Names like Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin are well known as inspirations of many music lovers all over the world. Their legacy is still well remembered today because their music has beautifully stood the test of time.
At the same time, we cannot ignore the existence of the musical instrument that made it possible for us to enjoy playing and listening to classic melodies such as Rondo Alla Turca (Turkish March), Für Elise and Nocturne in E flat - THE PIANO!
“What has keys but can’t listen to the beauty it unlocks? A piano.” – Jarod Kintz
Why should you learn to play the piano?
Apart from the piano's culturally rich history and its continuous influence on today's music, many people are fond of piano playing due to the advantages that it brings to our lives.
Seeing is believing, so read more about the benefits that you can experience once you start taking piano lessons in Malaysia.
1. Produces CALMING effect and reduces stress
Ever wonder why many public places like clinics, restaurants and facial centres choose to play piano classical music in the background?
That's because our body automatically reacts to the rhythm and beat and we find ourselves in a more relaxed manner.
The act of playing the piano and listening to the piano also helps to calm one's mind and reduce your overall stress level. As you are playing the piano, you are also listening to the sound produced when your fingers hit the notes.
The sound of the piano can be soothing, comforting and entertaining at the same time. This explains why so many people picked up piano learning during the lockdown since 2020.
2. Increases your CONFIDENCE level
When you learn to play the piano, you will get to play in front of people most of the time. In fact, your piano teacher is your first listener.
If you take a piano examination, you will get to play in front of the examiner. Then, you may even perform in front of your parents and even a large audience during a concert. These accumulated experiences will contribute to positive self-esteem regardless of your age.
3. Boosts your COGNITIVE and CREATIVITY skills
As you learn to play the piano and listen regularly to your piano playing, the gene in your body that secretes a feel-good hormone, dopamine, will be activated.
This will lead to a process called synaptic neurotransmission that will further enhance your memory and learning ability in the long run. Furthermore, your concentration level will also increase and you will find yourself performing better during studying or working.
Learning the piano will also expose you to opportunities for song composition and improvisation as well as music interpretation, which is a display of your musical creativity.
Where to find piano lessons near me in Kuala Lumpur?
Though there are currently many piano learning resources that you can access for self-learning, nothing beats the experience of having someone to guide you in person in front of your piano.
Here are some suggestions to kickstart your piano learning journey if you are physically based in Kuala Lumpur.
1. Capen Music Academy
Located at Sri Petaling, Capen Music Academy is a place where music lovers can learn the foundation of practical music lessons (music note-reading, the right fingering for one hand and two hands) as well as theory lessons (recognition of key signatures, time signatures and dynamics).
Regardless of whether you are a parent who is looking for piano classes for your kid or a working adult, you can still learn piano effectively from qualified piano teachers at the academy.
Classes will be conducted in a one-to-one setting and students will be able to learn at their pace through personalized lessons with the help of their piano teacher. You just need to decide whether you prefer to opt for 30 minutes or 60 minutes weekly lessons.
Students who are interested to sit for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) or Trinity piano examination can take piano lessons from Grade 1 to Grade 8.
The fee for every learning level differs according to the duration of weekly piano lessons that the student choose from.
- Introductory [Fee ranges from RM170/RM280 per month]
- Beginner [Fee ranges from RM190/RM320 per month]
- Elementary [Fee ranges from RM210/RM360 per month]
- Intermediate [Fee ranges from RM 230/RM380 per month]
- Advanced [Fee ranges from RM 250/ RM420 per month]
2. Dream World Music Centre
If you are based in Setapak, Dream World Music Centre is the best place to master piano learning regardless of your age level. The teaching methodology and piano lessons are in accordance with the latest ABRSM and Trinity Piano examination as well.
For Beginner piano learners, the duration of your piano lessons will be 30 minutes per week.
On the other hand, Elementary to Advanced learners can opt for 45 minutes to 60 minutes per week.
The maximum piano class duration is 75 minutes per week (for those who learning the Advanced level).
Here are some important elements that will be incorporated in your piano lessons to boost your confidence and overall competency for your theoretical and practical piano knowledge:
- Basic piano notes reading
- Identification of piano keys, hand position, right fingering for each hand
- Piano score memorization
- Mastering piano scales
- Music composition, music improvisation, music accompaniment
- Music performance skills
Also, books and other learning resources will be provided during your lessons. For registration, students need to pay RM120 as a deposit while the monthly class fee is also RM120.
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3. Pastorale Conversatoire of Music
Established in 1990, Pastorale Conservatoire of Music strongly advocates the principle of music education with a difference. Currently, the music school operates in three different locations: Kuchai Lama, Taman Overseas Union and Puchong Jaya.
Among the courses and lessons for piano are Contemporary and Jazz Piano as well as Classical Piano.
Apart from piano lessons, there are also classes for other musical instruments such as violin, viola, double bass, guitar and several more.
Lessons are conducted at least 4 times per month. Other than taking classes and sitting for piano exams, students are also given opportunities to perform during the music school's biannual public charity concert, in which the concert's total proceeds will be donated to various organizations in need.
Looking For Flexible Piano Classes For Beginners?
As you do a regular search on the Internet or ask around about piano lessons, you may find that most piano lessons at music schools cater to young children or those who are still schooling or in university.
You may become quite conscious about learning piano as a beginner if you are currently a working adult, a housemaker or a retiree in your 60s.
You don't have to worry about that if you take a private piano tutoring lesson with Superprof!
Superprof acts as a one-stop platform that connects tutors and students from various parts of Malaysia for the most convenient and flexible piano learning experience!
You also don't have to worry about the age limit, maximum budget limit, current learning level and learning mode when you have a private piano tutor.
Finding a piano teacher with Superprof is great because it has no geographical limitations. This means you can look for other piano tutors outside Kuala Lumpur or your own city. You can browse for piano lessons in Petaling Jaya regardless of whether you are based in Selangor.
Having said that, Supeprof covers a diverse range of cities in Malaysia for piano lessons for Northern cities like Ipoh.
Let's say you are from Georgetown and you prefer to have a home piano tutor near the capital city of Penang who can come to your house and your maximum budget is RM60 per hour, you can easily find a list of tutors that fits your requirement.
What Should You Look For In A Piano Tutor?
As you are directed to the list of piano tutors' profiles on Superprof, it is now the time to decide who to learn from.
Granted that there are so many good piano tutors available, you may not know who to pick as your new piano tutor, especially if you are a beginner.
Leave this worry behind and refer to the below key points when you are comparing the profiles.
- Varied Teaching/Performing Experience
The piano tutor's teaching experience will be listed in terms of the number of years, specific age and groups of students that he/she has taught or a formal teaching position that he/she is currently holding. They may have taught at an international school or a local college.
- Recognized Teaching Qualification
You can rest assured that the piano tutors at Superprof have the right qualification and understanding of the ABRSM/Trinity piano syllabus. Their profiles have been verified by the Superprof team.
- Diversified Teaching Methodology
Depending on the student's age or personal preference, piano tutors have various teaching approaches to bring the best out of every student. For instance, younger students may learn better through interactive duet playing while adult students may prefer to learn to play pop songs of their favourite singers through online classes.
- Reviews or Recommendations (if available)
This is a useful tool when it comes to the final deciding moment. It would be great to know how this piano tutor has helped previous students to improve and most importantly enjoy their piano lessons. You can also catch a glimpse of the tutor's personality from the description of the students' parents or the students themselves.
Start enrolling in a music lesson today to experience a whole new world with these seven friends: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, and Si.
Soon, you will find yourself producing a beautiful symphony of melody!
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