Picture this scenario.

Two person of different age range sharing the same birthday and preparing to blow their birthday candles.

A five year old kid vs a fifty year old person having the same birthday wish.

To be good at playing the piano one day.

Both wishes can come true with the right mindset and effort, if you ask us. That's because when it comes to learning piano, age is really just a number.

However, if you're looking at the prospect of turning the skill of piano playing into a career one day, it's undeniably more advantageous to have an earlier headstart. That's because you need a solid foundation (which translates into years of learning and performing experience) in order to be a well-trained professional pianist.

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How To Set A Strong Foundation When Learning The Piano As A Beginner?

Whether you are a parent of a young kid, or someone who is passionate to learn the piano, it's important to remember these four important points when you're approaching the learning experience.

This way, you'll have a better idea on how to manage your expectations and your learning outcomes throughout the journey.

Let's get down to business.

Point 1: Make sure you're able to recognize and read the notes 

There's a reason why the song "Do Re Mi" from The Sound of Music remains popular until this day. The lyrics itself encompasses all the seven basic sound notes that we use in our everyday music.

If you are unable to remember all of them, you might face a huge challenge when you're attempting to play the notes on the keyboard while reading the notes on your piano score.

As you take up basic theory lessons later, you will also learn to associate single alphabet piano notes with different sound notes as shown in the list below:

  • [C] Do note
  • [D] Re note
  • [E] Mi note
  • [F] Fa note
  • [G] So note
  • [A] La note
  • [B] Ti note

Point 2:  Practice your fingering for both hands 

Putting your fingers into action for the first time can be a nerve wracking experience. But we assure you that you'll get better with sufficient practice.

Pay attention to how your piano teacher place different fingering for both of your hands. For instance when practicing, you should switch finger when you're doing a simple C-major scale by switching your thumb on the Fa note so that all your fingers on your right hand can reach the final note of the scale flawlessly.

Usually, your piano teacher will let you practice the fingering of two hands separately and once you are more comfortable, you can then proceed to play with both hands together.

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Right fingering is an important component when learning the piano.
Image by Matthias Böckel from Pixabay

Point 3: Start with easy melodies to build your confidence 

When learning the piano, never rush the process of progressing because everyone learns at a different pace. Take your time to play songs from the easy to intermediate to advanced difficulty levels.

Listen to the feedback of your piano teacher on how you play and whether you are ready to go to the next level.

Point 4:  Make sure your knowledge on both theory and practical piano is well balanced 

There's a reason why official piano examinations are organized according to different grade levels for both theoretical and practical element.

You'll notice that as you advance to a higher grade, your piano score will be more complex. For example. you'll need to interpret and identify a variety of key signatures, time signatures, changes of volume dynamic, different forms of tonic, supertonic, subdominant and dominant chords of the indicated keys.

It is only when you have similar level of these combined knowledge, you'll be able to progress smoothly to the highest grade. A good foundation is an accumulation of previously built-on comprehension.

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Why Do Many Parents Want Their Children To Learn Piano Early?

We've talked briefly in the introduction on the significance of mastering piano during one's early childhood. It's a no-brainer that most parents are passionate when it comes to sending their kids to piano lessons. They consider it a wise decision and investment.

Here are three main reasons why many parents greatly encourage their children to pick up the piano as early as possible.

  • Cultivate a productive hobby throughout their schooling years 

Given that children these days prefer to spend most of their free time looking at various screens, many parents see piano learning as a way to divert their attention in an effective way and let them learn a new skill while making new friends at the same time. Literally, killing one bird with three stones.

Let's say they plan to sit for all the Asociated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) piano learning examination, they have to spend at least 8 years throughout their schooling years to master all the grades syllabus.  Throughout the process, their children will get to cultivate patience and persistence.

  • To boost their intellectual abilities 

It is said that learning piano can help to improve their attention capacity, memory retention and even arithmetic skills, especially when they are learning the concepts of counting notes in music theory.

All these benefits are definitely music to many parents' ears.

  • Could lead to more open doors in their studies/career in the future 

Don't be surprised how your ability and passion to play piano can land you a scholarship or even an offer to teach music one day.

Playing the piano as a hobby does give many the impression that you are an all rounder who appreciates music, self-disciplined and fun-loving.

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You could be a piano teacher one day if you start learning piano since young.
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Music School vs Private Piano Tutoring Which Should You Choose?

Granted that there are so many music academies and even home piano teachers in the local market, it can get a bit challenging to decide on THE ONE.

Here's two key guidelines to bear in mind when you're undecided.

a) Reflect on your ultimate learning purpose 

Are you planning to sit for the ABRSM piano examination and get the certificate with each grade or are you planning to learn some basic chords and play some songs by ear?

If you are interested to pursue piano professionally, it's best to find a qualified and experienced piano tutor from a music school/recognized learning platform who is well versed with the ABRSM syllabus to guide you from the basics.

If you are picking up piano as a short-term hobby, then you can find a home piano tutor that can provide you with flexible and personalised piano lessons according to your pace and interest.

b) Compare the learning methodology /syllabus 

If you prefer a more lively and flexible learning method without any formal lesson structure, then it's best for you to find a home tutor/student tutor that can fit your schedule and learning needs.

If you're someone who prefers step-by-step guidance to get that distinction for your certificate, then it's best to find an experienced piano teacher.

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How To Have The Best of Both Worlds When You Learn Piano with Superprof

Finding an experienced, creative, reliable and good piano tutor near you is no longer a hassle with Superprof. 

At Superprof, you will find a diverse pool of home and online piano tutors with great passion and expertise.

It's also super convenient to browse through our selection of piano tutors that fit your criterias all at once.

Just head to the Superprof Malaysia homepage and start reviewing the piano tutors' profiles. You don't have to worry about creadibility as all the information listed on the profiles have been verified by the Superprof team before publishing.

At each tutor's profile, you'll come across these information:

  • Their teaching/performing experience
  • Their piano-related qualification
  • Their teaching methodology and teaching level
  • Their hourly rate
  • Their teaching mode (online/physical lessons)
  • Their past students' reviews

After confirming the details, you can then proceed to contact them and book your first lesson with them. Most tutors at Superprof offer their first lesson for free, so don't miss out on this great opportunity!

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Is It Too Late To Become A Pianist As An Adult?

Everyone may have a different interpretation when it comes to becoming a pianist.

Ultimately, you can always perform at any age and play different music genres. The size of your stage and audience are secondary.

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Age should not be a limiting factor when it comes to becoming a pianist.
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If you want to resume piano learning after you have stopped learning for a long time play the piano again after retirement, that's not an issue at all.

At the age of 50, you can be a seasoned pianist at your church during regular service or perform medleys during weddings.

Remember that as a pianist, you'll shine the moment you play, regardless of your age.

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." – Plato

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