What can I expect from our first year of piano lessons?

by | Apr 4, 2019 | Education

The first year of piano lessons is critical. Kids want to see RESULTS from their hard work, and we know you parents do, too!

Before I tell you what you can expect from the first year of piano lessons, let me answer this first:

What is too much to expect?

Well, your child won’t be playing Beethoven Sonatas in their first year. They won’t be having jam sessions with other musicians, since they need more time to get their bearings before they can play comfortably with others. They most likely won’t be playing a Beatles song at full speed, and singing along while they play. These things will come, but not in the first year. 🙂

So what can you expect?

1. Your child will be able to read music all by themselves. If they say they can’t at home, I would invite you to come in and observe their lesson. This is our biggest goal for our students: Kids should be able to practice on their own, without their hand being held. At the lesson, we ask them to learn their song and they do. It’s just what’s expected, and kids are happy to do so because they feel great when they figure something out all by themselves.

2. At Figaro Music Studios, your child will learn their songs at the lesson. When they come home from piano, ask them to play their song for you. While they’ll still need to polish it up during the week, they’ll usually have a good handle on the songs they were assigned at their lesson from the very first day.

3. Your child will be reading and playing music with two hands. 

4. Your child will be able to learn songs that are familiar to them, such as music from Star Wars or Disney movies.

5. Even in the first year, your child will have ups and downs with their desire to practice. Some days they’ll go to the piano all on their own, other days they’ll need a reminder, and sometimes, well, you might need to drag them to the bench! I’m kidding… sort of… 😉 It’s important to get over the slumps so you can get back to the good days.


Patience is key. Music is a language, and learning to play the piano requires learning this second language AND developing strong technical skills. That’s why a pianist isn’t made in a day, and it takes grit to make a musician. If it was simple, everyone would do it! It’s worth the effort and energy to stick it out, because I can tell you I haven’t met a single adult who had the opportunity to take lessons as a kid and didn’t follow through, who doesn’t regret that decision.

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