better you will sound. The better you sound, the more fun it is to play. The more fun it feels, the more it makes you want to practice. Finally, the more you practice, the faster you will progress.
See here under “Daily practice” for a guide on expected weekly commitment.