Ackerson Music Lessons

Tips for more successful piano lessons

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As your piano teacher, I want to help you achieve your goals and help you develop a love for playing the piano. While I will do everything I can during our lessons to help you succeed, there is only so much I can help you with during the short time I see you each week. Below are a few tips on what you can do to make your piano lessons more successful.

Set Goals & Practice

Your weekly assignments are actually weekly goals. Practice them.

Whether you can see it or not, every time you play the piano, you make progress. Every time you play a new song, scale, or just a couple of measures - you've succeeded! Enjoy your success.

Be realistic

Examine your expectations. Are they realistic? You know you're not going to master the piano in six months. Don't get frustrated by setting your expectations too high.

There are 10 levels of the Celebration Perspective series which range from beginner to advanced, and there are a couple of levels beyond that for the advanced/master levels. On average, each level takes 1 year. Some students will progress slower and some will learn much faster than that.

When you know what to expect, you'll be proud of your progress.

Good Days and Bad

Another key to successful piano lessons, is realizing that you will have days where you make many mistakes and days where you play everything easily, as well as days in between. Mistakes are okay, don't let them upset you.

No matter which type of day your having, remember that it's all a normal part of the learning process. Tomorrow will be different.

Have a great attitude

Be willing to listen and accept instruction and correction. Trust your teacher. You will learn more quickly and more successfully.


While I am intuitive, and can see when you don't understand something most of the time, I can't read your mind. Please tell me if you don't understand something. I will explain, or teach it in another way. If you don't say something, and go home to figure it out on your own, you will give yourself unnecessary frustration.

You're paying me to teach you. It's okay if you don't immediately get a new concept, don't be embarrassed. Just ask for clarification. You'll enjoy your lesson and practice time much more.

Practice Time

Set aside a time for practice when you have the most energy and a positive attitude. Put it at the top of your to-do list or schedule it on your calendar. Make it a part of your daily routine. If you make it a priority, your dream of playing piano will be closer to reality every day.

Enjoy the piano

Take time to play around on the piano. Don't only do your practice. Sit at your piano and enjoy yourself. If that means playing an old song, do it. If it means making something up, then do it. I want you to enjoy playing the piano.