A serene evening envelops your home; the day’s bustle fading into a calm hush. There, in a cozy corner, your child’s eyes glisten with unspoken dreams, a vibrant flyer in hand.
“Can I learn the keyboard?” they ask, their voice brimming with eagerness.
You find yourself at a crossroads, brimming with questions. Where do I begin? Is it too late for adults to start?
Many start their musical journey here, both children and adults. Our guide simplifies keyboard lessons, combining practical advice with musical joy. Read on to unlock the symphony of keyboard learning.
Master the Basics of Music Theory
All musical instruments need a certain level of music theory. Why, you ask? It’s the building blocks of music, just as we learned the alphabet as kids.
You’re in luck because the note names range from A to G. Now you’ll need to find out where those notes go on the staff.
Of course, the goal is to remember them fast enough that when you read music, muscle memory kicks in. You’ll get to a point when you are reading music where you no longer have to think of the note’s name. Your hands will know where to go, and your focus will be on the rhythm and expression of the notes.
When we talk about rhythm or duration, we are talking about note values. Think of musical notes like units of time in a day. Just as a day has hours, minutes, and seconds, music has long and short notes.
Imagine a whole note as a ‘whole’ unit, like an hour, filling the entire space. A half-note is like half an hour, so it’s shorter. A quarter note is like 15 minutes, even shorter.
Each note tells musicians how long to hold the sound. The longer the note, the longer the sound.
Keyboard Gear and Keyboard Practice
How do you choose the right keyboard? You’ll need to think about your skill level and musical goals.
Do you want to learn the basics of piano playing, or do you want to explore different styles and genres of music? Do you want to play solo or with other musicians?
Choose the number of keys that suit your needs. Most musical keyboards have either 61, 76, or 88 keys. The more keys you have, the more range and expression you can achieve.
But more keys also mean more weight and space. If you are a beginner or have limited space, you may prefer a 61-key keyboard.
How do keyboard lessons for adults and keyboard lessons for kids vary? Well, if both you and your kid are starting out, then it’s the same knowledge to begin with.
Theory is important, but the age of your kid matters. Adults tend to structure their lessons more, while kids focus more on creativity.
Sign Up for Keyboard Lessons Today
Here at Music Lab schools, we have been raising the bar of music education since 2005. We can teach keyboard lessons at any level and in any style. Our program features nationwide instructors committed to community growth.
Are you ready to hit the right note in your musical journey? If so, then reach out, and we’ll help you every step of the way.