Piano Lessons Or Keyboard Lessons – What is the difference?

30 May 2012

Piano Lesson Online - Musiah Inventor Brendan Hogan considers the difference between piano lessons and keyboard lessons, especially piano and keyboard lessons onlinePeople often ask “What is the difference between piano and keyboard?”


But this is really two questions in one.

  1. What is the difference between piano lessons and keyboard lessons? and;
  2. What is the difference between a piano and a keyboard (i.e. what are the differences between each instrument)?


The main differences between a piano and a keyboard are:

A piano is an acoustic instrument with weighted keys whereas a keyboard is an electric instrument (requiring a power source) with un-weighted (lighter) keys than a piano. Each instrument has its own unique benefits and features. For example, the weighted keys on the piano are good for building up finger strength, which enhances your playing technique; and when you play a note or notes on a piano, the enharmonics (where the neighboring piano strings vibrate in harmony with the notes/s you have just played) give a richness to the sound that is unique to the piano. But pianos need to be tuned regularly, which can be expensive.

By contrast, keyboards never need to be tuned, and on a keyboard, you can change the sounds and instruments, which adds great variety to your practice (many keyboards have hundreds of sounds you can choose from).


Also, on a keyboard you can play along with backing tracks. Playing the keyboard is also good for encouraging very precise playing. For example, clipping an occasional incorrect note while playing the piano is less noticeable than if you make the same mistake on a keyboard. Plus playing with backing tracks is very good for developing your ability to play precisely in time. And, of course, MIDI keyboards can be connected to a computer, which opens up a host of music-making opportunities.

So now that you know the main differences between a piano and a keyboard, should you be having piano lessons or keyboard lessons?

The term “keyboard lessons” often refers to lessons or courses in which the student is only taught to read the Right Hand (melody) notes while the Left Hand plays 1-finger chords or simple block chords.


By contrast, the term “piano lessons” (especially “traditional piano lessons”) usually refers to lessons in which the student is taught to read and play the notes properly in each hand, which is vastly better than what is often taught in “keyboard” lessons.

So it could be said that Musiah teaches piano lessons but the students learn on keyboards for obvious practical reasons — such as the ability to connect a keyboard to a computer.


As you would expect from piano lessons, Musiah teaches students how to read the notes properly in each hand, and through the use of backing tracks (a feature normally associated with keyboard lessons) and performance challenges, students are encouraged to learn to play piano pieces to a high standard.

I hope you found this information helpful.


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Thanks for reading, and please feel free to comment.

Til next time,

Brendan Hogan
Piano Teacher & Musiah Inventor


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