Age to Start
Knowing when to start a child in piano lessons can be tricky as there are many factors to consider: child attention span, letter recognition, maturity, and the ability to read. (Young students do not need to be able to read in order to take lessons, but the ability to recognize letters is helpful.) We generally recommend starting students in piano lessons around the age of 5 years; however, this age is not a clear cut rule. The best way to know if your child is ready for the private lesson experience would be to schedule an introductory lesson with an instructor. You can do so by calling our studio office at 402-423-7121.
At Harris Academy, we pride ourselves on offering quality music education. Our university trained instructors teach students all facets needed to be skilled pianists, including music theory, technique and artistry. Our two annual recitals also serve as great opportunities for instructors to teach performance technique and etiquette.
Keyboard vs. Piano
The decision between an acoustic piano and a keyboard is, of course, influenced by personal preference and budget. Most piano instructors agree that an acoustic piano is the ideal instrument of choice when learning to play the piano. That said, modern technology has created some impressive options for electric keyboards. If you decide to opt for the electric keyboard, we recommend purchasing one with the following features:
- A full size keyboard – Having all 88 keys is important for all levels of students, as beginners are learning the geography of the keyboard and more advanced students begin to use all of the keys!
- Touch sensitive and weighted keys – Both features are necessary for students to correctly develop muscles in their fingers and arms, as well as learn proper technique and musicality.
- An attached pedal – Attached pedals will not move around on the floor when pressed. They also produce a higher quality “sustain”.