Getting Started On The Piano

So Where to Begin?

Your Instrument: The first step on your musical journey is deciding on which instrument to use, whether it is a piano or music keyboard. One reason why students may get distracted or frustrated is because they have to decide which is best for them to begin on.

Have you ever received a music instrument catalog (Musician’s FriendSweetwater, or Guitar Center), looked through the keyboard section and saw all of the brands and models to choose from? Options could include expensive Grand pianos or portable electronic keyboards.

When making your decision, choose the option that best fits your budget and needs. If you are a beginner, starting on a portable keyboard maybe best until you are ready to start playing outside of your home.

Also, practicing on the keyboard at your local church could be a possible option until you are ready to purchase your first music keyboard.

Listen > Read > Write

Listen/Read/Write: These are categorized as one unit because they are connected and essential when learning something new, especially music.

Music is like a Language. It definitely takes a little time to understand it fully. That’s why I am here to simplify it for you.

Let’s follow this sequence:

Listen: listening in music means listening to songs of different Origins/Genres/Styles, however, the most essential thing to do is listen to them to get familiar with sounds and patterns of certain music styles. It improves your Musical Ear Power which will help you in the future while learning to play songs effectively.

Read: Reading in this context means following up and taking a look at the MTC Piano Beginner’s Course, which helps you become familiar with notes, scales, chords and how to apply them in songs.

Reading exposes you to a world of knowledge beyond your imagination. It’s good to note that not all online content and books walk you through a step by step process when learning to play.

Here at is a well-structured/streamlined piano beginner’s course that walks you through the basic steps to get you started on the Piano.

Write: It’s often said that the Shortest Pencil is longer than the Longest Memory. Always write down notes; write down chords and scales so that you can easily make reference to them on your musical journey as a musician.

Practice Makes Perfect!

Practice: It’s often said that “Practice makes Perfect”. The more you practice, the more you get better on the keyboard. Without practice, all of the ideas you’ve learned by Listening, Reading and Writing will soon fade away.

Practicing helps you apply what you’ve learned and expresses it efficiently. You also boost your confidence while practicing. Your mind and fingers will also get used to the keys and over time you will be able to play without having to look down at your hands and fingers.

Practice regularly for at least 30 minutes a day and later you can increase to an hour or two as you learn and grow depending on your schedule.

Sign-up for our Piano Beginners course and get started with what to Practice Now.




Portable Music Keyboards: any type of digital or electronic keyboard instrument. These include synthesizers, digital pianos, stage pianos, electronic organs and digital audio workstations. However, in true musical terminology, an electronic keyboard is an inexpensive synthesizer equipped with built-in power amplifier and small loudspeakers.

Yamaha PSRE253 61-Key Portable Keyboard

Casio CTK2400 PPK 61-Key Portable Keyboard Package 


– Joshua Okposo

MTC Contributor

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