Brisbane is the third most populous city in Australia and thus boasts many opportunities for learning music. And if you want to learn piano, one of the most popular instruments played in Australia, you’ll find plenty of options.
People play the piano for a wide variety of reasons. They might be in a band or orchestra, or aspire to be a solo pianist, they may play the piano as an accompaniment to singing, to develop their music theory, to practice their ear training, or to learn composition.
No matter your reason for playing the instrument, there are teachers available to provide you the music lessons that you need to accomplish these goals.
Regardless of whether you are beginner who has never played a chord, an intermediate student hoping to improve their musicianship and build their repertoire, or an advanced performer who just requires a bit of guidance on how to conquer the music world, Brisbane has what you need.
Here is a list of some great options for learning piano in the city – from private lessons to group classes, for the new student or for those ready to become a professional musician. But first, let's look at the benefits of learning piano.
Find out what to expect during your piano lessons.
Why Learn Piano?
Learning piano has numerous benefits. Dr Jennifer MacRitchie, senior research fellow in health and wellbeing at the MARCS Institute at Western Sydney University, has found that it can result in improved working memory function and dexterity.
Playing piano improves memory, recall, and improvisation skills. It also improves coordination, particularly of a pianist’s non-dominant hand. In fact, pianists can even develop ambidexterity, the ability to use both hands equally well. Playing piano can also maintain this dexterity into older age.
It’s never too late to start playing piano. Jennifer Bugos, an assistant professor of music education at the University of South Florida, Tampa, researched the effect of individual piano instruction on adults aged between 60 and 85 years old.
After six months, those who were given piano lessons demonstrated increased memory, verbal fluency, the speed at which they processed information, planning ability, and other cognitive functions, compared with those who were not given lessons.
Uncover the fantastic benefits of children learning piano.
The Independent Music Academy (IMA)
IMA provides individual music tuition in Brisbane and South East Queensland. Learn piano or keyboard from accomplished musicians in a range of musical styles, from classical and jazz to rock and techno.
Lessons will include theoretical music knowledge, scales and modes, chords, chord reading, chord voicing, as well as common chord progressions and transcription (learning to play by ear). You can also learn online!
Sono School of Music
Sono School of Music offers quality music tuition, including piano lessons in a variety of styles, such as classical, jazz, blues, popular, and contemporary. Their experienced and professional piano teachers can also help you prepare for exams held by the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) and Trinity College.
Brisbane Music Studio (BMS)
BMS offers private and shared lessons for both children and adults, as well as a Junior Rock Band, Senior Rock Band, and Adult Jam sessions. You will learn from highly qualified and experienced piano teachers, ensuring your training is of the highest standard. BMS presents two showcases per year.
Home Piano Teacher
Home Piano Teacher offers quality piano lessons from the convenience and comfort of your own home. They offer individual, one-on-one lessons in classical, jazz, rock, improvisation, baroque or romantic music.
Home Piano Teachers are experienced in AMEB, Trinity College and ABRSM examinations. They offer extra music training in: theory, aural, musicianship, composition, sight - reading, general knowledge, music history, arranging, and transcriptions. Home Piano Teacher also provides online video lessons.
Mark Joe Hope Music School
Mark Joe Hope Music School offers individual, private lessons taught by experienced and qualified piano and keyboard teachers in Brisbane. Their lessons are designed for beginners to advanced students, for all ages - from kids to adults. Learn to play piano nearby or take advantage of online lessons. You can also participate in contemporary student bands with the chance to perform frequently.
Your teacher will balance all of the technical, reading, theoretical, rhythmic, stylistic, and artistic skills needed to become a great musician. Enjoy playing a range of piano styles while accomplishing keyboard knowledge and musical theory at the same time.
Albany Creek Music
Albany Creek Music provides piano and keyboard lessons for 6 year olds and up, from complete beginners to advanced students readying themselves for AMEB exams. Their professional teachers are working musicians with experience teaching pupils of all ages and experience. Albany Creek Music provides group keyboard lessons and solo piano lessons.
If you’re looking for piano lessons with a private tutor, Superprof is the best place to find tuition in Brisbane.
The site – a platform connecting students to professional and experienced tutors – hosts 56 piano tutors in Brisbane, charging between $30 and $80 per hour. The piano tutors range from Queensland Conservatorium students and graduates, qualified piano teachers, and experienced players, to professional concert pianists.
Learn more about how much piano lessons cost.
If you would prefer not to have to leave your home to learn your instrument, your tutor can come to you. Or, if you would rather, you can even take piano lessons online. There are plenty of tutors available who provide tuition via video.
If you’re not sold on learning the piano, you can always learn something else. The platform offers tuition in more than a thousand subjects across the world!
Queensland Conservatorium - Griffith University
Do you want to take your piano skills to the next level or become a professional musician? Conservatoires in Australia are for people like you – and they offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in music.
Queensland Conservatorium is one of Australia’s leading music schools, offering a broad range of specialist degrees, from classical music, jazz, and popular music, to music technology, music research, and music education. Their teachers are award-winning and are committed to producing talented music professionals.
The Open Conservatorium has an Early Childhood Music program where young beginners aged 5-7 years can take keyboard, strings, and classical guitar as an introduction to practical instrumental music.
The Young Conservatorium offers individual tuition for primary and secondary school students in a wide variety of instruments including the piano, and you can also learn the instrument as part of their Developing Musicians program.
And finally there is an Adult and Community Education program where keyboard lessons are offered to adults. Students learn to play at their own pace in a group lesson environment under the direction of experienced staff. There are beginner and advanced strands to this program.
Discover more about learning piano at a Conservatorium.
The University of Queensland
The School of Music at the University of Queensland has courses which are led by internationally acclaimed music professionals and include music performance, music composition, musicology, popular music and technology, and music education.
Need more help finding a piano teacher?
If you want to learn the piano but you don’t live in Brisbane, see our tutors providing piano lessons near you: