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The piano is an acoustic stringed instrument; the strings are struck by hammers as the keys are pressed. The piano is usually played as a solo instrument, and composers through the ages have embraced its versatility and range. It is also used as an accompanying instrument, so pianists are always in demand! The keyboard is an electronic instrument, most often played in a group or band. It can also recreate the sound of a piano to an extent, and so can be suitable for beginner pianists to learn on.

Learning to play the piano or keyboard

Lessons usually take place individually or in pairs. A general piano/keyboard syllabus is taught at the beginning, so students develop the correct posture and technique at the keyboard, using both hands to play. Playing keyboard allows you to play tunes with simple accompaniments, but doesn’t involve the same level of technique as playing the piano. Piano students will move on to playing different repertoire in a wide range of musical styles.

  • Benefits of learning piano or keyboard

    Learning these instruments is a great way to develop coordination, memory and concentration. Children can learn to play from an early age. A keyboard is an inexpensive introductory instrument and allows students to play in a band. A piano is more nuanced and versatile

  • Is it the right instrument for me?

    The piano is a versatile instrument, usually played solo, but also in groups or to accompany instrumentalists/singers. The wide variety of piano music available from different genres means there will always be something to suit your style. A keyboard can be a useful starter instrument to try before moving on to the piano. Or, if you want to be part of a band and play your favourite songs, keyboard is an ideal option


You can start to learn piano or keyboard in our low cost group lessons.

Find a piano or keyboard lesson

Lessons are available in schools or at music centres after school and at weekends.

Help with fees

Our lessons start from £10 each but we also offer financial support for families in need.


When you play, never mind who listens to you

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Robert Schumann

Registering for lessons

Lessons can take place in most schools during the school day or in our music centres across Berkshire. You can choose from group or individual lessons for any instrument. Once you have registered, our team will be in touch with options for lesson times to suit you.

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