Adult Piano Lessons: Let’s Make Your Dream Come True

One of my fondest musical memories of recent years was watching Britain’s Got Talent with my Mum on the telly in her home in England. It was April 9, 2009 and Susan Boyle was introduced to the world singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. This provided a good example for anyone considering adult piano lessons.

In the set-up to Susan’s initial performance it was quite clear that no one — audience, hosts or judges — had any respect for this frumpy, 47-year old woman from Glasgow. Not surprising since Britain’s Got Talent, just like American Idol, is noted for its mocking comments about the mis-guided performers who frequently appear during the early rounds.

Mum and I both laughed right along with everyone else. But then Susan Boyle sang. The rest, as they say, is history. What an amazing voice! My Mum and I were both flabbergasted as were the Britain’s Got Talent audience and judges as Boyle achieved her dream.

My goal as a piano teacher is always to help my students — whether they are children or adults — achieve their full potential as a piano player and musician. Almost every adult that comes to me for lessons tells me that they have always dreamt of playing the piano “some day.”

Some of my adult students may have had years of piano lessons as a child but hadn’t really played since they were in school. Other adult students may never have had the opportunity to take piano lessons as a child. Both groups tell me that they have long dreamt the dream of one day, some day playing the piano just for the sheer joy making music.

The Keys to Happiness

Adults have different reasons for beginning to study piano. These can usually be summed up as…

  • relieve stress
  • help focus their minds
  • achieve their dream

Most adult students, once they begin lessons, soon fine many other reasons and wonder why they waited so long to begin! Remember: better late than never!!

Adult Piano Lessons are Different

If you took piano lessons as a child you probably remember: contests, competitions, scales and more scales. For those may be the reason you stopped taking lessons.

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You’ll be glad to know that adult piano students don’t have to contend with any of that.

With my adult piano students we approach playing the piano as a hobby: you will progress at your own pace and you will never be compared to anyone else’s playing.

Adult Piano Books are Different Too

My adults students all use the Faber Adult Piano Adventures books with great success. There are only two books, If you never had piano lessons before you will begin with Book 1.

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If you have had a year or more of piano lessons recently you may want to consider beginning with Book 2. I encourage my adult students who have had lessons to check both books out (they are readily available at local music stores) to see which book would work best for them.

It is always a good idea to begin at an easier rather than a harder level.

If you are an adult who has recently taken lessons with a teacher, we can continue — for the time being — using whatever books you have been using.

adult piano lessons, patrick byrne, wauwatosa, elm grove, new berlin, milwaukee, brookfield, waukeshaDo You Have the Time for Piano Lessons?

Yes, we are all aware that there are only so many hours in a day. Many hesitant adults wonder if they have the time in their busy schedule to study piano. This is a serious matter given expression in an old joke: Maestro, how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, Practice, Practice!

Here’s the realistic time commitment that I would recommend for an adult taking piano lessons with me.

Piano Lesson – 30 minutes, once a week

Piano Practice – 15-30 minutes per day, at least 5 out of seven days.

As with learning a language or other skill, the important thing is to practice several days per week rather than two hours on Saturday. Practicing less than the above suggestion would simply mean that your progress would be slower. Practicing more would mean that your progress would be faster. It is up to you.

As you advance into playing harder music, the time commitment may increase to an hour lesson and an hour of practice per day to learn intermediate and advanced pieces. Usually, the motivation of playing masterpieces overcomes the limits of time and time is found for the lesson and practice.

What will I Play?

Whatever you want to! The Faber books will introduce you to a wide variety of musical styles: folk, classical, Jazz, country, Pop and Rock. Once you have finished the two Faber books you will be free to concentrate on the style of music that most interests you.

FREE First Piano Lesson

To help you get started, I am happy to offer you a FREE first piano lesson with me. This half-hour piano lesson will give us a chance to meet each other and for me to find out what your personal musical goals are. You can sign up for your free piano lesson here.

After the first free piano lesson, I also offer a special $4.00 discount on each of the next four piano lessons as we continue to get to know each other and find out what studying piano with me is all about.

Once you have finished these five introductory lessons, my Regular tuition rate is $22.00 per half hour. My Senior tuition rate for those of you lucky enough to be over 60 is just $20.00 per half hour.

If you would like additional information or if you have any questions about your tween or teen taking piano lessons, please don’t hesitate to call/text me:


or you can send me an email.

Pat Byrne