Thanks! I’m glad you liked it.
can you teach us your theme song?
Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll add it to our list of potential future songs.
I have A Question…………. in your videos,well you know your intro right? So i just wanna ask is………….. What song was that?
That song is called “All of Me” and it was written by Jon Schmidt.
Thank you the lesson was simple and easy to follow
You’re very welcome! I’m glad it was helpful.
Thank you so much 🙂 i”m from Azerbaijan you helped me so much
Hi! We’re glad to have you learning with us, and that you’re finding the lessons helpful! Keep up the great work. 🙂
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it.
This’s so exciting!
thank you this so helpful for me
You’re very welcome! I’m glad you found it helpful.
This 1st lesson was easier than i expected
I’m learning at age 47. I’m hopeful and encouraged. Thank you.
That’s great! We’re glad to have you learning with us, and hope you enjoy the lessons!
The song was incrediblely easy,thank you for teaching piano
You’re very welcome! I’m glad you were able to learn the song. 🙂
This seems to be interesting to my boy, wish it will help him to learn,thanks a lot
You’re very welcome! I hope he continues to enjoy the lessons.
very precise and easy THANKS
this is awesome thank you
You’re very welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it.
The first song was extremely easy!
So this is the second time I am trying to learn the piano…Am I pretty old about 16…would these help me learn the piano quickly? Secondly, how many times a week should I practice or go through this lesson.Lastly, are all these lessons free or do have to pay a premium to access them all
You can watch all of the video lessons for free. A Premium account gives you access to supplemental materials such as listening tracks, sheet music, worksheets, online games, etc. I would recommend practicing the piano every day, but you can move through the lessons at whatever pace works best for you. Some lessons might take you less than a day to master, while others will take longer. If you’d like some hints about how to know when it’s time to move forward, check out our blog post, When to Move On to the Next Lesson. I hope that helps! Let us know if you have any more questions.
the first lesson is hard to play the song
It can definitely be tricky but, with a little practice, I’m confident you can master it!
Wonderful my 5 year old son loves this.
Thank you! I’m glad he enjoyed the lesson.
I’ve been into piano since I was 4th grade, Im 8th grade nowbut Ive never really fully learned how to play the piano. My teachers really sucked.. it was a waste of 14 dollars every meet up. They never told me about anything called a Solfage. Ive been paying them for up to 2 years but I still don’t know how to play Fur Elise. I practiced so hard but I finally stopped. Im going to learn from you from now on. There is actual explanation on why and how you do a certain thing. I am so grateful for this.
We’re glad to have you learning with us, and hope you enjoy the lessons!
Mr Hoffman, I just saw this clip, and I would like to ask you, in this Hot Cross Bun song, the notes are majorly played at “do – re – mi”. I knew that usually the do = c and re = d and mi = e. Why in this song, the Do = F#, and Re = G#, and the Mi = A#? I have not yet opened my piano and have not yet tried whether I can do this song, on those notes ( C- D – E). Thank you so much!! I hope my question is not so silly. 😀
Yes! The song will work with C, D, and E, just as well as it will work with F#, G#, and A#. Many people are used to a system of solfège where C is always Do. However, we use a movable solfège instead of a fixed solfège. That means that Do is always the first note of the scale, the “home base” note, no matter what key you’re playing in. In the key of C major, Do means C, Re means D, Mi means E, and so forth. However, when you’re playing in the key of D major, you start higher because the home base note is D. D is Do, E is Re, F# is Mi, and so forth. The letter names always go with the same specific pitches. The solfège names, on the other hand, are associated with specific relationships between pitches. For example, the distance between Do and Re is always the same, no matter what key you’re playing in. It sounds a little confusing, but it actually makes transposing songs very easy. Once you know the solfège for a melody, you can set any note as Do and reproduce the same melody in whatever key you want. To read more about Solfège, you can look at this article on our blog: https://www.hoffmanacademy.com/blog/what-is-solfege/ I hope that helps!
thank you mr.Hoffman and I love how you do the lessons of piano I see your videos always
You’re very welcome! I’m glad you enjoy the videos.
hello I have a question i don’t know if is a good age to learn play the piano with 13 years old
Thirteen is a perfectly good age to start learning the piano!
I love this site and the best part is it’s free!
is this going to be easy even for a 5 yr old?
5-6 years old is usually a good time for children to start learning the piano, but it depends on the individual child. If you’d like some tips on knowing when a child is ready to start piano lessons, check out our blog post: What is the Best Age to Begin Piano Lessons? I hope that helps!
It would be because 5 or 6 year should start learning at a early age.
I started using this website a few years ago but then stopped playing for a really long time. I am so happy that I am starting again. I can not wait to get better and play the songs I love to my heart’s content! Thank you so much for making these videos. You are one of the reasons that I can learn more about my favorite thing in the world, music.
Thank you so much! We’re glad to have you learning with us again, and hope you continue to enjoy the lessons. Good luck and happy playing!
What an awesome lesson,though I couldn’t see😁 the jazz chords but yah thanks Mr Hoffmann I’ve got all the mi re do in my brain already…..😁 just kidding, but most of it ,thank you sir I just hope and look forth to further improvement
Thank you so much! We’re happy to have you learning with us and I’m so glad you enjoyed the lesson.
My daughter and me are very excited! thanks for giving us this opportunity…
You’re welcome! We’re glad to have you learning with us and hope you enjoy the lessons!
Hello. Thank you making this video! I am very happy on my first lesson..HOT cross buns!!! I really appreciate how you present the video in an entertaining way. Love it! I always want to learn how to play piano or keyboard and I think this is the right channel for me. And I am 37!
Thank you! We’re glad to have you learning with us. Good luck and happy playing!
What are the points earned after completing each unit used for?
Right now, the points are just for your own motivation and sense of accomplishment. However, we have some future features planned that will use the points, such as unlocking new profile customization. If you have ideas for fun ways we could use the points, we’d love to hear them!
Thank you made me happy
Thanks! I’m so glad you enjoyed the lesson.
Thank you!!! This inspires me to strive harder to learn piano. Who knows maybe one day I can also be a good pianist someday <3 More power!!!
You’re very welcome! There’s no limit to what you can accomplish with time and dedicated practice.
nice and easy to understand. But my keyboard has 36 key keyboard
Thank you! It’s OK to start on a smaller keyboard. You might need to modify a few of the songs that we teach so that they fit on your keyboard, but you can definitely still learn.
can i connect this to a keyboard midi ?
Hi! I’m not exactly sure what you’re asking. What are you wanting to connect to a keyboard midi?
Hi! Loved your first lesson. I don’t have a keyboard like you. I’ve got a small one… what should I do?
It’s perfectly all right to start on a smaller keyboard. If your keyboard has at least 61 keys, then you should be able to play all of the songs that we teach in the lessons without any trouble. If your keyboard has fewer than 61 keys, you may need to modify a few of the songs, but it should still be all right. Let us know if you have any problems or questions and we’ll be happy to help.
It’s so exciting to see my (just turned) five-year-old play his first song! Looking forward to the whole program!
We’re glad to have you learning with us, and hope you and your son continue to enjoy the lessons! 🙂
this helped me so much thank u
You’re very welcome! I’m glad the lesson was helpful.
Hi.., I started learning on PSR – I455 , thanks for guiding me
Hi! We’re glad to have you learning with us. 🙂
Hello! I love your lessons and just had a question. I am playing on a 49 key keyboard and you are playing on a 88 key piano. Will I still be able to learn?
It’s perfectly all right to learn on a smaller keyboard, especially if you’re just starting out. Since your keyboard has fewer than 61 keys you will need to modify a few of the songs taught in these lessons, but it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I hope that helps. Let us know if you have any more questions.
Hi. I’ve played piano for two years. and I finished some books like BEYER, CZERNY, BACH, and also some classical music pieces like rondo alla turca. I want to continue it with free online lessons. Could you please help me? thank you so much
If you’ve had some previous piano experience, it’s ok to start with unit 2. It’s good to start as early in the program as you can to learn any music theory skills that might be new to you, but feel free to jump around and skip lessons as needed. You might also want to look through the lessons in unit 1 to see if there are any topics you are unfamiliar with or would like to review. I hope that helps!
Hi Dear instructor. Thank you so much for your reply. my name is Omid and I’m 13 years old . I’ve a question . Is It possible to send to you a short video that I played ? In this way you can guide me better and tell me what should I do. I appreciate the time you’ve taken to write to me.
Hi Omid! If you’d like, you can post a video on our Facebook page or on YouTube. Make sure to let us know if you do so we can go check it out! 🙂
Hi i bought my Yamaha Psr E453 two days ago am i on the right page please?
Hi! Congratulations on getting an instrument. 🙂 Yes, this is the first lesson. We hope you enjoy learning your first song, and feel free to ask us any questions you might have along the way. Good luck and happy playing!
Great! But the only thing is that up I play viola and flute so I basically know all this stuff is there any lesson that I can skip to? Oh and by the way, I have very little experience but I have a very good musical ear! Thanks! Keep it up!
Thank you! There are some things taught early on that are specific to the piano, so even with a solid knowledge of music theory, it’s good to start near the beginning. However, you can feel free to skip around and move quickly through the first few units. I’d suggest you look through our lesson index page and watch the lessons in the first unit that have topics you may not be fully familiar with. Then if you want, you can start in unit 2. You can still move quickly through the lessons after that if they aren’t challenging enough. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!
this was really helpful 🙂
I’m excited to learn how to play piano! An elderly man that I’ve known since I was small has always wanted me to learn. I’ve since then grown some interest.
Well, we’re glad to have you learning with us! Good luck and happy playing. 🙂
Daniel is so excited to play his first song!
That’s great! We’re happy to have him learning with us!
Im excited to learn how to play a piano with two hands
That’s great! You’ll start adding chords to the songs you learn by the end of unit 1. 🙂
love that you incorporate solfege right away from the start!
This is awesome, I decided to learn how to play the piano and I found you and you teach so nicely and so friendly , I really enjoyed this lesson, thanks.
Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the lesson, and we’re happy to have you learning with us!
I’m recommending your site to all of my friends and family! I appreciate how you make no assumptions as to musical background but begin with the basics. Your instructions are detailed and simple. You make the journey of learning exciting! Thanks Mr. Hoffman!
Thank you so much! I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons and finding them helpful!
Dear Mr Hoffman, what is the difference between a piano and a keyboard? Is it that the keys are easier to press?
That’s definitely part of it. The main structural difference between a piano and an electric keyboard is that an acoustic piano uses actual strings that vibrate to make noise when you play a note, and an electric piano just simulates that noise electronically. However, the biggest practical difference is that for most electric keyboards the keys don’t have the same weight which which makes them easier to press, and you don’t have as much control over dynamics, which is how loud or soft you play each note.
Hello, I’m learning without the help of a teacher, are these lessons suitable for me?
Yes! The video lessons are designed to teach beginning piano. So long as you’re willing to put in the effort to practice and move through the curriculum on your own, you should be able to learn using them.
You’re a GREAT Teacher! I’m letting my 2 girls get started with you tonight. (Ages 4 and 1). I’m looking forward to learning along with them. Thanks for this!!!
You’re very welcome! We’re glad to have you learning with us, and hope you enjoy the lessons.
I am not able to play the video on my phone. Anyone else have this problem?
Wonderful! My kids and I really enjoyed this and are so happy to have found this academy!
Thank you! We’re glad to have you learning with us.
Really good in the way Joseph teaches us the parts of the piano!
Thank you! I’m glad you liked it.
Sorry throught lesson was free
All of the video lessons are free, and can be watched here, or on our YouTube Channel. The sheet music and other materials are available with a premium account, or can be purchased at our online store.
What a simple way to start? Great Teacher
I love this very much and am just elated to be part of this.
Thank you! We’re glad to have you learning with us and hope you continue to enjoy the lessons. Good luck and happy playing!
Excited to start the lessons. Great teacher!
Thank you! We’re glad to have you learning with us!
I always want to play with piano thankyou Hoffmanacademy for making it truth am so happy
We’re glad to have you learning with us, and I’m so happy you enjoyed the lesson!
Omg I absolutely loved this lesson it was so helpful before I found this website I was totally clueless about playing the piano but I always wanted to learn I’m so exited to watch the next lesson thank you so much
You’re very welcome, and we’re glad to have you learning with us!
Hi hoofman academy . My name is nooruldeen and im from Iraq . Im so happy that I found your website . Finally I got a way to impress my girlfriend . Thank you very much
Hi! We’re glad to have you learning with us and hope you enjoy the lessons. 🙂
How do I get lesson 2, etc.
There are a few ways to navigate the lessons. You can click up at the top of the page where it says “Lessons” then click where it says “View Unit 1” then click on whatever lesson in unit 1 you’d like to watch. The other option is to click in the bottom right corner of the video where it says “Next Activity.” That will take you to the practice session for the lesson you just watched. To get to the next video from there, just click where it says “Skip Practice Session.” I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!
I’ve already watched Hot Cross Buns. Am I your oldest student?? I took 6 months of lessons in 1954. Now I have Parkinson’s and I’m ready to try again.
We have students from a very wide age range, but it’s possible that you’re the oldest. In any case, we’re happy to have you learning with us, and hope you enjoy the lessons!
Since I don’t have a piano, is there a keyboard for about $50 that you would recommend for someone like me who wants to become a master?
Some good, inexpensive models of keyboard are the Casio CTK series and the Yamaha PSR series, which range from about $80 to $250. If you’d like some more information about choosing an instrument, check out our blog post, Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!
hey are all of these lessons free?
All of the video lessons are free. If you upgrade to a premium account for a monthly fee, you gain access to sheet music, practice sessions, games, and other supplementary materials, but anyone can watch the videos for free.
I need free for now.
this is so amazing.
Just found ur youtube channel and now I’m here, so excited to learn how to play piano, I’m an absolute beginner, thank you for ur videos, looking forward to learn from you. Love the way u
teach 👍 👍
Thank you! We’re happy to have you learning with us, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the lesson. Good luck and happy playing!
Thanks for the lessons! I struggled at piano for so long; then I found Hoffman academy, so great to learn with you! And again, thank you very much
You’re very welcome! I’m glad you found the lesson helpful.
Mr. Hoffman, you make playing the piano fun and possible for anyone who takes the time to follow your lessons. Thank you!
You’re very welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed the lesson.
Hi I thank you so much I think I saw you at the convention center!
Wait I did I didn’t think
Hi! You’re very welcome, and we’re glad to have you learning with us! 🙂
Hello Mr. Hoffman, i’ve been trying to learn piano for so long now and i couldn’t find any good websites to use until i found this website. I listened to you play Hot Cross Buns and i already know how to play it so good. I am going to take your advice and i am going to practice everday no matter how tired and no matter how busy. Thank you for making good piano learning videos.
I’m new here
Welcome! We’re happy to have you learning with us, and I’m glad you enjoyed the first lesson! Keep up the great work, and let us know if you have any questions along the way.
wowwww!!!!!amazing!!!love to learn with u!!!became your biggest fan!!!
Thank you! We’re glad to have you learning with us. 🙂
hello mr. hoffman when i watch your video for learning piano. im beggest fan of you thanqq so much for making piano learning videos
Hi! We’re happy to have you learning with us, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the lesson.
This is the only one piano learning program that could made me move head
My daughter loves it!
That’s great! We’re so glad she enjoyed the lesson.
Surely will practice daily. Superb simple training.
Thank you so much! Good luck and happy playing!
Awesome lesson! In what Unit will we learn to read sheet music?
Thank you! You start learning about the grand staff in the beginning of unit 2.
You are awesome
I am very happy to have started my piano lessons with you. My first lesson was very fun I will continue my classes.
We’re glad to have you learning with us, and we hope you continue to enjoy the lessons! Good luck and happy playing!
I’m so glad I saw you today in tv. I played piano many years ago as a child and actually was quite good. I stopped playing for years due to several things happening in my life but have always missed playing. I still have my piano from my childhood and I’m looking forward to playing again! I think your program will be perfect for this 61 year old retired nurse!!!
Thank you! We’re glad to have you learning with us, and hope you continue to find the lessons helpful. Good luck and happy playing!
Hello everyone. I’m from Brazil. I’m learning here. I hope to learn more. Thank you for the opportunity. I could teach some music by Roberto Carlos How great my love for you! thank you so much Mr. Hoffman !
Hello, and thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the lesson.
Hi how are you I’m a big fan
Hi! I’m doing great. How are you?
Hello , I don’t any piano right now but I’d love to learn so can you help me out what should buy and do?
Hi! There are a wide variety of pianos and keyboards that you could start learning on. Check out our blog post, Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student, for some information about the various types of piano and what to look for in an instrument. I hope that helps!
I loved this video and i did both of my hands! -Jackie, age 10
That’s wonderful! Keep up the great work! 🙂
Mr.Hoffman I Watched your Moana level 3 video and When I played the piano I did amazing because you make the piano easy. So could you do a Bethoven piano lesson please.
Thank you! I’m so glad you found the tutorial helpful. And thank you for the suggestion. I’ll add it to our list of potential future lessons.
Hello Sir, first I want to wish u a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 and God may provide success and happiness all through your life and today I took a resolution that I will learn piano and I found you and watched your tutorial and you are awesome, you have trained me in the first lesson so easily and friendly I didn’t notice that I have learned a lot from it.
Thank you so much! Happy new year to you too! 🙂 We’re so glad to have you learning with us and we hope you continue to find the lessons helpful. Good luck and happy playing!
Gosh… i love it…
Its even better than flowkey
Hello Mr, Hoffman, i’m still new here but i’m already liking this! unfortunately i forced to sell my piano, now i’m learning piano online (with my keyboard). Do you have any advice ? or is it okay to make a video piano on keyboards? . thank you so much Mr. Hoffman ! 🙂
It’s perfectly all right to learn on an electronic keyboard instead of an acoustic piano, especially if you’re just starting out. If your keyboard has fewer than 61 keys you will need to modify a few of the songs taught in these lessons, but even then it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I hope that helps. Let us know if you have any more questions.
whats that one key for?
I’m not entirely sure I understand your question. Which key are you talking about?
This was a nice lesson but I already tried hot cross buns with both hands it was fine I already have experience on the piano and I can use both hands (kind of) so what lesson do you recommend me?
If you’ve had some previous piano experience and feel like you already know the unit 1 material, it’s ok to start with unit 2. It’s good to start as early in the program as you can to learn any music theory skills that might be new to you, but feel free to jump around and skip lessons as needed. You might also want to look through the lessons in unit 1 to see if there are any topics you are unfamiliar with or would like to review.
I have a 54 key keyboard. Can I still do the lessons?
Absolutely! Having a keyboard with 88 weighted keys to practice on is preferable because it helps you develop finger strength and because some more advanced pieces use a wider range of notes, but it’s all right to start on a smaller keyboard if necessary. With a 54-key keyboard, you may have to modify some of the pieces taught in the lessons, but other than that, it shouldn’t make too much of a difference.
I love lesson 1 🙂
Thanks! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
I have practiced lesson 1 trying to go the next activity but nothing happens!
We’re sorry you’re having trouble with the website! Let us know if you’re still having trouble with it, and we’ll see if we can figure out what’s wrong. For now, here’s a link to Lesson 2. In the future, if you’re having trouble getting to a lesson, you can also use our lesson index page to navigate. I hope that helps!
Hi, Mr.Hoffman , Christmas night my grandson help me to paid the lessons fee and I start enjoy learning with you
In 2013 was the first-time I meet u in the internet that time I don,t have a key board to practice recently my daughter bought me one .I think I am the oldest student of you.
My English is not well so I know I learn vert slow but I will try my best and remember you said :PRACTICE EVERY DAY
Hi! We’re so glad to have you learning with us, and we hope you enjoy the lessons and find them helpful. Good luck and happy playing!
Lol I purchased this package almost a year ago. Finally got around to starting, I AM so excited. I forgot how awesome your energy is =D
LOL that is wired, i’m looking at the 4th song
I am so happy I came across the Hoffman Academy. You make learning the piano fun and engaging. I have been searching for online piano lessons and came across many that were not helpful to me. Many were confusing to me. Here, I love how the lessons are simple to understand while at the same time doing, “on the job training” ;). I want to thank Mr. Hoffman and his team for everything you all do in teaching all ages how to play the piano. May God continue to bless his family and team abundantly.
Thank you so much! We’re so glad you’re finding the lessons helpful, and we’re happy to have you learning with us.
I always want a good teacher who can help me in piano nd finally I meat u sir thank you sir..for your good work
You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you’re finding the lessons helpful.
you are awesome
Thank you! I’m glad you liked the lesson.
This is amazing and good i think I need a better piano
Thank you! I’m so glad you liked it. If you’re serious about getting a new piano, you may want to start by reading our blog post about Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student. Good luck and happy playing!
I taught myself how to play the piano as a kid (I’m now 35 – and only very basic abilities). A few years ago I read an article about how learning how to play music before the age of 7 or 8 has amazing benefits to brain development, so I bought a high-end keyboard for my kids to learn to play, though we never started lessons. I recently heard about your online program and I’m so glad I did!! I just set up a free account for all of us (4 of my kids ages 4-9, my husband and myself). 🙂 We all went through lesson 1 today and my kids loved it!! I am SO excited to make this a regular part of our day! My kids seem excited too. 🙂 Hopefully they stick with it so we can sign up for premium accounts – the trailers for the games look fantastic! (My husband won’t let me sign up until we know for sure that this will be a regular thing. lol.) Thank you for putting together such great content and making them so easily available.
Thank you! I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed the lesson, and we’re happy to have you learning with us!
That was class I am excited that I am joining this academy today
We’re glad to have you learning with us!
This is amazing! Not only did I learn from music, but I learned something about its history as well! Good job!
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the lesson.
The unit 1 book did not print correctly for me. Lots of little boxes, overlapping letters, and letters missing.
We’re sorry you’re having trouble with the unit 1 book. Some systems open a preview window when you download a file. If you try to print from the PDF preview it can cause problems. Make sure you download the PDF, open the file, and print it from your PDF reader software (Adobe, Foxit, etc.). If that doesn’t help, please email our support team through our Contact Us page and include what browser, operating system, and PDF reader you’re using in your question.
You’re the best!
Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the lesson.
Thank you for the lesson!
You’re very welcome! I’m glad you liked it.
You should do keyboard lessons
Hi, the printables won’t download for me. Is there another way to get them? Thanks.
Hi, Nevermind….the error was on my end. My kids LOVED their first lesson! This is so fun! Thank you!
Thank you! I’m glad they enjoyed the lesson, and that you were able to get the printables to work.
Was so awesome I learned a lot from it
Thank you! I’m glad you liked the video.
Thanks for the lesson😊
You’re very welcome! I’m glad you liked it. 🙂
do you also have singing lessons
We don’t currently offer online voice lessons. While we do hope to someday post lessons for other instruments, first we want to get our piano curriculum up to intermediate and advanced levels.
Great! Thanks for the lesson!
You’re very welcome! I’m glad you liked it!
Dear Teacher Hoffman, thank you for creating such a wonderful website. I am a parent of a four-year-old. I have no music background but recently started learning piano together with my kid. She endrolled Yamaha Junior Music course. Hot cross buns is the first song she learned to play on the white keys. As I want to show her your video lesson to suppliment her in class Yamaha lessons, I am sure she would have this same question in mind after watching- why do you play do re mi on the three black keys rather than the white keys for this song? Any specific reason that you start teaching black keys instead of white keys? Will you share more on this? Thank you.
The answer is simply that it is much easier for the beginner student to find a group of 3 black keys than it is to find C-D-E. I want their first song to be as easy and simple as possible, so they can have an early success. Also, in the Hoffman Method we use “movable do”, meaning that DO can transpose to any key. To learn more about solfege and why we use movable DO, read here. – Mr. Hoffman
Love love love! Excited to restart my piano journey with Hoffman academy.
I’m glad you liked it, and we’re happy to have you learning with us!
THis is awesome!👌👏👏
Thank you so much! I’m glad you liked it.
Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
I’m 35 years old and I can tell I am going to love this! It really is for all ages. I am so excited!
I have just finished my first lesson and I’m really excited about this, piano is my favorite instrument BY FAR, nut never really had the initiative to learn it, but now I’m more hyped than ever before!! IN LOVE WITH THESE LESSONS and it’s just the first one! will practice for sure. (sorry if a had any mistakes, my english is not 100% perfect) greetings from Venezuela! 😀
Thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the lessons and we’re happy to have you learning with us!
Great beginning, this first lesson makes me want to follow all the rest of the lessons to the very end
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
Oh I hope that you’ll be a good teacher for me. Thanks for the lesson
sorry,why i cant watch the video？it shows the page can not be opened,do i have to use with vpn？
Hi! We’re sorry you’re having trouble with the website! If the videos won’t load, you can always try going to our YouTube Channel and watching them there. If that’s not working, it probably means YouTube is blocked in the location or facility you’re trying to access the lessons from. All the videos on the website are actually streamed via YouTube, so if YouTube itself is blocked, they won’t play on our website either.
If the videos are working on YouTube, but not on the website, feel free to contact us, and we’ll see if we can help. Be sure to include the following information:
-A description of your problem (e.g., the video viewing area stays black or the lesson pages won’t load)
-What operating system and device you are using
-What internet browser you are using
-Your current location, both country and establishment (e.g., at home, at school, in a library, etc.)
Is it okay to practice with a keyboard? which keyboard do you recommend? Thank you!
Yes, practicing on a keyboard is just fine! There are many good keyboards, and picking the one that’s best for you will depend on your individual needs and situation. To get started, I’d suggest you review our blog post, Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student. I hope that helps!
you really are such a good teacher. I do not speak English very well because I live in Belgium and thus speak Dutch and still learn English, but I understand you too! really amazing!
Thank you! I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons and finding them helpful. 🙂
This is a great addition to our kids’ homeschool music lessons. We are so grateful for this.
Thank you! We’re glad you’re finding the lessons helpful, and we’re happy to have you learning with us. 🙂
what if you know things like key names,finger position,etc so that you don’t have to learn them all over again if so pleas tell me
If you’ve had some previous piano experience and feel like you already know the unit 1 material, it’s ok to start with unit 2. It’s good to start as early in the program as you can to learn any music theory skills that might be new to you, but feel free to jump around and skip lessons as needed.
Ive been wanting to learn for piano for most of my life,I have even had you on my tablet for a couple of years now. Today you came to my head b/c well I do want to learn,but I don’t b/c I really don’t have the confidence that I can. I came here today and watched your first lesson (which I have done before a few years ago) and I cried b/c you really gave me the confidence that I really can learn and do it great. Thank you so much I am going to practice and see how it goes I’m really excited that I can learn to play the piano. Thank you so much.
Thank you! We’re so glad to have you learning with us, and hope you continue! Keep up the great work! 🙂
it was a good lesson, thanks
I’m glad you liked it!
I have always wanted to learn the piano or keyboard but was busy raising kids and now that they are grown and have their own lives I began searching for a good teacher but for a few years searched and finally gave up for awhile…then one night I began searching you tube for beginner songs and lessons and thats when I came across Joseph and let me tell you I feel confident and excited to play and literally everyday for a week now I have been non stop practicing in the evening. You make it so easy to follow and understand I truly feel like I am going to succeed in all aspects of playing the piano/keyboard. So I just wanted to say thank you for ending my search for a good instructor because you are awesome.
Thank you so much! We’re happy to have you learning with us and I’m glad you’re enjoying the lessons so far. Good luck and happy playing!
That’s great! 🙂
As a beginner what is the best piano brand? Yamaha ypt-220 or Casio CTk-2100 ..which piano will be perfect for me..?i’m a beginner…
Thanks for the great information…
Either one of those keyboards should be fine for a beginner. Both Yamaha and Casio are highly trusted, consistent brands, and it’s really up to you to decide which you like the sound, look, and feel of best! Good luck and happy playing!
Thanks for your helpful response so, how is Casio AP420? May i take this ….
I haven’t had personal experience with that model, but it looks as if it should be fine.
lesson number 8
this class is great
I’m glad you like it! 🙂
thank you great
Your tutorial very helpful for me… I am too late learning piano
Thank you! I’m glad you found the lesson helpful, and its never too late to learn something new! Good luck and happy playing!
I’m trying to be a Music producer, so i guess knowing how to use a Piano is really helpful. Thank you very much
You’re very welcome! We’re glad to have you learning with us.
I’m learning how to play the Cello and while doing that I figure why not play the piano too. Your tutorials are very helpful! I’ve had my piano sitting in my room forever, and you changed the way I look at it every time I walk in my room.
Mr. you are very “goodman”
Thank you. It was great!
This lesson was great to experience. It made me feel like a kid again. I think a good way to learn something new is to feel like a kid when doing it because it will leave that much more of an impression on you. I have also been wanting to learn the piano since I was a child so this is a good start for me.
Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the lesson.
thank you for the lessons it was helpful
You’re very welcome! I’m glad you liked the lesson.
I am so glad I found your program (through a homeschooling facebook group). It is absolutely amazing that you offer this for free. We are so grateful. Thank you so much!!! My 4 year old has been begging to start lessons and I only played by ear before so I’m excited to do the lessons right along with him! I wasn’t going to start him in lessons until 5 but he has been asking and I happen to find your site. I love that the lessons are short and perfect for his age and attention span. Thank you again! He is so proud of himself for learning his first song. 🙂
Thank you! I’m glad you’re finding the lessons helpful and we’re so happy to have your son learning with us!
I have been watching your videos on You tube, there great!!
Thank you! I’m glad you like them.
I have signed up about 2 months ago. I have difficulties opening the lessons. How does the program works. Where do I go to use the printables and the audio. I can only view the very first lesson. Please help. Thanks
Hi! There are two ways to move between lessons: 1) At the bottom right corner of the video, there should be something that says “Next Activity.” If you click on that, it should take you to the practice session for lesson 1, and then once you’ve completed that, it will ask if you want to move on to lesson 2 (or you can skip the practice session by clicking the box that says “skip practice session.”) 2) Scroll up to the top of the page and click on where it says “Lessons” then scroll down and click “view unit 1.” From there you can just click on any lesson or practice session in unit 1.
There are three general ways to access the materials: 1) On the bottom left corner of most of the videos, there are boxes that say “Printables” and/or “Audio.” If you click on them, it will allow you to download the materials for that lesson. 2) In the beginning of each practice session, there is a list of materials used in the practice session, and next to each one there’s a box that says “open” which will allow you to download each file. 3) Scroll up to the top of the page and look for the circular icon in the top right corner. It should be a colored circle with a letter or an animal in it. Click on that circle, then go down and click on “account” which will take you to your account dashboard. From there, click on the box that says “Materials” and it will let you download all the materials for the unit you are currently in.
I hope that helps! Let me know if you’re still having trouble!
Hello, I have signed two of my children up for the Premium. I have tried looking for an explination on the points and have not been able to find it. Can you please explain the points that they earn? Is there something they can “cash” the points in for, like a new game to play or something? Thanks!
Hi! Right now, the points are just for the students’ motivation and sense of accomplishment. However, we have some future features planned that will use the points, such as unlocking new profile customization. If you or your children have ideas for fun ways we could use the points, we’d love to hear them!
I don’t have any experience with the piano can I still be a better player??
Are you asking whether you can improve to become better than you currently are? If so, then yes! Every pianist starts out with no experience, and then has to learn and practice in order to improve. You can certainly improve your piano skills, even if you don’t start out with any experience at all. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!
How To print a sheet music?
To get the sheet music for “Hot Cross Buns” just click on the little box in the bottom left corner of the video that says “Printables” and it should let you download the sheet music. I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.
I love this!
Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
Hi Mr. Hoffman…
I am so happy to be back and continuing with my piano classes with you and your amazing system, and could realizing my all my life dream to learn to play piano like you…or close.
Thanks for the oportunity …
And I have a question: Why in the lesson 1 you use the 5th black key as Do Mayor insted of the tipycal white key Do Mayor ??
Hi! That’s a good question. In my method of teaching, we use a movable solfège system which means that “Do” changes depending on what key you’re playing in. So if you’re playing in the key of C major, then “Do” will be “C” but in this case, we’re playing in the key of F# major, so “Do” is on “F#” which is the black key we start the song on. If you’d like to learn more about solfège, you can read our blog post What is solfège?. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!
Just starting piano today! i know a LOT about music theory (like, at this point i’m far past knowing all the notes and the quintessential major/minor scales) from playing guitar, bass and other instruments for years. where do you recommend someone who has theory knowledge but no technical ability start on your course? thanks!
Hi! We’re happy to have you learning with us! There are some things taught early on that are specific to the piano, so even with a solid knowledge of music theory, it’s good to start near the beginning. However, you can feel free to skip around and move quickly through the first few units. I’d suggest you look through our lesson index page and watch the lessons in the first unit or two that have topics like “piano posture,” “finger numbers,” or other techniques you may not be fully familiar with. Then I’d recommend starting in either unit 2 or 3. You can still move quickly through the lessons after that if they aren’t challenging enough. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!
Wondering as my children are starting out. Do you suggest the do lesson one for a week, then lesson two for a week and so on? Or do they just move lessons each day?
I reall Anjou the way you teach them thanks for this awesome website.
The nice thing about online lessons is that you can go at whatever pace works best for your children. If they’re finding the material in the first few units fairly easy, it’s all right to do a lesson every day or every few days. For most beginning children, 2-3 lessons a week seems to work best. If you’re not sure what pace to go at, our blog post, When to Move On to the Next Lesson, has some ideas about how to tell when your children are ready to move forward. I hope that helps!
I need to learn piano little by little. I need to know what are chords, which keys are A,B,C,D,E,F, AND G. And how to play with both hands.
Those are great things to look forward to learning! In lesson 3 we teach about the musical alphabet, and then in lessons 4, 7, and 11, you’ll learn how to recognize which letter goes with which key on the piano. By the end of unit 1, you’ll learn how to play chords, and you’ll also start playing with both hands together.
I am enjoying piano with your lessons! You are very charismatic Mr. Hoffman! I will let you know if your charms work on my 10-year-old son.
Thank you! I’m glad you are enjoying the lessons and I hope your son likes them too!
Joseph Hoffman has a rare knack of seeing things from the students perspective. Lesson 1 assumes no prior knowledge, even explaining that the things you press are called keys. It feels simple and fun, yet so much is packed into this one lesson. Full marks for the website, too, which is delightfully easy to use.
Thank you! We are so glad you’re finding the lessons and the website helpful!
I KNOW ALL THE PIANO CHORDS AND I JUST NEED TO PRACTICE.
Evelyn will practice every day and she likes the video. Thank you!
You’re very welcome! I’m so glad she enjoyed the video and is committed to practicing. 🙂
Kayla loves it. She wants to practice every day!
That’s great! I’m so happy that she liked the lesson and is finding enjoyment in practicing the piano!
omg that skit at the end was so funny -calvin
Thanks! I’m glad you liked it!
My brother finally likes playing the piano. I❤️🎹
Best teacher ever
Thanks. 🙂 I’m glad you’re liking the lessons.
My little brother is still playing it on his piano
Love this! 😀
Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the video. 🙂
Well, this looks like a pretty fun way to relearn the piano, should I skip any lessons since I already know the basics?
If you have had some previous experience, you can feel free to jump around and skip lessons as needed. I’d suggest you look through our lesson index page to see if there is anything in the early units you’d like to review, and then find a starting point that works for you. You can also read our blog post about Where to Begin with Hoffman Academy. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!
Scratch that question. Found how to do it.
In the first lesson, he mentions using. a practice video. Where do you find it?
hi Mr.hoffman. i’m so happy that you are my first piano teacher and i’m so thankful. thank you very much ☺️❤️ i hope one day i could be a great pianist like you and a good student for you.
You’re very welcome! We’re so glad to have you learning with us and I’m happy to be your teacher! There is no limit to what you can learn when you are willing to work hard and persevere at something. Good luck and happy playing!
Hey Mr. Hoffman,did you get that good at playing just by practicing or were just born that way
I definitely had to practice a little. 🙂
Hi, I just want to tell you how excited I am to re-learn the piano with you! I recently was gifted a 1932 Wurlitzer baby grand piano in excellent condition, and I used to be classically trained but only know my chords now. I’ve only watched part of your first lesson, but will be breaking out the iPad and playing along on my piano. Thanks for this awesome resource!
Thanks! We’re so glad you’re finding the lesson helpful! Good luck and happy playing!
Is the backing track used for the video found on the Listening Album or Practice Album? How do I get both of those?
You can get the listening track for Lesson 1, which is free, by clicking on the box that says “Audio” at the bottom left corner of the video. If you want the complete materials for unit 1 or any of the other units, you can purchase them at our online store or get a premium subscription which will give you access to all of the materials, practice sessions, and games on a monthly basis. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!
Very good stuff. Can I use a keyboard to learn?
Yes, you can use a digital keyboard to learn to play the piano. It’s best to use a keyboard with 88 weighted keys, but if that’s not possible, it’s also ok to start on a smaller one.
this is righteous dude
Thanks! I’m glad you liked it. 🙂
What do I do first
If you’ve watched Lesson 1 and feel ready to move on, you could go to Lesson 2. Or you can watch Lesson 1 again and then practice playing “Hot Cross Buns” on your own before moving on. I hope that helps! Let me know if there’s anything specific you’re confused about and I’d be happy to answer your questions!
does age count to learn piano
That’s a good question. Children younger than five years old might have some trouble with it because their hands aren’t quite big and strong enough to play the keys correctly, but other than that, people of any age can successfully learn to play the piano.
Q: Do I have to cut my nails to play the piano properly
When you play the piano, you use the tips of your fingers, so long nails can get in the way. You’ll find it much easier and more comfortable to play with good hand posture if your fingernails are clipped reasonably short. I hope that helps!
Thank you for your prompt reply, I really appreciate it 😊
Hi, Mr. Hoffman Where do I find the Listening Album you refer to in the intro to the Unit? Thanks!
You can get the materials for lesson one, which are free, by clicking on the boxes that say “Printables” and “Audio” in the bottom left corner of the video. If you would like the complete materials for unit 1, you can purchase them at our store or get a premium subscription which will allow you access to the materials for all of the units, as well as practice sessions and games, on a monthly basis. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!
How old are you
As old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth. 🙂
How do I get the back track for hot cross buns do I need to be a premium subscriber. Im on disability and I can’t afford $130 to be premium subscriber I’m very sorry.
The materials for the first lesson including the sheet music and backing track are free. There should be a box at the bottom left corner of the video that says “Printables” and another one that says “Audio”. If you click on them, it will let you open the materials for “Hot Cross Buns”. I hope that helps!
I didn’t know that singing can improve your piano playing! Thank you so much!
That is great
Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
hi mr. Hoffman I just started my parents are going to buy me a piano. which piano do you suggest for the lessons beginner
That’s a great question! There are a lot of good pianos to choose from. To start, I’d recommend checking out our blog post about Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student to get an idea of what your options are and what you should be looking for. I hope that helps!
Is it best piano for beginners? I m little bit confused but I think it is great !!
From the review, it looks like it’s a good quality electronic keyboard. Some of the most important things to keep in mind are whether it has a full 88 keys, and whether they’re weighted to make it feel like a real piano. This specific keyboard has both of those things, so I would say it’s a good choice.
Please try out some bollywood song like (ae dil hai mushkil) it is going to be awesome teacher.
Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll put it on the list of potential songs for future lessons.
hi，mr. hoffman.do you offer a pinao sheets that you played.
Yes! The sheet music for the first lesson is free. There should be a box at the bottom of the video that says “Printables” and if you click on it, it will let you open the sheet music for “Hot Cross Buns”. If you want the materials for the whole unit, or for other units, they are available for purchase in our store and are also available to premium members. I hope that helps! Good luck and happy playing!
I am having trouble pulling up the lessons again. I was able to this morning but now I can’t. Any suggestions.
We’re so sorry you’re having trouble pulling up the videos! I would suggest trying again in a little while and if you’re still having problems, contact us and we’ll try to help you further.
Very unique teaching style.
This was fun. I am trying to improve my voice so singing was a great idea.
I have been able to learn a lot through your class mr. hoffman
Thank you! I’m so glad you found the lesson helpful!
thank you mr. hoffman
So beautiful! Thank you!!!!
My family do not have enough money for a piano but I really really want to play piano
It’s ok if you don’t have an actual piano when you start learning to play. If you have a computer or a tablet, you can find a keyboard app to use instead, many of which are free. Just be sure to practice good piano posture so that it will be easier to transition to a real keyboard when that becomes possible for you. I hope that helps!
Amazing!!!!!! Go Sir!!!!!!! Your are an amazing teacher!!!!!! Hoffman Academy is the best piano related thing I’ve come across!!!!!!
prophet denis cramer to;d me to stick to piano
I am 23 years always wanted to learn piano. I don’t have one even, so I downloaded a keyboard app and I have really enjoyed playing Hot Cross buns. Thank you.
You’re welcome! We’re so glad to have you learning with us!
I would like to learn to play walk around in heaven
Thank you for the suggestion! I will put it on the list of potential future songs for lessons. Good luck and happy playing!
You are a wonderful teacher Sir ..!!
Great lesson! I bought a piano around 2 months ago and was thinking of returning back but finally found something easy to learn. Thanks! looking forward to learn more.
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the video, and that you want to continue learning the piano. Good luck and happy playing!
Thank you so much Mr.Hoffman. I thought I can’t learn piano in my life cause I don’t have time to go to piano class and also I can’t afford tuition fess for piano class. All my hopes to learn piano are coming back because of you.
You’re very welcome! I’m so glad to be able to help you on your musical journey! Good luck and happy playing!
Hello, Im 24 years old and I am from India.I couldn’t find anyone to teach me from the scratch and now I am totally in love with the videos.Thank you so much for this.
You’re very welcome! We’re so glad to have you learning with us!
Fantastic Mr. Hoffman
I signed in for premium but they don’t let me😭
I’m sorry you’re having difficulty signing up for premium. If you give me some more details about where you’re having trouble, I will try to help you. You can either comment again, or get in touch with us through our Contact Us page for more assistance.
Hey, Mr.Hoffman,what is HT short for? Your book says”play RH,LH，or HT？
Great question! HT stands for “hands together” meaning you play with both hands at the same time.
I truly enjoyed my first piano lesson! I don’t have a piano yet but I’m buying one soon. I will practice everyday as you suggested. I always wanted to learn, and I never knew anyone offered classes online. My son and daughter will learn as well. I can’t afford to pay for all of us so I appreciate you providing this opportunity! Thank you so much for offering your knowledge to others!!!!
I’m so glad you enjoyed the video, and we’re happy to have you learning with us! Good luck and happy playing!
Easygoing and enjoying
Ay this lesson awesome, I tried it and it is really easy for beginners like me. Just Mr. Hoffman I connot afford a piano neither a keyboard right now, could I use simulators?
We’ve had people start using our lessons with nothing but a keyboard app, and that’s just fine! Better to start now with what you’ve got and save up so as soon as it’s feasible you can start using an actual keyboard. When you eventually are able to afford a keyboard, this article offers some useful information about purchasing one: Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student.
owww this is amazing i didn’t expected to be like this actually i dont have a piano yet i couldn’t buy one because it’s so expensive for me and i think i would never… but i really enjoyed your lesson thank you very much you maid me so so so happy
You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed the video!
Hey, Mr.Hoffman I have two questions:
1.Will it affect me too much having a 61 key piano/keyboard?
2.Will affect me too much if I have non-weighted keys?
Neither of those things will stop you from being able to learn the piano. Having a keyboard with 88 weighted keys to practice on is preferable because it helps you develop finger strength and because some more advanced pieces use a wider range of notes. However, it’s fine to start on a smaller keyboard.
this is so cool. I just want Mr. Hoffman to know that I am so thankful to you, all the way from the Philippines. I dont have money to pay for piano lessons. all we can afford is keyboard paid thru installments. me and my mom was starting to regret and plan to sell it but then one day i saw this lesson and started to play my keyboard again. i tried to read pdf’s before but this vids are the most awesome and easy to understand. not boring at all like those video piano lessons in some sites that if they’re not talking they will have a lot of talk that sometimes have nothing to do with the lesson. BOTTOMLINE: Mr. Hoffman, thank you for igniting the fire again. i want to play the keyboard again because of you.
Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the video, and we’re happy to have you learning with us! Good Luck and Happy Playing!
I Hope This Will help my daughter learn piano more easer.
Why I couldnot open the “tweet”?
I used to be able to play one of Brahms’ Waltzes pretty well. It’s been so many decades, I’ve actually forgotten some of my sight-reading skills. Time to start over! This looks like a friendly way to begin.
This will make learning piano a lot easier! ^^
Really enjoyed learning with my kids !
Hi Mr Hoffman…is your teaching structure as per depicted in the lessons unit 1 … 2 and so on.i m really keen to expose my kids age 7 yrs to piano…thks.
Hello! Yes, the teaching style is fairly consistent throughout the units, though the material gets more advanced as you progress through later units. Is that what you were asking?
you’re great mate..:)
I am going to enjoy this, the comments are all positive and this feels like it’s going to take me where I wanna go
I am so happy to come across Hoffman Academy website. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to find a piano teacher that my daughter would feel comfortable with and save me money. Living in the city, the price for piano lessons seemed ridiculous but you are a great blessing to us. Thank you so much.
You are very welcome! We’re so glad to have your daughter learning with us!
Great start!! I’m going to enjoy this!!
I am 33 years old, and I have a 6 year old son (a 4 and 1 year old, too!). Today was both of our very first piano lesson!! 😀
The whole family watched and enjoyed. I am so glad to find this since we just moved away from our piano teacher. Thank you!
This was totally amazing.
I think i will be a great pianist someday.
Vow…liked it..i just enrolled for one month…i would like to know what are the lessons which will be covered in one month…or is it according to our grasping capacity to finish how many ever lessons…
You can move through the lessons at whatever rate you feel comfortable, and even skip around if you want.
Thank you for my very first piano lesson! I can already tell that Hoffman Academy will provide an enjoyable learning experience. 🙂
I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the lesson, and we’re so glad to have you learning with us!
That was fun!
Hot dog buns
I did that!
It’s a very interesting lesson. I like it.
Thanks for great first lesson <3
I played hot cross buns on the recorder
Thank you , i enjoyed that lesson
my language is arabic but i could undrsand that lesson..
Great first video! Really sets the tone for a great journey. Thanks!
Thanks for the lesson! which was your favorite video to record?
You’re welcome! My favorite video to record was the new Alphabet Towers Lesson, which is lesson 3.
I sang Hot Dog Buns the whole time
Hot Dog Buns
Too hot to touch
Enjoyed my first lesson 😊
I can’t click to the next activity. 😞
I’m sorry you’re having trouble! If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please use our Contact Us page and our support team will be able to help you with your issue. Happy Playing!
Or maybe he means that he is too excited to click on it!
Amazing! I’m watching it from Iran, A friend recommended your website. I wanted to say your repuatation is global and I just realized you absoloutly deserve it.
Thank you so much! I am so glad to have you learning with us.
Mr. Hoffman, I would like to request the songs “Pollyanna” (MOTHER soundtrack) and “Smiles and Tears” (EarthBound soundtrack) Thanks!
Thanks for the requests! I will put them down on a list for possible songs in the future. Happy Playing!
Thank you so much Mr. HOFFMAN. I ENJOYED the first lesson, and looking forward fpr more!!!
Do you work with anybody if you do.Also I have lots of questions I hope you can ansewr
them?I’m sorry if I spell things wrong. Sorry. Also can put up a video on YouTube how to play the star splanged banner and Oklahoma Also Your grand old flag.On May 2017 25 I played your songs for my prebiles and my connser and a teacher they ask for next year they will want me to play the star splaneged banner,Oklahoma and Your grand old flag Hoover Honet song if you do plz make a video how to play it too Please Also you have very very very good.You have very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very good finger strength
So are you gonna do it
Wow, thank you so much! And those are wonderful suggestions for songs to have tutorials on. I will add them to our list for possible songs in the future. In the meantime, you can find some simple sheet music for these songs at your local music store or at musicnotes.com and work on your music reading skills on your own! Happy Playing!
MAN!! YOU ARE AWESOME. FINALLY SOME GREAT PIANO LESSONS. I TRIED MANY OTHER TUTORIALS, BUT YOU ARE EXCEPTIONAL
I am a beginner, self-learning from Faber Adult Piano Adventures. Played Hot Cross Bun earlier, it was boring. Enjoyed playing following your way. Hope I can learn more from your lessons, Thank you 🙂
If you are an adult learner with some previous experience, you might want to use our lesson index page to see which skills and knowledge are most useful to focus on and watch some lessons in that particular unit. If they are still too easy for you try moving up a unit. You can also feel free to jump around and watch the lessons that are useful for you until you find the Unit you feel fits the best for your skill and experience level.
Where do you live
I live in Portland, Oregon. Where do you live?
Wow”that’s really far away from Eind,Oklahoma
i always wanted to learn to play piano i am 80 years old
did you get a reply? i am mid 70s and am interested in learning piano. however, if you did not receiveve a reply then hoffman does not want us oldies. John
You are never too old to learn piano. So glad to have you both learning with us!
This is so fun..I am thirty years old and just learning the piano. Glad I found a place willing to teach me and it doesn’t cost a fortune!
So glad to have you learning with us!
Can we have the piano accompaniment for the mentor too?
Yes, we do have the sheet music for Mr. Hoffman’s accompaniment for Hot Cross Buns. I sent it to you directly in an email. In the future, if you have any questions or requests for accompaniment music, please write to us through our Contact Us page and we will be able to help you directly. Good luck and Happy Playing!
Thank you Mr Hoffman for this interesting lesson. I’m not very good in English – I am Arabic. I wish you could upload your dialog (in words) so I can translate it later. Thanks a lot.
If it helps, you can turn on the Closed Captioning on the video lessons and choose Arabic for the subtitle language. To do this, click on the Closed Captioning (cc) to turn them on. Then click on Settings to choose Auto-translate and select Arabic as your language. This might help having a translation in real-time while watching the lesson. Happy Playing!
EL curso parece de muy buena calidad, lamentablemente parece que no les interesa ganar cuota con los españoles, buscaré otros maestros que me enseñen en mi idioma. Gracias.
I am sorry that we cannot offer our lessons in languages other than English. However, if it helps you can choose to view the lessons with subtitles in Spanish, as well as many other languages. Simply click on settings at the bottom of the video and select subtitles. You can then select “Auto-translate”, which will allow you to select another language for the subtitles to translate to. I hope this helps! Good luck and Happy Playing!
Thank you so much for creating this oppurtunity………..i can not wait to get myself a piano so i can start practicing immediately…i learnt alot in the first lesson, its awesome.
Thanks and GOD bless you………..
Thank you for making these lessons free so that anyone can access them! I got a keyboard for my birthday and I am so excited to learn! I just finished watching the first lesson, and I’m going to try to continue practicing every day! I can already play the trumpet and ukulele, so I’m excited to learn a new instrument 🙂
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!
may neime is sebastian
Ian from brazil
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Yes, there are PDF files of sheet music and activity pages to go along with the lessons. If you want to test out the materials for Lesson 1 for free, please sign up for a basic (free) account and use the download links below the Lesson 1 video viewing area.
🙂 🙁 😉 🙂 🙂 i <3 these lessons thank you Mr.Hoffman
You’re very welcome. I’m so glad you are enjoying them!
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,
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.
Do you think you can type out your lessons for those (including me) that have YouTube blocked on their computer
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!
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!
Is there a particular name for the Pentascale ale we play hot cross buns in??????
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.
thanks for teaching me this lessen!!!
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.
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?
OK, Mr. Hoffman, I just found it is the Youtube-blocked reason in your FAQ.
Any method for your students from China?
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!
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!
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!
ABCDEFGABCDEFGABCDEFGABCDEFGABCDEFGABCDEFG The musical alphabet
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!
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!!
I’m so glad you’re enjoying our program! I’m sure your cousin will be happy to have a piano mentor when she’s ready to start learning piano. Good luck and happy playing!
Who likes jealousy i dont i hate it
Mr. Hoffman, I only have internet when I am in town, Is there a way I can watch the lessons offline and it still be free?
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?
I liked your teaching very much.But as iam beginner is there any basic teachings video.
I thank you sir.
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!
My kids are so excited about this. Thank you so much for making this available!
You’re welcome! We’re glad to have your family learning with us.
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
Thanks so much – we all appreciate your support and encouragement!
Hello mr. Hoffman. My son likes your classes very much. He is 8. Should he start with a piano or a keyboard?
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!
Hey I signed up to newsletter but no free lesson!
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!
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!
Alright, thank you. Oh I’m a beginner pianist.
That’s great! I hope you find our lessons helpful. 🙂
i do very much thank you Mr.Hoffman
i really can’t do piano very well
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! 🙂
Loved the first lesson!!! Will continue.
I’m glad to hear it! Let us know if you have any questions along the way – we’re happy to help!
Hi, I am looking forward to taking more lessons. That was fun.
I’m so glad! We’re very happy to have you learning with us.
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!!!
That’s great! We’re very happy to have you learning with us. Good luck and happy playing!
I’m 7 years old and I love your lessons, Thank you for posting it on line.
I’m looking to start taking more lessons.
That’s great! We’re very happy to have you learning with us.
I love piano, I want to learn everything about piano in one lesson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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!
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.
I have signed up for an account & newsletter. When should I expect to receive the Bonus Materials for Lesson 1?
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!
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?
Absolutely! You can purchase our downloadable materials from our online store at https://www.HoffmanAcademy.com/Store …however, if you just want to try out the materials for one lesson for free, Basic (free) and Premium members alike may download the printable and audio materials for Lesson 1 using the links below the video viewing area. Good luck and happy playing!
I just love your videos. From disordered notes to sweet notes you have made a big difference. Next please teach more videos!
I’m so glad you are enjoying our videos. We’ll continue to make more!
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.
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!
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.
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.
You are very welcome! We’re glad to have you learning with us.
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!
You’er doing a great job Man …. !!
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billy goat,baboon,bee and beaver
Keys don’t have mouths.
Good point. I’ll let Chef know. 🙂
Hey Joseph. Bravo! Send me your email address. The one I have must be wrong. Susan
I will reach out on email–nice to hear from you, Susan!
i have a keyboard with 88 keys total would that work for your lessons?
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!
I am 65 years old and just learning to play piano, so far this program starting with the basics is very good and informative.
Thank you! And good luck in your piano endeavors. 🙂
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!
can you do beginners lessons for 8 years cause it could really help for my friends brothers to learn
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.
I love your lessons and sister wanted to play the piano too and she is really young and really exited too.
THANK YOU MR HOFFMAN!!!! 🙂
You’re very welcome! We’re so glad your family is enjoying our lessons. 🙂
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.
That’s wonderful! We’re very happy to have your family learning with us.
I taught my music class Hot Cross Buns
That’s wonderful! Teaching someone else is a great way to review and solidify something you yourself have learned. Happy playing!
This is to simple for me.????
If you have some background in piano or music, you may want to skip forward a unit or two to find lessons better suited to your level. You can also check out our lesson index pages to see what is taught in each lesson: https://www.hoffmanacademy.com/lessons/piano-unit-1/ I hope that helps!
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.
What a wonderful gift! We’re delighted to have you learning with us. Good luck!
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?
I’m so delighted that you found our lessons! We get lots of questions about piano purchasing advice, so we’ve posted our best recommendations here: Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student. I hope that helps!
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.
That’s very helpful… And Thank You for allowing us all to learn to play Piano for free.
You are welcome! I’m so glad you found it helpful.
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!
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!
I appreciate your free service. My daughter just turned almost a month ago and she has already learned so much in just 3 weeks!
She just turned 4.. sorry typo.
You are very welcome! We’re delighted to have you and your daughter learning with us.
Thank you for this wonderfull service
You are very welcome! We’re glad to have you learning with us. Good luck and happy playing!
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. 🙂
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
I’m sorry you missed the sale. There will be other events in the future: if you sign up for a basic (free) or premium account, you’ll be notified of future sales and promotions. I hope that helps!
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
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
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
Are ALL lessons free?
Yes! All the video lessons are available to watch for free.
Is there a later lesson where we learn the left hand?????
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!
We’re happy to have you learning with us!
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
Thank you for your kind words! 🙂
THIS WEBSITE HELPS ME TO PLAY PIANO EASILY. THANKS A LOT..
Can someone please help me, i dont understand what to play with my left hand.
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
Thank you Mr.Hoffman i was wandering that too.
and I made some mistakes since I was rushing ????
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
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
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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!
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
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
how do you get the free worksheets
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
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
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.
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
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
how do i know when am ready for the next lesson or number 2 lesson? thank you.
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 our blog, where we have an article about When to Move On to the Next Lesson. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman
Nice ill try this
I will practice 🙂
thank you for this opportunity to learn to play the piano,love it ,thank you again
thank you mr Hoffman, I will practice your lessons.
The Casio Privia PX-150 you recommend is not available on amazon.com
Do you recommend the successor PX-160 ?
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
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
This is easy
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! 🙂
Never mind, Mr. Hoffman I’ve figured it out. 🙂
Ah, great! I’m glad. – Mr. Hoffman
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
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
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
I’m so glad you are learning to play piano with us! Good luck and happy playing. – 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
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
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!
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.
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
how many lessons are there?
Right now there are over 120 official lessons plus a few bonus lessons. Don’t worry – we’ll keep making more! 🙂 – Mr. Hoffman
As a beginner what type of keyboard do you recommend?
That’s a great question. I’ve posted an article with my general advice and specific recommendations on our blog: Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student. I hope that helps! – 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.
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
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
thanks a lot Mr hoffman i learn my first lyrics hot cross buns
thank you very much
I have a synthesizer, and i’m learning to play piano on it. Can i learn that way?
Getting started on a synthesizer is alright, depending on the model. Ideally, you will want to invest in an acoustic or digital piano as soon as your budget allows. For more specific recommendations, you can check out our article on http://www.hoffmanacademy.com/blog/choosing-a-piano-or-keyboard-for-the-beginning-student. Good luck! – Mr. Hoffman
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
Would these videos and books work for a child on a small electronic keyboard… 5 C’s?
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
I love learning your lesson.
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 cannot see this video . How should I can.
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
Mr hoffman how can i get my hot cross buns jazz style
Basic (free) and Premium members alike may download the printable and audio materials for Lesson 1 using the links below the video viewing area. Good luck and happy playing!
Oh and also im only 9 so i couldnt afford a piano like yours 😉
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
Mr. Hoffman, i dont have apiano like yours so im just using my 49-key electric piano. Is that okay?
thank you so much, I love that you lesson are fun, and I can understand what you are saying. I love you Lessons!
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
That helps a lot! Thank you!
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
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.
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
thx for the lesson oh and my mom said that will a 66 key piano be fine?
66 keys are enough to successfully complete all the songs and exercises we use in our lessons. You can find out more about what qualities to look for in a piano or keyboard here: Choosing a Piano or Keyboard for the Beginning Student. – Mr. Hoffman
how long does it take to make a lesson???
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
thx so much for tichin me hot cros busns
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
It’s so cool!!!!!!!!! Thank you !!!!!!!!
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
Are you going to make lessons forever and ever?
We’ll keep making them as long as we can and as long as people want them. 🙂
love the puppet at the end
Thank you for this video!!! I loved it!!! I can’t believe I did it!
This was excellent, I played Hot Cross Buns for a concert of 1 million people. They all liked it.
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.
Best way to learn piano!!!!at home..thanks a lot!!!
wow that was amazing
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you Mr.Hoffman!
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
Thank you very much! Your piano practice checklist will definitely help us! 🙂
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
I homeschool my children too! Looking to add music to our daily lessons. This is great!
Is everything you teach is important for us to learn new songs ?
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
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
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
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
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 P