There are two main ways to approach playing the piano: classical and contemporary. We offer both.
In classical piano, you’ll learn to read traditional sheet music, where every note is written out for you in the way that you’d imagine Mozart or Bach playing.
But it might surprise you to learn that you can be a great piano player without learning to read sheet music.
Contemporary piano lessons are all about chord theory, scales, and ear training – this teaches you the different groups of notes that are used to make songs. Contemporary piano lessons can be much more accessible for adult beginners.
In fact, learning the piano can be even simpler than either approach – you can just say “show me how to play All of Me by John Legend” and your teacher will guide you through the song note by note and have you playing in no time!
So how do you choose between classical piano, contemporary piano, or just learning songs?
The good news is, you don’t have to choose – your teacher can give you a little of each approach to find out which one suits you best.
If you’re enrolling your child, you should try to decide early on whether you want sheet music to be a focus – it can take many years to be able to read music fluently.