It will come as no surprise to learn that the piano and keyboard are two of the most versatile instruments for beginners and students with years of experience alike. Students of all ages can feel the musical benefit, in private or group lessons, from the Elizabeth Bay to the North Shore to Rooty Hill to Baulkam Hills!

One of the main reasons for the popularity of students wanting to learn the piano across Sydney, NSW and Australia is how useful it is for teaching and the range of styles you can learn on it. You can have fun in your lessons playing classical and jazz styles, or even pairing singing or violin with it.

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Any kind of music can be played on the piano, with a range of styles for students of all ages

All levels will also see the benefit of learning piano for theory (guitar is good too, but piano might suit beginners better) since it is tactile and easy to play and work with when learning to read music.

Kids and adult students alike will have a fun experience in their musical tuition when learning the piano at all levels.

Sydney, NSW, and Australia are all highly musical, with students of all ages and levels having some musical experience and education at school, and with many who master the piano, guitar, violin, keyboard, or singing going on to achieve international fame.

Have a look at our guide for private and group tutors across Sydney NSW that can get beginners acquainted with the various styles and musical theory of the piano, or who can get students with more experience to sound like a professional and maybe even pair singing with their music.

The musical experience in Sydney

Your being a student at a musical school or with a private tutor may lead you further than you know!

The Sydney Opera House is known for its spectacular musical performances.
Many a great name has performed on a piano at the Sydney Opera House | Source: Mixdown Mag

Delta Goodrem, Daryl Braithwait, Sarah Blasko, AC/DC, The Presets, The Preatures - all came from Sydney NSW and knew how to combine singing with how to play piano, and went onto international stardom.

And it goes without saying that there is a famous landmark at the north end of the CBD where classical, jazz, and rock music alike is highly revered, with regular piano performances - the Sydney Opera House. This institution is loved by kids and adults for the broad range os musical experience and learning that it provides, both recorded in the studio and the concert hall. The season on offer here covers dozens of different styles - not just classical, jazz, and contemporary, but tribal, indigenous, and choral as well.

You might have been lucky enough to see some fantastic piano played across Sydney when your teacher took you during school, and you walked around humming what you heard for ages afterwards. Maybe this led you to get piano lessons when you were young, or maybe you went even further and read between the lines: you're a born pianist, so you tried and got into the most prestigious music school in Sydney: The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. 

Whether you in the category for beginners in your love of piano and learning music, or whether you've been learning for ages and have years of experience and are close to becoming professional, Sydney is a city with a vibrant music scene to be taken advantage of.

Some free information you can find out about the specifics of a piano online

Here we will display some free facts about most pianos (as well as the odd keyboard) that you can take into the studio with you or ask your tutors about during your in-person or online tuition, as well just to use in an online search if you're curious. Have a play around and see what can work for you!

Specifics of the piano

The piano is a relatively recent invention compared to its string relative to the violin and the guitar and their ancestors (and yes - we said it's a string instrument!).

It descended from the harpsichord that appeared around the 17th century, which itself was a descendent of the clavichord from the 14th century. It has a rich history, entering homes on a wide scale as either uprights, baby grands, or grand pianos in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Its name derives from a much longer phrase that we don't learn from our teachers at school - clavicembalo col piano e forte - a harpsichord that can play loud and soft notes.

The piano is actually a string instrument, and it's the hammers inside who make the sound.
The intensity you hight the piano keys with affects how loudly notes resonate | Source: Thepiano.sg

How to play and work with a piano

A first lesson that kids tend to learn, and really enjoy learning, with their online or in-person tuition is that this soft or loudness is produced by hitting the keys with varying intensity. This in turn causes a hammer to strike the strings inside the piano which reverberate on the wood and vibrate accordingly. Thus, the intensity with which the keys are hit causes loudness or softness.

Any student of music and their teachers will also know that pedals are what controls the length and muteness of the sound that emanates from the piano. Unlike with violin or guitar, once you take your hands off the piano, you can keep the noise resonating or short and sharp depending on which pedal/s you're pressing with your feet.

How to read and adapt music onto a piano

Having a private teacher in your musical tuition teaching you on the piano is highly practical. This is because you can see the keys all laid out in front of you and they are listed in ascending order with tones and semi-tones, from lowest to highest.

For those beginners and students who don't have years of experience and are just learning to play, the piano is a great way to teach theory and playing in your lesson since you can see chord combinations really clearly, which then match the music that you read on paper.

Depending on the styles you work with, there will be different time signatures (classical 3/4 for a waltz, 4/4 or 6/8 for a symphony, and probably 4/4 or 5/4 for jazz). This will be represented clearly on the paper, and you should be able to tell clearly from the notes used what key the music is in.

The kinds of piano lesson and teaching in Sydney, NSW, Australia

There are various reasons you might want to take piano lessons with a private or group tutor: loving jazz or classical music and wanting to play along, wanting to switch styles, wanting to learn to read music, doing AMEB exams, or wanting to accompany violin, classical guitar, or singing AMEB exams with piano or just to get over the hill with your theory knowledge and have some fun in your playing.

Here, we run you through some of the styles of lesson and tuition that you will find in any given music studio or music school, or with private tutors or teachers.

AMEB is a staple of the music examination world in Australia.
AMEB exams are the only way for your levels of piano progression to be officially recognised in Sydney, NSW, and Australia | Source: AMEB

Kids learning for fun or school, online or in-person

Parents may want their kids to take music seriously, others may just want to nurture their musical side and let them learn in a group or in private.

A teacher in this setting will typically have been playing the piano themselves, and been a teacher for ages, so they will know how to keep kids entertained, having done so for years.

This will often focus on playing scales, training by ear, performing fun songs and singing along, and learning the differences between styles such as classical, contemporary, and jazz.

Adult tuition for fun, online or in-person

As this is more about enjoyment or with a professional goal in mind, such a lesson with tutors might have a first session free and cater more to beginners. Work in this kind of lesson would teach you to read music and help you with theory, as well as giving you experience using your fingers and getting your dexterity up to be used to playing your favourite songs, as well as some classical or jazz pieces.

Professional coaching for students with more experience

This would cater less to kids and beginners, and more to music students with a few more years experience.

This would work on theory more and focus on technique, as well as recognising complex scales and rhythms with students building upon them by themselves.

This will probably be done as a means of refining technique outside of a regular music school, and the lesson with the teacher or teachers will probably be private as the specific skills of the student need to have work and attention given directly to them.

AMEB or HSC music exam preparation

Tuition in these styles needs to be private and will be very rigorous.

The AMEB is the Australian Music Examinations Board, and they administer all exams for official musical instrument grades, including for piano, violin, singing, keyboard, and guitar.

Once you do well in this, can you progress to a professional career path, as these exams are required for entry to prove your levels at a music school.

So whether you learn in the north or south of Australia, Box Hill, Endeavour Hills, Half Moon Bay, Surry Hills, Rushcutters Bay, or Double Bay, you will be able to get somewhere with AMEB exams and private tuition.

Such lessons will focus on how to ace the songs with correct rhythm and tempo in the official AMEB book, and if you have more experience and really need to sound professional, your teachers will show you how to improvise and sight read music that the examiners give you.

As for HSC music exam preparation, it is a similar story, although will contribute to your school score rather than giving you a musical grade.

Nevertheless, music at high school is mandatory for entry to a large music school like the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, so you'd benefit from getting in contact with some private tutors.

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