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 TEACHERS
Kitty Jones comes from a family of musicians and grew up going to live shows and learning music from her own family. She decided to study music education in college because she wanted to become a well-rounded musician, and graduated in 2018 with a degree in University Studies with an emphasis in Creative Arts Education. Kitty is great at helping students believe in their abilities and she loves helping her students exceed their own expectations through lessons, practice, and encouragement. Kitty is known for her positive energy — she gets really excited when her students accomplish something and will be their biggest cheerleader (She might even jump up in celebration!)
Katie Lott has been playing piano since she was 6 years old. She studied classical piano throughout her childhood and was always fascinated by the music theory behind the instrument. Katie graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a Bachelor of Music in Composition. She plays piano professionally for events, churches, and weddings in addition to playing keyboard as a touring singer-songwriter. Katie currently works as a pianist for St. Charles United Methodist Church in Destrehan, LA. Katie specializes in classical piano and pop piano for singer-songwriters.
Wesley Chambers started out his music education on tuba and brass instruments, and soon began to branch out to other instruments like piano and guitar. He has a degree in Music Pedagogy from Birmingham-Southern College, where many of his courses were focused on early childhood education. In addition to teaching private piano lessons, Wesley works as a minister of music and assistant pianist at St. Charles United Methodist Church in Destrehan. Wesley specializes in beginning piano and working with young students.
Nick Bierman started learning piano at a young age, but didn't get serious about piano until middle school, when he got inspired by his mom's Elton John and Billy Joel piano books. He started writing his own songs on piano in high school. In college, he focused on improvisational blues and jazz piano, earning a degree in music composition with piano as his principle instrument. Nick currently plays professionally around the New Orleans area for events, weddings, and more. Nick specializes in blues piano, improvisation, and pop/rock.
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!
PIANO STYLES WE TEACH
Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Bach, etc. Classical piano is great for students wanting to learn music theory and establishing a basis in proper technique.
Our teachers love teaching students their favorite pop songs! We often write custom arrangements for our students based on their experience level — because a lot of the sheet music out there is too simplistic or too difficult.
BLUES & JAZZ
Blues and jazz are so much fun to play, but can get pretty hard to learn! We'll help de-mystify those complex chords and syncopations that are so common in jazz and blues.
There is so much amazing movie music out there — whether it's John Williams or La La Land, we'll help you learn your favorite movie tunes!
Musical theater pieces are great for accompanying yourself singing, but they also can be turned into some cool solo piano pieces!
HYMNS & CHORAL MUSIC
Hymns are deceptively difficult to play on piano! Our teachers will help you learn your favorite hymns and get used to playing choral harmonies on the piano.
Many students think improvisation is something that comes naturally to more "talented" pianists, but it's actually a skill that can be learned and practiced!
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!