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Published December 28th 2011
Don't you just love the soft, beautiful sound of piano keys? The likes of Adele and Amy Lee from Evanescence feature piano in some of their music and to me, it's absolutely beautiful. It's no wonder that one would wish to learn how to play the piano. Piano lessons are great for the development of your musical abilities, but also for hand-eye coordination and focusing skills. Escaping to music is something I've done for a long time along with other creative arts. The piano can indeed make for a worthy hobby and it can also mean fun for the whole family. For kids, it can be a productive distraction from homework and an integral part of developing their cultural identity. You can be a pianist or simply an enthusiastic hobbyist with this diverse activity. Moreover, you can get piano lessons but pick up either a cheap old piano somewhere or a keyboard in order to perform and practice at home. Additionally, it doesn't have to be a terribly expensive hobby once you're established.
If you're not ready to commit to paying for lessons, there's one option available to anyone with a keyboard or piano and an internet connection. You can actually go on YouTube and find that people teach piano for free on there. This way, you can give the piano a try without actually committing to anything and give it up if you don't enjoy yourself. The downfall is of course that you don't have a teacher there to correct your mistakes so you might not be getting a true taste of the piano. Nevertheless, free YouTube lessons are an option. You can learn to play specific songs and even the technicalities behind the music.
A diverse school is NSW Piano Tuition, with lessons available in many areas such as Double Bay, Woollahra, Maroubra, Kingsford, Sydney CBD, Drummoyne and North Sydney with future plans for expansion. Beginner tuition costs $20 per 15 minutes. Regular individual tuition is $35 for half an hour. What's called "talent plan tuition" is at $65 per hour. I'm assuming this is for more advanced pianists. The musical creativity and performance class is priced at $5 per 20 minutes.
If you're looking for something in the western suburbs, Shine Music School might be the piano school for you. It offers all sorts of instrumental lessons including the Suzuki piano and various types of string instrument lessons. There are lessons available for adults and kids. Piano lessons are taught in a contemporary style, so you learn to play your favourite songs from artists like Green Day and Alicia Keys. Located in Parramatta, if you're an adult you're best to send an email enquiry about lessons for you. It is recommended that as an adult you purchase an instrument prior to taking the lessons. The kids' lessons are from age four and up.
I know that it can be difficult sometimes to treat yourself but the piano is a wonderful hobby. Each song you master is an achievement and you can put in as little or as much effort as you wish. If you have a lot of spare time and are surrounded by likeminded people, you could even start some sort of a band and jam for fun. By the way, you don't necessarily need "piano fingers" to be successful in mastering this beautiful instrument, despite them being helpful.