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How Long Does It Take To Learn Piano?

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This brilliant question suggests a learner who has ambition and goals. If you are asking: “How long does it take to learn piano?”, you are on the right track. Successful pianists share four important characteristics, they are:  

  •       Ambitious
  •       Curious
  •       Ready for a healthy dose of challenge with the accompanying rewards
  •       Ready for a journey of discovery exploring communication, musicality and creativity


Different methods to learn piano

The method chosen also impacts how long it takes to learn. Adults today who took lessons as a child generally recall a rather laborious method. It involved learning one note at a time and doing exactly as their teacher said. Things have changed. Learning now embraces a wide range of resources and different musical genres. The internet gives unprecedented learning opportunities. Skoove, for example, our piano learning app, which provides first class piano courses and interactive lessons. Skoove listens to your playing and gives instant feedback. At Skoove, we know how important it is to match learning materials to the above characteristics.


  •      Ambitions learners will be delighted to control their speed of learning. Levels from beginner to advanced can be completed in a time frame that suits each individual.
  •      Curious learners can delight in the many different styles awaiting their exploration. Classical, pop, theory and blues…where will you start?
  •      For challenge and reward, each lesson is presented in steps providing a visiblesense of progress.
  •      For musicianship, lessons use backing tracks to encourage rhythmic playing and blog posts provide a rich resource to support exploration and development of creativity and communication.


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Other Methods

Other learning methods include teaching yourself with a tutor book and learning through YouTube. Whilst some learning is possible, these methods present challenges because alone they do not support the attributes of successful pianists and they are not responsive nor interactive

At Skoove we promote music and support musicians that is why we have created an app that offers everyone the chance to play piano. We won’t argue that it is better than individual lessons with a good teacher. However, in some circumstances it is more suited to the learner’s needs; Skoove offers flexible, inclusive and affordable learning.


Piano Lessons for Kids

Starting piano as a child has these advantages:

  •       Children are natural learners
  •       Technique evolves instinctively  
  •       Children are generally content to progress steadily

Check out our recommendations on how to encourage kids to practise piano.


Piano Lessons for Adults

Starting piano as an adult has other advantages:

  •       Adults have more knowledge of how they learn and what they need for learning to thrive
  •       Adults have the advantage of logic and objectivity. This means they can generally correct themselves. This makes learning faster and practice more efficient.
  •      Adults usually have better motoric skills


What age to start piano lessons?

It is never too late to start piano lessons! There are more and more adults choosing to learn. Children exploring music at a young age is something to be encouraged. Their enthusiasm and joy can be nurtured through group music and singing classes. Piano lessons for children can then begin around ages 6 or 7.


How long does it take to learn piano? From the day you commit to learning, you are a pianist. You can expect to have enjoyment and play appealing pieces within a month.


My personal answer…

How long does it take to learn piano? A lifetime! And the joy it brings is worth every single one of those days!


Author of this blog post:

Roberta Wolff started piano lessons at the age of five and is still enjoying learning! Currently, she teaches piano pedagogy and performance pedagogy at post graduate level in the UK. Her other work includes running a private teaching practice for students of all ages and abilities and creating learning and practice resources. Roberta loves writing as a means to supporting others on their piano journey.

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