When I was growing up, piano lessons meant long hours in a church basement, or the house of an elderly neighbor, practicing dull scales with a basic stranger.
How it works:
Playgroundsessions is a website that offers a robust instructional program for pianists of all skill levels. Instruction is designed to be both educational and engaging, which is accomplished by incorporating the option to learn some of your favorite songs.
The service is provided in an all you can eat fashion. Once you pay your membership fee (you can pay for a month, year, or lifetime membership) you have unlimited access to videos and instruction. You can expect to pay around $18 a month for your membership. There is a little bit of an extra charge for individual songs, but you are also able to get some for free depending on what membership package you decide on.
The Pros & Cons:
Let’s now take a look at the pros and cons of Playground Sessions to help determine if it is suitable for you or your family members.
- Cost Effective: The cost of a one-month subscription is substantially less than the price of many half hour piano lessons. If you are looking for a good deal from the comfort of your own home, Playground Sessions may very well be a good route for you to take.
- Extensive Options: There is also a lot available through Playground Sessions in way of videos and instruction so if you decide to commit to the program you have a good chance of getting your money’s worth.
- Songs: Many people take up instruments because they want to learn their favorite songs so it is nice that Playground Sessions understands that and builds it into their curriculum.
- Beginning is Hard: If you know literally nothing about the piano you may have a hard time getting started with Playground Sessions, especially if you have never read music before. The learning curve for piano is such that it helps to have real time feedback in the beginning.
Playground Sessions is a fun way to learn the piano at a price that would be very difficult to beat. It’s definitely true that learning piano online isn’t going to be for everyone, but if you are a self-starter that is willing to put in a lot of hard work and commit to the online curriculum, I believe that you will find Playground Sessions to be a rewarding experience.