For a lot of teen and adult piano players, the big question is: "I love piano, but should I take lessons?" This is an important question, and indeed, there were times in my own life when I took lessons and times when I didn't. In my opinion, there are only 2 reasons to take piano lessons if you are a teen or adult. (I'm saying it like this because I think all young children should learn music as part of their general education.)
You should take piano lessons if:
1. You're dissatisfied with the way you currently play piano. In other words, you feel "stuck" and are tired of playing the same thing over and over again. You need a good teacher to show you how to get to the next level, in a way that's unique to you.
2. You're having fun with the way you play, but you realize you're not reaching your potential. You're capable of a lot more, and you want to experience that. We all need someone to push us from time to time and I've found that simply being around a great musician can make me try harder.
Of course, the benefits of playing piano are varied, but the reasons for taking lessons are either that you're dissatisfied with the way you currently play, or you want to experience a new level of fluency.
Either way, the most important part of piano lessons is the personal connection with the teacher. Positive, regular interaction with an inspiring musician can change our lives. I've seen it many times, both for myself and with my students.
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