LESSON 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

81 Responses

  1. anahita says:

    mr. hoffman do you have a app to download for the computer

  2. Anna says:

    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

  3. Inna says:

    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.

  4. Beulah says:

    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.

  5. Rod says:

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

  6. Pitone says:

    Thank you for the first lesson

  7. anahita says:

    i am not a begginer i did a song wich is let it go from frozen

  8. Charlotte says:

    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

      • Najeer says:

        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

  9. Begüm says:

    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

  10. Aharar says:

    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.

  11. gigi says:

    OMG I’m 25 and spent my entire day practicing like a kid. You are so talented. Thanks Mr. Hoffman for your priceless job.

  12. Trevlin says:

    thank you very much for all of this

  13. Oyebola says:

    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.

  14. Daniela says:

    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

  15. Teresa says:

    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

  16. Mushriq says:

    GOD bless you..good lessons

  17. Mabel says:

    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?

  18. Joseph says:

    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!

  19. Sheba says:

    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.

  20. chukwuka says:

    how do i practise to master the major and minor solfa notation on a keyboard

    • 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!

  21. Beka says:

    Is it ok if I have a keyboard?

  22. MommaK says:

    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

  23. despoina says:

    hey there!! is it ok if i practice with an electric piano?

  24. Leah says:

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

  25. Kassandra Garcia says:

    Next, lesson 2

  26. kassandra garcia says:

    You are the best because now I know how to play the piano

  27. Dwight says:

    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.

  28. Kristy says:

    why do we use the black keys to play hot cross buns? any reason for that? thanks

  29. Kristy says:

    is that a u1?

  30. safaa says:

    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.

  31. iBelong2Him says:

    My 10 y.o. Grandson was very happy to learn a song one his first lesson. I also enjoy your teaching style.

  32. anna says:

    thank you so much! merry Christmas! I love your lessons!

  33. Poonam says:

    Thank you so much for excellent way to teach piano.

  34. Mabel says:


  35. Kushal Tandon says:

    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…?

  36. Carrington says:

    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!

  37. Miriam says:

    cooollllllllllll lol

  38. Lori says:

    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.

  39. Juan says:

    Thank you Mr Hoffman, Im from Colombia and I Hope to learn many things from you! God Bless You!!!

  40. Demi says:

    This website is awesome and I am suprised it is free thank you so much Mr.Hoffman

  41. yousef says:

    Wonderful lesson -thanks

  42. mohammed says:

    you’re super i will tell my friends

    mohammed sarfaraz

  43. Jun says:

    lots of fun. I’d like to learn playing piano not just my boy:-)

  44. Teresa says:

    I love piano music and these piano lessons mean a lot and I learned sooo much, thanks Mr. Hoffman :)

  45. Daniel says:

    I have learnt a lot and I wish to do more

  46. Amber's Momma says:

    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!)

  47. reem says:

    thank you. I learned a lot.

  48. safaa says:

    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.

  49. Shilpa says:

    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!

  50. Erica says:

    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!

  51. Themba says:

    very nice for a beginner

  52. safaa says:

    my children love this lesson and don`t stop singing hot cross buns

  53. Jasmine says:

    This is so cool

  54. Huy says:

    Thank you so much. Very useful and interesting lesson!

  55. Pat says:

    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!

  56. Jeffrey says:

    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.

  57. Alisa Hardy says:

    Awesome gift! I love the supportive material, too! love the upgrade!!

  58. safaa says:

    This is wonderful website I like it very much

    I start to learn to start introducing this to my children

  59. Stephanie says:

    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.

  60. Nadine says:

    I like the new version of lesson 1!

  61. Gwendolyn says:

    Love the re-filmed version :)

  62. sulfianah says:

    love it…thanks

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