Piano is a great instrument to start out on because the keys are laid out in a simple, logical way, making music theory and note reading easy to understand.
» We often recommend younger students learn piano as their first instrument because the physical coordination required is much less demanding than other instruments like the violin or the trumpet.
» The ability to play chords makes piano a great choice for singers who want to accompany themselves and students who are interested in playing with a band or group.
» Though piano is easy to start out on, piano is not necessarily an easy instrument. Advanced piano music often involves playing multiple notes at once (chords) and separate parts in each hand, which makes learning music challenging for our advanced students.
MEET THE TEACHER
Katie Lott started learning violin when she was 8 and was heavily involved in local orchestras, string quartets and summer festivals growing up. In college, she founded the Birmingham-Southern string quartet and played in the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra in Birmingham, AL. She also played strings for a local dream pop band, Parishop and a folk trio, Verdure. She currently plays violin in the New Orleans area for weddings and events in addition to teaching private lessons at NOLA School of Music. She works with students of all ages, from 3 to adult and teaches classical violin, pop, and fiddle styles of playing.
Grand pianos are ideal for any pianist - they give you the best control over your dynamic range. Most students don't have the budget (or the space) for a grand piano, but fortunately, you can learn piano just as well on an upright or a keyboard.
Upright pianos are much less expensive than grand pianos, but they still give you the feel of playing an acoustic piano. They will need to be in good shape and tuned regularly (at least once a year, but more often for serious musicians!)
Keyboards are a great inexpensive (and portable) alternative to a piano. We recommend purchasing a full-sized keyboard with weighted keys. Advanced classical students may prefer the feel of a real piano, but most students will be able to learn just fine on a keyboard!
30-minute lessons are our most popular option at NOLA School of Music. They are ideal for beginners and children who don't have enough material (or the attention span) for a longer lesson.
60-minute weekly lessons are great for adults or intermediate/advanced students. An hour lesson gives your teacher plenty of time to focus on technique, sight-reading, improvisation, and other aspects of music without being rushed.
For many students, 45-minute weekly lessons are the perfect sweet spot. Since 45-minute lessons are difficult to schedule, they may only be available during early afternoon hours or late evening.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
about piano lessons at NOLA School of Music
DO I NEED TO HAVE A PIANO OR KEYBOARD AT HOME?
Yes, you'll need to have an instrument to practice on in between lessons. Fortunately, basic keyboards are pretty inexpensive, and most beginners and young children won't need a pricey instrument when they're just starting out.
DO YOU TEACH ADULTS?
Yes! A huge portion of our student base is adults looking to re-learn an instrument or learn a new instrument!
At NOLA School of Music, we believe you CAN teach an old dog new tricks — and adults are great students because they can grasp technique and music theory concepts much better than young children. So even if you're starting out from scratch as an adult, with a little bit of practice, you'll progress quickly!
IS MY CHILD TOO YOUNG FOR PIANO LESSONS?
Piano is one of the best instruments to start a young child on — but is your child too young?
It really depends on your child's maturity level and attention span (Check out this blog post for more info.) We've worked children as young as age 2, but in most cases, age 4 is the ideal age to start.
If you're interested in signing up a younger student for lessons, we'll set up a month of lessons on a trial basis and make a decision after working with your child!