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Learning Piano Transforms Every Area of Your Life
Creativity is related to intelligence and may be defined as the ability to recognize patterns, adjust to new situations, draw connections between abstract concepts, and to develop new ideas using these skills. Playing the piano gives you experience adapting to new situations (it’s a new skill, and every piece of music requires a different skill set), recognizing patterns (through finger exercises, harmonic progressions, and other recurring figures), and drawing connections between abstract concepts (through the metaphor of relating music to every day life).
I teach theoretical concepts through composition and improvisation: you learn by creating. The more you create, the more creative you become!
Self-confidence and a sense of fulfillment are directly related to overcoming challenge. Playing the piano requires mental and physical focus, and doing so provides a fun and healthy amount of challenge that guides us toward success.
I teach a mindful approach to the daily challenges involved in playing piano, which provides us with opportunities to invite more positive experiences into our lives. These concepts are relevant to all challenges in life, and practicing them in the controlled environment of playing the piano cultivates confidence and success and expands to other areas, such as work and school. This is why piano is featured as a therapeutic practice.
Connection with other people is a basic human need that we fulfill in time spent conversing with others. Music is theorized to be a deeper biological mechanism of communication that not only transmits the ideas in our heads and hearts but actually instills and induces them in others. Music teaches us empathy.
Listening to music can make us feel heard and understood, but the creation of our own music provides a more profound experience of human connection. I teach from a music theory background and explore with my students how music can communicate thoughts and feelings, so they can imbue their performances with that sense of connection as well as create their own music that reaches out and unites people.
Make it Meaningful
Creating music is a fun and fulfilling way to spend your time. By approaching learning piano with a mindful mindset, where I prioritize enjoyment over hard work, my students are able to fully experience the sense of accomplishment and deep connection that comes from learning a piece of music. I don’t seek to create competition winners (although some of my students have competed in festivals!). I only teach you how to find joy, connect deeply, and prioritize your mental health through learning a new instrument.
This means you’ll learn your first full song within 15 minutes of your first lesson, and you’ll learn technique organically over time.
Taking up piano at any age is about having a fun thing to do; it’s about enjoying the music and finding joy in life and in deep connections with other people. Society maintains this mindset that our value as a person comes from our usefulness. We never allow ourselves to just exist, and that can make us feel purposeless, stagnant, and cause us to make decisions that harm our mental and physical health. By allowing ourselves to just enjoy the music, we battle that dangerous mindset and find value and hope in just creating music.
Learning piano from a private teacher is similar to a hero’s journey back in ye olde fantasy days. In these stories, the scrappy hero finds a master and becomes their apprentice. As an apprentice, they learn the basic skills of the trade. Then their master brings them on basic jobs. Once the hero proves they can handle the basics, the master assigns them easy jobs to do on their own. After that, the hero works on harder and harder jobs until they are fully independent and become a master of the trade.
In your piano journey, you’ll start by learning the basics: healthy technique and building blocks of music. This phase usually lasts 1–3 months. After this, you get to explore more of the music that interests you. I’ll help you find arrangements and pieces that make you happy and fit your level. The more exploring you do, the more independent you’ll become. That is my goal: to give you the tools to make informed decisions about technique, repertoire, and artistic expression, so you can feel free and own your piano journey.
My Piano Journey
In my final year of undergrad, I got so caught up in hard work that I actually stopped progressing. I was learning much slower despite hyperfocusing on my repertoire. I developed tendonitis.
A couple of years post-graduation, I decided that maybe piano wasn’t my path, and I had to be okay with that. Piano should just be something I enjoy. And bam. Just a simple mindset shift to not focusing on these huge goals changed everything for me.
Piano has become play, not hard practice. And my technique is so much better; it’s relaxed and easy. That’s exactly what it should be. No more tendonitis. I’ve also developed interest in discovering and playing a lot of different types of music. All of these contributed to the sense that I’m progressing faster. Even if I’m not, it doesn’t matter as much to me because I’m focused on making music, and that’s what makes me happy. I’m very fortunate to get to do that.
If I’d had a teacher who helped me shift my mindset, my entire experience with piano would have been more positive years earlier. I wouldn’t have graduated from undergrad feeling like I needed to get as far away from piano as possible. Unfortunately, most piano teachers continue to center their lessons around results, and many students come away frustrated and often quit, like I did. But now I know how to incorporate a healthy, joyful mindset into lessons, and I’m here to help you focus on a positive piano experience.
When you sign up for lessons with me, you secure a weekly lesson spot (online through Zoom) and get access to games, outside repertoire, challenges, and other resources centered around having the best possible experience playing the piano. You get a guide (that’s me!) who has already waded through the tides of online courses, apps, and books and can direct you to what is most helpful.
Payments are also easy: a single, monthly payment of $150 that covers all weekly lessons throughout the year is a lot simpler than going week-by-week. And lessons are ensured: if you must miss one, we’ll make it up another day.
You can also choose to have a single 30-minute lesson for $35 if you need help with something in particular, want an extra set of ears before a performance, or anything else that can be covered in a single session.
If all of this sounds good, what are you waiting for? Fill out the form below to get started on your journey to transform your life!
Tell me about the student (yourself or your child) here, and I’ll contact you within 24 hours to set up a free Zoom meeting where we’ll confirm a weekly lesson time!
Hi, I’m Amy King.
In 2016, I earned my BA in Piano Performance (and English Literature). In 2020, I earned a Master of Music in Music Theory from Northwestern University. I think deep thoughts about music and research human connection and communication in music.
I’ve been a teacher almost my entire life and a pianist for a big part of it. My technique wasn’t great at first, which gave me tendonitis, but I’ve learned a lot, and now my technique (and overall attitude toward life) is more relaxed and sustainable. I’m ready to help you learn the same. :) You’re doing this for a sense of fulfillment, to make your life better, and to connect deeply with people. You’re doing this to enjoy the music.
Let’s enjoy it together.