Piano Lessons Success

UPDATE: I’m now posting Free Piano Technique Lessons – Check Them Out Here!

Dear Readers – If you are interested in finding the best piano teacher for you, I hope you find the following book helpful!

adult piano lessonsLooking for a piano teacher? I’m glad you’re here.

My name is Matt McLaughlin and I’m a piano teacher with well over 15 years of experience teaching (and 25 playing!). I run an extremely active piano studio here in Austin, TX and I’ve seen nearly every type of piano student you could imagine.

If you’re reading this book, there’s a good chance you’re excited about starting piano lessons. I’m here to help.

Here’s what you need to know right away: most people succeed in music study because they do their homework up front. And many people fail in piano lessons because they don’t do the right kind of work up front. They don’t have a clear sense of what they are looking for, don’t know what to look for in a teacher, and have only a vague sense of how to move forward!

As a result, a lot of students come to me “jumping in” and doing their best. This is fine and I admire it. It takes a lot of courage to start something new, whether you’re a child or an adult. But unfortunately, this isn’t always the path to success because it leaves a lot of room for chance.

In many years of teaching I’ve found that the most successful piano students in the long run are those who follow a certain series of steps in finding a piano teacher. That’s what I want to show you here.

A couple of notes about this book

I can be blunt!

In this book I’ve tried to eliminate as much fluff as possible. I want to keep things short and cut to the chase, so that you can spend more time finding a teacher and starting lessons, and less time reading about it. So if I seem a bit blunt and terse, please excuse me! I hope I’ve boiled down many years of experience into only the essentials you need to take action.

I value your feedback.

If at any time you’re reading this book and have a suggestion, or want me to expand on a certain topic, I try to make myself very easy to get ahold of! Just visit my website at pianoblog.com where you’ll be able to contact me, and where you’ll also be able to read in depth articles on a range of piano topics.

Adults only?

Well not really, but . . .

It’s tough to write a book that will apply fully to both adults and children. The main audience for this book is adults who want to begin learning piano or pick it back up with previous experience. There will be a lot of stuff here that will apply to finding a teacher for your child as well, but to keep things simple, I’ve mostly directly everything to “you” the adult reader. In the future I’ll be coming out with a version of this book for those of you seeking lessons for your children, so if you’re interested in that be sure to sign up on my mailing list at www.pianoblog.com.

Until then, I’m sure you’ll find great value in this book whether it’s for you or for your children!

Let’s Get Going!

OK Then, enough about all that. Let’s get going and find you a teacher!

Continue reading — Chapter 1 Where You Are Now