There are so many piano courses out there. This makes it awfully difficult to pick and choose, especially when it comes to beginner piano courses. One of the main things to consider is that any piano course can be greatly enhanced by a positive attitude and a willingness to learn, both from the students and the teachers.
Here are some of the more popular courses for beginners:
1. Leila Fletcher piano courses offer fun repertoire and are good at introducing different skills and knowledge over the course of the entire series. The books have been around for a while and are still quite popular with kids. Here’s a link:
2. John Thompson editions offer a wide range of books and courses for both kids and adults. The books often exhibit photos of where the hands play on the keyboard. The repertoire is diverse and my students seem to enjoy this series. Amazon has a large number of these books:
3. Alfred offers a nice range of products for beginners, late beginners and adults. They also have books that cover theory, thus attempting to fill in any gaps and questions that may arise from a student attempting to learn piano completely on their own:
4. If you’re looking for a completely adult course to guide you through piano learning, here’s a link that gives you a wide range of publications, including Hal Leonard:
Many online courses promote their products as complete courses that require no weekly lessons from teachers. As a creator of two piano learning e-books, I can tell you that although there may be some truth to this, e-courses tend to work much more effectively as a supplement to traditional piano lessons. Between the two, you have an extremely solid foundation and an abundance of knowledge and information to work with.
It is often argued that online courses allow you the freedom to learn completely on your own without the pressure of weekly lessons. You can practice within your own schedule and save a ton of money by not having to dish out substantial fees four or five times a month. This may be true for some. However, in my decades of teaching experience, I have found that most students require a healthy amount of weekly pressure as an incentive to practice. I’m not talking about practicing in fear, but about inspired practice and wanting to impress a mentor. In the end, no matter which piano course you choose, your dedicated work ethic and the piano teacher that you choose are both of the utmost importance.
In conclusion, it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Within this mindset, a demonstration from a live teacher is absolutely invaluable in understanding all of the online and hardcopy piano material that you accumulate. Have fun with whatever piano course you decide to take and remember that no matter what, you still have to practice effectively to get far.
- Great piano teachers resource from Valery Lloyd Watts (susanparadis.wordpress.com)