This educational blog comes from piano teacher and author, Megan!
Imagine emerging from your self-quarantine with a new skill, like playing the piano. Or, what if you had a really impressive new piano solo to show off next time you get together with your friends or family?
If social distancing and self quarantine have you wishing you could learn piano or improve your piano skills, keep reading!
Learning to play the piano online is very doable in this age of distance learning. There are tons of great apps and programs available for learners of any level. Here are a few you could try.
Beginning Piano For Adults
Beginning Piano For Adults is my own online course that I created for adults who have always wanted to play the piano. I designed it to feel like you are showing up at my piano studio each week for a lesson.
Each lesson gives you just enough material to practice for about a week and an exact plan for what to do each day. But, it’s also super flexible for you to work at your own pace, so if you need to skip a week here or there, or if you want to do more than one lesson in a week, that’s possible too.
There are 8 lessons and you’ll learn about 25 songs from this introductory course. The course includes an eBook and backing tracks to play along with each song.
This course assumes you’ve never played piano before. Even if you did play the piano many years ago, this would also be a good fresh start.
For a one-time fee, you’ll have lifetime access to the course and you can complete the lessons at your own pace. The course is normally priced at $57, but Musicnotes readers can use the coupon code MUSICNOTES to save $30. Click here to get started.
Flowkey is an online app with piano tutorials for all levels. If you’ve never played before, flowkey includes a course for beginners that walks you through the basics. However, if you already have some piano skills and are just wanting to build your repertoire, you’ll find tutorials to match your current level.
When you’re learning a song with flowkey, you’ll see the digital notation as well as a pianist’s hands on a keyboard. A moving line helps you follow along with the notation and the keys on the piano illuminate so that you can see which keys are playing at any given point of the piece.
Flowkey is very interactive. You can isolate small sections of the music that will loop over and over so that you can practice with repetition. You can tell it if you want to practice one hand at a time, both hands together or at a slower tempo.
These are super effective tools for learning the piano. You can find a full review with more details of flowkey here.
Skoove works similarly to flowkey. However, Skoove would probably be better for beginners or players with limited piano knowledge. In flowkey, the focus is on learning the song, but Skoove uses well-known songs to teach other general piano and music concepts. You’ll be learning songs, but you’ll also move through lessons that are very informational and helpful if you’re not sure how music works.
Skoove is a monthly subscription and you’ll have full access to 3 different levels of lessons. You can find a full review of Skoove here.
Simply Piano is another great app for learning the piano. It has a more gamified feel to it than flowkey and Skoove, but it is just as educational.
Simply Piano teaches you to play music along with backing tracks and gives you instant feedback on how accurately you played it. It has 2 paths you can follow as you learn: piano solo music or chords. You can work through either track or both simultaneously.
Flowkey and Skoove can be accessed from computers, tablet and smartphones, but Simply Piano only works on mobile devices.
SmartGamePiano & SmartClassicalPiano
SmartGamePiano and SmartClassicalPiano combine interactive videos with a real piano teacher. While apps like flowkey and Skoove expect you to work independently, these platforms include access to a professional piano teacher to give you support, encouragement and motivation.
SmartGamePiano focuses on video game music taught by Sydney. In each video, she breaks music into small, bit-sized pieces while talking you through and demonstrating how to play the song.
If you’re more interested in learning classical music, Igor is the instructor for SmartClassicalPiano. His approach is very similar to SmartGamePiano, just focusing on a different style of music.
For both of these platforms, you can find parts of the tutorials on YouTube and the full videos and sheet music are available on the subscription site.
As you can see, there’s no shortage of ways to learn piano online. Try some of these options out and see which approach works best for you and your own goals.
If you’re not sure which to try start here:
If you’re starting from scratch and need a teacher to walk you through all of the basics of playing the piano: try Beginning Piano For Adults.
If you already play the piano and are looking for tons of tutorials of all kinds of songs: try flowkey.