Online Piano Lessons For Adults & Kids
with the worlds first A.I. Piano Teacher

digital piano with iPad running Musiah piano lessons app

Affordable
Great value lesson prices

Convenient
Learn in your own home when it suits you

Fun & Intuitive
Responds to your playing just like a live teacher

Effective – Learn Piano 16 Times Faster
The evidence is clear. Find out how

You Don’t Even Need A Keyboard
Use any MIDI keyboard / digital piano
OR our on-screen or computer keyboard

START A 14 DAY TRIAL

digital piano with iPad running Musiah piano learning app

Affordable
Great value lesson prices

Fun & Intuitive
Responds to your playing just like a live teacher

Effective – Learn Piano 16 Times Faster
The evidence is clear. Find out how

You Don’t Even Need A Keyboard
Use any MIDI keyboard / digital piano
OR our on-screen or computer keyboard

START A 14 DAY TRIAL

digital piano with iPad running Musiah piano learning app

Online Piano Lessons For Adults & Kids
with the worlds first A.I. Piano Teacher

Fun & Intuitive
Responds to your playing like a live teacher

Effective – Learn Piano 16 Times Faster
The evidence is clear. Find out how

You Don’t Even Need A Keyboard
Use any MIDI keyboard / digital piano
OR our on-screen or computer keyboard

START A 14 DAY TRIAL

Online Piano Lessons For Adults & Kids
with the worlds first A.I. Piano Teacher

Learn piano 16 times faster as Musiah responds to your playing like a live teacher.

You don’t even need a keyboard!
(Use any MIDI keyboard / digital piano OR
our on-screen or computer keyboard

START A 14 DAY TRIAL

digital piano with iPad running Musiah piano learning app

Over 80,000 students have learned piano through the Musiah Method


Introducing Musiah – the best online piano lessons!

colorful piano keys

Welcome and thank you for visiting the home of Musiah!

Here you'll find the very best piano lessons online for adults and kids from beginners to advanced — lessons you can take in the comfort of your own home when it suits you.

Musiah is the world’s first and only A.I. piano lessons app with the depth of instruction of a world-class teacher.

As your A.I. piano teacher, Musiah speaks to you and, pointing to the sheet music, he guides you and responds to your playing just like a live teacher – encouraging you every step of the way.

There is simply no other piano teaching system in the world like it.

With Musiah online piano lessons, adults and children from age 7 receive a comprehensive music education. From note reading to rhythm, scales to chords, ear training to memory training, music theory, playing technique and more, Musiah even teaches performance skills.

“Musiah is so incredibly effective that students learn up to 16 times faster compared to when we used to teach the same syllabus in schools with live teachers,” says piano teaching expert and Musiah inventor, Brendan Hogan L.Mus.A, A.Mus.A. – a veteran with 38 years piano teaching experience who has himself trained over 800 piano teachers.

The Musiah course takes students from beginner to advanced in the shortest amount of time possible, empowering students by giving them real skills which means they quickly gain the ability to teach themselves any song they choose.

Our lessons are suitable for students of all ages – even seniors. In fact, more than 70% of our students are adults who are achieving great results (some even in their 70's and 80's) — so Musiah is perfect for adults and seniors as well as kids.

If you've been searching the internet for online piano lessons, you have probably come across many sites claiming to offer the best piano lessons, but Musiah is very different. Musiah is truly special!

Nowhere else will you find piano lessons that are so effective, intuitive and life-changing.

Daily, we receive emails from students all across the globe expressing deep joy and gratitude, such as the following unedited comments from recent customer emails:


Amazing software... you have forever changed my life!

I cannot thank you enough for this amazing software. I never thought I would have the opportunity to learn to play. There are times after completing a lesson when I am overwhelmed with gratitude to the point of tears. I do believe you have forever changed my life, Mr. Hogan. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Rebecca Ramirez, United States


I love Musiah... Technically, now you rank just below my parents in terms of gratitude and respect.

I'm 29 years old and have no training on the piano. I love Musiah. I love the story and the whole interface, yesterday I found myself clapping with my fellow alien mates after an exercise :)

I live in Salalah, a city in Oman and I still have to find anyone who teaches or even knows traditional piano yet. Thank you for making my dream true and thank you for being my virtual Guru (in the traditional Indian term). Technically, now you rank just below my parents in terms of gratitude and respect.

Sahla Jamsheer,Oman


The best learning tool I've ever come across.

Thanks a lot for the encouragement. Ultimately I'm indebted to Musiah; it's perhaps the best learning tool I've ever come across.

Tom Hughes,United Kingdom


The programme is really superb.

I am thoroughly enjoying the process and I would never have thought I could learn so much in such a short time. The programme is really superb. I think I am clocking several hours a night but it certainly doesn't feel it. I found the hall of fame videos very inspiring as well.

I'm very grateful for your support, its second to none. My only concern at this time is for all the traditional teachers across the globe!

James Murch, United Kingdom


I am truly amazed at the progress my son is doing! I am so grateful that I found Musiah.

I have to say that it's a brilliant program! I was impressed when I tried it out, but I am truly amazed at the progress my son is doing, especially because of his age. And he won't let go until he gets 5 stars!

I completely stopped teaching him. The only thing that we practise in addition to Musiah, which I'm not even sure is necessary with all the technology, is writing notes in his manuscript pad.

Thank you! I am so grateful that I found Musiah.

Alexandra Beytenbrat, Israel


What you have created is brilliant! Absolutely brilliant.

I have to say that I think the stars have finally aligned for me to learn the piano and keyboard! And I'm absolutely thrilled. It has been a long time goal of mine as an adult to do so. But as a busy executive, I don't have the luxury of learning on an instructor's timetable. So, When I told my wife earlier this week that I was finally ready and wanted to try and find an online piano instruction program that would let me go at my pace, she (being a piano player herself) said "all you need to do is buy some books for adults, and I can guide you through them". You don't know how absolutely positively without a doubt glad I am that I did not take her advice! Had I done so, I hate to think what I would never have discovered in your solution or achieved from it.

Having only experienced your application for a little under a week now, I can say that what you have created is brilliant! Absolutely brilliant. This is a solution that not only meets my individual needs, but actually works. And in an unprecedented way for me, I feel as though I'm being instructed with professional human touch through a software application. I hope that what must've been painstaking efforts for you is paying off, because it should. I know that it will for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am finally learning how to play piano!

With deep regard from an excited student,

Nate Delahunty, United States


You are on the forefront of a revolution in education — and not just in music!

I wanted to try learning something completely new to me (my wife for half a century has pointed out I have no sense of rhythm or timing). Your use of the internet for competence based teaching with progressions, leveling up etc — is innovative and for me brilliant.

You are on the forefront of a revolution in education — and not just in music.

Keep going!

Dick Reece, United States


Thank you, thank you! Your software is incredible! In your debt always

Thank you, thank you! Your software is incredible! I am a 50 year old that always dreamed of playing the keyboard, but knew it was probably far too complex. Your game approach looked fun enough to give it a try. Remarkable! I am actually reading music, playing the keyboard and having a blast!

Well, done Sir! It is nice having a patient piano teacher willing to help me 24 hours a day. ;-)

Thanks again! In your debt always.

Jonathan West, United States


Wonderful program...definitely worth its price!

I'd like to thank you for such a wonderful program which allows me to learn piano staying at home and playing whenever I have free time. I truly love the way it's organized.

Before signing up to Musiah notes were sort of Chinese characters to me, but not any more! Great job here and it's definitely worth its price!

Nikita Azarov, Russia


Such a great program... light years ahead

I just wanted to compliment you on such a great program. I have studied music in some form or another since I was 3. I’m a decent composer and I realized if I really wanted to take my skill to the next level I needed to be able to play and sight read piano much, much better. I had the rudimentary keyboard skills in University and even some private lessons… but they always bored me to tears, so I just rushed through and it didn’t stick. I always wanted to play better, and even though I have a natural aptitude, lessons just didn’t work with however it is I learn.

Musiah is amazing. I watched your video on YouTube about the mistakes in how students are learning and was happily surprised at what good points you brought. Already I feel like I’m light years ahead of any other time I’ve studied. And Musiah is able to keep me moving fast, yet at the same time, adding so many concepts in there, making sure I really get them and really getting the sight reading muscle working in a fun way. So excited about it. Thank you so much for creating it. Can’t wait to show my friends with kids this great program.

Jaime Hartwick, United States


I haven't encountered imagination on your scale since I worked with Disney.

Brendan, I'm very impressed with your methods, and the creativity that expresses them. I haven't encountered imagination on your scale since I worked with Disney people years ago.

Milt Dereyna, United States


Your system is an answer to my prayers... truly a gift!

I am really enjoying my lessons. It has been my life-long dream to play the piano so your system is an answer to my prayers. I have never spent more time practicing anything more than my piano and as a mature student I need all the practice I can manage — lol.

Thank you for your vision and your dedication to helping your students become the best they can be. Your system truly is a gift! Thanks again for all your help and for Musiah. I tell everyone about my newfound passion and about this amazing program. It has truly been life-changing for me!

Gail Beinert, Canada


Much much better than traditional piano lessons

Musiah is a very very good piano lessons website. I can say that Musiah is much much better than traditional piano lessons.

Rabia has learned a piano lessons over 3 years with a traditional piano teacher at a music school. After, she tried Musiah (the free trial lessons), and I asked her " Which one is better?" Her answer was "musiah"(She said from her heart)

I do agree with her. What I can say is "Absolutely, I'll recommend Musiah to my friends."

I did recommend Musiah to one of my friend. She brought her daughter to try Musiah at my place last night. Her daughter had a piano lesson with a traditional piano teacher before too. After she tried Musiah for few hours. She told me that " I really like Musiah". Now my friend looking to buy a laptop and Midi controller to join Musiah.

Lek (Onanong, Tamcelik) Australia


Read more testimonials

We could literally add hundreds more emails like these here (these are just some of the recent ones).

By now, hopefully you're starting to appreciate the truth that Musiah is absolutely unique, and for many students, it represents piano lessons like no other — lessons that, in all honesty, are vastly more effective than any other online piano lessons.

All through our website, you'll come across inspirational stories like the ones above — from adult students, parents of young students, and young students themselves.

As Musiah Inventor Brendan Hogan observes...

-----------------

"As a piano teacher (and trainer of piano teachers) for more than 38 years, my life-long passion has always been bringing the gift of music to students of all ages — adults and kids, from beginners to advanced — through affordable, effective, fun piano lessons.

But until I invented Musiah — NEVER BEFORE in my career (whether teaching personally or employing teachers to teach on my behalf) — have I received this kind of phenomenal feedback — feedback that is overwhelming in its deep appreciation and its effusive, sincere, joyful, heart-felt praise and gratitude."

-----------------

The Secret to Our Success

The secret to our success is great teaching – which is at the heart of everything Musiah does. For example, our piano method was continually tested and refined over an 18 year period BEFORE being embodied as a revolutionary invention known today as Musiah.

No other piano method has been so extensively tested in the real world and continually analyzed, re-worked and improved upon to bring you the unique approach to learning piano that only Musiah can offer.

Plus, it’s fun – as well as plenty of games, there’s even an optional story mode that allows you to learn as a character in an adventure story set in the future.

So if your dream is to learn to play piano – our lessons are the most effective, affordable and practical way to learn!

And you can get started right now with just a few clicks.

 

 

Special Offer!

Take our 14 Day Free Trial now – and we'll extend your trial by an extra 14 days when you enter this promo code: EXTEND

Start my free 14 day Trial

 

Introducing Musiah – the best online piano lessons!

colorful piano keys

Welcome and thank you for visiting the home of Musiah!

Here you'll find the very best piano lessons online for adults and kids from beginners to advanced — lessons you can take in the comfort of your own home when it suits you.

Musiah is the world’s first and only A.I. piano lessons app with the depth of instruction of a world-class teacher.

As your A.I. piano teacher, Musiah speaks to you and, pointing to the sheet music, he guides you and responds to your playing just like a live teacher – encouraging you every step of the way.

There is simply no other piano teaching system in the world like it.

With Musiah online piano lessons, adults and children from age 7 receive a comprehensive music education. From note reading to rhythm, scales to chords, ear training to memory training, music theory, playing technique and more, Musiah even teaches performance skills.

“Musiah is so incredibly effective that students learn up to 16 times faster compared to when we used to teach the same syllabus in schools with live teachers,” says piano teaching expert and Musiah inventor, Brendan Hogan L.Mus.A, A.Mus.A. – a veteran with 38 years piano teaching experience who has himself trained over 800 piano teachers.

The Musiah course takes students from beginner to advanced in the shortest amount of time possible, empowering students by giving them real skills which means they quickly gain the ability to teach themselves any song they choose.

Our lessons are suitable for students of all ages – even seniors. In fact, more than 70% of our students are adults who are achieving great results (some even in their 70's and 80's) — so Musiah is perfect for adults and seniors as well as kids.

If you've been searching the internet for online piano lessons, you have probably come across many sites claiming to offer the best piano lessons, but Musiah is very different. Musiah is truly special!

Nowhere else will you find piano lessons that are so effective, intuitive and life-changing.

Daily, we receive emails from students all across the globe expressing deep joy and gratitude, such as the following unedited comments from recent customer emails:


Amazing software... you have forever changed my life!

I cannot thank you enough for this amazing software. I never thought I would have the opportunity to learn to play. There are times after completing a lesson when I am overwhelmed with gratitude to the point of tears. I do believe you have forever changed my life, Mr. Hogan. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Rebecca Ramirez, United States


I love Musiah... Technically, now you rank just below my parents in terms of gratitude and respect.

I'm 29 years old and have no training on the piano. I love Musiah. I love the story and the whole interface, yesterday I found myself clapping with my fellow alien mates after an exercise :)

I live in Salalah, a city in Oman and I still have to find anyone who teaches or even knows traditional piano yet. Thank you for making my dream true and thank you for being my virtual Guru (in the traditional Indian term). Technically, now you rank just below my parents in terms of gratitude and respect.

Sahla Jamsheer,Oman


The best learning tool I've ever come across.

Thanks a lot for the encouragement. Ultimately I'm indebted to Musiah; it's perhaps the best learning tool I've ever come across.

Tom Hughes,United Kingdom


The programme is really superb.

I am thoroughly enjoying the process and I would never have thought I could learn so much in such a short time. The programme is really superb. I think I am clocking several hours a night but it certainly doesn't feel it. I found the hall of fame videos very inspiring as well.

I'm very grateful for your support, its second to none. My only concern at this time is for all the traditional teachers across the globe!

James Murch, United Kingdom


I am truly amazed at the progress my son is doing! I am so grateful that I found Musiah.

I have to say that it's a brilliant program! I was impressed when I tried it out, but I am truly amazed at the progress my son is doing, especially because of his age. And he won't let go until he gets 5 stars!

I completely stopped teaching him. The only thing that we practise in addition to Musiah, which I'm not even sure is necessary with all the technology, is writing notes in his manuscript pad.

Thank you! I am so grateful that I found Musiah.

Alexandra Beytenbrat, Israel


What you have created is brilliant! Absolutely brilliant.

I have to say that I think the stars have finally aligned for me to learn the piano and keyboard! And I'm absolutely thrilled. It has been a long time goal of mine as an adult to do so. But as a busy executive, I don't have the luxury of learning on an instructor's timetable. So, When I told my wife earlier this week that I was finally ready and wanted to try and find an online piano instruction program that would let me go at my pace, she (being a piano player herself) said "all you need to do is buy some books for adults, and I can guide you through them". You don't know how absolutely positively without a doubt glad I am that I did not take her advice! Had I done so, I hate to think what I would never have discovered in your solution or achieved from it.

Having only experienced your application for a little under a week now, I can say that what you have created is brilliant! Absolutely brilliant. This is a solution that not only meets my individual needs, but actually works. And in an unprecedented way for me, I feel as though I'm being instructed with professional human touch through a software application. I hope that what must've been painstaking efforts for you is paying off, because it should. I know that it will for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am finally learning how to play piano!

With deep regard from an excited student,

Nate Delahunty, United States


You are on the forefront of a revolution in education — and not just in music!

I wanted to try learning something completely new to me (my wife for half a century has pointed out I have no sense of rhythm or timing). Your use of the internet for competence based teaching with progressions, leveling up etc — is innovative and for me brilliant.

You are on the forefront of a revolution in education — and not just in music.

Keep going!

Dick Reece, United States


Thank you, thank you! Your software is incredible! In your debt always

Thank you, thank you! Your software is incredible! I am a 50 year old that always dreamed of playing the keyboard, but knew it was probably far too complex. Your game approach looked fun enough to give it a try. Remarkable! I am actually reading music, playing the keyboard and having a blast!

Well, done Sir! It is nice having a patient piano teacher willing to help me 24 hours a day. ;-)

Thanks again! In your debt always.

Jonathan West, United States


Wonderful program...definitely worth its price!

I'd like to thank you for such a wonderful program which allows me to learn piano staying at home and playing whenever I have free time. I truly love the way it's organized.

Before signing up to Musiah notes were sort of Chinese characters to me, but not any more! Great job here and it's definitely worth its price!

Nikita Azarov, Russia


Such a great program... light years ahead

I just wanted to compliment you on such a great program. I have studied music in some form or another since I was 3. I’m a decent composer and I realized if I really wanted to take my skill to the next level I needed to be able to play and sight read piano much, much better. I had the rudimentary keyboard skills in University and even some private lessons… but they always bored me to tears, so I just rushed through and it didn’t stick. I always wanted to play better, and even though I have a natural aptitude, lessons just didn’t work with however it is I learn.

Musiah is amazing. I watched your video on YouTube about the mistakes in how students are learning and was happily surprised at what good points you brought. Already I feel like I’m light years ahead of any other time I’ve studied. And Musiah is able to keep me moving fast, yet at the same time, adding so many concepts in there, making sure I really get them and really getting the sight reading muscle working in a fun way. So excited about it. Thank you so much for creating it. Can’t wait to show my friends with kids this great program.

Jaime Hartwick, United States


I haven't encountered imagination on your scale since I worked with Disney.

Brendan, I'm very impressed with your methods, and the creativity that expresses them. I haven't encountered imagination on your scale since I worked with Disney people years ago.

Milt Dereyna, United States


Your system is an answer to my prayers... truly a gift!

I am really enjoying my lessons. It has been my life-long dream to play the piano so your system is an answer to my prayers. I have never spent more time practicing anything more than my piano and as a mature student I need all the practice I can manage — lol.

Thank you for your vision and your dedication to helping your students become the best they can be. Your system truly is a gift! Thanks again for all your help and for Musiah. I tell everyone about my newfound passion and about this amazing program. It has truly been life-changing for me!

Gail Beinert, Canada


Much much better than traditional piano lessons

Musiah is a very very good piano lessons website. I can say that Musiah is much much better than traditional piano lessons.

Rabia has learned a piano lessons over 3 years with a traditional piano teacher at a music school. After, she tried Musiah (the free trial lessons), and I asked her " Which one is better?" Her answer was "musiah"(She said from her heart)

I do agree with her. What I can say is "Absolutely, I'll recommend Musiah to my friends."

I did recommend Musiah to one of my friend. She brought her daughter to try Musiah at my place last night. Her daughter had a piano lesson with a traditional piano teacher before too. After she tried Musiah for few hours. She told me that " I really like Musiah". Now my friend looking to buy a laptop and Midi controller to join Musiah.

Lek (Onanong, Tamcelik) Australia


Read more testimonials

We could literally add hundreds more emails like these here (these are just some of the recent ones).

By now, hopefully you're starting to appreciate the truth that Musiah is absolutely unique, and for many students, it represents piano lessons like no other — lessons that, in all honesty, are vastly more effective than any other online piano lessons.

All through our website, you'll come across inspirational stories like the ones above — from adult students, parents of young students, and young students themselves.

As Musiah Inventor Brendan Hogan observes...

-----------------

"As a piano teacher (and trainer of piano teachers) for more than 38 years, my life-long passion has always been bringing the gift of music to students of all ages — adults and kids, from beginners to advanced — through affordable, effective, fun piano lessons.

But until I invented Musiah — NEVER BEFORE in my career (whether teaching personally or employing teachers to teach on my behalf) — have I received this kind of phenomenal feedback — feedback that is overwhelming in its deep appreciation and its effusive, sincere, joyful, heart-felt praise and gratitude."

-----------------

The Secret to Our Success

The secret to our success is great teaching – which is at the heart of everything Musiah does. For example, our piano method was continually tested and refined over an 18 year period BEFORE being embodied as a revolutionary invention known today as Musiah.

No other piano method has been so extensively tested in the real world and continually analyzed, re-worked and improved upon to bring you the unique approach to learning piano that only Musiah can offer.

Plus, it’s fun – as well as plenty of games, there’s even an optional story mode that allows you to learn as a character in an adventure story set in the future.

So if your dream is to learn to play piano – our lessons are the most effective, affordable and practical way to learn!

And you can get started right now with just a few clicks.

 

 

Special Offer!

Take our 14 Day Free Trial now – and we'll extend your trial by an extra 14 days when you enter this promo code: EXTEND

Start my free 14 day Trial

 

Introducing Musiah – the best online piano lessons!

colorful piano keys

Welcome and thank you for visiting the home of Musiah!

Here you'll find the very best piano lessons online for adults and kids from beginners to advanced — lessons you can take in the comfort of your own home when it suits you.

Musiah is the world’s first and only A.I. piano lessons app with the depth of instruction of a world-class teacher.

As your A.I. piano teacher, Musiah speaks to you and, pointing to the sheet music, he guides you and responds to your playing just like a live teacher – encouraging you every step of the way.

There is simply no other piano teaching system in the world like it.

With Musiah online piano lessons, adults and children from age 7 receive a comprehensive music education. From note reading to rhythm, scales to chords, ear training to memory training, music theory, playing technique and more, Musiah even teaches performance skills.

“Musiah is so incredibly effective that students learn up to 16 times faster compared to when we used to teach the same syllabus in schools with live teachers,” says piano teaching expert and Musiah inventor, Brendan Hogan L.Mus.A, A.Mus.A. – a veteran with 38 years piano teaching experience who has himself trained over 800 piano teachers.

The Musiah course takes students from beginner to advanced in the shortest amount of time possible, empowering students by giving them real skills which means they quickly gain the ability to teach themselves any song they choose.

Our lessons are suitable for students of all ages – even seniors. In fact, more than 70% of our students are adults who are achieving great results (some even in their 70's and 80's) — so Musiah is perfect for adults and seniors as well as kids.

If you've been searching the internet for online piano lessons, you have probably come across many sites claiming to offer the best piano lessons, but Musiah is very different. Musiah is truly special!

Nowhere else will you find piano lessons that are so effective, intuitive and life-changing.

Daily, we receive emails from students all across the globe expressing deep joy and gratitude, such as the following unedited comments from recent customer emails:


Amazing software... you have forever changed my life!

I cannot thank you enough for this amazing software. I never thought I would have the opportunity to learn to play. There are times after completing a lesson when I am overwhelmed with gratitude to the point of tears. I do believe you have forever changed my life, Mr. Hogan. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Rebecca Ramirez, United States


I love Musiah... Technically, now you rank just below my parents in terms of gratitude and respect.

I'm 29 years old and have no training on the piano. I love Musiah. I love the story and the whole interface, yesterday I found myself clapping with my fellow alien mates after an exercise :)

I live in Salalah, a city in Oman and I still have to find anyone who teaches or even knows traditional piano yet. Thank you for making my dream true and thank you for being my virtual Guru (in the traditional Indian term). Technically, now you rank just below my parents in terms of gratitude and respect.

Sahla Jamsheer,Oman


The best learning tool I've ever come across.

Thanks a lot for the encouragement. Ultimately I'm indebted to Musiah; it's perhaps the best learning tool I've ever come across.

Tom Hughes,United Kingdom


The programme is really superb.

I am thoroughly enjoying the process and I would never have thought I could learn so much in such a short time. The programme is really superb. I think I am clocking several hours a night but it certainly doesn't feel it. I found the hall of fame videos very inspiring as well.

I'm very grateful for your support, its second to none. My only concern at this time is for all the traditional teachers across the globe!

James Murch, United Kingdom


I am truly amazed at the progress my son is doing! I am so grateful that I found Musiah.

I have to say that it's a brilliant program! I was impressed when I tried it out, but I am truly amazed at the progress my son is doing, especially because of his age. And he won't let go until he gets 5 stars!

I completely stopped teaching him. The only thing that we practise in addition to Musiah, which I'm not even sure is necessary with all the technology, is writing notes in his manuscript pad.

Thank you! I am so grateful that I found Musiah.

Alexandra Beytenbrat, Israel


What you have created is brilliant! Absolutely brilliant.

I have to say that I think the stars have finally aligned for me to learn the piano and keyboard! And I'm absolutely thrilled. It has been a long time goal of mine as an adult to do so. But as a busy executive, I don't have the luxury of learning on an instructor's timetable. So, When I told my wife earlier this week that I was finally ready and wanted to try and find an online piano instruction program that would let me go at my pace, she (being a piano player herself) said "all you need to do is buy some books for adults, and I can guide you through them". You don't know how absolutely positively without a doubt glad I am that I did not take her advice! Had I done so, I hate to think what I would never have discovered in your solution or achieved from it.

Having only experienced your application for a little under a week now, I can say that what you have created is brilliant! Absolutely brilliant. This is a solution that not only meets my individual needs, but actually works. And in an unprecedented way for me, I feel as though I'm being instructed with professional human touch through a software application. I hope that what must've been painstaking efforts for you is paying off, because it should. I know that it will for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am finally learning how to play piano!

With deep regard from an excited student,

Nate Delahunty, United States


You are on the forefront of a revolution in education — and not just in music!

I wanted to try learning something completely new to me (my wife for half a century has pointed out I have no sense of rhythm or timing). Your use of the internet for competence based teaching with progressions, leveling up etc — is innovative and for me brilliant.

You are on the forefront of a revolution in education — and not just in music.

Keep going!

Dick Reece, United States


Thank you, thank you! Your software is incredible! In your debt always

Thank you, thank you! Your software is incredible! I am a 50 year old that always dreamed of playing the keyboard, but knew it was probably far too complex. Your game approach looked fun enough to give it a try. Remarkable! I am actually reading music, playing the keyboard and having a blast!

Well, done Sir! It is nice having a patient piano teacher willing to help me 24 hours a day. ;-)

Thanks again! In your debt always.

Jonathan West, United States


Wonderful program...definitely worth its price!

I'd like to thank you for such a wonderful program which allows me to learn piano staying at home and playing whenever I have free time. I truly love the way it's organized.

Before signing up to Musiah notes were sort of Chinese characters to me, but not any more! Great job here and it's definitely worth its price!

Nikita Azarov, Russia


Such a great program... light years ahead

I just wanted to compliment you on such a great program. I have studied music in some form or another since I was 3. I’m a decent composer and I realized if I really wanted to take my skill to the next level I needed to be able to play and sight read piano much, much better. I had the rudimentary keyboard skills in University and even some private lessons… but they always bored me to tears, so I just rushed through and it didn’t stick. I always wanted to play better, and even though I have a natural aptitude, lessons just didn’t work with however it is I learn.

Musiah is amazing. I watched your video on YouTube about the mistakes in how students are learning and was happily surprised at what good points you brought. Already I feel like I’m light years ahead of any other time I’ve studied. And Musiah is able to keep me moving fast, yet at the same time, adding so many concepts in there, making sure I really get them and really getting the sight reading muscle working in a fun way. So excited about it. Thank you so much for creating it. Can’t wait to show my friends with kids this great program.

Jaime Hartwick, United States


I haven't encountered imagination on your scale since I worked with Disney.

Brendan, I'm very impressed with your methods, and the creativity that expresses them. I haven't encountered imagination on your scale since I worked with Disney people years ago.

Milt Dereyna, United States


Your system is an answer to my prayers... truly a gift!

I am really enjoying my lessons. It has been my life-long dream to play the piano so your system is an answer to my prayers. I have never spent more time practicing anything more than my piano and as a mature student I need all the practice I can manage — lol.

Thank you for your vision and your dedication to helping your students become the best they can be. Your system truly is a gift! Thanks again for all your help and for Musiah. I tell everyone about my newfound passion and about this amazing program. It has truly been life-changing for me!

Gail Beinert, Canada


Much much better than traditional piano lessons

Musiah is a very very good piano lessons website. I can say that Musiah is much much better than traditional piano lessons.

Rabia has learned a piano lessons over 3 years with a traditional piano teacher at a music school. After, she tried Musiah (the free trial lessons), and I asked her " Which one is better?" Her answer was "musiah"(She said from her heart)

I do agree with her. What I can say is "Absolutely, I'll recommend Musiah to my friends."

I did recommend Musiah to one of my friend. She brought her daughter to try Musiah at my place last night. Her daughter had a piano lesson with a traditional piano teacher before too. After she tried Musiah for few hours. She told me that " I really like Musiah". Now my friend looking to buy a laptop and Midi controller to join Musiah.

Lek (Onanong, Tamcelik) Australia


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We could literally add hundreds more emails like these here (these are just some of the recent ones).

By now, hopefully you're starting to appreciate the truth that Musiah is absolutely unique, and for many students, it represents piano lessons like no other — lessons that, in all honesty, are vastly more effective than any other online piano lessons.

All through our website, you'll come across inspirational stories like the ones above — from adult students, parents of young students, and young students themselves.

As Musiah Inventor Brendan Hogan observes...

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"As a piano teacher (and trainer of piano teachers) for more than 38 years, my life-long passion has always been bringing the gift of music to students of all ages — adults and kids, from beginners to advanced — through affordable, effective, fun piano lessons.

But until I invented Musiah — NEVER BEFORE in my career (whether teaching personally or employing teachers to teach on my behalf) — have I received this kind of phenomenal feedback — feedback that is overwhelming in its deep appreciation and its effusive, sincere, joyful, heart-felt praise and gratitude."

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The Secret to Our Success

The secret to our success is great teaching – which is at the heart of everything Musiah does. For example, our piano method was continually tested and refined over an 18 year period BEFORE being embodied as a revolutionary invention known today as Musiah.

No other piano method has been so extensively tested in the real world and continually analyzed, re-worked and improved upon to bring you the unique approach to learning piano that only Musiah can offer.

Plus, it’s fun – as well as plenty of games, there’s even an optional story mode that allows you to learn as a character in an adventure story set in the future.

So if your dream is to learn to play piano – our lessons are the most effective, affordable and practical way to learn!

And you can get started right now with just a few clicks.

 

 

Special Offer!

Take our 14 Day Free Trial now – and we'll extend your trial by an extra 14 days when you enter this promo code: EXTEND

Start my free 14 day Trial

 

Introducing Musiah – the best online piano lessons!

colorful piano keys

Welcome and thank you for visiting the home of Musiah!

Here you'll find the very best piano lessons online for adults and kids from beginners to advanced — lessons you can take in the comfort of your own home when it suits you.

Musiah is the world’s first and only A.I. piano lessons app with the depth of instruction of a world-class teacher.

As your A.I. piano teacher, Musiah speaks to you and, pointing to the sheet music, he guides you and responds to your playing just like a live teacher – encouraging you every step of the way.

There is simply no other piano teaching system in the world like it.

With Musiah online piano lessons, adults and children from age 7 receive a comprehensive music education. From note reading to rhythm, scales to chords, ear training to memory training, music theory, playing technique and more, Musiah even teaches performance skills.

“Musiah is so incredibly effective that students learn up to 16 times faster compared to when we used to teach the same syllabus in schools with live teachers,” says piano teaching expert and Musiah inventor, Brendan Hogan L.Mus.A, A.Mus.A. – a veteran with 38 years piano teaching experience who has himself trained over 800 piano teachers.

The Musiah course takes students from beginner to advanced in the shortest amount of time possible, empowering students by giving them real skills which means they quickly gain the ability to teach themselves any song they choose.

Our lessons are suitable for students of all ages – even seniors. In fact, more than 70% of our students are adults who are achieving great results (some even in their 70's and 80's) — so Musiah is perfect for adults and seniors as well as kids.

If you've been searching the internet for online piano lessons, you have probably come across many sites claiming to offer the best piano lessons, but Musiah is very different. Musiah is truly special!

Nowhere else will you find piano lessons that are so effective, intuitive and life-changing.

Daily, we receive emails from students all across the globe expressing deep joy and gratitude, such as the following unedited comments from recent customer emails:


Amazing software... you have forever changed my life!

I cannot thank you enough for this amazing software. I never thought I would have the opportunity to learn to play. There are times after completing a lesson when I am overwhelmed with gratitude to the point of tears. I do believe you have forever changed my life, Mr. Hogan. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Rebecca Ramirez, United States


I love Musiah... Technically, now you rank just below my parents in terms of gratitude and respect.

I'm 29 years old and have no training on the piano. I love Musiah. I love the story and the whole interface, yesterday I found myself clapping with my fellow alien mates after an exercise :)

I live in Salalah, a city in Oman and I still have to find anyone who teaches or even knows traditional piano yet. Thank you for making my dream true and thank you for being my virtual Guru (in the traditional Indian term). Technically, now you rank just below my parents in terms of gratitude and respect.

Sahla Jamsheer,Oman


The best learning tool I've ever come across.

Thanks a lot for the encouragement. Ultimately I'm indebted to Musiah; it's perhaps the best learning tool I've ever come across.

Tom Hughes,United Kingdom


The programme is really superb.

I am thoroughly enjoying the process and I would never have thought I could learn so much in such a short time. The programme is really superb. I think I am clocking several hours a night but it certainly doesn't feel it. I found the hall of fame videos very inspiring as well.

I'm very grateful for your support, its second to none. My only concern at this time is for all the traditional teachers across the globe!

James Murch, United Kingdom


I am truly amazed at the progress my son is doing! I am so grateful that I found Musiah.

I have to say that it's a brilliant program! I was impressed when I tried it out, but I am truly amazed at the progress my son is doing, especially because of his age. And he won't let go until he gets 5 stars!

I completely stopped teaching him. The only thing that we practise in addition to Musiah, which I'm not even sure is necessary with all the technology, is writing notes in his manuscript pad.

Thank you! I am so grateful that I found Musiah.

Alexandra Beytenbrat, Israel


What you have created is brilliant! Absolutely brilliant.

I have to say that I think the stars have finally aligned for me to learn the piano and keyboard! And I'm absolutely thrilled. It has been a long time goal of mine as an adult to do so. But as a busy executive, I don't have the luxury of learning on an instructor's timetable. So, When I told my wife earlier this week that I was finally ready and wanted to try and find an online piano instruction program that would let me go at my pace, she (being a piano player herself) said "all you need to do is buy some books for adults, and I can guide you through them". You don't know how absolutely positively without a doubt glad I am that I did not take her advice! Had I done so, I hate to think what I would never have discovered in your solution or achieved from it.

Having only experienced your application for a little under a week now, I can say that what you have created is brilliant! Absolutely brilliant. This is a solution that not only meets my individual needs, but actually works. And in an unprecedented way for me, I feel as though I'm being instructed with professional human touch through a software application. I hope that what must've been painstaking efforts for you is paying off, because it should. I know that it will for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am finally learning how to play piano!

With deep regard from an excited student,

Nate Delahunty, United States


You are on the forefront of a revolution in education — and not just in music!

I wanted to try learning something completely new to me (my wife for half a century has pointed out I have no sense of rhythm or timing). Your use of the internet for competence based teaching with progressions, leveling up etc — is innovative and for me brilliant.

You are on the forefront of a revolution in education — and not just in music.

Keep going!

Dick Reece, United States


Thank you, thank you! Your software is incredible! In your debt always

Thank you, thank you! Your software is incredible! I am a 50 year old that always dreamed of playing the keyboard, but knew it was probably far too complex. Your game approach looked fun enough to give it a try. Remarkable! I am actually reading music, playing the keyboard and having a blast!

Well, done Sir! It is nice having a patient piano teacher willing to help me 24 hours a day. ;-)

Thanks again! In your debt always.

Jonathan West, United States


Wonderful program...definitely worth its price!

I'd like to thank you for such a wonderful program which allows me to learn piano staying at home and playing whenever I have free time. I truly love the way it's organized.

Before signing up to Musiah notes were sort of Chinese characters to me, but not any more! Great job here and it's definitely worth its price!

Nikita Azarov, Russia


Such a great program... light years ahead

I just wanted to compliment you on such a great program. I have studied music in some form or another since I was 3. I’m a decent composer and I realized if I really wanted to take my skill to the next level I needed to be able to play and sight read piano much, much better. I had the rudimentary keyboard skills in University and even some private lessons… but they always bored me to tears, so I just rushed through and it didn’t stick. I always wanted to play better, and even though I have a natural aptitude, lessons just didn’t work with however it is I learn.

Musiah is amazing. I watched your video on YouTube about the mistakes in how students are learning and was happily surprised at what good points you brought. Already I feel like I’m light years ahead of any other time I’ve studied. And Musiah is able to keep me moving fast, yet at the same time, adding so many concepts in there, making sure I really get them and really getting the sight reading muscle working in a fun way. So excited about it. Thank you so much for creating it. Can’t wait to show my friends with kids this great program.

Jaime Hartwick, United States


I haven't encountered imagination on your scale since I worked with Disney.

Brendan, I'm very impressed with your methods, and the creativity that expresses them. I haven't encountered imagination on your scale since I worked with Disney people years ago.

Milt Dereyna, United States


Your system is an answer to my prayers... truly a gift!

I am really enjoying my lessons. It has been my life-long dream to play the piano so your system is an answer to my prayers. I have never spent more time practicing anything more than my piano and as a mature student I need all the practice I can manage — lol.

Thank you for your vision and your dedication to helping your students become the best they can be. Your system truly is a gift! Thanks again for all your help and for Musiah. I tell everyone about my newfound passion and about this amazing program. It has truly been life-changing for me!

Gail Beinert, Canada


Much much better than traditional piano lessons

Musiah is a very very good piano lessons website. I can say that Musiah is much much better than traditional piano lessons.

Rabia has learned a piano lessons over 3 years with a traditional piano teacher at a music school. After, she tried Musiah (the free trial lessons), and I asked her " Which one is better?" Her answer was "musiah"(She said from her heart)

I do agree with her. What I can say is "Absolutely, I'll recommend Musiah to my friends."

I did recommend Musiah to one of my friend. She brought her daughter to try Musiah at my place last night. Her daughter had a piano lesson with a traditional piano teacher before too. After she tried Musiah for few hours. She told me that " I really like Musiah". Now my friend looking to buy a laptop and Midi controller to join Musiah.

Lek (Onanong, Tamcelik) Australia


Read more testimonials

We could literally add hundreds more emails like these here (these are just some of the recent ones).

By now, hopefully you're starting to appreciate the truth that Musiah is absolutely unique, and for many students, it represents piano lessons like no other — lessons that, in all honesty, are vastly more effective than any other online piano lessons.

All through our website, you'll come across inspirational stories like the ones above — from adult students, parents of young students, and young students themselves.

As Musiah Inventor Brendan Hogan observes...

-----------------

"As a piano teacher (and trainer of piano teachers) for more than 38 years, my life-long passion has always been bringing the gift of music to students of all ages — adults and kids, from beginners to advanced — through affordable, effective, fun piano lessons.

But until I invented Musiah — NEVER BEFORE in my career (whether teaching personally or employing teachers to teach on my behalf) — have I received this kind of phenomenal feedback — feedback that is overwhelming in its deep appreciation and its effusive, sincere, joyful, heart-felt praise and gratitude."

-----------------

The Secret to Our Success

The secret to our success is great teaching – which is at the heart of everything Musiah does. For example, our piano method was continually tested and refined over an 18 year period BEFORE being embodied as a revolutionary invention known today as Musiah.

No other piano method has been so extensively tested in the real world and continually analyzed, re-worked and improved upon to bring you the unique approach to learning piano that only Musiah can offer.

Plus, it’s fun – as well as plenty of games, there’s even an optional story mode that allows you to learn as a character in an adventure story set in the future.

So if your dream is to learn to play piano – our lessons are the most effective, affordable and practical way to learn!

And you can get started right now with just a few clicks.

 

 

Special Offer!

Take our 14 Day Free Trial now – and we'll extend your trial by an extra 14 days when you enter this promo code: EXTEND

Start my free 14 day Trial

 

colorful pie chart showing skills you will learn in Musiah online piano lessons

Comprehensive Piano Training

In your Musiah piano lessons, you'll learn how to play piano properly with both hands, how to read sheet music with ease... rhythm, scales, chords, ear training, music theory and more – Musiah will even teach performance skills.

What you will learn with Musiah is equivalent to 6 years of traditional piano lessons – but with Musiah it will take a fraction of that time.

 

 

 

 

Your Complete Piano Education — In Detail

1. Note Reading

In your Musiah piano lessons, you will learn how to read sheet music properly, i.e. how to read all the left hand (bass notes) as well as the right hand (treble notes).

This is very important as being able to read sheet music with ease will empower you to learn any song or piece of music you want to learn. Yet, surprisingly, many piano lessons do not teach this.

Other lessons skirt around note reading by teaching you to read chord symbols in lieu of the left hand (bass) notes, while others encourage you to ‘strum’ along (as if you were accompanying your own singing), so you never get to read chords and don’t even get to play the melody.

Other well-known methods encourage students to rely on playing pieces by ear or to learn by rote (by copying the teacher).

Just to be clear – none of these other approaches is satisfactory, and none of these methods will teach you how to read music.

Only a) Musiah piano lessons or b) traditional piano lessons will teach you how to read all the notes on the sheet music – but Musiah will do it much quicker.

The difference between Musiah and traditional piano lessons is that the Musiah piano method uses a range of unique teaching techniques that dramatically improve the efficiency of the traditional approach to piano lessons.

It’s a fun way to learn that makes so much sense!

Brendan Hogan (Musiah Inventor) giving lecture on the Musiah piano method

Video: How the Musiah piano method teaches note reading

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2. Scales

In your Musiah piano lessons you will learn a good range of scales… plus – you’ll also learn a system you can use to learn any scales (including scale-like passages you’ll often come across in songs).

Knowing how to play scales and understanding the fingering patterns used in scales has many benefits such as helping to you develop fast, agile fingers.

But there’s a common downside to learning scales which is that many students (of traditional lessons) find them boring.

Thankfully, Musiah piano lessons make learning scales fun by including a variety of backing tracks / drum tracks for you to play along to.

And the step-by-step system you’ll be taught to help you understand and remember scales, makes them easy to learn.

Are scales necessary? There are different views on this. Here at Musiah, we believe a balanced approach is best, so in your Musiah piano lessons, you’ll learn just the right amount of scales – not too few and not too many.

Learn more

 

3. Chords

In your Musiah piano lessons, you’ll learn about chords [not just chord symbols – real chords made up of actual notes] and all things related to chords, e.g. intervals, triads, inversions, arpeggio exercises, chord fingerings and more.

As you progress through the course, chords are seamlessly introduced into the lessons so you’ll be actively engaged and playing chords while you’re learning about them.

You’ll learn about the structure of chords and, importantly, how to read chords on the sheet music which will empower you to play any advanced pieces you want to learn.

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4. Technique

What is piano technique?

In reality, it is an aggregate of many skills comprised fundamentally of;

  1. learning how the fingers, hands, arms, etc., are to be moved and
  2. conditioning the brain, nerves, and muscles to execute these with ease and control.

In your Musiah piano lessons, you’ll learn many aspects of playing technique. Examples include;

  • how to correctly place your hands on the keyboard in the five-finger position
  • how to pass the thumb correctly
  • how to correctly position your hand when extending the thumb and / or little finger
  • how to play phrasing, staccato, accents, etc.
  • how to play grace notes
  • how to avoid looking down at your hands while playing
  • how to correctly look down at your hands if you need to

and much more… all of which will help you play faster and with more confidence.

 

5. Efficient Practice

In your Musiah piano lessons, you’ll learn how to practice and learn pieces efficiently which will have a huge impact of your rate of progress and the level of enjoyment you’ll get from your lessons and from playing generally.

This is a very important, fundamental part of your learning journey, and there are many aspects to it.

Firstly, just by having Musiah as your AI piano teacher, practice time and lesson time merge into one kind of perpetual lesson – so you’re already streets ahead.

Unlike traditional piano lessons where you are unsupported from one week’s lesson to the next, when you learn piano with Musiah, it’s like having your own piano teacher sitting next to you at every moment of your practice.

So you won’t waste time by mis-learning things that would have to be corrected by a traditional piano teacher at the next lesson. With Musiah, you’ll learn everything right – the first time.

Plus Musiah also has a profound depth of wisdom to impart regarding the learning process and how to get the most out of your practice.

For example, instead of practicing a piece from start to finish in one hit, students are taught a much more efficient, effective and easy system they can use to learn or practice any piece as follows:

  1. Segment the music into bite-size chunks, i.e. initially just take a small segment of the piece, say 1-2 bars and, going as slowly as you like, practice the left hand about 5 times just in that section/segment.
  2. Then, when you can comfortably play the left hand, do the right hand about 5 times until you can comfortably play it.
  3. Then try both hands about 5 times or until you are comfortable at your own tempo. Then do it a few more times, very gradually increasing the tempo each time — just in that segment.

Then progress to the next 1-2 bar segment and repeat this process.

To summarize this system of practicing and learning songs:

Do 1-2 bars; LH 5 times, RH 5 times, BH 5 times.

And there are countless further incredibly valuable practice and learning tips and techniques you’ll discover as you progress through your Musiah lessons.

To learn more about Musiah’s approaches to efficient practice, check out the articles on this site under the category — Practice Tips.

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6. Ear Training

Ear training is generally known to be an important aspect of learning to play piano but few people understand why it is so important.

As you learn each piece, you will, of course, initially be learning mostly by reading the sheet music. However, both during the learning process and particularly after you have learned a song, it’s important to be able to ‘hear’ the sound of the piece in your head.

As you prepare a piece for a performance, especially if you’re planning to play it from memory, the piece should be memorized in several different ways — one of which is to memorize it by ear — in other words, initially looking at the sheet music as you SLOWLY play through the piece several times, at each moment try to imagine the sound of the next notes / chords just ahead of when you play them.

Then test yourself again (in small sections if necessary)… Can you at each moment (this time without looking at the sheet music) ‘hear in your inner ear’ the sound of the notes / chords that are coming up next?

In your Musiah piano lessons, ear training is woven seamlessly into the lessons, so you will develop this skill as you progress through the course.

Plus in the Musiah Games Area, there is a special section of games dedicated to ear training, so you can choose to work on this skill any time you wish.

 

7. Rhythm (including duration)

The importance of learning how to play the rhythm / timing of each piece correctly cannot be overstated. At a basic level, if 50% of music is notes, then the other 50% is timing.

In your Musiah piano lessons, you will learn how to read and understand rhythms and rhythmic patterns, and you’ll learn how to play the timing accurately and with ease.

As Kate B, a Musiah student from the UK who has tried just about every piano lessons product in existence writes in her Musiah review:

"Musiah’s great strength is the structure, discipline and that it teaches you the timing properly…

I have searched everywhere for tuition for piano lessons online, even purchased piano suite premier software… but it doesn't teach the rhythm perfectly, it doesn't contain staccato or triplets, or double clefs.

Piano marvel receives good reviews but lets the student get away with playing the wrongtiming in places, whilst Musiah is much more strict (in a good way) and encourages accuracy and perfection, requiring music pieces to be played to a high standard.

So, Musiah helps you to learn and master the really hard bits and this in turn makes reading complex rhythms elsewhere easier, so it’s definitely worth the effort…

… None of the others help me to keep focused and none really give me any feedback on the timing. I would definitely recommend Musiah, because it works!"

Read Kate's full review

And there’s another very important but often overlooked aspect to rhythm / timing in which Musiah piano lessons excel — duration (whether each note is held for the correct length of time).

Is duration really part of rhythm / timing? Most definitely.

In many songs, the ‘feel’ of the beat is created just as much by when you release the notes as when you play them.

Rests (silences in the music) that are executed by letting notes go at the correct time are a powerful part of many pieces of music. Yet, at the time of writing, no other online piano lessons software assesses duration — only Musiah does!

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8. Memory Training

Having or developing a good memory is fundamentally beneficial on many levels, not the least of which is that it will enable you to remember the pieces you have learned.

A good memory is a ‘must have’ if you wish to perform your pieces for others, especially without the sheet music. Yet no other piano lessons incorporate memory training into their music tuition – only Musiah.

More broadly, learning piano is widely known to be a great form of brain training.

It helps boost the academic results of young students while also improving cognitive function to stave off dementia in older students thereby enabling them to enjoy a higher quality of life with a more active brain.

In the case of Musiah piano lessons, these benefits are further maximized through lessons that are purposely designed to promote the development of eye-mind-hand coordination.

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And for students who would really like to improve their memory… in the Musiah Games Area, there is a special section of games dedicated to memory training!

So now, whenever you want to, you can work on improving your memory (you just have to remember to do it)!

 

9. Music Theory

In your Musiah piano lessons, you will learn all the necessary aspects of music theory – which is, of course, very important because understanding music theory helps you read and understand the piano pieces you’re playing and gives you the skills to learn other pieces of your choosing.

However, there’s nothing worse in a piano lesson (or in life, generally) than long, boring explanations.

So, in Musiah piano lessons, through smart teaching techniques, all essential music theory is slipped into the lessons surreptitiously (I promise you’ll barely notice it — but it is there). So you’ll be learning theory while still being engaged in learning songs and playing piano.

As Matt C, a Musiah student from Bulleen VIC, Australia writes in his Musiah review…

"As a former professional musician myself, one of the things I appreciate the most about Musiah, is its very heavy focus on quality Music Theory, which is so essential and presents in such a way that children are generally only vaguely aware that they are learning theory - it's all just fun for them.

Keyboard instruction, skill development and music theory in a fun format - who would have thought that was possible? Clearly, Brendan Hogan; well done!"

Read Matt's full review

Plus, in the Musiah Games Area, there are special sections of games dedicated to

  • note reading (correctly identifying notes within a time limit) and
  • sight reading (correctly playing as many notes as you can within a time limit)!

Note reading / sight reading are among the most fundamental aspects of music theory. So these games are great way to work on building your skills in these areas.

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10. Performance Skills

In your Musiah piano lessons, not only will you learn how to read sheet music and play piano, you’ll also learn how to prepare for performances.

This is the ultimate skill set that ought to be taught in all piano lessons, but few if any other online piano lessons offer this.

At the end of each level of the Musiah course (the course is divided into 13 levels), you will be required to complete a performance challenge in which you must play a selection of 3 pieces in front of a virtual audience.

You’ll learn how to prepare for each performance challenge as well as how to cope with nerves, minor memory lapses, etc. as you perform.

These virtual performance challenges are as close as possible to the real thing but with none of the consequences of a real life performance, e.g. in the event of something going wrong.

In real life, if you completely fail during a performance, the consequences can, understandably, be quite upsetting and recovering from a bad performance can take a long time — so it helps if you already have the skills of a seasoned performer before you ever do your first real-life performance.

Enter Musiah! The Musiah virtual performance challenges provide a great platform for you to develop your playing skills under pressure (to an extent) in the privacy of your own home with no risk and no consequences.

If you fail, you can simply try again until you succeed. And in so doing, you will learn a tremendous amount and grow personally in ways that, prior to now, have only been possible in a traditional piano lesson / performance scenario.

 

Conclusion

The above information is just a summary outline of some of the key areas your Musiah piano lessons will cover.

To fully describe all that you will learn would require many volumes and, in all honesty, rather than reading about what you will learn, you would be much better off jumping right in and experiencing first-hand how Musiah’s holistic tuition unfolds as you progress along your piano lessons journey.

And so, we warmly invite you to take our 14 Day Free Trial.

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colorful pie chart showing skills you will learn in Musiah online piano lessons

Comprehensive Piano Training

In your Musiah piano lessons, you'll learn how to play piano properly with both hands, how to read sheet music with ease... rhythm, scales, chords, ear training, music theory and more – Musiah will even teach performance skills.

What you will learn with Musiah is equivalent to 6 years of traditional piano lessons – but with Musiah it will take a fraction of that time.

 

Your Complete Piano Education — In Detail

1. Note Reading

In your Musiah piano lessons, you will learn how to read sheet music properly, i.e. how to read all the left hand (bass notes) as well as the right hand (treble notes).

This is very important as being able to read sheet music with ease will empower you to learn any song or piece of music you want to learn. Yet, surprisingly, many piano lessons do not teach this.

Other lessons skirt around note reading by teaching you to read chord symbols in lieu of the left hand (bass) notes, while others encourage you to ‘strum’ along (as if you were accompanying your own singing), so you never get to read chords and don’t even get to play the melody.

Other well-known methods encourage students to rely on playing pieces by ear or to learn by rote (by copying the teacher).

Just to be clear – none of these other approaches is satisfactory, and none of these methods will teach you how to read music.

Only a) Musiah piano lessons or b) traditional piano lessons will teach you how to read all the notes on the sheet music – but Musiah will do it much quicker.

The difference between Musiah and traditional piano lessons is that the Musiah piano method uses a range of unique teaching techniques that dramatically improve the efficiency of the traditional approach to piano lessons.

It’s a fun way to learn that makes so much sense!

Brendan Hogan (Musiah Inventor) giving lecture on the Musiah piano method

Video: How the Musiah piano method teaches note reading

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2. Scales

In your Musiah piano lessons you will learn a good range of scales… plus – you’ll also learn a system you can use to learn any scales (including scale-like passages you’ll often come across in songs).

Knowing how to play scales and understanding the fingering patterns used in scales has many benefits such as helping to you develop fast, agile fingers.

But there’s a common downside to learning scales which is that many students (of traditional lessons) find them boring.

Thankfully, Musiah piano lessons make learning scales fun by including a variety of backing tracks / drum tracks for you to play along to.

And the step-by-step system you’ll be taught to help you understand and remember scales, makes them easy to learn.

Are scales necessary? There are different views on this. Here at Musiah, we believe a balanced approach is best, so in your Musiah piano lessons, you’ll learn just the right amount of scales – not too few and not too many.

Learn more

 

3. Chords

In your Musiah piano lessons, you’ll learn about chords [not just chord symbols – real chords made up of actual notes] and all things related to chords, e.g. intervals, triads, inversions, arpeggio exercises, chord fingerings and more.

As you progress through the course, chords are seamlessly introduced into the lessons so you’ll be actively engaged and playing chords while you’re learning about them.

You’ll learn about the structure of chords and, importantly, how to read chords on the sheet music which will empower you to play any advanced pieces you want to learn.

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4. Technique

What is piano technique?

In reality, it is an aggregate of many skills comprised fundamentally of;

  1. learning how the fingers, hands, arms, etc., are to be moved and
  2. conditioning the brain, nerves, and muscles to execute these with ease and control.

In your Musiah piano lessons, you’ll learn many aspects of playing technique. Examples include;

  • how to correctly place your hands on the keyboard in the five-finger position
  • how to pass the thumb correctly
  • how to correctly position your hand when extending the thumb and / or little finger
  • how to play phrasing, staccato, accents, etc.
  • how to play grace notes
  • how to avoid looking down at your hands while playing
  • how to correctly look down at your hands if you need to

and much more… all of which will help you play faster and with more confidence.

 

5. Efficient Practice

In your Musiah piano lessons, you’ll learn how to practice and learn pieces efficiently which will have a huge impact of your rate of progress and the level of enjoyment you’ll get from your lessons and from playing generally.

This is a very important, fundamental part of your learning journey, and there are many aspects to it.

Firstly, just by having Musiah as your AI piano teacher, practice time and lesson time merge into one kind of perpetual lesson – so you’re already streets ahead.

Unlike traditional piano lessons where you are unsupported from one week’s lesson to the next, when you learn piano with Musiah, it’s like having your own piano teacher sitting next to you at every moment of your practice.

So you won’t waste time by mis-learning things that would have to be corrected by a traditional piano teacher at the next lesson. With Musiah, you’ll learn everything right – the first time.

Plus Musiah also has a profound depth of wisdom to impart regarding the learning process and how to get the most out of your practice.

For example, instead of practicing a piece from start to finish in one hit, students are taught a much more efficient, effective and easy system they can use to learn or practice any piece as follows:

  1. Segment the music into bite-size chunks, i.e. initially just take a small segment of the piece, say 1-2 bars and, going as slowly as you like, practice the left hand about 5 times just in that section/segment.
  2. Then, when you can comfortably play the left hand, do the right hand about 5 times until you can comfortably play it.
  3. Then try both hands about 5 times or until you are comfortable at your own tempo. Then do it a few more times, very gradually increasing the tempo each time — just in that segment.

Then progress to the next 1-2 bar segment and repeat this process.

To summarize this system of practicing and learning songs:

Do 1-2 bars; LH 5 times, RH 5 times, BH 5 times.

And there are countless further incredibly valuable practice and learning tips and techniques you’ll discover as you progress through your Musiah lessons.

To learn more about Musiah’s approaches to efficient practice, check out the articles on this site under the category — Practice Tips.

Get Started

 

 

6. Ear Training

Ear training is generally known to be an important aspect of learning to play piano but few people understand why it is so important.

As you learn each piece, you will, of course, initially be learning mostly by reading the sheet music. However, both during the learning process and particularly after you have learned a song, it’s important to be able to ‘hear’ the sound of the piece in your head.

As you prepare a piece for a performance, especially if you’re planning to play it from memory, the piece should be memorized in several different ways — one of which is to memorize it by ear — in other words, initially looking at the sheet music as you SLOWLY play through the piece several times, at each moment try to imagine the sound of the next notes / chords just ahead of when you play them.

Then test yourself again (in small sections if necessary)… Can you at each moment (this time without looking at the sheet music) ‘hear in your inner ear’ the sound of the notes / chords that are coming up next?

In your Musiah piano lessons, ear training is woven seamlessly into the lessons, so you will develop this skill as you progress through the course.

Plus in the Musiah Games Area, there is a special section of games dedicated to ear training, so you can choose to work on this skill any time you wish.

 

7. Rhythm (including duration)

The importance of learning how to play the rhythm / timing of each piece correctly cannot be overstated. At a basic level, if 50% of music is notes, then the other 50% is timing.

In your Musiah piano lessons, you will learn how to read and understand rhythms and rhythmic patterns, and you’ll learn how to play the timing accurately and with ease.

As Kate B, a Musiah student from the UK who has tried just about every piano lessons product in existence writes in her Musiah review:

"Musiah’s great strength is the structure, discipline and that it teaches you the timing properly…

I have searched everywhere for tuition for piano lessons online, even purchased piano suite premier software… but it doesn't teach the rhythm perfectly, it doesn't contain staccato or triplets, or double clefs.

Piano marvel receives good reviews but lets the student get away with playing the wrongtiming in places, whilst Musiah is much more strict (in a good way) and encourages accuracy and perfection, requiring music pieces to be played to a high standard.

So, Musiah helps you to learn and master the really hard bits and this in turn makes reading complex rhythms elsewhere easier, so it’s definitely worth the effort…

… None of the others help me to keep focused and none really give me any feedback on the timing. I would definitely recommend Musiah, because it works!"

Read Kate's full review

And there’s another very important but often overlooked aspect to rhythm / timing in which Musiah piano lessons excel — duration (whether each note is held for the correct length of time).

Is duration really part of rhythm / timing? Most definitely.

In many songs, the ‘feel’ of the beat is created just as much by when you release the notes as when you play them.

Rests (silences in the music) that are executed by letting notes go at the correct time are a powerful part of many pieces of music. Yet, at the time of writing, no other online piano lessons software assesses duration — only Musiah does!

Start a free Trial

 

 

8. Memory Training

Having or developing a good memory is fundamentally beneficial on many levels, not the least of which is that it will enable you to remember the pieces you have learned.

A good memory is a ‘must have’ if you wish to perform your pieces for others, especially without the sheet music. Yet no other piano lessons incorporate memory training into their music tuition – only Musiah.

More broadly, learning piano is widely known to be a great form of brain training.

It helps boost the academic results of young students while also improving cognitive function to stave off dementia in older students thereby enabling them to enjoy a higher quality of life with a more active brain.

In the case of Musiah piano lessons, these benefits are further maximized through lessons that are purposely designed to promote the development of eye-mind-hand coordination.

Learn more

And for students who would really like to improve their memory… in the Musiah Games Area, there is a special section of games dedicated to memory training!

So now, whenever you want to, you can work on improving your memory (you just have to remember to do it)!

 

9. Music Theory

In your Musiah piano lessons, you will learn all the necessary aspects of music theory – which is, of course, very important because understanding music theory helps you read and understand the piano pieces you’re playing and gives you the skills to learn other pieces of your choosing.

However, there’s nothing worse in a piano lesson (or in life, generally) than long, boring explanations.

So, in Musiah piano lessons, through smart teaching techniques, all essential music theory is slipped into the lessons surreptitiously (I promise you’ll barely notice it — but it is there). So you’ll be learning theory while still being engaged in learning songs and playing piano.

As Matt C, a Musiah student from Bulleen VIC, Australia writes in his Musiah review…

"As a former professional musician myself, one of the things I appreciate the most about Musiah, is its very heavy focus on quality Music Theory, which is so essential and presents in such a way that children are generally only vaguely aware that they are learning theory - it's all just fun for them.

Keyboard instruction, skill development and music theory in a fun format - who would have thought that was possible? Clearly, Brendan Hogan; well done!"

Read Matt's full review

Plus, in the Musiah Games Area, there are special sections of games dedicated to

  • note reading (correctly identifying notes within a time limit) and
  • sight reading (correctly playing as many notes as you can within a time limit)!

Note reading / sight reading are among the most fundamental aspects of music theory. So these games are great way to work on building your skills in these areas.

Let's get started

 

 

10. Performance Skills

In your Musiah piano lessons, not only will you learn how to read sheet music and play piano, you’ll also learn how to prepare for performances.

This is the ultimate skill set that ought to be taught in all piano lessons, but few if any other online piano lessons offer this.

At the end of each level of the Musiah course (the course is divided into 13 levels), you will be required to complete a performance challenge in which you must play a selection of 3 pieces in front of a virtual audience.

You’ll learn how to prepare for each performance challenge as well as how to cope with nerves, minor memory lapses, etc. as you perform.

These virtual performance challenges are as close as possible to the real thing but with none of the consequences of a real life performance, e.g. in the event of something going wrong.

In real life, if you completely fail during a performance, the consequences can, understandably, be quite upsetting and recovering from a bad performance can take a long time — so it helps if you already have the skills of a seasoned performer before you ever do your first real-life performance.

Enter Musiah! The Musiah virtual performance challenges provide a great platform for you to develop your playing skills under pressure (to an extent) in the privacy of your own home with no risk and no consequences.

If you fail, you can simply try again until you succeed. And in so doing, you will learn a tremendous amount and grow personally in ways that, prior to now, have only been possible in a traditional piano lesson / performance scenario.

 

Conclusion

The above information is just a summary outline of some of the key areas your Musiah piano lessons will cover.

To fully describe all that you will learn would require many volumes and, in all honesty, rather than reading about what you will learn, you would be much better off jumping right in and experiencing first-hand how Musiah’s holistic tuition unfolds as you progress along your piano lessons journey.

And so, we warmly invite you to take our 14 Day Free Trial.

Start my 14 Day Free Trial

colorful pie chart showing skills you will learn in Musiah online piano lessons

Comprehensive Piano Training

In your Musiah piano lessons, you'll learn how to play piano properly with both hands, how to read sheet music with ease... rhythm, scales, chords, ear training, music theory and more – Musiah will even teach performance skills.

What you will learn with Musiah is equivalent to 6 years of traditional piano lessons – but with Musiah it will take a fraction of that time.

Your Complete Piano Education — In Detail

1. Note Reading

In your Musiah piano lessons, you will learn how to read sheet music properly, i.e. how to read all the left hand (bass notes) as well as the right hand (treble notes).

This is very important as being able to read sheet music with ease will empower you to learn any song or piece of music you want to learn. Yet, surprisingly, many piano lessons do not teach this.

Other lessons skirt around note reading by teaching you to read chord symbols in lieu of the left hand (bass) notes, while others encourage you to ‘strum’ along (as if you were accompanying your own singing), so you never get to read chords and don’t even get to play the melody.

Other well-known methods encourage students to rely on playing pieces by ear or to learn by rote (by copying the teacher).

Just to be clear – none of these other approaches is satisfactory, and none of these methods will teach you how to read music.

Only a) Musiah piano lessons or b) traditional piano lessons will teach you how to read all the notes on the sheet music – but Musiah will do it much quicker.

The difference between Musiah and traditional piano lessons is that the Musiah piano method uses a range of unique teaching techniques that dramatically improve the efficiency of the traditional approach to piano lessons.

It’s a fun way to learn that makes so much sense!

Brendan Hogan (Musiah Inventor) giving lecture on the Musiah piano method

Video: How the Musiah piano method teaches note reading

Start Now For Free

 

 

2. Scales

In your Musiah piano lessons you will learn a good range of scales… plus – you’ll also learn a system you can use to learn any scales (including scale-like passages you’ll often come across in songs).

Knowing how to play scales and understanding the fingering patterns used in scales has many benefits such as helping to you develop fast, agile fingers.

But there’s a common downside to learning scales which is that many students (of traditional lessons) find them boring.

Thankfully, Musiah piano lessons make learning scales fun by including a variety of backing tracks / drum tracks for you to play along to.

And the step-by-step system you’ll be taught to help you understand and remember scales, makes them easy to learn.

Are scales necessary? There are different views on this. Here at Musiah, we believe a balanced approach is best, so in your Musiah piano lessons, you’ll learn just the right amount of scales – not too few and not too many.

Learn more

 

3. Chords

In your Musiah piano lessons, you’ll learn about chords [not just chord symbols – real chords made up of actual notes] and all things related to chords, e.g. intervals, triads, inversions, arpeggio exercises, chord fingerings and more.

As you progress through the course, chords are seamlessly introduced into the lessons so you’ll be actively engaged and playing chords while you’re learning about them.

You’ll learn about the structure of chords and, importantly, how to read chords on the sheet music which will empower you to play any advanced pieces you want to learn.

Start My Trial

 

 

4. Technique

What is piano technique?

In reality, it is an aggregate of many skills comprised fundamentally of;

  1. learning how the fingers, hands, arms, etc., are to be moved and
  2. conditioning the brain, nerves, and muscles to execute these with ease and control.

In your Musiah piano lessons, you’ll learn many aspects of playing technique. Examples include;

  • how to correctly place your hands on the keyboard in the five-finger position
  • how to pass the thumb correctly
  • how to correctly position your hand when extending the thumb and / or little finger
  • how to play phrasing, staccato, accents, etc.
  • how to play grace notes
  • how to avoid looking down at your hands while playing
  • how to correctly look down at your hands if you need to

and much more… all of which will help you play faster and with more confidence.

 

5. Efficient Practice

In your Musiah piano lessons, you’ll learn how to practice and learn pieces efficiently which will have a huge impact of your rate of progress and the level of enjoyment you’ll get from your lessons and from playing generally.

This is a very important, fundamental part of your learning journey, and there are many aspects to it.

Firstly, just by having Musiah as your AI piano teacher, practice time and lesson time merge into one kind of perpetual lesson – so you’re already streets ahead.

Unlike traditional piano lessons where you are unsupported from one week’s lesson to the next, when you learn piano with Musiah, it’s like having your own piano teacher sitting next to you at every moment of your practice.

So you won’t waste time by mis-learning things that would have to be corrected by a traditional piano teacher at the next lesson. With Musiah, you’ll learn everything right – the first time.

Plus Musiah also has a profound depth of wisdom to impart regarding the learning process and how to get the most out of your practice.

For example, instead of practicing a piece from start to finish in one hit, students are taught a much more efficient, effective and easy system they can use to learn or practice any piece as follows:

  1. Segment the music into bite-size chunks, i.e. initially just take a small segment of the piece, say 1-2 bars and, going as slowly as you like, practice the left hand about 5 times just in that section/segment.
  2. Then, when you can comfortably play the left hand, do the right hand about 5 times until you can comfortably play it.
  3. Then try both hands about 5 times or until you are comfortable at your own tempo. Then do it a few more times, very gradually increasing the tempo each time — just in that segment.

Then progress to the next 1-2 bar segment and repeat this process.

To summarize this system of practicing and learning songs:

Do 1-2 bars; LH 5 times, RH 5 times, BH 5 times.

And there are countless further incredibly valuable practice and learning tips and techniques you’ll discover as you progress through your Musiah lessons.

To learn more about Musiah’s approaches to efficient practice, check out the articles on this site under the category — Practice Tips.

Get Started

 

 

6. Ear Training

Ear training is generally known to be an important aspect of learning to play piano but few people understand why it is so important.

As you learn each piece, you will, of course, initially be learning mostly by reading the sheet music. However, both during the learning process and particularly after you have learned a song, it’s important to be able to ‘hear’ the sound of the piece in your head.

As you prepare a piece for a performance, especially if you’re planning to play it from memory, the piece should be memorized in several different ways — one of which is to memorize it by ear — in other words, initially looking at the sheet music as you SLOWLY play through the piece several times, at each moment try to imagine the sound of the next notes / chords just ahead of when you play them.

Then test yourself again (in small sections if necessary)… Can you at each moment (this time without looking at the sheet music) ‘hear in your inner ear’ the sound of the notes / chords that are coming up next?

In your Musiah piano lessons, ear training is woven seamlessly into the lessons, so you will develop this skill as you progress through the course.

Plus in the Musiah Games Area, there is a special section of games dedicated to ear training, so you can choose to work on this skill any time you wish.

 

7. Rhythm (including duration)

The importance of learning how to play the rhythm / timing of each piece correctly cannot be overstated. At a basic level, if 50% of music is notes, then the other 50% is timing.

In your Musiah piano lessons, you will learn how to read and understand rhythms and rhythmic patterns, and you’ll learn how to play the timing accurately and with ease.

As Kate B, a Musiah student from the UK who has tried just about every piano lessons product in existence writes in her Musiah review:

"Musiah’s great strength is the structure, discipline and that it teaches you the timing properly…

I have searched everywhere for tuition for piano lessons online, even purchased piano suite premier software… but it doesn't teach the rhythm perfectly, it doesn't contain staccato or triplets, or double clefs.

Piano marvel receives good reviews but lets the student get away with playing the wrongtiming in places, whilst Musiah is much more strict (in a good way) and encourages accuracy and perfection, requiring music pieces to be played to a high standard.

So, Musiah helps you to learn and master the really hard bits and this in turn makes reading complex rhythms elsewhere easier, so it’s definitely worth the effort…

… None of the others help me to keep focused and none really give me any feedback on the timing. I would definitely recommend Musiah, because it works!"

Read Kate's full review

And there’s another very important but often overlooked aspect to rhythm / timing in which Musiah piano lessons excel — duration (whether each note is held for the correct length of time).

Is duration really part of rhythm / timing? Most definitely.

In many songs, the ‘feel’ of the beat is created just as much by when you release the notes as when you play them.

Rests (silences in the music) that are executed by letting notes go at the correct time are a powerful part of many pieces of music. Yet, at the time of writing, no other online piano lessons software assesses duration — only Musiah does!

Start a free Trial

 

 

8. Memory Training

Having or developing a good memory is fundamentally beneficial on many levels, not the least of which is that it will enable you to remember the pieces you have learned.

A good memory is a ‘must have’ if you wish to perform your pieces for others, especially without the sheet music. Yet no other piano lessons incorporate memory training into their music tuition – only Musiah.

More broadly, learning piano is widely known to be a great form of brain training.

It helps boost the academic results of young students while also improving cognitive function to stave off dementia in older students thereby enabling them to enjoy a higher quality of life with a more active brain.

In the case of Musiah piano lessons, these benefits are further maximized through lessons that are purposely designed to promote the development of eye-mind-hand coordination.

Learn more

And for students who would really like to improve their memory… in the Musiah Games Area, there is a special section of games dedicated to memory training!

So now, whenever you want to, you can work on improving your memory (you just have to remember to do it)!

 

9. Music Theory

In your Musiah piano lessons, you will learn all the necessary aspects of music theory – which is, of course, very important because understanding music theory helps you read and understand the piano pieces you’re playing and gives you the skills to learn other pieces of your choosing.

However, there’s nothing worse in a piano lesson (or in life, generally) than long, boring explanations.

So, in Musiah piano lessons, through smart teaching techniques, all essential music theory is slipped into the lessons surreptitiously (I promise you’ll barely notice it — but it is there). So you’ll be learning theory while still being engaged in learning songs and playing piano.

As Matt C, a Musiah student from Bulleen VIC, Australia writes in his Musiah review…

"As a former professional musician myself, one of the things I appreciate the most about Musiah, is its very heavy focus on quality Music Theory, which is so essential and presents in such a way that children are generally only vaguely aware that they are learning theory - it's all just fun for them.

Keyboard instruction, skill development and music theory in a fun format - who would have thought that was possible? Clearly, Brendan Hogan; well done!"

Read Matt's full review

Plus, in the Musiah Games Area, there are special sections of games dedicated to

  • note reading (correctly identifying notes within a time limit) and
  • sight reading (correctly playing as many notes as you can within a time limit)!

Note reading / sight reading are among the most fundamental aspects of music theory. So these games are great way to work on building your skills in these areas.

Let's get started

 

 

10. Performance Skills

In your Musiah piano lessons, not only will you learn how to read sheet music and play piano, you’ll also learn how to prepare for performances.

This is the ultimate skill set that ought to be taught in all piano lessons, but few if any other online piano lessons offer this.

At the end of each level of the Musiah course (the course is divided into 13 levels), you will be required to complete a performance challenge in which you must play a selection of 3 pieces in front of a virtual audience.

You’ll learn how to prepare for each performance challenge as well as how to cope with nerves, minor memory lapses, etc. as you perform.

These virtual performance challenges are as close as possible to the real thing but with none of the consequences of a real life performance, e.g. in the event of something going wrong.

In real life, if you completely fail during a performance, the consequences can, understandably, be quite upsetting and recovering from a bad performance can take a long time — so it helps if you already have the skills of a seasoned performer before you ever do your first real-life performance.

Enter Musiah! The Musiah virtual performance challenges provide a great platform for you to develop your playing skills under pressure (to an extent) in the privacy of your own home with no risk and no consequences.

If you fail, you can simply try again until you succeed. And in so doing, you will learn a tremendous amount and grow personally in ways that, prior to now, have only been possible in a traditional piano lesson / performance scenario.

 

Conclusion

The above information is just a summary outline of some of the key areas your Musiah piano lessons will cover.

To fully describe all that you will learn would require many volumes and, in all honesty, rather than reading about what you will learn, you would be much better off jumping right in and experiencing first-hand how Musiah’s holistic tuition unfolds as you progress along your piano lessons journey.

And so, we warmly invite you to take our 14 Day Free Trial.

Start my 14 Day Free Trial

Comprehensive Piano Lessons

colorful pie chart showing skills you will learn in Musiah online piano lessons

In your Musiah piano lessons, you'll learn how to play piano properly with both hands, how to read sheet music with ease... rhythm, scales, chords, ear training, music theory and more – Musiah will even teach performance skills.

Your Complete Piano Education — In Detail

1. Note Reading

In your Musiah piano lessons, you will learn how to read sheet music properly, i.e. how to read all the left hand (bass notes) as well as the right hand (treble notes).

This is very important as being able to read sheet music with ease will empower you to learn any song or piece of music you want to learn. Yet, surprisingly, many piano lessons do not teach this.

Other lessons skirt around note reading by teaching you to read chord symbols in lieu of the left hand (bass) notes, while others encourage you to ‘strum’ along (as if you were accompanying your own singing), so you never get to read chords and don’t even get to play the melody.

Other well-known methods encourage students to rely on playing pieces by ear or to learn by rote (by copying the teacher).

Just to be clear – none of these other approaches is satisfactory, and none of these methods will teach you how to read music.

Only a) Musiah piano lessons or b) traditional piano lessons will teach you how to read all the notes on the sheet music – but Musiah will do it much quicker.

The difference between Musiah and traditional piano lessons is that the Musiah piano method uses a range of unique teaching techniques that dramatically improve the efficiency of the traditional approach to piano lessons.

It’s a fun way to learn that makes so much sense!

Brendan Hogan (Musiah Inventor) giving lecture on the Musiah piano method

Video: How the Musiah piano method teaches note reading

Start Now For Free

 

 

2. Scales

In your Musiah piano lessons you will learn a good range of scales… plus – you’ll also learn a system you can use to learn any scales (including scale-like passages you’ll often come across in songs).

Knowing how to play scales and understanding the fingering patterns used in scales has many benefits such as helping to you develop fast, agile fingers.

But there’s a common downside to learning scales which is that many students (of traditional lessons) find them boring.

Thankfully, Musiah piano lessons make learning scales fun by including a variety of backing tracks / drum tracks for you to play along to.

And the step-by-step system you’ll be taught to help you understand and remember scales, makes them easy to learn.

Are scales necessary? There are different views on this. Here at Musiah, we believe a balanced approach is best, so in your Musiah piano lessons, you’ll learn just the right amount of scales – not too few and not too many.

Learn more

 

3. Chords

In your Musiah piano lessons, you’ll learn about chords [not just chord symbols – real chords made up of actual notes] and all things related to chords, e.g. intervals, triads, inversions, arpeggio exercises, chord fingerings and more.

As you progress through the course, chords are seamlessly introduced into the lessons so you’ll be actively engaged and playing chords while you’re learning about them.

You’ll learn about the structure of chords and, importantly, how to read chords on the sheet music which will empower you to play any advanced pieces you want to learn.

Start My Trial

 

 

4. Technique

What is piano technique?

In reality, it is an aggregate of many skills comprised fundamentally of;

  1. learning how the fingers, hands, arms, etc., are to be moved and
  2. conditioning the brain, nerves, and muscles to execute these with ease and control.

In your Musiah piano lessons, you’ll learn many aspects of playing technique. Examples include;

  • how to correctly place your hands on the keyboard in the five-finger position
  • how to pass the thumb correctly
  • how to correctly position your hand when extending the thumb and / or little finger
  • how to play phrasing, staccato, accents, etc.
  • how to play grace notes
  • how to avoid looking down at your hands while playing
  • how to correctly look down at your hands if you need to

and much more… all of which will help you play faster and with more confidence.

 

5. Efficient Practice

In your Musiah piano lessons, you’ll learn how to practice and learn pieces efficiently which will have a huge impact of your rate of progress and the level of enjoyment you’ll get from your lessons and from playing generally.

This is a very important, fundamental part of your learning journey, and there are many aspects to it.

Firstly, just by having Musiah as your AI piano teacher, practice time and lesson time merge into one kind of perpetual lesson – so you’re already streets ahead.

Unlike traditional piano lessons where you are unsupported from one week’s lesson to the next, when you learn piano with Musiah, it’s like having your own piano teacher sitting next to you at every moment of your practice.

So you won’t waste time by mis-learning things that would have to be corrected by a traditional piano teacher at the next lesson. With Musiah, you’ll learn everything right – the first time.

Plus Musiah also has a profound depth of wisdom to impart regarding the learning process and how to get the most out of your practice.

For example, instead of practicing a piece from start to finish in one hit, students are taught a much more efficient, effective and easy system they can use to learn or practice any piece as follows:

  1. Segment the music into bite-size chunks, i.e. initially just take a small segment of the piece, say 1-2 bars and, going as slowly as you like, practice the left hand about 5 times just in that section/segment.
  2. Then, when you can comfortably play the left hand, do the right hand about 5 times until you can comfortably play it.
  3. Then try both hands about 5 times or until you are comfortable at your own tempo. Then do it a few more times, very gradually increasing the tempo each time — just in that segment.

Then progress to the next 1-2 bar segment and repeat this process.

To summarize this system of practicing and learning songs:

Do 1-2 bars; LH 5 times, RH 5 times, BH 5 times.

And there are countless further incredibly valuable practice and learning tips and techniques you’ll discover as you progress through your Musiah lessons.

To learn more about Musiah’s approaches to efficient practice, check out the articles on this site under the category — Practice Tips.

Get Started

 

 

6. Ear Training

Ear training is generally known to be an important aspect of learning to play piano but few people understand why it is so important.

As you learn each piece, you will, of course, initially be learning mostly by reading the sheet music. However, both during the learning process and particularly after you have learned a song, it’s important to be able to ‘hear’ the sound of the piece in your head.

As you prepare a piece for a performance, especially if you’re planning to play it from memory, the piece should be memorized in several different ways — one of which is to memorize it by ear — in other words, initially looking at the sheet music as you SLOWLY play through the piece several times, at each moment try to imagine the sound of the next notes / chords just ahead of when you play them.

Then test yourself again (in small sections if necessary)… Can you at each moment (this time without looking at the sheet music) ‘hear in your inner ear’ the sound of the notes / chords that are coming up next?

In your Musiah piano lessons, ear training is woven seamlessly into the lessons, so you will develop this skill as you progress through the course.

Plus in the Musiah Games Area, there is a special section of games dedicated to ear training, so you can choose to work on this skill any time you wish.

 

7. Rhythm (including duration)

The importance of learning how to play the rhythm / timing of each piece correctly cannot be overstated. At a basic level, if 50% of music is notes, then the other 50% is timing.

In your Musiah piano lessons, you will learn how to read and understand rhythms and rhythmic patterns, and you’ll learn how to play the timing accurately and with ease.

As Kate B, a Musiah student from the UK who has tried just about every piano lessons product in existence writes in her Musiah review:

"Musiah’s great strength is the structure, discipline and that it teaches you the timing properly…

I have searched everywhere for tuition for piano lessons online, even purchased piano suite premier software… but it doesn't teach the rhythm perfectly, it doesn't contain staccato or triplets, or double clefs.

Piano marvel receives good reviews but lets the student get away with playing the wrongtiming in places, whilst Musiah is much more strict (in a good way) and encourages accuracy and perfection, requiring music pieces to be played to a high standard.

So, Musiah helps you to learn and master the really hard bits and this in turn makes reading complex rhythms elsewhere easier, so it’s definitely worth the effort…

… None of the others help me to keep focused and none really give me any feedback on the timing. I would definitely recommend Musiah, because it works!"

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And there’s another very important but often overlooked aspect to rhythm / timing in which Musiah piano lessons excel — duration (whether each note is held for the correct length of time).

Is duration really part of rhythm / timing? Most definitely.

In many songs, the ‘feel’ of the beat is created just as much by when you release the notes as when you play them.

Rests (silences in the music) that are executed by letting notes go at the correct time are a powerful part of many pieces of music. Yet, at the time of writing, no other online piano lessons software assesses duration — only Musiah does!

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8. Memory Training

Having or developing a good memory is fundamentally beneficial on many levels, not the least of which is that it will enable you to remember the pieces you have learned.

A good memory is a ‘must have’ if you wish to perform your pieces for others, especially without the sheet music. Yet no other piano lessons incorporate memory training into their music tuition – only Musiah.

More broadly, learning piano is widely known to be a great form of brain training.

It helps boost the academic results of young students while also improving cognitive function to stave off dementia in older students thereby enabling them to enjoy a higher quality of life with a more active brain.

In the case of Musiah piano lessons, these benefits are further maximized through lessons that are purposely designed to promote the development of eye-mind-hand coordination.

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And for students who would really like to improve their memory… in the Musiah Games Area, there is a special section of games dedicated to memory training!

So now, whenever you want to, you can work on improving your memory (you just have to remember to do it)!

 

9. Music Theory

In your Musiah piano lessons, you will learn all the necessary aspects of music theory – which is, of course, very important because understanding music theory helps you read and understand the piano pieces you’re playing and gives you the skills to learn other pieces of your choosing.

However, there’s nothing worse in a piano lesson (or in life, generally) than long, boring explanations.

So, in Musiah piano lessons, through smart teaching techniques, all essential music theory is slipped into the lessons surreptitiously (I promise you’ll barely notice it — but it is there). So you’ll be learning theory while still being engaged in learning songs and playing piano.

As Matt C, a Musiah student from Bulleen VIC, Australia writes in his Musiah review…

"As a former professional musician myself, one of the things I appreciate the most about Musiah, is its very heavy focus on quality Music Theory, which is so essential and presents in such a way that children are generally only vaguely aware that they are learning theory - it's all just fun for them.

Keyboard instruction, skill development and music theory in a fun format - who would have thought that was possible? Clearly, Brendan Hogan; well done!"

Read Matt's full review

Plus, in the Musiah Games Area, there are special sections of games dedicated to

  • note reading (correctly identifying notes within a time limit) and
  • sight reading (correctly playing as many notes as you can within a time limit)!

Note reading / sight reading are among the most fundamental aspects of music theory. So these games are great way to work on building your skills in these areas.

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10. Performance Skills

In your Musiah piano lessons, not only will you learn how to read sheet music and play piano, you’ll also learn how to prepare for performances.

This is the ultimate skill set that ought to be taught in all piano lessons, but few if any other online piano lessons offer this.

At the end of each level of the Musiah course (the course is divided into 13 levels), you will be required to complete a performance challenge in which you must play a selection of 3 pieces in front of a virtual audience.

You’ll learn how to prepare for each performance challenge as well as how to cope with nerves, minor memory lapses, etc. as you perform.

These virtual performance challenges are as close as possible to the real thing but with none of the consequences of a real life performance, e.g. in the event of something going wrong.

In real life, if you completely fail during a performance, the consequences can, understandably, be quite upsetting and recovering from a bad performance can take a long time — so it helps if you already have the skills of a seasoned performer before you ever do your first real-life performance.

Enter Musiah! The Musiah virtual performance challenges provide a great platform for you to develop your playing skills under pressure (to an extent) in the privacy of your own home with no risk and no consequences.

If you fail, you can simply try again until you succeed. And in so doing, you will learn a tremendous amount and grow personally in ways that, prior to now, have only been possible in a traditional piano lesson / performance scenario.

 

Conclusion

The above information is just a summary outline of some of the key areas your Musiah piano lessons will cover.

To fully describe all that you will learn would require many volumes and, in all honesty, rather than reading about what you will learn, you would be much better off jumping right in and experiencing first-hand how Musiah’s holistic tuition unfolds as you progress along your piano lessons journey.

And so, we warmly invite you to take our 14 Day Free Trial.

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In fact, up to 6 family members can learn at no extra charge.

  • Affordable
  • Convenient
  • Effective – Learn 16 times faster

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What do you need to get started?

All you need is a MIDI Keyboard / digital piano, a cable or Bluetooth connection and an iPad or computer.

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Anyone can learn piano – even Hugo can do it!

Meet a very special student – Hugo the labradoodle – who is currently learning to play piano with Musiah.

At 80 years old (in human years), he's living proof that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.

After many months of work, he recently learned the first song on the Musiah course. And if Hugo can do it – so can YOU!

To see his video & photos – and to get a special offer from Hugo himself – check out Hugo's Story

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Meet a very special student – Hugo the labradoodle – who is currently learning to play piano with Musiah.

At 80 years old (in human years), he's living proof that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.

After many months of work, he recently learned the first song on the Musiah course. And if Hugo can do it – so can YOU!

To see his video & photos – and to get a special offer from Hugo himself – check out Hugo's Story

What People Say About Musiah...

Musiah will change many lives!

“I must tell you, Musiah exceeded my expectations and is too perfect for words… in one day of using Musiah not only did I learn more but everything I had tried to understand fell into place… I am so appreciative of the work you have put into developing this software. I know it will change many lives as it has mine already.”

— Hayley Waterhouse, Australia

We all think Musiah is brilliant!

“We all think Musiah is brilliant! Who would have thought that in just 4 months with Musiah a 6 year old would be playing like that? Now, the traditional method seems to be so painfully slow and boring. Thank you!”

— Alexandra Beytenbrat, Israel

I think Musiah is a marvelous accomplishment!

“I think Musiah is a marvelous accomplishment, I'm truly amazed at the speed with which my skills have improved. Brendan, you're sounding more like my college professor every day – and I mean that as a thank you. I had no idea there would be such close support when I signed on. Thanks much...very much.”

— Milt Dereyna, USA

The people who see me progress are amazed!

“ Anyone who wants to learn to play the piano should do it this way. Thank you for creating this revolutionary way of learning the piano! I've been spreading the word about Musiah. And the people who see me progress are amazed and also started spreading the word. I hope Musiah will soon become the main way of learning the piano.”

— Ruud Lampe, Netherlands

Meet our Inventor

Piano teaching expert Brendan Hogan – Musiah InventorIn a career spanning nearly four decades, Brendan Hogan, L.Mus.A., A.Mus.A. has trained more than 800 piano teachers, been a concert pianist, published composer of both classical and popular music, director of a number of choirs, founded the largest in-school keyboard music program in Australia and developed the revolutionary Musiah piano method which pioneers a range of highly original teaching techniques.

Musiah piano lessons are a software embodiment of Brendan, so it's just like having him as your personal piano teacher available 24/7 to guide you every step of the way.

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What is the Musiah Method?

This video and article compares the Musiah method (the teaching method used in our piano lessons) to other piano methods and shows why Musiah is by far the best method for learning to play piano online or offline.

Brendan Hogan (Musiah Inventor) giving lecture on the Musiah piano method

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Can you really learn piano online without a teacher?

Yes, while there is no doubt that having a good traditional piano teacher can be helpful, the fact is you can teach yourself piano / keyboard very effectively with Musiah online piano lessons.

In all honesty, the only people who will tell you you need a piano teacher are usually piano teachers themselves because they have a vested interest in advising you accordingly. But it’s just not true.

There are of course many piano learning apps and online piano lessons that do not teach effectively, but with Musiah, you will learn properly and you’ll learn up to 16 times faster than with a traditional teacher.

So, just to be clear, Musiah is a standalone piano learning app and students using the program will receive all the benefits of traditional piano lessons without needing the assistance of a private piano teacher.

The A.I. (Artificially Intelligent) component of Musiah means you receive quality instruction and responsive experienced assistance as if Mr Hogan (Musiah Inventor) were teaching you personally.

However, while it is not at all necessary, if your personal preference is to learn piano from a live teacher in addition to your Musiah lessons, that is also a perfectly viable option.

For some students, having a live teacher they see every week (or even every few weeks) may help to keep them accountable as they will be expected to achieve a certain amount of progress before their next lesson with their live teacher.

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Why learn piano with Musiah as opposed to a live teacher?

As your A.I. piano teacher, Musiah is with you 24/7. Imagine how much more effective your practice time would be if your teacher could sit next to you at every single moment... Well, with Musiah, that’s what you get.

In the words of music maestro John Foreman (Musical Director of Australian Idol 2003-2008 and Musical Director of Young talent Time): "Musiah is absolutely the best value, the most convenient and the most fun way to learn piano".

Available 24/7, Musiah will be with you every step of the way as you learn a diverse range of pieces from classical to folk music, jazz and contemporary dance styles seamlessly presented in a never-before-seen environment so the lessons look and feels like fun, but you're really learning, progressing and achieving at the best possible pace for you.

One of the big challenges with traditional piano lessons is that you usually only see your teacher for half an hour, once a week. Then, you are left to your own devices, completely unsupported until the next week.

This often leads to material being learned incorrectly which means, when you go back to your live teacher, instead of progressing and learning new material, much of the time has to be spent re-learning things and correcting the way they have been practiced.

By contrast, Musiah is with at every moment of your journey so your practice time will be way more effective. And this is a large part of why Musiah students learn piano up to 16 times faster than students learning the same material with a live teacher – and they have a lot more fun while learning.

Plus, Musiah online piano lessons will save you a fortune compared to the cost of traditional lessons.

With Musiah, you can learn how to play piano any time of day or night that suits you – and you don’t have to travel to see a teacher. You just sit down at your keyboard and learn!

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What's the best app for learning piano?

It depends on your particular goals. For example, Musiah's strength is its ability to teach you real playing and music reading skills but other online piano lessons may offer larger libraries of songs with less emphasis on instruction. This article explains the main differences between Musiah and other online piano lessons apps. 

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What are the unique benefits of Musiah?

Musiah takes you from piano beginner to advanced player in the shortest time possible, empowering you by giving you real skills – so you’ll quickly gain the ability to teach yourself any song you choose.

It’s an epic course delivering 6 years of traditional piano lessons in a fraction of that time.

“Musiah is so incredibly effective that students learn how to play piano up to 16 times faster compared to when we used to teach the same syllabus in schools with live teachers,” says piano teaching expert and Musiah inventor, Brendan Hogan L.Mus.A, A.Mus.A. – a veteran with 38 years piano teaching experience who has himself trained over 800 piano teachers.

The Musiah method for learning piano and its syllabus were continually tested and refined over an 18 year period BEFORE being embodied as a software invention.

No other piano method has been so extensively tested in the real world and continually analyzed, re-worked and improved upon to bring you the unique approach to learning piano that only Musiah can offer.

Musiah is not just piano lessons. It’s a deeply considered holistic approach to learning and self-development that empowers you realize your true learning potential.

If you have a dream to learn how to play piano, this is the most effective, affordable and practical way to learn.

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How much do I need to practice piano?

First of all, the amount of practice required is a little different for adults and children.

For example, a parent recently asked in relation to her 7 year old daughter…

“I want to ask your opinion if a practice of 30 minutes 3 times a week would be fine to keep progressing?”

As a general guide, the same amount of time spread over 5 days (e.g. around 10 to 15 minutes per day) would be our ideal suggestion, especially for children.

That said, it really boils down to what works best for your child, and if 3 x slightly longer sessions works better for your family, that's perfectly fine.

For young students, around 90 minutes or so per week is a good level to aim for and hopefully will be sustainable.

The same parent went on to ask in relation to herself…

“For an adult (I am 44) how much practice do you think I might need per week/day to get good progress?”

This is a good question. Of course, the more the merrier, but there are many different considerations that go into the optimal practice routine for each adult student.

In some ways, practice is like pruning hedges – “little and often” is the key.

This approach (a small amount several days a week) is definitely preferable to one or two longer sessions per week, especially in the early stages. But ultimately, the best arrangement will depend on your individual circumstances and what works best for you.

For beginner adults, if you can possibly manage 20-30 minutes a day 5 days a week, that will see you progress nicely. Then, as you become more advanced (e.g. Level 10 of the Musiah course onwards), if you can manage it, it would be great to increase this gradually to about 1 hour per day, 5 days a week.

This way, you will progress very well indeed, but even if this amount of practice is not possible, that's OK. Just do what you can, and you will still get there. It may just take a little longer, which is perfectly fine. After all, learning piano is not a race.

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How does Musiah encourage me to practice?

While Musiah is a serious piano learning tool, the interactive game-like nature of the program makes learning to play piano and read sheet music more fun than ever.

Additionally, there are multiple layers of incentives to encourage students to practice and continue to progress through the course.

For example, students must learn each song to a high standard to collect stars that are required to unlock the piano performance challenges at the end of each level.

Plus, in 'Story Mode' (an optional setting), by completing the piano performance challenges, students acquire pieces of a clavitrisk (a special key) that will ultimately unlock 'The Lost Song' and save the galaxy.

Students are also promoted to a higher rank at the end of each level, the ultimate rank being that of Musiah which students are promoted to upon completion of the course. 

Plus – if you're looking for the ultimate encouragement to practice, discover how you can learn to play piano free.

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How long does it take to learn the piano?

Musiah is utterly unique in that it delivers 6 years of traditional piano lessons in a way that can be learned much faster.

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What styles of music will I learn to play with Musiah?

In your Musiah piano lessons, you will learn to play hundreds of songs in wide variety of musical styles such as classical, jazz, folk, blues, dance, pop, rock, Christmas songs, plus scales, arpeggios, chords and technical exercises.

There are many well-known (non copyright) songs by famous composers as well as many original pieces throughout the course.

You can preview the full list of songs in the Musiah app from the Main Menu or in the Practice Area.

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What level of playing skills will I achieve with Musiah?

In summary: By the time a student finishes the course, they will reach approximately a Grade 5-6 standard of playing.

In detail: Often, when people ask this question, what they are really trying to assess is where their Musiah piano lessons will take them. So they often ask the same question in a variety of guises. The wording is different, but fundamentally, the question is the same…

  • What will I be able to play after 1 year of learning?
  • What will I be able to play when I have completed the course?
  • Will I be able to play the piano by ear?
  • What happens after I have finished the course?
  • Will there be more levels added?
  • How do I continue my piano learning journey beyond Musiah?
  • Will I need to learn from a private teacher?
  • Will I be able to improvise?
  • Will I be able to accompany the church choir?

What will I be able to play when I have completed the course?

Whether you will be able to play a specific piece you wish to learn will depend on a number of variables.

Firstly, it’s important to understand that there are many different aspects to what makes a piece 'difficult'.

For example, exam syllabi, in our opinion, tend to focus excessively on the length of pieces rather than the content (longer pieces do take more time and prac­­­tice to master, but if the challenge is largely the same throughout the whole piece, there is limited benefit in this), and they also tend to have excessively long lists of scales and technical exercises (one can definitely have too much of a good thing).

By contrast, the Musiah syllabus emphasizes short pieces that get right to the point, and challenge the student mostly in terms of their technique and coordination. This helps Musiah students to develop advanced playing skills that normally take years to develop in a much shorter period of time than would be possible in other piano learning scenarios.

When you reach the end of the Musiah course, you will have reading and playing skills equivalent to around Grade 5-6 and this will enable you to learn and, with practice, play more or less any piece within reason.

If you are not sure what is meant by the term “Grade 5-6 standard”, or if you are unfamiliar with how high up the musical hierarchy a grade 5-6 skill level is, you may find this article helpful:

Are Piano / Keyboard Exams Necessary?

Among other things, it outlines the sequence of piano grades commonly offered by examining bodies in most Western countries.

Of course, if you happen to choose a relatively easy piece, this will of course take less time to learn, practice and master than a very advanced piece that may take many weeks or even months to master.

This same dynamic holds true even for piano teachers and professional musicians.

Fundamentally, the important thing to understand is that the primary goal of the Musiah course is to give you a range of skills that will empower you to continue to go forth on your own, creating your own musical journey and destiny.

What will I be able to play after 1 year (or “X period”) of learning piano with Musiah?

Again, there are too many variables to answer this precisely. Factors that can influence your rate of progress include

  • how much and / or how often you practice
  • the consistency / regularity with which you practice
  • your mental state when practicing (e.g. are you relaxed / focused OR stressed / easily distracted)
  • your natural ability including such areas as musical ability, general intelligence / IQ, coordination

... and so on.

What happens after I finish the course / How will I continue my musical journey / Will I need to learn from a private teacher?

The most logical way for you to continue learning piano after Musiah will depend on a number of variables such as your individual goals and aims, what you want to achieve musically, what particular style(s) you want to play in, whether there are any particular skills you want to specialize in, your individual character, and so on.

One of the main skills Musiah will give you is the ability to teach yourself any song (within reason) you want to learn. You will know how to read the sheet music and will be able to tell whether you are playing it correctly, and you will be accustomed to learning and practicing efficiently, so simply building up a repertoire of pieces you can learn by yourself without the assistance of a teacher or web site is definitely an option.

In terms of considering whether to continue your learning with a live teacher, this is also an option that will suit some students. But an alternative spin on this is... with the skills you will have, you could potentially learn a range of pieces on your own, and then once you have done the basic learning, if you feel you would like some help / guidance from a live teacher to finish the songs to a really high standard, you could consult with a live teacher as needed / on an occasional basis (rather than every week) just to make sure you are on the right track, seek any tips they may have, etc.

Will I always have to rely on the sheet music?

As with most of these questions, it depends on a number of factors.

Once you have passed the beginner stage and become a little more advanced, as you learn pieces (e.g. from the sheet music), it is good to try develop the skill / habit of memorizing your pieces so that you can play them without the need for sheet music.

Although most concert pianists, for example, learn their pieces by reading the sheet music, they nearly always perform those pieces without sheet music. In part, this is because, quite often, when playing very advanced pieces, you simply don't have time to look at the sheet music. The ability to play from memory without having to refer to the sheet music also means you can devote all your attention to playing expressively.

So learning pieces from the sheet music in no way ties you to having the play pieces from the sheet music.

Will I be able to play the piano by ear?

In terms of whether you will be able to learn songs by ear and subsequently play them by ear without ever having referred to the sheet music, it's important to understand that this is a separate skill which you can work on and develop over time if that is what you wish to do.

No doubt, if you choose to work on this, you will naturally improve at it over time.

Does learning to play piano by initially studying the sheet music of various pieces in any way inhibit your ability to also learn to play by ear? Absolutely not.

If anything, it will help you to play by ear as you will understand more about the structure of music.

Also, if developing your ability to play by ear is of interest to you, there are some really beneficial Ear Training Games in the Musiah app in the “Games” Area to help get you started.

Will I be able to improvise?

Like playing by ear, improvisation is a separate skill which you can work on and develop over time if that is what you wish to do.

Like ear training, if improvisation is something you choose to work on, you will naturally improve at it over time.

While the Musiah course does not provide specific instruction on improvisation, what you will find is that learning music theory – including how to read sheet music and also learning to play scales and a range of pieces in different styles – will help improve your understanding of the structure of music, which is a necessary prerequisite for improvisation.

So one might reasonably regard improvisation as a skill that is best nurtured after one has mastered the basics — which are comprehensively covered in the Musiah course.

Will I be able to accompany the church choir / my wife who is a singer?

Yes. Not only will the music reading and playing skills you will acquire from Musiah help you develop the skills needed to accompany others, one of the great aspects of Musiah is that many of the pieces are ensemble pieces in which you get to play along with a backing track that includes the other parts.

Being able to play your part in a song while others are playing (or singing) a different part is invaluable and is very much a part of the Musiah learning experience.

Will there be more levels added?

In terms of whether we will add more levels and songs to the program, time will tell.

We would probably like to give Musiah some more time to become really established in the market place and get a sense of the demand for further pieces, etc. before considering whether to extend the syllabus.

What sites or programs will take me to a higher level?

To be honest, beyond Musiah, we do not recommend looking on the internet. Instead we recommend trying to find the right balance between self-teaching and / or a live teacher to suit you and your individual circumstances and goals.

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What ages is Musiah for... can adults learn with Musiah?

Musiah piano lessons are ideal for adults (around 70% of our students are adults) and also kids from age 7.

Musiah is mainly for piano beginners or relative beginners.

That said, it may also suit some advanced students, particularly those returning to piano lessons after a long break who are seeking to refresh their skills.

So, most definitely, yes, adults can learn piano with Musiah. And kids can learn too.

Interestingly, there is a common misperception that kids supposedly learn piano quicker or more easily than adults but this is just a myth that unfortunately often discourages adults from taking up learn to play piano.

In fact, as an adult, you have several key advantages over kids when it comes to learning piano.

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Why is it important to learn music theory?

Learning music theory helps you to read the notes and chords on the sheet music and helps you understand the music which in turn helps you gain the skills to be able to learn to play all your favorite songs.

Understanding music theory is also a great foundation for helping you develop skills in other areas of music such as improvising, playing by ear, composing, arranging, and even singing.

Musiah piano lessons also teach all the required theory in a gradual and natural way as you progress through the course.

However, there’s nothing worse than long, boring explanations.

So, as you learn to play piano with Musiah, through smart teaching techniques, all essential music theory is slipped into the lessons surreptitiously (I promise you’ll barely notice it — but it is there). So you’ll be learning theory while still being engaged in learning songs and playing piano.

As Matt C, a Musiah student from Bulleen VIC, Australia writes in his Musiah review…

"As a former professional musician myself, one of the things I appreciate the most about Musiah, is its very heavy focus on quality Music Theory, which is so essential and presents in such a way that children are generally only vaguely aware that they are learning theory - it's all just fun for them.

Keyboard instruction, skill development and music theory in a fun format - who would have thought that was possible? Clearly, Brendan Hogan; well done!"

Read Matt's full review

Plus, in the Musiah Games Area, there are special sections of games dedicated to

  • note reading (correctly identifying notes within a time limit) and
  • sight reading (correctly playing as many notes as you can within a time limit)!

Note reading / sight reading are among the most fundamental aspects of music theory. So these games are great way to work on building your skills in these areas.

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Will I need to buy any piano books to learn with Musiah?

No. All pieces in the Musiah course are included when you become a subscriber, so there are significant savings.

Compared to the costs of piano sheet music normally associated with traditional piano lessons – not to mention benefits to the environment that come from not needing printed piano sheet music, you'll save heaps with Musiah.

That said, if you wish to print the sheet music, you can do so by simply taking a screenshot of it and saving it as a jpg which you will then be able to print.

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Can I learn to play piano on a keyboard?

When Musiah inventor Brendan Hogan L.Mus.A, A.Mus.A. began learning piano at age 7, he started out learning on a keyboard. As this video shows clearly, this did not do him any harm.

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View video of Musiah inventor playing piano

So, just to confirm – yes, you most certainly can learn to play piano on a keyboard – and it will not in any way impair your ability to play piano later on.

And just to be really clear… Musiah teaches piano but you learn on a MIDI keyboard for obvious practical reasons – such as the ability to connect a MIDI keyboard to a computer or iPad.

Learn more about Equipment Needed.

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What kind of keyboard do I need?

In summary, any MIDI keyboard with at least 49 keys will be suitable for learning piano with Musiah.

What is a MIDI keyboard?

In practical terms, a MIDI keyboard is one that is capable of being connected to a computer or iPad.

To find suitable examples, simply google “buy midi keyboard 49 keys USA” or similar (e.g. if you live outside the United States, replace “USA” with your country-name).

To learn more about different kinds of MIDI keyboards, view MIDI Keyboard Requirements.

OR – Take a look at how you can learn keyboard online.

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Can I use Musiah with an acoustic piano?

Unfortunately, no. You need a MIDI keyboard (a keyboard that is capable of being connected to a computer / iPad). Why?

Because the most reliable way — by far — to have your playing assessed by any piano learning app is to connect a MIDI keyboard to your computer or iPad either wirelessly (using Bluetooth) or using a cable of some sort.

There are some apps that use an iPad's microphone to 'listen' acoustically for the notes as you play, however, there are many disadvantages to this approach which is essentially not reliable, and the challenges faced with this approach will continue to be tricky to overcome even as technology advances.

For example, if the volume of the piano / keyboard notes is not sufficient, or there is background noise, microphone-based apps will struggle, they’ll miss some notes, not respond instantly, fail to assess your timing properly, etc.

Plus, these apps won’t assess duration (the length of the notes) at all.

They also struggle in particular with polyphony (several notes at once). E.g. if you play a chord, assuming the app hears the notes to start with, it will often not interpret what it hears correctly via the microphone.

So even if apps that listen via the microphone appear to be effective for learning very basic beginner songs, as the music becomes even slightly more complex, the effectiveness drops dramatically.

And these issues compound further if you’re using an acoustic piano that is out of tune, or if you're using the sustain pedal on an acoustic piano.

For these reasons, and because we are passionate about ensuring each of our students receives the optimal learning experience, the Musiah app assesses student’s playing using MIDI data which the app receives via a cable or Bluetooth connection.

This way, your notes, timing and duration will always be assessed accurately.

Learn more about connecting MIDI keyboard to a computer or iPad on our How To Videos page.

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Can I learn piano on a computer keyboard?

The ideal way to begin learning piano with Musiah is to learn on a MIDI keyboard. But if you don't have one, don't worry – It's fine to start out using the free online piano keyboard or the free computer keyboard piano included in the Musiah app.

 

 

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