How to Prepare for Your First Piano Lesson

Learning a few notes and basics will make you more comfortable

Part of the Vitality Arts Special Report

Are you one of those people who say “I’ve always wanted to play the piano” or “I’d love to cross piano lessons off my bucket list?” Take heart. It isn’t too late. Options abound, from self-instruction books to group lessons to a good old-fashioned one-on-one lesson with a piano teacher.

However, adult students sometimes feel worried about starting something new so late in life. We wondered if there were a few tips — some baseline knowledge — that might make a first piano lesson experience less intimidating. We turned to Timothy DePrey, a pianist who has taught since 1981 and is the director of Individual Piano Instruction at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis since 1997, for advice on getting started.


By Alex Stahlmann
Alex works directly with Next Avenue's editorial team to optimize, publish and amplify content across owned social media platforms, serves as photo editor and produces both social-first and web content. His passion for digital and background in integrated marketing allow for continual support of both Next Avenue and Rewire's partner, marketing, media relations and audience development initiatives. He comes to TPT from Fast Horse, an integrated creative agency, and was also managing editor at Modern Midwest. Alex can be reached by email at astahlmann@nextavenue.org.@AlexStahlmann
Shayla Thiel Stern
Shayla is the former Director of Editorial and Content for Next Avenue at Twin Cities PBS.@shayla_stern

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