Piano Lessons Scottsdale

Here at Paradise Valley Music Academy, we are pleased to be able to offer you piano theory fundamentals, piano lessons, and music history. We offer piano lessons to a wide range of students so they can be one step closer to their music-related goals. 

If you are looking for the best piano lessons in Scottsdale and Phoenix AZ, we can help. We don’t just teach our students how to play the piano, we teach them much more than that. We teach our students the fundamentals of proper technique, how to improve focus, and much more.

piano lessons in Scottsdale and Phoenix AZ


Fundamentals of proper technique

Having a proper technique is a vital part of any art form. This technique is essential when you are playing an instrument. A good technique helps to promote the consistency of the performance and it also reduces strain and fatigue when you’re playing the piano for long periods of time. This helps ensure that the artist is less likely to suffer from a physical injury. It also allows the player to continue to play the piano for many years with complete freedom of expression.

Your body’s position when playing the piano

Everyone’s body is different so you’ll need to ensure that you find a position that suits you. Sitting straight might not feel natural at first but after a while, it will become second nature. Developing a strong core is a key component for keeping you balanced when playing. Also, the proper distance from the instrument and the height of the bench are key elements to an optimal form at the piano. Your lessons will always include learning proper technique through specific exercises that are tailored for you to work on these fundamental principles. The goal is always to develop the most beautiful sound and freedom of expression at the piano. 

Improving focus and effective practice

You need to stay focused when you practice piano. Staying focused helps you learn your pieces faster while making use of your time effectively. In your lesson, you will learn practical strategies that help you achieve your goals at a faster pace. Playing piano is a multi sensorial activity and it requires that you develop awareness of sound, visual readiness to read musical scores, and physical coordination.  The activity of playing an instrument, such as the piano, involves many areas of the brain. Researchers have proven that children and adults who learn an instrument have superior cognitive functioning of the brain including higher motor coordination, improved memory, visuospatial organization, and even less incidence of depression.

Exploring the full range of the piano

Your lessons at Paradise Valley Music Academy will teach you how to explore the full range of the piano right away. Dr. Cohen develops a piano repertoire that allows all students, including beginners, to play music that encompasses the full range of a grand piano. 

Starting lessons as an adult

scottsdale's piano lessonsPiano-lessons might seem somewhat intimidating to an adult. Adults are very capable learners and can learn how to play the piano just as quickly as some children do. The trick is to make sure that you keep practicing regularly and feeling motivated. You can spend more time learning and analyzing techniques than most children do and it is also likely that you will push yourself even harder than a child might. This is because you might be much more motivated to learn the piano!

It is never too late to start learning the piano and this is because you will go through the same learning process of acquiring a foreign language and in this case, the language of musical sounds. The most important thing is to be dedicated and have a great teacher who will coach you properly.

Improvisational skills

The piano is probably one of the most versatile instruments. It is capable of helping you play a wide range of styles and arrangements because it can simulate any music, including works written for a full orchestra. Some people might find improvisation quite intimidating. However, there are a few steps you can take to make it easier on yourself before you start improvising. 

  1. Start playing on one hand and keep it simple. 
  2. Learn the major and minor chords.
  3. Play simple chord progressions and let your mind wander

Now you’re ready to improvise. Use all of the skills you have learned and start creating a piece. The more confident you become, the easier it will be for you to improvise. Create music using your imagination and try to create something different each time. For example, try to create music for a chase scene and then for a romantic scene. You will soon learn that different musical elements have the capacity to express different moods.

Here at Paradise Valley Music Academy, we are pleased to offer you more than basic piano lessons. We are proud to offer you lessons that will help you understand how the piano works and how improving your technique and improvisational skills can help you play. Ask us how much piano lessons in Scottsdale or Phoenix cost or how we can help you become a better pianist. We are here for anyone who wishes to learn to play the piano for the first time or for those who wish to work at an advanced level. We like to think we are the best piano school in the Paradise Valley and Scottsdale-Phoenix area. We strive to bring you lessons we think you’ll love.


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Paradise Valley Music Academy


10005 N. 57th St, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, US


(480) 382-7562


Mon 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Tue 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Wed 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Thu 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Fri 9:00am – 12:00pm

Sat Closed

Sun Closed

Monday – Friday: By Appointment
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

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