Piano Lessons For Adults

Piano Lessons for Adults

Los Angeles

Angeles Academy

 

Welcome to Angeles Academy, Premiere Music School.

Over the last 7 years, we have provided the best quality private piano lessons for adults in Los Angeles California. Easily Accessible from Santa Monica, Brentwood, Beverly Hills and Century City, our beautiful location lies within a historic cathedral in Westwood, just next door to UCLA. Our teaching philosophy for adults is to develop a consistent practicing plan, and to give them the encouragement the technical skills needed to learn to play the piano. Adults will learn to play the music they love, not just technical exercises, and all along the way get the technique they need to master the instrument.  To do this, we only hire teachers that are fun, outgoing positive personalities, have years of teaching experience, and have attended one of the top music schools in the world.

Rewards

Adult Recital

Wine, cheese, and a bit of courage.  Our adult recital caters to adult students whether beginning or more advanced.  This fun encouraging environment helps adults get over their fear of performance.

Beginner Duets

Beginner Duets

During our student recitals and in private lessons, adult may pair up with their teacher to play duets. This is a great way to boost the confidence and have a lot of fun.

6 Reasons our Piano Teachers are “Good with Adults”

  • Fun and positive energy.
  • Show interest in you personally.
  • Focus on music you love.
  • Integrates technique gently.
  • Flexible, rather than a ridgid lesson plans.
  • Goal setting, short and long term, rewards.
Piano Instructor
Piano Instructor
Piano Instructor

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Frequently Asked Questions about Piano Lessons for Adults

Is it too late to start lessons?

No.  This is a question we frequently get from adults who are interested in getting back into piano after many years, or who are thinking of starting for the first time.  We fully believe that its possible to learn piano at any age, in fact some things like technique, theory, and reading can be faster learned by the adult mind.

Do I need to buy a real piano to start or will a keyboard do?

It’s often possible to start on an inexpensive keyboard, and later perhaps rent or buy a real piano as progress is seen. For the first year or so, most adult beginners will only need to use the middle part of the piano, so a 61 key keyboard will often suffice. We sometimes adults to start with a keyboard, then upgrade to a piano as they progress.   A weighted keyboard is often a little more expensive, but feels more like a real piano, and this is helpful as a transition to the real instrument.  We advise to check with your instructor or to ask a friend that knows about pianos to help make an objective decision before buying.

Why Choose Piano?

The piano is a great instrument to start with. This is because its very visual, and produces a great sound without having to learn how, (such as the violin or the guitar). Because of this, it is and ideal starting instrument, especially for a young child, and this is probably why it is the number one instrument choice in the world. The piano is also the best instrument to understand music theory, (the study of the structure of music). This is because while most instruments can only play one note at a time, the piano can play many, helping students see the musical structure. While the piano is the easiest instrument to begin, and provides a great musical foundation, it is also the hardest instrument to master.

Some of the skills adults will learn in their Piano Lessons

Piano Hand Position

Proper hand position is very important to being able to play piano capably.

The fingers should be curved, especially the final joint of every finger. A good hand position can often be felt by simply relaxing your hands at your sides and then bringing the hands up to the piano. Look for a slight C shape between the thumb and index fingers, and try to maintain this while playing. The wrist should remain level on top. Generally fingers should point strait ahead in conjunction with the keys. Each finger should be centered on each of the five notes to allow for greatest accurately. posture should be upright, and seat should be high enough that the elbows do not drop below the level of the keys. Shoulders should be low, and the wrist and elbows should be flexible.

Piano Scale

Scales are very important, because it gives the aspiring pianist an opportunity to just work on legato, and evenness. Legato, (Italian for Tied Together), is an important concept for piano, and best practiced with the scale. The idea is that notes are smoothly connected from one to the next. At the moment the first note is released the next one is pressed down. This means there is no overlap between the sound of the first and second note, and but no gap in sound. The next consideration is how even the sound is. Even refers to volume level, and also rhythm. It can be quite challenging for the beginning pianist to keep every note the same volume level, especially the thumb since it is heavier and tends to make more sound. Rhythm is best practiced with a metronome, and steadily increased as everything becomes more comfortable.

Reading

Sight reading is an important skill for any aspiring musician. To begin, students are taught about treble and bass clefs, (different ranges), and to identify notes that are on the lines, and notes that are in the spaces between the lines. To remember the notes on the lines, students learn phrases such as, “every good boy does fine” The first letter of each word are the notes on the lines of the treble clef from bottom to top. E, G, B, D, F. The notes that are in the spaces between the lines spell the word “Face”, F, A, C, E. As students become faster at identifying these notes based on these simple phrases, the phrases wear off and they simply recognize the note for what it is. In addition to identifying notes, sight reading includes understanding rhythm. Rhythm is differentiated in notation by notes filled in or empty, and with different stems and beams. These indicate different speeds of notes. Even the most accomplished musicians can often improve their sight reading. More advanced training involves pushing speed and looking ahead, and through creating progressive goals.

Theory

Music theory teaches us how recognize and identify patterns across all music. It is fascinating because it starts to bring together a clearer understanding, and patterns once complex become simple. Imagine a complicated math equation that actually has a very simple answer.
Learning theory involves a mixture of ear training, (the ability to identify harmonies and melodies), as well as identifying and labeling these patterns on paper. Harmony is seen in notation vertically, and is often what might be described as the background in which a melody is set. Harmony consists of chords, (3 or more notes heard simultaneously), and can be Major, Minor, Diminished, and several others. These differences in sound are often described emotionally; happy, sad, or scary. The beginning of music theory training might involve identifying the difference between a couple of these chords. Ultimately, advanced theory students are able to write out the music they hear, and to analyze harmonies and melodies in musical scores. A full grasp on the structure of music can take years to develop.

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