When anyone takes on a new project or skill, he or she is bound to hear rumors and myths about how the experience will go. Since negative assumptions can potentially discourage someone from pursuing a new skill, it is important to clear up any and all false ideas he or she may have heard. We’re here to dispel some common myths about studying piano.
“Students must study classical music before learning jazz or pop.”
If your ultimate goal is to be playing popular music, you are not obligated to study classical pieces. There is actually a lot of value in practicing popular chord technique and improvisation since those are presented in a straightforward manner as chord symbols. Popular music provides an excellent way to study theory, and theory knowledge can make you a better sight-reader, better interpreter, and better overall musician.
“My piano teacher will drop me if I make too many mistakes.”
This one is so, so false. Teachers are there to teach. They understand that you are learning and will make mistakes as you go. In fact, your piano teachers will probably prefer you to make mistakes with them so they can see where you need improvement and know how to best improve your playing. Without seeing your mistakes, your teacher will not be aware of where you are struggling. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes in front of your teacher when studying piano.
“Children learn piano faster than adults.”
There is really no difference. The tiny fraction of truth here only stems from the fact that children have less going on in their lives and can study music without day-to-day distractions. However, adults often want to “make up for lost time,” so they focus more diligently on studying piano. There is no physical difference in which age group will learn quicker, so don’t be discouraged if you are an older piano player.
Dispelling myths about studying piano is the first step in creating a positive experience for new students. The second step is having a good piano teacher. It’s one thing to read about how piano myths are false; it’s another to have them completely disproven. The piano teachers at Grace Music School offer comprehensive piano instruction including theory, technique, and ear training for students of all ages and skill levels.
If you live in Northport, Smithtown, Huntington, Plainview, Dix Hills, Melville, or Fort Salonga, then you may think ‘where can I find piano teachers near me?’ Well, at Grace Music School you’ll find that we have a robust selection of seasoned piano instructors with impressive certifications!
To learn more about piano lessons in Fort Salonga or Melville, call us at 631-239-6169 (Fort Salonga) or 631-470-9705 (Melville).