Learn Piano With Us!
Why Are Piano Lessons Important?
Piano lessons are a great way to develop your creativity, expressiveness, and problem-solving skills. Also, the psychological skills developed including patience, diligence, creativity, and expression, are useful in almost every area of adult life. Research has shown that playing piano can trigger growth hormones in the brain, slowing the effects of aging, while also sharpening your fine motor skills and head-eye coordination. It also improves your body by teaching you good posture. Playing piano also calms the mind and brings it to focus, which is a much needed skill in todays short-attention span technological world.
Piano can also be gentler on the fingers and hands in most cases then learning guitar. The piano can be played with finger movements that can be simple, to wildly complex! More importantly, a piano is known for filling any room with warmth and richness that are enjoyable for a whole family to hear. Unlike other instruments, the piano is also a very visual instrument – you can easily see the notes you have to play, and playing the right note isn’t too difficult – as long as you note what note you intend to play!
Why Choose Toronto Arts Academy To Study Piano?
- Our top-notch facilities create an awesome learning environment for students of all ages – from comfortable seating in our reception, to our clean, inspiring piano lesson rooms that are a joy to learn in.
- Over 30 highly qualified, and supportive teaching staff are the pride of our schools. They have been selectively chosen for their amazing personalities and piano-playing background and skill. Many of our teachers are so wildly popular our students never want to leave them!
- The organized and supportive office staff at our schools make your experience a great one, ensuring your piano lessons always run smoothly, and on time. They are always there to answer any questions you may have.
- Did we mention we’ve been voted Toronto’s Best Music School? Well, it’s true! In fact, we’ve won Toronto’s best music school every year since 2014 and by multiple awards companies!
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- Recitals are important to your learning experience. And we believe recitals should be professional. We do them twice a year in venues with comfortable seating and short durations so the experience is always a great one!
- At our schools, we have both acoustic and cutting-edge digital pianos which we use for our private lessons and group lessons.
- Need to miss a lesson? No problem! We’ve got you covered. With our unlimited make up classes, you can make up a missed lesson whenever you need at your convenience. No questions asked!
- Our comprehensive family safety program means you can always have your eye on your childs development without ever having to worry about a thing.
- Month to month billing – no long term contracts!
Are Piano Lessons Worth It?
The piano is such an impressive instrument to be able to play. And we all know there is nothing quite like the power and wonderment of a pianist who can play well. Those who can play often become the life of the party, strengthening their confidence through drawing people together for a sing along, and building community. For those more serious about their goals for learning to play piano, look no further than some of the worlds most successful (and rich!) musicians below. These strong piano players have built successful careers writing songs on the piano! Singers like Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor, Sarah McLachlan, Norah Jones, John Legend, and plenty of others, have made playing the piano the foundation of lifelong, successful careers with notoriety around the world!
How Much Are Lessons?
Lessons are $43 each for 30 minutes weekly at our convenient downtown and midtown Toronto locations, and include unlimited make-up classes, performances, trophies, and so much more! There is a one-time registration fee of $35.
Lessons are available seven days a week!
Our Piano Teachers
How qualified are your piano instructors?
Whenever you’re about to embark on a new learning adventure, it’s helpful to know in advance the kind of teacher you learn best from. Most students benefit from a teacher who is fun to be with, has a warm personality, has a wealth of experience, and who supports and inspires you to get better. More importantly, it’s often helpful to learn from a teacher flexible in their playing style and experience so they can accommodate a wide variety of learning styles and goals for each individual student.
Our piano teachers are carefully selected from across Toronto for their educational background, their professional experience, and their wonderful personalities! All of our teachers are also police checked and reference checked, and we keep video cameras in all lesson rooms as part of our comprehensive family safety program. Each one brings a wealth of professional and academic experience in just the right balance to really help you explore your potential in a safe, productive environment. We have many piano teachers (both male and female) between both locations, so we most definitely have a teacher that will be the best fit for you.
Get ready to fall in love with learning piano from our amazingly supportive, and talented teachers!
Frequently Asked Questions About Learning Piano
There is no right age for everyone when it is best to start learning piano, and one can start at any age. We’ve had children as young as 3 demonstrate remarkable interest and focus for learning piano. We’ve even had a virtuoso 2.5 year old! However most others may find their sweet spot for learning between the ages of 6 and 8, while many of our students are between 5 and 10. This is a great age range to start learning as the hand muscles are beginning to form, and students are able to grasp the more complex patterns used in music. The most determining factor for any child when beginning lessons is whether or not they have the attention span to focus for 30 minutes without being too distracted, or losing the ability to stay engaged in their learning. If you’re not sure if your child is the right age, we always suggest enrolling your child on a trial basis, to see if they have the focus to get a head-start learning piano!
On the flip side, some adults often wonder if they are too old to start, or even continue their learning and love of piano. The answer, of course, if you are never too old to improve your ability to play music. We’ve had students as old as 80 learn how to improve their playing on the piano. Playing piano often helps to keep them young at heart, and give expression to their inner music and creativity.
At our schools, we don’t focus on just one way of learning for everyone. Every student has different interests and learning styles, and so each student often requires their own adaptation to the learning methods of the teacher. With that said, there are many successfully used, tried and true ways of learning piano that have been used around the world for decades. Some of those are: Bastien, Piano Adventures, Royal Conservatory Of Music, Alfred’s, and others.
There are in addition other piano learning systems that are rooted in the rich and varied, as well as established methodologies of the classical period. Some are more theory based, for those that love to get complicated, and others are designed to be more practical, structured to help you play popular songs you might hear in movies, games, or hit songs on the radio. We always suggest talking with your teacher so you can discover your motivation for learning piano, your interests, and your unique learning style, so we can look at ways to help you grow into the best piano player you can be!
Learning how to master any instrument is a challenge and takes time. It’s difficult on most instruments to even get a pleasing sound out of it! But with the piano, the notes are there ready to be played. Although creating a basic tone is easier on piano, it’s the playing of the music written for it that can be the real challenge!
The challenge with piano, however, is that much of the music written for it can be quite complex. While most other instruments you would play one note at a time, on the piano, you play with two hands, often doing very different patterns. It can take some time to develop this autonomy with both hands. One also has to be able to read the music written for both hands at the same time!
You might have noticed that the piano keyboard consists of a series of black and white keys. These music keys each have names based on the letters ABCDEFG. Novice piano players may spend time in the beginning learning how to identify the letter notes on the keyboard, and learning how to play just the white keys to produce the major scale – a pattern of notes that most western music is based on. Can you find where the letter names that match the keys on the piano?
The first step is to make sure you have the right keyboard to practice on. We’ve included some guidance in the next section if you’re looking to purchase a piano, but not quite sure where to start.
Decide on your practice frequency. Then you want to decide on the best routine for you and your learning style. Some students find that going to the piano for a few minutes at a time with lots of breaks in between is great to allow their minds a chance to absorb their learning during the breaks, without getting overwhelmed. Others find that choosing a 30-minute window and practice during that time on a daily basis is preferable for them. Still, more serious pianists may practice for much longer periods.
In the beginning, divide whatever song you are learning into small sections, and learn them section by section. Master each one slowly. As you improve, you can work on longer sections. Also learn to separate your hands: Learn each hands’ movement separately, before trying to play them together at the same time. Learning just one hand is often quite enough to start with!
And remember: If your mind, your fingers, or your wrists get tired, give it a rests and come back to it later.
The machinery inside a piano is fascinating. With each key press, a hammer is triggered to strike a long metal string inside the piano. The vibration from the string then reflects off the internal wooden soundboard, producing a rich and broad spectrum of frequencies and sounds. Some find it easy to learn the piano at first, and while most others find because you must play with two hands at the same time, it can be more challenging than other instruments. But this is why learning piano is so wonderful – it teaches creativity, dexterity, intelligence, focus, and multi-tasking -all at the same time! All of these are powerful skills that become extraordinarily helpful in adulthood,
There are many different kinds of pianos that you can look into purchasing if you don’t have one already. They range from very affordable all the way to top of the line “Rolls Royce” of pianos. What kind of piano is best for your needs really depends on your budget, your commitment level, and your goals
You don’t necessarily need a full acoustic piano to start learning the instrument. Many decide to start with more cost and space efficient digital keyboards to get the basic finger movements and musical understanding in place, and time to demonstrate a more long-term interest in the piano, before making an investment of time and money in the purchase of a real acoustic. However, it’s worth remembering that only real pianos can give you the authentic experience of piano playing for the most enjoyable and rich learning experience. However, at midtown Toronto location, we offer a mix of acoustic and digital pianos for our award-winning piano lessons.
If you’re just starting out, and not 100% sure if it’s the perfect instrument for you, and/or you don’t have much experience yet, we might suggest starting with a very inexpensive small, portable and lightweight digital keyboard (with full-size keys), with 3 or 4 octaves of keys (means you see the same pattern of notes repeat 3 or 4 times all the way up the keyboard) that will help you get accustomed to the correct fingerings and exercises, without breaking your bank account. You can usually purchase these keyboards including keyboard stand, one sustain pedal, bench and music sheet holder for sometimes less than $100 on Amazon. This is a great way to get started quickly and easily. And if you decide to upgrade, you can easily pass this keyboard to anyone you know that also might be thinking about starting piano lessons.
If you’re a few months into your piano lessons, or if you really start falling in love with the magic of the piano and think you might be sticking to lessons for a year or more, then you may want to consider getting just a little bit closer to the real experience with a weighted-keys digital piano. While still not a real acoustic piano, a weighted-keys digital piano means that the keys on the keyboard are not lightweight as above, but weighted so the feel of pressing down on a key more closely resembles the same action on a real piano with heavier wooden keys. Practicing on this kind of digital piano will help train your fingers to adapt to the keypress action of a real piano, like what we have in our music schools when you take piano lessons with us! Keyboards with weighted keys will typically start around $600-$1000 for keyboards with a key range anywhere from 61 keys, or 5 octaves, to the full 88-key keyboards, the length of a real piano, which stretches out to about 8 octaves. Some other things to keep in mind when purchasing this kind of digital piano is whether or not you want to keep it simple with just a few different digital piano sounds on the piano, or if you are interested in exploring more varied sounds like strings, organs, and other sampled sounds, or even if you might enjoy editing or creating different sounds, which can be a lot of fun if you are into exploring and composing music.
While digital pianos have a lot to offer, nothing quite beats the majestic feel of a real, acoustic piano. While the downside of a real piano is that they are not portable like digital pianos, a real piano uses real hammers hitting real strings, creating rich vibrations that will permeate with much more warmth, depth, and colour than a digital piano. Upright pianos are the best place to start. The strings in an upright lie vertically behind the piano stretching up and down to the floor. Uprights are more affordable than grand pianos (where the strings are laid out horizontally stretching away from the keyboard). Upright pianos are often much more affordable than grand pianos, and are a better fit for most homes with smaller spaces. Purchasing an upright piano brand new is the best options which could cost you anywhere from $4000 and up. Many choose to buy an upright piano used, as they are often significantly cheaper. Be warned, however, that getting a good quality used piano can be very difficult, as so many used pianos have mechanical issues and wear and tear that affect their usefulness and playability. We would suggest taking a piano tuner with you who has lots of experience working with acoustic pianos to look at any used piano you’re considering buying before purchasing one. There are so many components inside a piano that it is very easy to purchase a used piano that won’t play well in the long run, and could ruin your enjoyment of learning to play. Invest in a piano tuner or piano technicians time to go and look at used pianos with you. You’ll be glad you did!
If you have been playing piano for some time, or you know that you just simply cannot go on without having the beauty of a real grand piano in your life, believe us when we say we understand! Playing a grand piano is a beautiful experience that has no other comparison. Grand pianos alone contain the most authentic and purely musical experience out of any other instrument. The strings are fully laid out with no impedance to their vibration. A grand piano does require considerably more space in your home than an upright, so you’ll need to make sure you have sufficient space for it. You may also want to invest in a piano humidifier to keep the wood in great condition for the long run. Grand pianos can cost anywhere from $5000 and up, depending on the size of the piano. They can range in size from the smallest – around 5’ long, all the way up to concert grands which run a full, nearly 10 feet long! Just imagine enjoying playing that in your home!