Beginner Piano

It is not uncommon to be intimidated or fearful when approaching a new instrument like piano. There are so many keys (88 to be exact), so many rules to remember, so many hand-eye coordination techniques that must be implemented in a certain way. Learning anything new can take time. Like learning how to ride a bike, musical instrument practice takes time, self-discipline, patience and persistence. 

At ROYALE PIANO you will have the right coaching and assistance to support you through the tough, memorably uncomfortable moments that has caused so many to stumble and suffer through their entire practice. This common experience is what unfortunately leads so many to quit and never getting up and trying again.

Don’t give in or beat yourself up! In due time, you will first-handedly play beautiful music, soothing to your ears. One of the most extraordinarily gratifying experiences is when you play your favorite masterpiece on an instrument. 

It can be seriously one of the greatest human achievement feelings ever! 

You’ll be able to play whatever you love listening to very soon. 

Please call (503) 756-2572 today to schedule your appointment!

A few things we will cover in the beginner piano course series include:

  • Finger numbers
  • Notes, pitches, tones
  • Rests & the impact of silence
  • Constructing a note chart
  • The Musical Alphabet
  • Clefs
  • Reading the notes on a Staff and Musical Notation
  • Half steps and Whole Steps
  • Intervals
  • Accidentals/Enharmonics
  • Dynamics and tempo markings
  • The Sustain Pedal
  • C Position
  • Note/beat values
  • Counting beats
  • Figuring out Rhythms/Meter
  • Hanon Drills
  • Western scales
  • Key Signatures
  • Meter and time signatures
  • Chords
  • Intervallic Qualities
  • Seventh Chords
  • The Circle of Fifths
  • How to Approach a Piece

After we explore more advanced concepts such as drawing and utilizing The Circle of Fifths to help us determine key signatures, you will be pretty equipped with the right understanding that will provide ease in learning at your own pace how to execute and understand Seventh Chords, understanding the process of voicing, counterpoint, inversions, as well as the proper training to help performing trills and fast arpeggiation. We additionally go through ear performance exercises to help build up your ability to “play by ear”. 

I understand that is quite a bit for a beginner piano course! Again, these courses are exclusively designed to accommodate the concepts neatly and simply for ease of understanding.

You will do great! 

In the near future, we hope to hold live performances at acoustic venues. But for now during this COVID crisis, stay tuned!

My goal is to establish a joy of learning music in every student; with simple, crisp and in-depth explanations that will help to effectively provide students with a routine-thorough practice that encourages pure focus and positively, critically constructive feedback.

Once you sign up, you should receive a syllabus through a confirmation email that will outline how we will progress through the course. The syllabus will also inform you about books we will need. I usually use the Alfred lesson and theory books for beginning practice. I then move into assisting students perform a variety of pieces coming from all sorts of diverse movements and musically colorful eras. 

Finally, I recommend the purchase of a metronome upon the first few lessons we have together. I will mention more in detail about this highly useful tool as we become more and more comfortable playing pieces on the piano. 

Please contact me to schedule an Office Hours appointment. You can also email me your questions directly to

Time to practice!