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Thanks to its numerous art galleries and world-renowned exhibitions, its range of architecture, wealth of theatres, and an eclectic music scene encompassing classical, traditional and emerging music, Manchester is widely-regarded as a cultural melting pot and a national centre for creative industries.
At the heart of this creative hub there are multiple avenues that you can explore to expand your musical horizons and abilities. Whether in schools, community music centres, by self-teaching at home or even in conservatoires, students of all ages and abilities can discover how to play the piano.
Read on to find out about all the options available to you for taking piano lessons in the capital of the North!
There’s no excuse for young musicians in Greater Manchester not to kick off their training on one of the UK’s preferred instruments.
Children and adolescents from Didsbury to Middleton can try out piano with open days and introductory lessons running in many schools throughout the year, providing the perfect opportunity to learn to read a piano score, play hands together, and discover the basics of the piano.
Here are just a few indisputable advantages of learning the keyboard or piano:
In brief, there are dozens of reasons why you might sign your child up for their first music lesson.
For adults, honing piano technique and performance can help them to stand out in society – for example – in applications, interviews and work.
It’s not essential to acquire your own piano to start with: Mancunians can practise their art at Manchester Oxford Road Station, outside Forsythe’s Music shop, and on other pianos available for ad hoc public performances across the city.
Participate in the vibrant culture of Manchester City by becoming an experienced musician.
Why not take a full-time music course in the heart of Manchester’s prestigious conservatoire or Chetham’s Music School? Develop your harmony, rhythm and dexterity on the piano.
The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester offers full-time music courses at university level for aspiring professional musicians, led by highly qualified expert piano teachers.
Here, students can learn perfect the piano pieces already in their repertoire as well as add new pieces to their arsenal at an advanced level – from Bach to Debussy to the greatest works by Chopin.
Manchester is also home to Chetham’s School of Music, where talented young musicians (aged 8 – 18) have the opportunity to develop their musical skills under the guidance of expert teachers. The school aims to be accessible to musicians regardless of income so places at the school are funded.
What better to improve your improvisation and performance skills than a full-time music course?
A few bits of need-to-know information about Manchester’s conservatoire:
Students wishing to become professional pianists are particularly recommended to train at a music conservatoire.
With a conservatoire training, students will have opportunities to play in the RNCM music festivals or at Manchester Music Festival!
Participating in music lessons as part of a music course in a conservatoire at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester is an ideal springboard for a dedicated career in music.
To truly master the fundamentals of the piano, put your skills in the able hands of a music school.
Whether you’re based around Piccadilly Gardens, the Northern Quarter or Oxford Road, you’ll be able to find structured beginners music lessons to give you an introduction to the piano .
Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann will have nothing on you!
Music schools are aimed at all levels of musician, from absolute novices to musical geniuses. Piano lessons in music schools might take place in a group, individual or family setting so make sure you consider your personal situation when looking at the different classes available to you.
Short non-exhaustive list of piano schools in Manchester:
Learning to play piano in a Mancunian School of Music demands a certain level of commitment from the student. Depending on the school, you may be required to pay a subscription or, otherwise, pay per lesson. But either way, you must commit to regular lessons and even more regular practice to get your fingers used to playing.
Become an expert on the synthesisers, the upright piano, or the acoustic piano by signing up to a music school in Manchester!
How about taking a jazz piano or introduction to music course at a lower price?
In the hometown Oasis and The Smiths, there is no shortage of options for learning music as a beginner. Whether you’re an adult or child, beginner or expert, there are a range of music associations that help to expand your musical horizons at all ages.
Manchester is home to the Greater Manchester Music Hub, which promotes access to music and performing arts for all. From Salford to Levenshulme, partners to the hub offer music tuition in a group or one-to-one basis at a reduced price.
There are music centres for young people (up to 19 years) scattered across the city to offer music tuition to all, no matter their level. These centres offer individual and group tuition and participants must pay a termly or yearly subscription.
Here are some of the music centres in the network:
Music centres and associations are ideal for learning to read piano sheet music and play in groups - as well as learning to improvise, change key and recognise different tones - because they offer the opportunity to join an ensemble and play in a group. The teachers are generally experienced players and can advise you when it comes to buying a piano too.
Sign yourself up to a community music group in Manchester to take lessons at a reduced price and become part of the Greater Manchester music community.
What is the best way to improve you piano technique and your musicality? Learning alongside a private tutor will help you to learn the basics of piano easily in just a few weekly lessons.
Whether you live near Old Trafford or Etihad Stadium, finding a piano tutor to teach you in the comfort of your home is a simple task: the piano is an instrument popular instrument amongst Mancunians, so there are dozens and dozens of private tutors in Cheshire who can offer you their services.
To find a piano teacher, the discerning Mancunian might look out for:
On Superprof, the average price for a piano teacher is £27 per hour.
If you live on the outskirts of the city or away from music schools, you can still make the most of this personalised tuition. Whether local to the Trafford Centre, the Lowry or the Manchester Cathedral, you can make the most of online piano lessons with teachers based the world over via webcam.
Whether taking lessons in person or on the internet, you can hone your piano skills by taking regular lessons with a teacher passionate about piano pieces and performance.
Some students prefer to space out their piano lessons to make the most of the time with their teacher. You can – of course - start by teaching yourself the basics of piano using free online videos and free sheet music that you can download from the internet. By regularly practising pieces hands together and regularly working on your technique, you’ll go from novice to intermediate pianist within a matter of months.
Start your training today on the ultimate string instrument, the piano, at the heart of the city of Manchester!