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Musiah Review: Adult Piano Student From Virginia Weighs Up Musiah

12 February 2014

Bill _Deal _Musiah _Piano _Lessons _StudentIn this latest Musiah review, Bill Deal, an adult piano student and father of two from Virginia, USA, shares his thoughts on lessons with Musiah Vs piano lessons generally.

 

He considers such things as the initial investment to get started with Musiah (e.g. cost of buying a MIDI keyboard) and weighs up this investment against the benefits to be gained.

 

How do these costs and benefits balance out? And how is Bill finding his Musiah piano lessons journey so far?

 

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I'm a 42 year old male, husband and father of two young children with no previous music experience. I've always wanted to learn how to play the keyboard, but never had the time or money to pay for lessons. 

 

Musiah has given me the ability to learn on my own schedule at a very affordable cost. 

 

I'm learning at a much quicker pace than I thought possible and I'm always very delighted at my progress upon completing a lesson.

 

I think piano lessons in general tend to be intimidating for a number of reasons. If you grew up in a home where no family members played an instrument, even the concept of learning how to play ANY instrument seems daunting. 

 

Learning to play the piano in general also tends to get a bad wrap in popular culture/media since lessons are typically portrayed as being dull, monotonous and requiring hours of continual practice.

 

Before enrolling with Musiah, I was a bit hesitant about purchasing the “right” MIDI keyboard. I went with a generally recommended keyboard as per the Musiah website (M-Audio Keystudio 49), and then comparison shopped on the web. I eventually found it on eBay for $50 USD, however I assume it was a holiday clearance special.

 

In general the initial purchase of a $100-$150 MIDI keyboard is not bad and the monthly subscription fee is quite reasonable. So the initial investment to get going and try piano lessons with Musiah is no more than paying for 3 to 4 weeks of lessons with a neighborhood piano teacher before deciding if you want to continue learning.


Once I enrolled, I found the Musiah software to be very easy to install and setup on my computer. The narrative and instruction are quite engaging from the start. I often find myself very ecstatic at being able to complete a song and daily look forward to getting home to practice.

 

I was also very surprised at how well the program can tell what you did playing notes on the keyboard, providing very relevant feedback as to how to improve and even walking you through troubleshooting rough spots in your performance.


The instruction obviously builds upon itself from lesson to lesson and each module is broken down into logical steps in order to learn the specific technique and reading of sheet music as well as tempo for each song.

 

The program keeps you interested and engaged through keyboard practice, hand exercises, note reading exercises as well as little interactive quizzes that are all woven throughout the modules. 

 

Also, playing different instruments through the MIDI keyboard as opposed to just the piano is fun and interesting. It really opens your mind to musical possibilities.

 

The backing tracks are very upbeat and the program provides interesting takes on well-known songs so this keeps the content interesting and the music is fun to play.

 

I would recommend Musiah to anybody who wants to learn the piano/keyboard. 

 

I think the flexibility of taking lessons when you have time in your schedule, reasonable cost of the program, engaging content/lessons and the ability to see real progress in a relatively short timeframe are all great benefits of using Musiah.

 

Playing the keyboard has become a new joy in my life and I get a real sense of accomplishment in completing each lesson. I really look forward to continuing to learn to play the keyboard and developing my skills over time. There’s so much music out there that I want to learn to play eventually.

 

Thanks Musiah,

 

Bill Deal

Adult Piano Student

 

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A BIG Thank You Bill for sharing these insights. I really appreciate that you took the time to put these thoughts down and to share your experience with others.

 

I’m also delighted to see you progressing so well, so do keep up your wonderful work!

 

If you (dear reader), would like to experience a new joy in life and a real sense of accomplishment like Bill, why not take our Free Online Piano Lessons 14 Day Trial.

 

This is no strings attached genuine free offer so that YOU too can experience first-hand all the great benefits of taking piano lessons with Musiah.

 

Thanks for reading, and please feel free to comment.

 

Til next time, 

 

Brendan Hogan

Piano Teacher & Musiah Inventor

 

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