LESSON 1 Part 1 First Song

What you'll learn

How to find high and low notes on your piano
Pattern of 2 and 3 black keys
How to play your first song on the piano


Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns
One a Penny
Two a Penny
Hot Cross Buns

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456 Responses

  1. Hi! I had watched the first lesson and I think it was awesome! But there is a problem. because I am now staying at hostel of school and I did not have piano or keyboard with me. Any suggestions for application on laptop or smartphone to me as my piano or keyboard?

    • I am so glad that you are enjoying the lessons! Unfortunately, I do not have a lot of experience with piano Apps. I have used “Piano Infinity”, which is a piano app for a smartphone that allows you to go up and down the piano keys, but it only allows you to play roughly one octave at a time. It could still be better than nothing, though!

      Another option that you might want to look into is a mini-keyboard, which could still be portable and light-weight. However, I would recommend you only purchase a mini keyboard if you can find a way to try it out in person first. A big box electronics store may be your best bet, but a piano dealer may stock some as well.

      And, while regular practice at the piano is essential, there are still other things you can do to practice and stay sharp while you are traveling: you can listen to music and sing along, watch a music video, watch the lessons (we have several lessons that don’t require a piano), or just practice the songs in your head while moving your fingers.

      I hope this helps! Good Luck and Happy Playing!

  2. HI,

    I’m not seeing the link for downloading the free materials for lesson one in the welcome email you sent. Does it come in a separate email? I may be just missing it.

    Thank you for sharing such an affordable way to learn piano. I am hoping to personally benefit from your lessons along with my children. I like that your lessons are simple, but not childish.

    God bless you,

    • Hello Diane,

      Thank you so much! We are thrilled that both you and your children are enjoying the lessons.

      The first Welcome email you receive after signing up for the Newsletter includes a link to the Welcome Gift Page where you place a request for the free materials for Lesson 1. If you are unable to locate the link please feel free to contact us through our Contact Page and we will be happy to help resolve the issue.

      Happy Playing!

  3. Hello Mr. Hoffman. I was just wondering whether you can use anything else apart from YouTube for your videos, because my parents have YouTube blocked on my computer, so I cannot watch your videos either! I am looking forward to watching them though.

    • If your parents want to allow you to watch Hoffman Academy videos while still controlling YouTube content, they might want to try the YouTube Kids App, which provides safer, family-friendly content from YouTube. Hoffman Academy video lessons will run on this app, as will many other educational and children’s entertainment videos. Of course no filter or internet screening service is 100% perfect, so we do encourage supervision for children while they use the internet.
      If this is not an option, there is the possibility for off-line viewing. As long as it is for personal, non-commercial use, you are welcome to download our lesson videos to make it easier to view them offline. We do not at this time have a system on our site to facilitate downloading them. You can find tutorials online to walk you through the process. One we can recommend is here: How Do I Download a YouTube Video?
      Hope this helps! Good luck and Happy Playing!

  4. Hello!
    My son has been taking lessons this past year but we are moving. Is there an option for a non-beginner at Hoffman Academy? (Great name, BTW :) )

    • Hello JanElle! (Excellent last name! :) ) So glad you are interested in Hoffman Academy and yes there are definitely options for non-beginner students.

      In general, our Units 1-4 cover what could be considered “Primer” or “Preparatory” material, while Units 5-8 cover what is typically considered Level 1 skills. We would generally expect an absolute beginner to spend 18-24 months completing the lessons up through Unit 8. Unit 9 will begin early Level 2 content.

      Comparing methods can be a bit tricky, since concepts are often introduced in a different order and emphasized in different ways. For instance, many methods jump right into defining and explaining musical notation and symbols, while ours is an ear-first method, which encourages listening, singing, and learning by demonstration before connecting your knowledge to the written music notation of the staff. If your child began with an eye-first method, typical of most piano methods, they will benefit from working through earlier units and reviewing lessons on ear training topics like melodic dictation, rhythm dictation, and solfège.

      We recommend you check out our lesson index pages, by unit, where you can find a summary of what is taught in each lesson. If a student has less than one year of experience, it’s a good idea to start right at the beginning. Students with a year or more of piano experience who don’t mind some review should start as early as possible, but feel free to breeze through the lessons on familiar concepts, or even jump around if needed. Because reviewing familiar topics from a different teacher or perspective is a great way to strengthen your musical foundation, it is better to start earlier in the program than later.

      I hope this helps and feel free to ask if you need help. We are excited for your son to join us in his musical journey! Happy Playing!

    • Yes, there is. Hot Cross Buns is in the F-sharp Major (or G-flat Major: they’re enharmonic scales, meaning they use the same keys but use different names for the keys). We’ll talk more about that in Lesson 109.

  5. Mr.Hoffman,
    I really like your lessons. I am on lesson 61.
    Also, I watched your Imperial march bonus lesson, and I figured out how to play the rest of the song by ear. After the last note you played in the video, I figured out it was e c c e dsharp d dsharp d dsharp c dsharp d d dsharp d dsharp c dsharp c g e c g e c e. Sincerely, Ewan.

    • What a great exercise! That’s really close. I’m not sure if it was just a typo or not quite transcribed correctly, but there are a few notes off. I’d love for you to try again and let me know what you discover. If you need some help figuring it out, let me know.

  6. Hi Hoffman, I am a very beginner, watched your leasson 1 on other website, I love it, so I came here, but the videos on your site dont show, maybe my computer’s problem or do I have to access to Youtube site? if so, that is a big pitty, because Youtube is blocked in China.
    so can I watch your lesson video in other ways?

      • Hi Chenjian,
        Yes, if you are in China then Youtube is blocked and that is why the videos aren’t showing up for you. I’m so sorry about this limitation, but we don’t have a great solution for this at the moment. If you or someone you know is able to access YouTube outside the country, they are welcome to download the videos for offline viewing. I’m so sorry for the inconvenience! If you aren’t able to download the videos, please check back in the future because we plan to eventually produce DVDs of our lessons and also develop our own video streaming process that will side-step the YouTube firewall.
        Good luck in your musical ventures and happy playing!

      • Hey there chen,

        I am well aware of your limitations in China. A great solution if the one provided by Mr. Hoffman doesn’t work for you, try looking up a VPN service. This will circumvent your restrictions put on you by your government and you will be able to enjoy the Internet free as it is inteded :)

        All the best to you!

  7. Thank you so much Mr. Hoffmann for sharing your amazing talent with the world. Could you please tell me what notes you play to harmonize the song ♫Hot cross buns ♫?

    • You are very welcome! I am so glad you are enjoying the lessons! Are you wondering what I am playing with my left hand? I actually improvised that part of the song, so I don’t have it notated anywhere to provide. We do have the sheet music for the jazzy accompaniment. Let me know if that is something you are interested in. Good luck and Happy Playing!

  8. Hi Mr Hoffman
    I am Nevatha, I started learning piano locally in Dubai for past 6 months and I have been watching your video as well, I love it.
    It is very nice and informative, thank you for giving us a lot of information, tips and tricks.

    Thank you & Regards
    your dear student

    • Hi Nevatha! You are very welcome. That is wonderful to hear and I am so glad to have you learning with us! Keep up with good work and happy playing!

  9. Hi, I’m 15 and looking into music education as a major, so I need to learn the piano. I already play the clarinet and have been taking music theory for two years. I know piano basics and can work my way through sheet music, but it takes me a while on the bass clef and playing different rhythms with both hands. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on where to start.

    • That’s great! I’d actually recommend that you start earlier than you would think (around Unit 2 or 3), but speed up the video so you can get a light review on the concepts you already know from your previous music lessons, plus see how they apply to the piano. As the lessons become more challenging, you can return the videos to regular speed. If you want to practice with additional repertoire pieces, you can find free sheet music organized by level at GMajorMusicTheory.org. Our Units 1-4 correspond to most preparatory or primer content, while our Units 5-8 cover what is generally considered “Level 1″ or late beginner material. You may also want to check out our blog post, “Where to Begin with Hoffman Academy.” I hope that helps. Good luck and happy playing!

  10. When I get to be as good as my mom in playing piano, my cousin will be jealous and I’ll introduce your program to her!!

    • Absolutely! As long as it is for personal, non-commercial use, you are welcome to download our lesson videos to make it easier to view them offline. However, we do not at this time have a system on our site to facilitate downloading them. You can find tutorials online to walk you through the process. One we can recommend is here: How Do I Download a YouTube Video?

    • These videos are about as basic as you can get. If the pace still seems a little much for you, try adjusting your video settings to slow down the speed a little bit, and remember that you can re-watch lessons as often as you need to for mastery. Feel free to comment if you have other questions along the way!

  11. Thank you very much mr Hoffman.
    So glad you cold share you gift with the world????

    Best regards oak

    Send my regards to your family

    • If you have access to a decent acoustic piano that’s in tune, that’s usually my recommendation for beginning pianists. If you can’t find or afford an acoustic in good repair, look for a good quality digital piano with 88 weighted keys to best promote your son’s budding skills. We’ve posted a whole article of recommendations and comparisons that you may want to check out: Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student. Good luck and happy playing!

    • I’m sorry to hear that! You might want to check your email spam/junk folder to see if your welcome email might have been misfiled. If you don’t find it there, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

  12. Hello Mr. Hoffman my name is Christian I just logged in to Hoffman academy, and I found it really amazing. I have always been passionate about the piano and find it really soothing. Do you have any pointers for me?

    • Well, yes…I have over a hundred lessons full of pointers! :) Are you an beginner, or are you an intermediate+ pianist watching our lessons to review? Do you have any specific questions? Without knowing more about what pointers you are looking for, my best advice is simply to practice at least a little every day and keep your learning and practice time well-rounded as much as possible (that is, not only learning new songs, but also exercising your fingers, learning theory, and improvising/composing your own music). Good luck and happy playing!

    • Not to worry, Natania! Most people can’t do something very well when they first start trying. Like so many valuable things in life, piano takes some time and practice. You don’t have to have a “talent” or “gift” for it; you simply need to be willing to work for it. If you need any help along the way, please don’t hesitate to ask! :)

  13. I love you Mr. Hoffman!!!! It was so nice!!! I am from Argentina, I bought a keyboard a few months ago but I couldn’t pay piano classes now with your help I can learn and I am so happy, thank you so much!!!

    • I’m so glad you love it! I wish I could teach everything about piano in one lesson but, like so many worthwhile things in life, it really does take time. Stick with it, and I’m confident that you will get better and better every day. Good luck and happy playing!

  14. hey, I am riley and I love to play piano it is very fun! My brother just turned 8 on 10/16/16 and I played happy birthday for him thank you so much! do you think you can add the pokemon song? ; )

    • That’s wonderful! Thanks for your feedback – I’ll add your suggestion to our list of requested songs for future lessons.

  15. I have signed up for an account & newsletter. When should I expect to receive the Bonus Materials for Lesson 1?
    Thank you!

    • Thanks for checking with us! After signing up, you should receive a welcome email within 24 hours that includes a link to download your free gift. If you haven’t received it, you may want to check your spam folder in case your email software misfiled it. If you still can’t find it, please contact our support team and we’ll be happy to help!

  16. Hi Mr. Hoffman. On your YouTube channel you mentioned that there were worksheet activities at this website to help the children learn. Can you please direct me to that area?
    Thank you.

  17. My daughter Joann age 6 has started learning Piano and she has complete almost 6 months of training. I am confused what is the basis is it the chords named with ABCDEGG or is it numerals 123….

    • Your confusion is understandable, because different methods often use different ways to describe the notes and their relationships. The Hoffman Method, along with the majority of American-based methods, uses letter names to designate the keys on the piano and their specific tones. Our method also uses Solfege (Do, Re, Mi, Fa So…), but as a movable framework that describes the relationships between notes rather than specific keys. I hope that makes sense! If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

  18. I am Adrian, a 13 y. o. boy re-learning to play the piano online. I thank you for your effort in producing these videos. Have a good day! :) :)

    P.S. Asking ahead, do you ever teach “Heart and Soul” in these classes??

    • Thank you! We’re so lad you’re enjoying our lessons. At this time, we don’t have a lesson planned to teach “Heart and Soul,” but I’ll put it on our list of suggestions for future lessons. Thanks for the feedback!

  19. I am a father of two daughters who wants to learn. But they are not 13. What do you suggest. My younger one took first lesson and loved it…. she is playing and singing Hot Cross Buns.

    • I’m not quite sure I understand your question. Are you concerned that your daughters might be too old or too young to begin learning piano? If so, not to worry! I generally recommend students start around 5-8 years of age, but it’s never too late to start. I recommend you check out this article we’ve posted in the Support section of our website: What is the Best Age to Begin Piano Lessons? I hope that helps! If it didn’t answer your question, please feel free to reply here in the comments or via our contact form.

  20. Hi., I really want to appreciate your involvement.
    Am from India. And recently I joined on your online class. I don’t known how to expose in words. But., simply thanks a lot.

  21. Hi. This is jacks sister Evelyn but we use the same computer for your lessons, mr Hoffman. I have a question. DO U HAVE AH PET BOX NAMED OOCH. (I’m even weirder than my brother)

    • Wow – that is an unusual question! We don’t have any pet boxes named Ooch or named anything else. I hope you both continue to enjoy learning piano with us!

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  22. Starting these lessons for a child with Autism (who learns, but at a slower pace). Is there a way to slow the weekly newsletter when we occasionally need to slow our pace or temporarily put lessons on hold?
    Thank you for this option! I learned about it through BYU magazine after prayerfully considering for some time how I should approach music lessons for a child with special needs.

    • I’m so glad to hear that you are interested in our lessons. You are welcome to unsubscribe and re-subscribe to our newsletter at any time by scrolling to the bottom of the last email you received from us and choosing “update preferences” or “unsubscribe.” You may also take the lessons at any pace you choose: If you need to stop for a while or back up and repeat previous lessons, it’s no problem at all. You can even slow down the actual speed of the video lessons, using YouTube’s video settings. Have I understood and answered your question completely? If not, or if you have other questions in the future, please feel free to contact us directly at Support@HoffmanAcademy.com. We’d love to hear how it goes for your family!

  23. I am 65 years old and just learning to play piano, so far this program starting with the basics is very good and informative.

  24. This is just so amazing. Thankful to know this website but I just have problems with my intellectual. Im a slow learner. This is simple for some people but for me this is hard. How can I get through with the next lesson which is harder than this if I have some trouble learning just a simple lesson.

    • Thanks for your interest in our website and piano lessons! Learning a new instrument is usually a challenge and can feel quite daunting, but if you take it slowly and work diligently, I’m confident that you can make progress. If you have any particular questions along the way, feel free to leave comments or contact us and we’ll do our best to help you!

    • If you are asking if an 8-year-old can use our beginner lessons, the answer is absolutely! Our lessons are geared to elementary school aged children, so it should be a great curriculum for your friend’s brothers.

  25. I love your lessons and sister wanted to play the piano too and she is really young and really exited too.


  26. I am a pianist myself as well, but I don’t really know how to teach my 5 yeas old. Thanks for providing this service for us. We just used this video to learn this song together. My 5-year-old was excited to watch the clip. I love how this appoarch different than the traditional one. Now, my 5-year-old is ready to learn more.
    Thanks again,
    Po Tim

    • That’s wonderful! Teaching someone else is a great way to review and solidify something you yourself have learned. Happy playing!

  27. Good evening. I am living in Japan. I just got a digital piano as a gift tonight. And my friend recommended your website to me. I am so excited at learning to play piano with the help of you. I just watched the first lesson you give. It makes the beginner feel accomplished from the first step. Thank you so much.

  28. Thank you so much for the incredible site and your willingness to teach. I have 3 kids (ages 11, 9, and 7) that will be starting your online lessons soon! I’m so excited to have found your site, with 3 I was starting to wonder how we would ever afford lessons and its so nice for them to be able to do them at home. Is there a good and affordable electric piano with weighted keys that you might recommend?

  29. Hi Mr. Hoffman, I just watched your first lesson and I really enjoyed it too. I got really excited when you played The Harry Potter Theme on the High Notes side. I’m looking forward to leaning all your Lessons. Also, I wanted to know that if I’m away from home or at some place where I can’t bring my Piano with me then would I be able to learn your lessons using a mobile piano? And if Yes, then can you suggest me any app for it?

    • I’m so glad you found us! It’s great that you want to keep practicing even when you are away from the piano. You can use a mobile piano, but what app you choose depends a lot on your device and operating system so I don’t have any specific recommendations. While regular practice at the piano is essential, there are other things you can do to stay sharp: on the days you are away from the piano you can listen to music and sing along, watch a music video, watch a lesson (we have several lessons that don’t require a piano), or just practice the songs in your head while moving your fingers. You can also challenge yourself with questions about the musical alphabet, solfege, and notes in the pentascales. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing.

  30. Thank you so much for this website. I’m a really nontraditional learner, plus paid lessons are basically out of the question right now, so this is perfect. Just one question: I was only able to get a 61-key digital keyboard. Is that okay for a beginner?

    • Absolutely! With that size keyboard, you should be able to complete all the songs and exercises in our beginning lessons. Good luck and happy playing!

  31. Can you see the lessons on an iPad mini? I can’t see anything for some reason.

    Thank you for offering free lessons.

    We’ve tried guest & we’ve now set up an account.
    After creating account & it says hi & our name in the top rt hand corner, I click on 1st lesson & it says it looks like you haven’t signed in & it gives me 3 options: log in, new user or guest.

    Thanks for your help.

    • I’m so sorry you’re having trouble logging in to our site. This may be because we have recently updated our login process but your browser is “remembering” our site the old way and getting confused. When you try to log in, if you are seeing a pop-up window (rather than being taken to a new page with a login form), then your browser has not downloaded the latest version of our website and must have a hard refresh done or have its cache and cookies cleared. If you prefer not to do this, you may log in using a different browser instead.

      Here are a few more things you can try: One is to use “Private Browsing” (in Safari or Firefox) or “Incognito Mode” (in Chrome), which will simulate the hard refresh I mentioned. Lastly, if you have been using the drop-down lesson menu on our site to go to your chosen lesson, trying using the unit index pages instead; but if you’ve been using the unit index pages, try using the drop-down menu. I know that last suggestion is odd, but the basic idea is to get to the lessons in a different way than you’ve been doing in the past.

      I hope that helps! If not, please send an email to Support@HoffmanAcademy.com so we can troubleshoot with you directly. It would help to include your browser and operating system, as well as your username (but NOT your password, please). Good luck and happy playing!

  32. I appreciate your free service. My daughter just turned almost a month ago and she has already learned so much in just 3 weeks!

  33. Hey, this is super awesome. Especially the joke at the end about the one lonely black key. I loved that, haha!
    Thank you for this lesson and I am excited to get started.

    • You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it and Chef is glad you appreciated his random act of kindness at the end. :)

  34. ):
    Iam so sad, i love your lesons, but i missed the sale.
    is there any way i can get the sale now!

    Your #1 student

      • Hi I’ve just signed up and I love playing the piano. I sat by a keyboard when I was 7 and after 15 minuets I tourt myself how to play twinkle twinkle little star. To this day I can play some of fur elise .fre qages .
        The intro to all of me 7 years let it go and ode to joy and some others

  35. Good day to you, Mr. Hoffman! I am born into a middle class family, and we don’t have a piano that has 88 keys or less. We only have a keyboard that has 55 keys. Do you think that is enough? I am doubting that I could learn the piano with a keyboard. Thank you!

    • A smaller keyboard, while not ideal, is certainly fine for a beginner to start with. You can make a great deal of progress, especially in your theory and ear training, without a high quality instrument. However, an acoustic piano or full-sized, weighted-key digital piano will prepare your muscle tone, strength, and agility more effectively than an unweighted keyboard, so it would be a good idea to look around for the opportunity to occasionally practice on one at a local library, church, school, or friend or relative’s home. For more information you can check out our support article, “Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Pianist.” I hope that helps. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. H

  36. I work as a music teacher in India. What do you think. These lessons can help kids learn better?? Can I get in touch with you through email if possible with you planning to make the kids learn better…??

    • Thanks for checking with us! Our support team has sent you an email to see how we can help. – Mr. Hoffman

    • I’m afraid there isn’t. I promise that you’ll learn lots more songs in future lessons, and we’ll start to include left hand parts in Unit 2. I’m glad you’re eager for more to learn! – Mr. Hoffman

    • Thank You Mr. Hoffman, I have never played piano and just can’t get enough of your lessons I’m 65 and you are great!

  37. Hello All, with the fast way of like that we are living, it’s hard to find time for activities. My daughter is 7 years old, she loves piano but does not know how to read “piano notes” will this website help her understand piano notes.
    do all songs have video tutorials. I was thinking of starting with set 1-20 lessons, does all the songs in this set has video tutorial, if it is only piano sheets and no tutorial video it will not help her at all. Thank you.

    • Yes! In fact, my lessons teach not only how to read and dictate notes, but also to really understand the language of music. The video lessons are the primary base of instruction and all the songs we use are covered in the videos. Please note that Unit 1 (Lessons 1-20) are meant as an introduction to the absolute beginner, so the concepts note letters, rhythm, and staffs are introduced gradually. You won’t find fully-staffed sheet music in our downloadable materials until Unit 2. I hope that helps! – Mr. Hoffman

      • Appreciate your prompt respond. my daughter is still in stage zero. We know nothing about piano or reading music sheets, we enjoy listening to piano music.
        Accomplishments will give her the push she needs to continue learning and this is why i want to start with video tutorials. My Question is: which set do u recommend to start with at this moment? thank you for your time.

        • I hope I’m understanding your question correctly – You’d like to know which Unit of Hoffman Academy video lessons to begin with your daughter? With no piano experience at all, I would recommend starting right from the beginning: Unit 1, Lesson 1. Please let me know if you have any further questions. I’m very happy to be your daughter’s piano teacher! – Mr. Hoffman

    • Sorry for the confusion, Sarah! For the first lesson I just focused on teaching how to play the song with one hand. What I played in the left hand was to help the student begin to recognize the melody even when other accompaniment is going on, but you are not expected to learn that part. As the lessons progress, we will begin to work with both hands and eventually put hands together (starting near the end of Unit 1). We spread out the process because playing hands-together takes a level of coordination we wouldn’t necessarily expect from a brand new beginning student. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

  38. Mr. Hoffman

    Thank you for these lessons, I really grateful to you. I gave up my guitar lesson because my father couldn’t buy me a guitar. My older sister has a piano at home so I started playing some pieces from my guitar. If was fun but I didn’t enjoy it much because I missed playing my guitar. Once I came here to at least try piano I was so glad that is was fun and easy, thank you so much. Even though my school laptop that I have doesn’t let me see you videos so let me thank you once more. Thank you

  39. Thanks Mr. Hoffman for your videos I am new to piano but learned already so much! After surfing around the internet I found that you explained the best and take your time through each step
    :) :) :) :) :) :)

  40. Thank you Mr. Hoffman. I used to do piano but then it got expensive and boring so I just quit. Even still, your lessons look really promising. I’ve only just done the first and it’s left me craving for more. With your lessons and enough practice I’m bound to make the worship team at my church! Thanks again, Mr. Hoffman!

  41. Mr. Hoffman. I am a 70 year old new piano student. I have taught myself a few chords on a guitar at age 60 and know enough to strum and sing so gospel songs at church. I have also written a few gospel songs. My purpose in learning the piano is to accompany myself in singing. I do not read music everything is done by ear. I have a new Yamaha yoga-235 keyboard for Christmas. Will your lessons help me to learn to accompany myself? I can set down and pick out the melody of songs I know. My keyboard will transpose in my singing key. My guess is I am expecting to much too soon. Thank for your comments.

    • Thanks for commenting – I love hearing from our adult students! The short answer is, Yes, my lessons can help you learn to accompany yourself, but since you don’t say how quickly you expect it to help, I’m not sure if you expect too much too soon. :) The full answer is this: My lessons are intended to give anyone–including a complete beginner–a thorough musical education focused on piano. We will certainly work on ear training so you can improve your ability to play by ear, but we also work on sight reading, dictation, posture, improvisation, and much more. These other topics may seem to hinder your ear training, but they will in fact contribute to your general musicianship. If that works for you, great! If, however, you’re looking for something that focuses exclusively on ear training, my lessons will probably feel too slow for you. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing. – Mr. Hoffman

  42. Hi Mr. Hoffman, I’m from Panama, and I feel so happy that people like you can learn music for free. But I have a question, I know how to play guitar and I learn a little bit of music, why do you call Mi Re Do if the keys are A# G# F# ? Thanks!!!

    • That’s a great question! The answer lies in the fact that there are two different ways to use Solfege: “Fixed Do” and “Moveable Do”. In some countries, a Fixed Do system is used, where Do always means C. However, I find it most helpful as a teacher to teach using both a fixed system (ABCDEFG) and a movable system (Do, Re, Mi, etc). Some kind of fixed system is essential to provide structure and certainty. D is always a D on the piano or on any instrument. However, a movable system is best for helping students easily hear and recognize the function of each note in a scale and relationships between each note in a melody, no matter what key the music is in. So, I try to give my students the best of both worlds by actively using letter names as a fixed system and solfège as a movable system. You can learn more about Solfege here: http://www.hoffmanacademy.com/blog/what-is-solfege. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing. – Mr. Hoffman

    • The free material for Lesson 1 is available to those who sign up for our free piano parent newsletter as a welcome gift. After signing up, you should receive an email with a link to download the welcome gift. Clicking the link in your confirmation email will return you to our website, where you may order and download your free materials. You will need to click “Download” and proceed as if it were a regular transaction, but you will not be charged for it. If you have any trouble with this process, feel free to contact us. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

  43. I just purchased a Yamaha PRS 275 electronic keyboard with 61 keys. Can I take your piano course using this keyboard or will I be limited?


    • 61 is the minimum number of keys necessary to successfully complete all the songs and exercises I’ve presented in our current units, so you’re good! – Mr. Hoffman

  44. Mr.Hoffman I have an electric keyboard/piano but the lower/deep keys don’t work. Would you have any idea why? Thank for taking time to make these videos. I have done these before but then got out of habit and stopped doing them now Im trying to do them daily again.
    from Lianna

    • I’m afraid I’m not sure. My first suggestion would be to check the owner’s manual: For instance, I’ve seen on some keyboards an “accompaniment” setting that assigns the low notes to the task of controlling the chords for the auto-accompaniments, but they may not play if this setting is on. My next question is whether there may have been a water spill? That can fry the keys–I know first hand! :( I hope you figure it out! Good luck and happy playing. – Mr. Hoffman

  45. Hey mr. hoffman i love your lessons. am in lesson 1 bt i dont know how to play with my left hand. is there any help in that? thank you.

    • A little more challenge in the left hand is perfectly normal, and we’ll certainly work on it throughout the lessons. If you want some extra focus right away, I would recommend that you take extra time whenever I say “your turn” or give practice instructions to try playing the same thing in both hands, separately at first and then – if you’re feeling confident – in unison (playing the same thing together at the same time). I hope that helps! – Mr. Hoffman

        • That’s a great question! The simplest answer is, when the student (and parent or teacher if the student is a child) feel that it’s time to move on. It’s important to find a balance between repetition and challenge: both are important for improvement, but too much repetition can become boring while too much challenge can become frustrating…and boredom and frustration are both bad for motivation! If you want more direction, check out the Support section of our website where we have an article about When to Move On to the Next Lesson. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

    • I haven’t personally tried out the PX-160 yet, but I’ve played on many Privia models over the years, and I have no reason to doubt its quality. Privia is a solid, trusted brand, so you’re probably in very good shape with the PX-160. I hope that helps! – Mr. Hoffman

      • Hi mr Hoffman I want to learn piano and i have one at home its a keyboard but it only has 61 keys its a yamaha ypt 200 and it doesnt have key sensitivity but i dont have enough money or space to buy a good piano, will it be good enough for me to use to learn piano on your website? I also dont have the sustain pedal. Hope to hear a yes! Bye!

        • 61 is the minimum number of keys necessary to successfully work through all the songs and exercises we use in my lessons so if your budget is tight, that’s just fine for a beginning keyboard. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

  46. Mr. Hoffman,
    THANK YOU so much for creating this site! My two oldest children are so excited to be able to start lessons now. We are not able to afford traditional piano lessons. But, because of you my children will have the same opportunity to learn without the financial burden. You have no idea how much I appreciate this! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

    • You are very welcome! I am so pleased my lessons are a benefit to your family. Good luck to you in your piano endeavors! – Mr. Hoffman

  47. Hey Mr. Hoffman,
    I was wondering if you’d ever make it possible to play the website on a mobile device such as a iPad, for some reason mine won’t load the videos or even show them, as I’d find it much easier rather than having my laptop nearby.. Thanks so much for creating this amazing site for inspiring pianists though! :)

    • Hmmm… The videos are supposed to work on an iPad in the browser (though we know that iOS Mobile Safari has download and file management limitations, so you can’t download purchased Complete Materials that way). Would you please send an email to our technical support team, Support@HoffmanAcademy.com, and let them know about your problem? Please include your device and operating system information, as well as what browser you are using.

      Another thing you can try in the meantime is to view our videos via YouTube on your iPad: http://www.youtube.com/PianoLessonsForKids. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

  48. Hi Mr. Hoffman,

    I have always wanted to take piano lessons. My question is I don’t know how to read music. Is this something that is included in your lessons? Do you have to know how to read music to play the piano?

    • I’m so glad you found our program! You do not need to know how to read music to begin – I’ll teach you how to do it over the course of the lessons. We include it because any serious pianist – even those who have strong aural skills (the ability to play by ear) – will be limited in the long run if they never learn to read, write, and dictate music. I look forward to hearing about your progress! – Mr. Hoffman

  49. Your vedios are wonderful I liked it I am from India I liked to play piano but could not find any help but from your vedios it is now easy to play thank you


  50. Mr. Hoffman,

    First of all thank you so much for putting all this content. I must tell you are the best teacher one can have. I am from India, I started looking for the resources online for my daughter who is 4 years old. I am so glad that I found this one. Looking at the content and efforts put in and people loving it, I feel like meeting you in person someday and thanking you.

    Thanks again. God bless you!


    • You are very welcome! It’s a delight to hear from students all over the world and I’m happy to be part of your daughter’s music education. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

  51. Hi Hoffman,
    You lessons are good, my son Hugo has already learned suzuki piano with a private tutor, he watched lesson 1 and lesson 47 cuckoo, felt really enjoyed.
    The drawbacks of suzuki method does not teach him how to read notes. so I think to watch your video for learning music theory and sight reading.
    Can we buy the PDF files only for the each unit ?

    • I’m so glad Hugo has enjoyed our lessons! The .pdf files are available for purchase in our Store either one unit at a time (sets of 20 lessons), or as a discounted bundle of all six of our current units (120 lessons). If you have additional sales questions, feel free to email our customer support: Support@HoffmanAcademy.com

      Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

  52. I am a Namibian national and was struggling to find someone. When that someone was available I was shy to tell him to teach me. Now I can do it in the privacy of my house. The first lesson seem so easy to understand and look forward to learning from you. . You seem to be a great teacher. I am a teacher too and know when I see a good one. Thanx!

  53. When a child first begins piano lessons there’s often an initial period of excitement where everything is fun and new. Your child wants to practice because they’re eager to be able to play the piano. But then there comes a time when the novelty wears off and the very long and slow road of music learning stretches out before them.

  54. Mr.hoffman its been a dream of mine to play piano i just don’t know where to start and where to learn everything from and who to learn it from i hope you can help me.

    • Mr. hoffman is a great teacher its a great lesson set you learn how to read music and play multiple songs im ten and on lesson eleven and know the piano abc’s, read music, and play hot cross buns frog in the middle engine #9 its awesome hes my first piano teacher

    • Right now there are over 120 official lessons plus a few bonus lessons. Don’t worry – we’ll keep making more! :) – Mr. Hoffman

  55. Mr. Hoffman
    I am so excited to have found your site. I am 75 years old, probably your oldest new student. I have always wanted to learn to play the piano and I finally invested in a baby gran electric keyboard and love practing on it. I did your first lesson and loved it. I am hoping to learn to really play and to teach little ones in a nearby day care to play if they choose to. I love your approach and know I will learn so much. Thank you for offering these classes. I was going to just teach myself until I found you. You are one of my new blessings. Thanks so much.

  56. Hello Mr.Hoffman, would you please send me the music sheet of playing Hot Cross Burn both in left and hand right. My kid love to practice how to play chord of Hot Cross Burn on both hand like you. Thank you!

    • I’m afraid I simply improvised the left hand accompaniment that day, so I don’t have sheet music for it. I apologize! – Mr. Hoffman

  57. I love the 1st song on lesson one, but dont know how to play the accompaniment on the left hand. Can you give me the details? Thank you so much!

    • For this first lesson I just focused on teaching the song with one hand. What I played in the left hand was to help the student begin to recognize the melody even when other accompaniment is going on, but they are not expected to learn that part. As the lessons progress, we will begin to work with both hands and eventually put hands together (starting near the end of Unit 1). We spread out the process because playing hands-together takes a level of coordination we wouldn’t necessarily expect from a beginning student. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

  58. Hi, Mr. Hoffman
    Im interested for piano classes for my 7years old daugther. We are spanish native speakers, and we usually learn solfegio in our country (no ABCDEFG notation)… also I dont know wich notation is better to learn. My daughter doesnt speak spanish, so please is your method situable for her?.
    Also want to thank you about your recomendations for pianos for beginners, and based on that I have decided to buy a Casio electronic piano, but there are two models: PRIVIA (PX-760, PX-860) and CELVIANO (AP-260, AP460) and the price range is near, so please in orden of preference, whats your advise?
    Thanks in advance

    • That’s a great question. There are two different ways to use Solfege: Fixed Do and Movable Do. In some countries, a fixed Do system is used, where Do always means C – that sounds like what you have learned. However, I find it most helpful as a teacher to use the letters (ABCDEFG) as a fixed system and to use Solfege (Do, Re, Mi, etc) as a movable system that can be transposed into any key we need. To learn more about these two systems of Solfege, check out our article, “What is Solfege?

      When it comes to digital pianos, I generally prefer the Privias, but if you’d like a more in depth review of the models you’ve listed, let me refer you to a great website I recommend: azpianonews.blogspot.com I hope that helps! – Mr. Hoffman

    • If your keyboard has fewer than 61 keys, some of the finger power exercises and other activities will be limited. However, most songs will work just fine so if that is what you have, it’s perfectly fine to get started on that. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

  59. Mr.Hoffman,
    I am a mother of three children who really want to learn how to play the piano. I myself have no musical background . We live overseas. Can I just buy the books from your store and have the kids watch the videos and practice daily and is that Enough? or do i have to additionally get a piano teacher to teach my kids along with your lessons? (the problem with the piano teacher here is that my kids don’t speak the local language of this country). Thank you

    • Amina, your situation is one of the scenarios that inspired us to put our lessons online in the first place! With our video lessons and the supplementary materials, your kids can receive a thorough foundation for their musical education. There is no need to get a piano teacher to work along with your kids; you provide the support and encouragement and I provide the teaching. I know that being a piano parent is intimidating when you have no musical background yourself, but your knowledge of your children’s interests, motivations, schedule, and goals are assets that no one else can match. We provide a Parent’s Guide, our blog, and a weekly newsletter to offer you the tools you need to help your children work through our lessons. I hope you give my program a try! – Mr. Hoffman

      • Ok I’m really tired and slightly emotional but your response brought a tear to my eye all the same. It’s so daunting wanting to teach a child something you know very little about and not have enough for lessons. Thank you.

    • I’m so sorry you’re having trouble viewing our lessons. Our videos are served via YouTube, so if you are in a locality or a facility that blocks YouTube videos, they will not be accessible on our site either. If you are not aware of any firewalls that could be blocking the videos, please try viewing them on our YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/PianoLessonsForKids

      If the videos work on YouTube but not on our site, please send an email to our customer support team at Support@HoffmanAcademy.com, including the type of browser and operating system you are using, as well as your username. We look forward to helping you get this working! – Mr. Hoffman

    • That is just fine for now! Getting started with what you have is more important than waiting until you can afford something better. If you are serious about pursuing your piano studies, it would be a good idea for your family to start saving up or for you to find a higher quality piano/keyboard you could practice on in the near future – check with local libraries, churches, friends and relatives. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

  60. thank you so much, I love that you lesson are fun, and I can understand what you are saying. I love you Lessons!

  61. Hi Mr. Hoffman,
    I’m a professional musician who just started teaching piano again after a long hiatus. One of the reasons I stopped was because I couldn’t find teaching materials that covered all the bases, but were TRULY enjoyable for children. I just watched your first lesson, and I was blown away–I love it!! Thank you SO MUCH for making this available. Question: one of my younger students is left-handed; this is the first time I’ve worked with a leftie, and I’m wondering if you have any thoughts on how best to proceed. It feels a little unfair to expect him to learn everything with his non-dominant hand, since most pieces favor the right hand, at least melodically. Obviously, the goal is ultimately to develop true ambidexterity, but in the meantime…any suggestions?

    • Thank you for your question! I have taught many left handed children, and I always use the same approach regardless of which hand is dominant. Pianists need to develop coordination in both hands, and using my method, your student should be fine. You will notice that I often teach a song first in the right hand, but then I encourage students to try playing melody in the left hand, too, then both hands. Swapping the melody line to left hand while the right hand plays chords is another great exercise, once they are regularly playing hands together. Ideally, during practice time, you should be spending roughly equal time between right handed and left handed playing, so both hands develop equally. I hope this helps! – Mr. Hoffman

  62. Thank you for your help Joseph Hoffman! You have made me an excellent pianist and I am the best pianist or musician in my family

  63. That was amazing, now I know how to play this song. I could not believe it. Thank you. I will definitely use this for my soon to be 5 year old son. He is showing a lot of interest in playing and I think he will love your Lessons.

  64. What is the difference between weighted and non-weighted keys?
    As a beginner, I’m using a 61-key lighted keyboard, but as I progress, I will definitely be getting the 88-key weighted keyboard if needed.

    • Weighted keys mimic the extra effort and pressure needed to press the keys on an acoustic piano, which properly develops muscle power in your fingers and wrists. Unweighted keyboards are more lightweight and usually cheaper, but if you learn on one you will find it much more difficult to play an acoustic piano in the long run. You can learn more about the differences here: Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student. – Mr. Hoffman

    • It takes many hours to produce each lesson. We use similar methods and curriculum to our live lessons, but they have to be altered and scripted to work as a video. Then we do the filming with several different takes and camera angle changes. After that comes the editing, where we correct any little mistakes and often add special visual elements. Then there are also the activity pages and sheet music to create and the sound files that supplement each lesson. I’m so glad I have a great team of people helping me make it all possible! Thanks for the question. – Mr. Hoffman

  65. I don’t have an 88-key piano at home but I do have a ~60 or so key keyboard. Will that be sufficient to begin lessons?

    • Yes, 61 keys is the minimum number you can have on your keyboard and still be able to successfully complete all the songs and exercises we use in our lessons. If you have 61+ weighted keys, that’s a great place to begin. If your keys are unweighted, you may want to start saving for an upgrade in the future. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

  66. Our home has no piano experience. Looking to teach an 8 year old that wishes to play the piano. I watched your 1st. video & song. You are a great teacher, but I am a bit confused. You show what you are doing very thorough with your right hand, and include the keys highlighted in blue up above to show what you are doing. However, with your left hand no keys are highlighted above in blue and I can not tell which keys you are playing, or in what order.

    So, my question is are you only teaching my child to play this bun song with her right hand for the first lesson? So, when she can play it with her right hand only, she has mastered the first lesson? I know this might sound silly, but I want to be able to tell her what to do with her left hand when she asks. I went onto the next video, but you move onto learning the alphabet. Thank you so much for your time.

    • Those are great questions. Yes, for this first lesson I just focused on teaching the song with one hand. What I played in the left hand was to help the student begin to recognize the melody even when other accompaniment is going on, but they are not expected to learn that part. As the lessons progress, we will begin to work with both hands and eventually put hands together (starting near the end of Unit 1). We spread out the process because playing hands-together takes a level of coordination we wouldn’t necessarily expect from a beginning student. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

  67. Mr. Hoffman, I am most appreciative of your first lesson. I so wish to learn the piano. You’ve given me the best chance. Thank you.

  68. Thank you SO much Mr. Hoffman! You are going to probably going to go through all of my gaps I have in learning to play the piano. Which would mean SO much to me because almost all of my friends know how. So thank you again and just by your first lesson, I think I will learn how to play:) And I am trying to get my parents to buy me the entire piano unit pack so I can study. (I would study all the time even if I did not have the workbook. Even though I really want it) So thank you and keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  69. Hi Mr Hoffman! We are a homeschooling family and my kids are thrilled that we stumbled upon your wonderful website. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your gift! We are excited to begin our lessons with you. I have purchased the worksheets to go along with your lessons and just have one quick question. How long would you recommend staying on each lesson before moving onto the next? Is it simply based on how quickly the kids are picking it up…. just wondering based on your practice recommendations of 20 mins each day- will that be outlined in later lessons? Thanks again SO very much! :)

    • For beginners, I generally recommend completing 2-3 lessons per week, but it is important to keep an eye on how your kids are picking it up. Practicing every day is important, and new students usually do well with 15-20 minutes per day, but I prefer to base practice sessions on completing tasks rather than strictly on a timer. Check out our blog post on establishing a Piano Practice Checklist if you think that might work in your family. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

        • Hi, Sara, as soon as i read that you are a homeschooling family trying to teach the kids piano my heart jumped. we are too a homeschooling family living overseas and i have NO musical background or anything and my girls ages 8 and 6 really want to learn the piano. Do you have any musical background? do you think it is futile to even try to teach the girls how to play the piano through Mr.Hoffman’s lessons even if i don’t know anything about music? Amina

    • In my lessons, I try to include things that will help you learn new songs and also help you become a good musician in general. Some things, like the story of Piano Street coming up in a few lessons, are not essential themselves but will help you remember important concepts in the future. – Mr. Hoffman

  70. I don’t want to buy a grand piano so is it okay to play on an electrical one. For example the Casio CTK2400. It has 61 keys. Please get back to me as soon as possible because I am extremely eager to start learning!

    • I don’t have personal experience with that type of keyboard, but here is what you need to know: 61 keys is fine for a beginning pianist – while not a full-sized keyboard, it will give you enough room to complete all of the songs and exercises we use in our lessons. Before purchasing it, however, you should find out whether the keys are weighted. Weighted keys build and train your finger muscles so you will be able to play any type of piano, including acoustic, in the future. For more details and some brand & budget recommendations, check out our blog post on Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman

  71. Hello Joseph,

    I am interested in learning how to play the piano. There’s only one issue: I am Deaf. I know Beethoven became deaf, but despite that he still went on to be one of the greatest pianists ever. He became deaf after he already learned how to play, but I have been deaf all my life and have been wanting to learn how to play the piano. What is the best approach to take on learning the piano as a d/Deaf person?

    • Wow – that is an amazing ambition. I suppose first off I would want to know a little more before making a recommendation. Specifically, how do you experience music? Can you hear it at all? (In other words is this partial deafness or complete?) Or have you only experienced it through feeling vibrations? In order to learn to play there would have to be some way you could register what you are creating and experience the results of your playing. I’m happy to discuss this further if you’re still interested. – Mr. Hoffman

  72. Hi,
    I just looked through your website and really the way you are teaching. I am planning on introducing my 5 year old to the world of piano. I have a Roland Kr7. Is it ok to teach a small child on that ?

    • That’s a great digital piano to start with! It has 88 weighted keys, which will give your child a similar sense of the finger strength required to play an acoustic piano. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

  73. I began piano lessons 8/03 with a music instructor and stopped for awhile. I transferred to another instructor 5/12 and had been taking lessons until 6/14 when my instructor became ill. I have since been practicing on my own since 6/14. I have completed 1 and am now in Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course Level 2. I am playing Alexander’s Ragtime Band. I review my previous lessons often, and perhaps I linger too long seeking perfection before advancing. I have CDs with both books and use them on occasion just improve my cadence. I would like to practice with an instructor because I’m not certain of explanations regarding book instructions, chords, fingering and just overall guidance concerning improvement. Do you have any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate your advice. Thank you.

    • Geraldine – It is wonderful that you are doing so much practice and review on your own. If you are in Alfred’s Level 2, you are probably more advanced than the beginning lessons we currently offer on our site. We do plan to produce more advanced lessons in time, but for now let me suggest that you continue the wonderful work you’re doing on your own and start looking around for a live teacher who can help you further. We’ve posted an article about Finding a Piano Teacher that can give you some tips. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

  74. Mr. Hoffman,
    My daughter is taking your lessons and loves it. She is working on a 61 key very old Casio. We were looking into the Casio PX-150, but at a local music shop, we were told they thought the Yamaha was of better quality and told us about the Yamaha P35. I don’t know much about digital pianos and from what I’ve read the reviews are pretty good on both models. Do you have any insight into the Yamaha that could steer us one way or the other? Thanks so much!

  75. Thank you for offering these lessons FREE! You have a great personality for the videos, in addition to the talent. We will add this to our HS routine now! So thankful!

    • I am 60+ and started working at an Adult Day Care Center. I walk past the big piano there every morning after I open the doors with hopes someone who “plays” will walk in to entertain our music loving participants. I recall my Daddy trying to teach me on the player piano in our basement growing up. I am so happy I found this site and my new teacher Mr. Hoffman. I will go to work a little early for my lessons. Thanks so much.

  76. Why, oh why, wonderful Mr. Hoffman… is a Casio your favorite beginner’s keyboard? Sure it’s cheap, but you could get a Yamaha digital Clavinova or other, slightly used or perhaps new, depending on the model, for about the same money. Yamaha is far, far superior. Support our local Classic Pianos! They have many digital Yamahas! They are not only superior instruments on all points, but hold their value. The only Casio I would ever buy would be in a watch. Maybe not even that.

    Love everything else you’re doing!

    • Hi Sherry, Thanks for your comment! I think the Clavinova is also a great digital piano–no question about that. And believe me when I say that we support Classic Pianos–a first rate piano store. 2 years ago we bought six brand new Yamaha U-1s from Classic Pianos for our new Hoffman Academy location. About the Casio Privia–have you actually played on one? I find the Privia line to have an EXCELLENT action and tone, equal to, in my opinion, other more expensive models. I am all about value. I don’t see why I should pay $1-2K or more for a Clavinova when I can get great quality in a Privia for $600.

    • I agree with Mr Hoffman. My husband and I looked for about a year before buying the Casio Privia keyboard (before we started our kids on this site and saw his recommendation). It’s a fantastic keyboard. And a great value. Thanks for your lessons Mr Hoffman! My kids and I enjoy them!

  77. Thank you for offering these lessons! We homeschool our daughters. I started teaching our 6 year old piano but she’s seeing enough of me! She is responding better to you and I’m sure I’ll learn with her along the way.

  78. I play piano, but not as well as I’d like. I have a seven-year-old granddaughter who wants me to teach her how to play. I plan to use your lessons as our “curriculum.” As we advance, I just may learn some new things, myself! I know I’ll learn a lot about how to teach what I already know. Thank you very much for giving of yourself for others to have the benefit of your knowledge and hard work. Blessings!

  79. Amazing, So delighted with everything this program offers. Thank you could never suffice to explain how grateful my family is with this opportunity.

  80. Hi there, Mr. Hoffman. I have just come across your website recently. I’m a complete beginner and I don’t have a background in music, but I do want to learn to play the piano so much.

    I had researched about free music lessons in the past and I didn’t see them as effective, and so I thought that maybe I would learn better if I would have live music lessons.
    If only I were financially adept to do so though.

    Then I realized that it was just a matter of better teaching methods.

    I have no enough words now but…
    I really thank God for you. You are a blessing to each of us here. I hope you all the best. And do continue sharing your talent and selfless giving. =)

  81. Hi Mr Hoffman,

    I have just registered on our site after watching some of your lessons on youtube. Thanks a bunch for great lessons.
    I am a beginner and purchased a second hand piano prior to having read your recommendations. I own a Zender, will this do for the time being for a beginner?
    Thank you

  82. Hello Mr. Hoffman,

    is this an online lesson free? I am a grown up man; I want to learn how to play piano. I have been doing research so many times on Google or youtube for a beginner piano lesson. I love singing. I can sing with Karaoke or with a band. I took voice lesson; sometimes, I get so frustrated because it is hard to sing with piano when I don’t even know how to read the music. I sometimes perform solo in my church without piano, but most of the time I sing in a choir group for my church. I am a baritone person and I took a voice lesson from my college….I hope that one day I can sing and play piano at the same time….

  83. All I can say is I love your lessons. I asked my second grader the best part of her school day ( we homeschool) and she said, “PIANO!”

    The kids love the animations at the end. Thanks for these, I will be downloading the materials!

  84. I’m new to this, I’ve played piano, but I didn’t know what exactly I’m doing, I know some basic things like notes, but I’d like to learn from bare basics again, even if it’s an easy song like this, and even though the tutorial appears to be more directed towards children, it’s still nice. I hope I can learn a lot from these lessons. Good luck to me. :)

  85. i was hoping that this video would show me things like the c scale or do re mi…. and so on… but i get what your trying to teach

  86. Hi, I have an electronic keyboard, Yamaha PSR-262 with 61 keys. I don’t have the space or money to be able to get a regular piano (21 year old just out of college, have to start paying student loans off next week!) Will my keyboard work for relearning the piano with your lessons? I used to take piano lessons for a few years when I was younger (up until probably the age of 7) but I haven’t played since then. I would really like to relearn the piano, one of my current goals is to eventually be able to play the song Piano Variation In Blue from the movie Finding Neverland ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFoP8QKal_g ) How long do you think it would take to learn how to be able to play that song, and will my keyboard work? Thank you so much for offering these lessons for free! I will start with the first lesson later this evening when I have the time.

    • Hello Hannah! Thank you for your message. Your keyboard should be just fine to begin learning on. If you want to achieve the level of the song you mentioned, this is going to take some time–perhaps years–but I strongly encourage you to pursue your goal and get started. The best thing you can do is establish the habit of daily practice. Choose a time of day to be your special practice time, and then keep that time sacred. Even 20-30 minutes a day can create some great progress. As you progress, you will probably come to the point of wanting to upgrade to a full length, 88-key piano with weighted keys, or a real acoustic piano, but for now I think your instrument will be just fine. I hope you find my lessons useful in getting started with learning the piano! Happy playing!

  87. First I saw you in youtube and makes me want to learn piano. So here I am one of your student to learn more about playing piano. Being positive !!Thank you for your great method of teaching. Its cool and I think I will enjoy it to have you as my teacher.
    See you!!

  88. Mr. Hoffman,
    My child is 7 yrs old. I started her on electronic keyboard without weighted keys. Can she gradually upgrade herself to a piano? Is it better to start with a piano right now? If so, which piano will you suggest?

    • To me, a “great pianist” is one who makes music with full heart and passion and love. It is also one who has the discipline to stick to daily practice, with focus on refining and polishing skills to an artistic level. How long does this take? I’m not sure. I think it is possible to play even simple “children’s songs” with artistry. I’ve also heard very technically advanced pianists that I would not call “great” because they lacked heart. I would focus less on being a great pianist, and focus instead on being great at practicing, and focus your practicing on refining your ability to artistically express yourself. That will be music’s greatest reward.

  89. Dear Mr. Hoffman thanks for teaching us the lessons from 1 too 56 you were great and your wife and you are a great piano teacher. Keep teaching us and we will play for you and I love your shows , thanks we love you Love Anthoney Thompson xoxo

  90. I am so happy to have had an opportunity to learn from you and use your curriculum for my 9, 7 and 4 year old boys. We plan to learn through lesson 80 since learning music inside and out interests our family! They love your teaching method and we have truly been Blessed. Thank you!

  91. This website is an answer to prayer! My son has really enjoyed your lessons. Thanks so much for FREE lessons! You’re a wonderful teacher!
    -Hans’ Mom

  92. i am writing for this my son who is studying in fifth standard in school ,he is studying keyboard for the last three years.he is very much liked to see your piano classes.it is very much interesting for him.he have a keyboard of yamaha psr i455.

  93. Hi Mr Hoffman..I was looking for a site that offered begginers lessons to teach my grandson how to play piano when I found yours…I know basic chords and can play along with other musicians. I am hoping to teach begginers and learn something I can use along the way also….I haven’t taken lessons and I need to learn how to give them, so do you think you will be able to help me learn and teach others? Hot Cross Buns was very easy and am going to teach that to my grandson as well as the other lessons you offer…Thank you,

  94. hi mr.hoffman. i wonder what keyboard should i buy for a beginner like me? what would you recommend?

  95. Thank you so much for these lessons Mr. Hoffman. I am failing on this song at the moment trying to play the song with both hands as you did in the video, and I feel as if I am just not coordinated enough to be good at piano. However, I will keep trying. Thank you again.

    • Hi Zane, thanks for watching! I wasn’t expecting that you could play it hands together like I do. In this lesson, I’m just hoping that you can learn the melody. I add some extra notes in my left hand, just to make it sound more interesting, but I would encourage you to just keep going with the lessons. We’ll get to more complex things to do with both hands as we go and as you build skill.

  96. Thank you so much for this video, it has helped me a lot.
    I have never taken piano lessons, but I have a problem with my left hand, I can’t coordinate my left hand! I play perfectly with my right hand and then with my left hand I can’t, I don’t know what to do!

    • Hi Gabriela, I would say that you are completely normal! If you are right-handed, then your left hand at first will likely not feel very coordinated when you play. But, as a pianist, you will need to master use of both hands. My suggestion is to practice extra using the left hand. This can help your left hand “catch up” to your right hand in terms of coordination and agility. Just be patient, and practice a little every day. Soon you will find that your left hand is able to play just fine. Please keep me posted about how it goes! -Mr. Hoffman

  97. hello where do u get the sheets for hot cross buns im new to this so if would be awesome if u help me also is 10 a good age to learn to play.

  98. If you are playing the piano and some of the bass clef notes hit the same key as some of the treble clef notes, which hand do you use? Thanks for the help!

    • The answer is, it depends. Most often, if the notes are written on the bottom staff, then your left hand plays them, even if the notes go up into the range of the treble clef. If the notes are written in the top staff, the right hand plays them. There are exceptions to this, however. Any exceptions are usually noted in the music with the marking “RH” or “LH” to indicate which hand is playing the notes written. Also, sometimes if both hands are playing in the same staff, notes for the RH are written with the stems going up, and notes for the LH are written with stems going down. I hope this helps!

  99. Hi Mr. Hoffman! I am 14, so do you think I am too old to start playing the piano?? Also thank you for the tips, and teaching, I love your strategy. P.S. I loved your little puppet show at the end :)

    • Hi Caroline, Thanks for your question. I believe you can learn to play the piano at any age, as long as you have patience and persistence. Just practice every day and keep working through the lessons. I hope you enjoy learning to play the piano with me! Best, Mr. Hoffman PS Glad you liked the puppet moment at the end!

  100. Thanks to your usage of solfege, I can finally put my Casio WX-500 to use without having to memorize absolute key positions! I really only have to decide on one absolute key if I know the tune relative to that one key, so I managed to easily play a “ghostly” Hot Cross Buns on the three highest keys after watching. Thanks for making these wonderful videos and setting up an organized website for them!

  101. Hi, I love your lessons, I feel really great learning piano lessons…..Can you also teach how to play the chords just like how you did it in the above video? :)

  102. I like the new layout to the website. Each of my kids enjoy your lessons a lot! We’ve been using them for a couple years now with each of my kids as they get older.

  103. how do u go to the newsletter and make an acount plz awnser and ur a really good teacher i love playing a piano

  104. My 8-year-old, after singing and playing “Hot Cross Buns” practically non-stop for a couple days, noticed that the beginning note pattern is just like “Figaro.” I love how this method gets the music inside the learner so they can make musical connections like that.

  105. i love this website. ive always had a piano and its adapter but my dad never taught so it’s been pretty useless to me until no :) :D

  106. Very nice method for young kids.
    But only one question: why do you sing do-re-mi while playing la#,so# and fa# ? They would get confused.

    • There are 2 approaches to solfege used around the world: fixed ‘do’ and moveable ‘do’. In the US, and in some other Eastern European countries, moveable ‘do’ is more common. In moveable ‘do’, ‘do’ is the tonic pitch. In other words, if you are in the key of F-sharp, then F-sharp is ‘do’, G-sharp is ‘re’, etc. In fixed ‘do’, C is ‘do’, D is ‘re’, etc. The reason I choose to use moveable ‘do’ instead of fixed ‘do’ is because fixed ‘do’ (in the US at least) is a redundant, and therefore somewhat pointless system, since we already use letter names (C, D, E, etc.) to represent the fixed pitches. Moveable ‘do’, on the other hand, is very useful in teaching transposition to beginning students, so kids can easily see how the same relationship of pitches can be transposed to various keys. So, to sum up, I use letter names to represent the fixed pitches on the piano (C, D, E, etc), but moveable ‘do’ to represent the relationships of the pitches to one another around a tonal center. My students learn both a fixed and a moveable system, which I believe gives them the greatest advantage as they progress and develop musically.

  107. For the first time in my life I learn to playmy first song Amen to that, as a kid my dream was always to learn how to play the piano, being a poor kid my mom did not had the means to send me to piano lessons, I do not have the words to thank you for all of us who you inspire by you teaching us to play the piano , you makes it so easy for us especialy me who is a hard learner i,m almost 49 years of age. May our heavenly Savior keep blessing you and your family for helping other and using your talent He gave you to teach other ,such as me . Thank you and God bless.

  108. Joseph, thank you for the interesting teaching method. I will be back because your lessons make it funner : )
    more happy notes to you , Rod

  109. Just watched your first lesson and I am very impressed. I’ll let you know what the 5 year old thinks after. Have bought some ‘hot cross buns’ for the occasion (chocolate chip cookies with icing with a cross on the top of them). What I like about your first lesson is the simplicity, talking to the child, a song accomplished in the first lesson, the opening with your demonstrating your skill which will blow her out of the water (she is going to want to see you in person), pointing out the single black key alone at the bottom just tickles me and I love that you give him some love at the end!!!!! Good job. Kudos.

    • Thanks for the feedback, and what a fun idea to make your own ‘hot cross buns’ to enjoy! I hope your 5 year old has a delightful experience learning to play the piano! Please keep me posted about progress. Best, Joseph Hoffman

      • I know how to play this. It is just that my last comment is on lesson fifty nine, which is love somebody. I have finished all the lessons

  110. hi mr hoffman
    ı live in turkey but ı know englısh very good
    ı had lesson with two pıano teachers, but now ı understand this very good
    this is a very good lesson ı enjoyed it

  111. Hi Mr Hoffman,
    Writing you from Bangladesh. I am 32 years old and taking lessons from your website. I don’t have a Piano but I have already completed lesson no 10. Planning to buy one in next month. There are very few models of digital pianos available in our country. I did not find a Casio Privia PX 150. But I found a Casio PX 750, which matches my budget. Is it ok?

    Thanks for your magnificent job.

  112. Thank you so much mr.Hoffman. I always wanted to play the piano. I used to but I started taking math lessons so I couldn’t any more. But now I can continue because of you. Really cool site. Thanks for making it free.

  113. Mr.Hoffman I only got a orchestral piano with the 2 rows of keys so how do I play your songs with it ??????????????????? :D :D :D

  114. what are the songs called that you played before you played the main song ????? I really want to learn them .. I know Symphony 5 or 9

  115. Dear Sir,
    I actually bought a normal,not proffesional piano.Is it ok to use that during the days when I am practising?My piano has only 17 keys,is that ok to learn with?

  116. What a wonderful teaching method!! My children and I loved sitting down at the piano and playing together. Really great voice you have and excellent video production!

  117. Mr. Hoffman,

    Your method of teaching piano gives a concrete learning. The style is superb! Simple and straight forward for learners. My friend who is now 60 is learning aggresively and enjoying your piano online free lessons. Thank you for your contribution to the world.

    • I cover various major and minor pentascales in my online lessons. You can check out the following lessons: 12, 18, 29, 35, 38, and 58 to learn about the C, D, G, and E major pentascales, and the D minor pentascale. Thanks for watching!

  118. Hi! I am not very musically inclined, but my daughter is, and I love the gift of your lessons! We have a 61 key keyboard at our home and my mother has a piano. Do you think it is possible to learn on the keyboard but practice on the piano when we visit?

    • Hello! I recommend that my students practice on an acoustic piano, or a digital piano with 88 weighted keys whenever possible. But if that is not possible, using your 61-key keyboard plus occasional practice on grandma’s acoustic piano should work fine, too. The main advantage of using weighted keys is developing finger strength as you practice. So, I’d recommend starting to save up for a piano or digital piano with weighted keys so your daughter can have that benefit every time she practices. I hope she enjoys the lessons! Best, Joseph Hoffman

  119. Could you please share the notes you are playing with your left hand? Thanks so much!! Wonderful site, lessons and materials!

  120. Just found your site , very impressive.
    56 year old guy, love and fascinated with the sound of the piano. Purchased one and am going to give it a try.
    Thank You,
    Dwight S.

  121. Dear Mr. Hoffman;

    It`s Christmas Eve and Just I want to say :



    May all the sweet magic of Christmas conspire to gladden your heart and fill every desire.

  122. My friend has been learning lessons from Mr Hoffman on YouTube, unfortunately he doesn’t have a piano and he asked me if it is possible to play on the organ…?

  123. I love this, this is the best website I have ever visited. Thanks Mr. Hoffman. Thanks. I love what you do and how you do it. I just made an account today and so far I love it. I love the fact that its free and that I can become a piano player like the piano player I love. Thanks for doing what you do and if I’d never come across to this website, I would probably be somewhere wishing I had the power to be a great piano player. Thanks Mr. Hoffman. Thanks!

  124. Thank you, Mr. Hoffman:
    My daughter is 3 years old and has been wanting to learn the piano since she could reach the keyboard. She has started your lessons today because locally she must be 4 years old to begin lessons. Thank you again, Lori.

  125. Mr. Hoffman-

    We love your lessons and we love learning with you as our guide. I thought the lessons and material from your first endeavors were awesome but now you’ve raised the bar. Thank you! We were on later lessons but my little one wanted to start all the lessons over. Wonderful! I love seeing her catch your enthusiasm for music. (She giggled and giggled at the silly clip of the finger puppet bringing lonely black key some hot cross buns!)

  126. Hi ,
    I surprised yesterday that my son of 4 and half year remember and sing the do re me of this song in spite that he heard the new video lesson since 3 weeks ago .
    While today we will start seriously the lessons and practice.

  127. My daughter could not stop at one lesson and wanted to go on to do 3 more! I had to stop and remind her she needs to practice what she has learnt! :) She and I both are enjoying the lessons.. Thanks so much!

  128. I wish my piano lessons were so fun! I am excited to teach my kids piano along with Mr. Hoffman!! Thank you for creating this academy!

  129. I am a member of the old site but couldn’t get into this one. Had to register again. My grandson loves taking lessons from Mr. Hoffman!

  130. Your site is totally awesome. I’m actually a guitar teacher, but a friends 9-year old son wants to learn piano, so I’m by default his coach. Thank you.

  131. material printed… check, read first lesson… check, watch first lesson… check, master hot cross buns with right hand only… check :) feeling accomplished already thank you.

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