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How to Prepare for Your First Piano Lesson

Learning a few notes and basics will make you more comfortable


Part of the Aging Well Through 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 received his bachelor’s degree in English literature and composition from Saint John’s University in 2008. Since then, he has pursued careers in both management and education, and also turned his local music blog into a small business. His most recent tenure was spent as an integrated marketer at Fast Horse as well as the managing editor of Modern Midwest. Alex can be reached by email at astahlmann@nextavenue.org.
Shayla Stern
Shayla, the Director of Editorial and Content for Next Avenue, has spent a career in digital media journalism and content marketing strategy at organizations including washingtonpost.comEdmunds.comCars.com and Fast Horse and as a media professor at the University of Minnesota and DePaul University. She has a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Iowa and has published extensive research on social media and gender. Based at Twin Cities PBS,  Shayla can be reached by email at sstern@nextavenue.org.@shayla_stern

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