Hi everyone! My name is Syd, and I’m the Front End Manager here at the Kitchener Academy of Music. Even though I work at a music school, I’ve actually never taken music lessons before- can you believe that? So I figured now is as good a time as any to get started! Join me as I take music lessons with some of our amazing teachers. So far I’ve taken Violin, Guitar, Vocal, Theory and Drum lessons! You can read all about them HERE!
I was SUPER excited for today’s lesson; my very first piano lesson! Piano is one of the most popular instruments that we teach here at TKAM, so I’ve had the chance to see (and hear!) so many amazingly talented students & teachers. To start off our lesson, Jack asked me some questions about the type of music I liked listening to, and the type of music I would like to learn to play! Questions like this help our teachers figure out what you’re hoping to get out of your lessons. I told Jack I was interested in learning some classical pieces; the ones that I’ve heard sounded so beautiful!
Then Jack moved on to teaching me a bit about the keys on the piano; what their names are, and how you can identify them! The white keys on the piano are A B C D E F and G, and then they repeat. It’s easy to find the D key on the piano because it’s grouped right between the set of two black keys; Jack described it as a dog in a doghouse! Once I knew where D was, it was easy to find the rest of the keys. Then we moved on to reading a little bit of sheet music. I’d learned some note-reading acronyms during my Music Theory lesson with Chris, so I was able to put that knowledge to the test to figure out which notes on the sheet music aligned with the notes on the piano.
To finish up our lesson, Jack pulled out some simple sheet music to Ode to Joy, and I tried to play the first few bars! I started off playing the melody with my right hand, which wasn’t too hard. Once I found my starting note on the piano and the sheet music, I was able to play the melody pretty easily as it was a series of stepping up or down one note at a time. That meant I didn’t need to think too much about the name of the note I was playing. The challenge came when Jack had me playing chords with my left hand at the same time. Chords on the piano are when you play multiple notes at the same time, so I was playing multiple keys with my left hand while still playing the melody on my right. Talk about a challenge! But it was SO much fun, and I loved that I was able to walk out of my first piano lesson having played a song!
If you’re interested in taking piano lessons, or any music lessons, contact us today! Right now you can sign up for Music Lessons at The Kitchener Academy of Music for by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or giving us a call at (519) 893-2121. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Please note: this lesson occurred before the current lockdown & stay at home orders! We are not running any in person lessons at this time.