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LEARN & MASTER

Learn and Master was founded to create comprehensive multi-media training tools for those who want to learn at their own speed and from the convenience of their own home. Learn and Master provides piano lessons, as well as guitar, dancing, painting, and other training packages. Over $1 million goes into each training guide to create and produce quality materials that ensure great results for the consumer. Steve Krenz, a degreed and professional musician, is the moderator and trainer on each piano lesson DVD and goes into detail on the session's material, with additional tips, and encouragement along the way.

With Learn and Master you may choose from three different piano lesson packages based on your needs:

  • A basic package for true piano playing beginners
  • A more advanced package for those piano players who want to extend their learning beyond the basic package, or who already have some basic piano training
  • The Expanded piano lesson edition, which contains an additional 10 DVD's. These include songs, exercises, and workshops to supplement each of the 20 sessions that are contained in the original course

Learn and Master also offers a home school package that is geared more for children and is crafted for a parent to help teach the piano.

Upon purchase you'll quickly receive a package that includes a well organized set of professional DVD's and music books. Learn and Master has built their piano lesson training to be fun and easy to follow, as new skills build on top of the previous.

This piano lesson program is very fairly priced and will last for years to come. Learn and Master also offers a payment plan to reduce your cost from one lump payment to 3 or 4 as you prefer.

In the event that you aren't satisfied with the piano training they offer a 60-day return policy for a full refund of your purchase price. This is a very customer-friendly return policy and indicates their confidence that you'll be satisfied with the product. Course materials must be in like-new condition with no scratches or markings.

Another nice feature of the Learn and Master piano lesson program is the online community offered through the website. Instructors are available to answer questions and provide support through online forums, email, or by phone. Students can also discuss their progress with peers and interact with other students.

For a very good price, Learn and Master provides well organized, high quality, leading-edge piano training geared to meet the specific needs of each individual student. With training provided in DVD format you can easily place a TV in the same room as the piano and begin your lessons. We were extremely impressed with every aspect of Learn and Master's offering. From training geared towards both adults and kids, a good return policy, and a stable company, Learn and Master clearly leads the pack.

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ROCKET PIANO

Rocket Piano is multimedia piano curriculum specifically designed for beginners with little or no prior piano experience. Rocket Piano does its best to make learning fun as repeated lessons and drills can be boring for most. The Rocket Piano curriculum attempts to teach you piano skills quickly and gets you playing real music as soon as possible.

Your instructor is Ruth Searle, a classically trained pianist from Australia. With the training you receive 3 piano books, 133 audio files, 57 video lessons, a software game for teaching how to read music, software for teaching how to read piano chords off staff music, Rocket Piano Virtual Metronome software and some bonuses. This start to finish training concept provides training for beginners to learn via a multimedia approach. Training is flexible with your choice of downloaded files or DVD's, CD and physical work books.

Rocket Piano comes with a 60 day money back guarantee and an actual customer service department to answer questions. The trainer, Ms. Searle, has a bachelor of arts in music, has won an Australasian award for composition, and has experience performing in many different styles of piano.

With a more thorough approach to training, an extensive training plan and physical material for those that prefer to learn differently, Rocket Piano provides a satisfactory, yet expensive training program.

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PIANO WIZARD ACADEMY

Taught by Don and Delayna Beattie, Piano Wizard Academy is definitely geared towards younger learners. The main emphasis of their piano lessons is learning through playing games on a computer, then gradually moving over to playing from sheet music.

Shoppers can get access to a free lesson by entering your name and email address. This free lesson was really more like a promo for their program, watching student "Anna" walking her way through the material.

Overall, we found the website to be overwhelming: a lot of information that felt somewhat disjointed, and not a very clear path to how to actually use the Piano Wizard Academy program. It was also obvious that this program was developed years ago; all of the videos looked somewhat outdated, and the graphics on the gaming aspect of the program are definitely not from this decade.

What does it cost to use Piano Wizard Academy? There are two main packages: Next Gen Edition and Ultimate Home Studio Edition. Both packages include the following:

  • Piano Wizard software
  • 50 video lessons and 50 self-taught lessons
  • Sheet music for 50 lessons
  • Ability to add unlimited MIDI files to play
  • Color-coded keyboard stickers
  • Academy quick-start videos
  • Star stickers and success chart

The Home Studio Edition includes an entry-level digital keyboard; you can use any keyboard you like, as long as it is compatible with your computer. The higher-end package also includes a number of extras, such as a Worship Song Pack and 50 additional songs that can be purchased a la carte with the Next Gen package if desired.

At the time of our review, there was a pop-up offering an additional $50 discount with a coupon code. But, Piano Wizard Academy is still much more expensive than the other programs we surveyed. Even with a discount, you'll be spending a lot more for either of their programs.

We love that Piano Wizard Academy offers a 60-day, no questions asked money-back guarantee. If you decide to request a refund, you'll also get to keep any "bonus gifts" that were included at the time of your purchase.

Customers, especially homeschoolers, seem to have good things to say about the approach of the Piano Wizard Program - but again, many of their comments seem to have been written several years ago.

Ultimately, you're protected by the 60-day, money-back guarantee, so if you think that the Piano Wizard program looks like a good fit for your younger piano student, there's really no risk. On the other hand, if you don't happen to have $400+ to put out there or if you're looking for piano lessons for an adult, you may find other programs to be a better fit.

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PIANO FOR ALL

Piano For All comes with a lot of promises but is it worth your time and money? Piano For All provides 200 videos, 500 audios in ebook format that you download to your computer. They also offer an optional CD rom and a lot of sales pitch.

Piano For All was written by Robin Hall. We're unsure of his credentials and education. This appears to be a one man shop with the only customer service available through email to Robin himself. The product comes with a 60 day money back guarantee if you aren't satisfied. We assume you email Robin for that but are unclear given the lack of information and professionalism on the website.

Training is provided in ebook or CD rom format. The training starts by teaching you rhythm style piano which is considered by Robin Hall as relatively easier to learn but sounds like real piano playing. That statement alone brought us much concern. You go on to learn more advanced "playing" through a 10 stage course.

Unfortunately, in our view the company lacks professionalism and authenticity, and the claims of learning quick seem unreasonable. We recommend you choose a higher ranked program.

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Piano Lessons

Whether you want to provide piano lessons for a child, or you've had a lifelong dream to play the piano yourself, it's never too late to learn. Thousands of adults and children alike learn how to play the piano every year, learning a skill that will last them a lifetime.

Traditionally, piano lessons have been provided by a local piano store or a piano teacher at their home. Arranging time for piano lessons can make the effort challenging to fit into your day, with work schedules, kids activities, and other events all competing for time. And not only can instructor-led piano lessons be inconvenient, they can also be very expensive, easily ranging from $200-$400 per month or more.

Both the lack of flexibility and expensive cost can push the dream of playing the piano out of reach for many people. Thankfully, other methods of learning the piano are available today that are both flexible and cost effective. Internet companies can provide piano lessons via DVD's, CD's, downloaded instructions, or online training videos that can be effective in teaching anyone to play the piano - at any time of the day, and at that person's own schedule.

However, not all piano lessons are the same. Many companies make lofty promises to train you quickly and with little work. That alone isn't reasonable, as learning to play the piano requires patience and practice.

Before you decide on what sort of piano lessons to purchase, you should consider these important aspects first:

  • Format. How will the piano lessons be delivered to you? If you're expected to watch a video from your PC and then turn to learn the piano, that may not work for you.
  • Cost. How much will you have to pay for your piano lesson instructions? How does that cost compare to other providers?
  • Return policy. If you aren't satisfied with your piano lessons, can you get your money back?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best piano lessons available today. We hope these reviews help you find the right piano lessons that fit your needs!



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