History and Information about the Piano
As we know it today, the piano, short for fortepiano, is derived from earlier keyboard instruments such as the harpsichord and the clavichord. A version of the modern piano was in use as early as the mid-18th century, but it was not perfected until the mid 19th century. The piano is relatively easy to learn, has a large range styles, and is extremely versatile in almost every genre of music, including classical, pop, jazz, rock, and blues.
When to Start on the Piano
You can start piano lessons as young as age 4, depending on hand size and strength. Students also should have begun to read and count, as most instructors will be teaching them how to read music very early on, if not right away. The piano is a great first instrument for anyone, including adults with minimal musical experience.
Getting a Piano
Pianos are generally expensive instruments that take up a significant amount of space in your home. If you do not already own a piano and do not wish to make such a large investment in space and money, you can purchase a digital piano with touch-sensitive keys. Some stores also offer rentals of console (upright) pianos. Please call us so we can recommend a store from which you can purchase or rent a piano.
For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). We also provide piano repair and tuning services, please ask for this information if you are interested!
Purchasing Books for Your Piano Lessons
Most books and supplies are available online. Give us a call for local store recommendations. Your instructor can tell you which books are appropriate or needed.
**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.