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Piano Lessons

Learning Piano Online

The desire to learn an instrument is timeless, and piano lessons are a great way to build a strong relationship to music on one of the most versatile instruments. The ways in which we teach piano will often change to reflect the times, employing modern methods and technology to appeal to a new generation of musicians. Now more than ever, students have a plethora of options for piano lessons and piano teachers—some of which include in-home lessons, group lessons, and online piano lessons.

Remote music learning has come a long way in the past year. With more and more people spending time at home, the demand for online piano lessons has increased. Piano teachers have adapted to meet this rising demand for online piano lessons, developing and refining new ways to deliver the joy of learning a musical instrument to students through their screens. While this new virtual marketplace has given potential students more options when learning an instrument, the dizzying array of teachers available means that it can be very difficult for a beginner to know what they are looking for. At Forbes Music, we work closely with our teaching partners to pair each student with the online piano teacher that best suits their personal music learning needs.

Here is a brief overview of what potential students should expect, as well as a guide to help you decide if online piano lessons are right for you.

Online Piano Lessons Vs. In-Home:

The best online piano lessons are the ones that most accurately address a student’s piano learning needs—What music style is the student interested in learning? How much time do they plan on practicing during the week? What are their goals and ambitions in learning the instrument? In order to most effectively address these needs, online piano teachers use a process of personalized feedback, reinforcing practice and playing habits that will most effectively help the student succeed. A key benefit of online piano lessons, as opposed to in-home piano lessons, is that the student is not limited to a piano teacher near-by. Sometimes, the ideal piano teacher is one a bit further away. This issue of location is by-passed through the online piano lesson.

Can I Teach Myself Piano Online?

When looking for online lessons, many students may stumble upon the world of YouTube tutorials. A world of unorganized content at one’s fingertips may seem enticing, but part of the issue with teaching yourself piano online is the lack of personalized feedback. As a beginner, it can be tough to know what is necessary to accomplish one’s piano goals. A private piano teacher will work closely with a student to assess their goals and give them personalized lesson content that will help them achieve their goals in the most efficient manner possible. No wasted effort means a smoother learning experience; less frustration and more fun.

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How Skill and Age Relate to Piano lessons:

Piano lessons can benefit people of all ages and skill levels. At the beginning of the learning process, a private teacher will assess the student’s skill level and create a lesson plan that fits their interests. In beginner piano lessons, the teacher may focus on the fundamentals of music and piano, such as scales, exercises, and learning songs. Learning songs that one loves is a great way to learn about basic music theory—such as key and time signatures, rhythm and melody—all while developing repertoire. Few things are as fun as performing newly-learned songs for other people! Learning songs can be a great way for a beginner piano student to get the most out of their piano lessons.

Piano lessons for kids will include many aspects of piano lessons for beginners (depending on the child’s skill level, of course), but the content will be personalized for a younger learner. This will mean that their lesson plans will differ significantly in terms of repertoire and method compared to piano lessons for adults.

What age should a child start piano lessons?

Studies have shown that piano lessons for kids provide many benefits to young children throughout adulthood. Because of this, a child that begins piano lessons at any age after three-years-old will begin to reap the benefits having studied piano in their youth. Strong scientific evidence correlates general music and piano lessons in childhood with strong verbal skills, higher self-esteem, higher test scores, and better overall school and work performance later in life.

Are piano lessons for adults effective?

While this is the case, no age is too late to begin to learn the piano. At Forbes Music, we believe that any time is the right time to pursue piano lessons. We provide piano lessons for beginners, kids, and adults of all skill levels. Anyone can learn the songs they love at any age in life. Additionally, music has proven to delay cognitive decline and has a positive impact on working memory capacity and processing speed. Adults can benefit tremendously from taking piano lessons, beyond simply learning songs. Regardless of the motivation, we will work to find a piano lesson plan that works for your schedule and skill level.

“The office staff is extremely accommodating. One of the greatest things about FMC is they connect students with teachers. This allows the teachers to focus on doing what they do best, teaching music.”

Nick L.

Guitar Instructor, Forbes Music Company

“I love having the freedom and flexibility to design my schedule, create lesson plans, and work with my fanatic students that Forbes has connected me with.”

Nica S.

Piano And Songwriting Instructor, Forbes Music Company

My grandson is loving his lessons. I was skeptical with virtual at first, but it seems to be working. Phillip is a great teacher and very patient with such a young student. Thanks for everything!



“They have a significantly better starting pay than their competitors. I also seamlessly transitioned to virtual lessons as a result of Covid-19, and my pay has not been affected.”

Ethan S.

Guitar and Piano Instructor, Forbes Music Company

“We had an excellent experience. She was able to connect with Adam remotely and he really stayed engaged and learned a lot.”


Westchester, NY

“As a teacher, it is a wonderful experience to work with Forbes. Their professionalism handling all the logistics and administrative work allows a teacher the peace of mind to be able to purely focus on our students and the wonderful gift of music making.”

Gretchen E.

Voice and Piano Instructor, Forbes Music Company

“The staff is incredibly accommodating to all of my scheduling needs, and they’re always available to provide me with help, inspiration, or simply a friendly conversation with fellow music-lovers.”

Kelly B.

Piano and Voice Instructor, Forbes Music Company

“You and your team are always so lovely to work with and the kids just adore Nica. :)”


Los Altos, CA

“The company is efficient in scheduling flexibility while maintaining easy communication for progress reports. Forbes Music operates with a high level of professionalism and are always open to feedback.”

Geraldine V.

Voice and Piano Instructor, Forbes Music Company

“My kids used Forbes music teachers for 5 years now. They are excellent, the recitals are fun, also the staff is very easy to deal with, have good payment options. Recommended!”


Westchester, NY

Cost and Time Investment for Online Piano Lessons:

In-home and online piano lessons are an investment. How much is a piano? Pianos and keyboard instruments come in a wide variety, ranging from a few hundred dollars for a good used acoustic piano, to tens of thousands of dollars for a new, high quality grand piano. That being said, the best piano is the piano that fits a student’s skill level and budget. It is possible to find used pianos in good condition for a few hundred dollars or used keyboards for under a hundred dollars. It is not necessary to spend a small fortune on one’s first piano, and it is always possible to upgrade as skill level and commitment level increase.
Ultimately, the cost of piano lessons may differ depending on your area, the length and frequency of lessons, and potentially a long term scheduling plan, but it is possible to find an affordable teacher that accommodates your needs, budget, and skill level.
Overall, how much do piano lessons cost? You can expect to make an investment in a used piano in good condition, the piano lessons themselves, and a time investment into the lessons as well as practice time. While piano lessons are an investment in cost and time, they are worth it if you find the piano and piano teacher that will best work for you.
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