t depends on the piece you are learning. For example, there is a very popular song called “Ave Maria” by Mozart. It takes about 4 minutes to learn all the notes in this piece of music. If you are learning an extended version of this song, it will take longer for you to learn the entire piece.
In order to play this piece of music well, one needs to practice playing it over and over again until they get it right. The more often you practice a particular song or piano piece, the better your ability to play that particular song will be. There are some great piano teachers out there who can help guide beginners in learning how to play pieces at their own pace and interest level!
How many hours does the average pianist take to learn any 4 minute piano piece?
Stages of Piano Learning
Many systems of piano study are organized with 10 levels or grades. When you have reached a certain level, you can expect to be able to master any piece that levels with just a few weeks of practice. It is possible to learn a piece a few levels higher than your current level, but it may take months of practice. Not only that, there may be technical challenges in the piece that you are not fully prepared for. In general, piano students can reach Level 1 after a year of dedicated study, Level 2 after two years, and so forth, but this is only a rough guideline. Check out the sample videos below to see what kind of music you’ll be able to play at each level. You can view them in order, or jump around using these links: No Experience, Prep A, Prep B, 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Level Prep A:
At this point, you’re starting to add simple two-note chords, and can play a wider range of melodies. If you’re learning with Hoffman Academy, you’ll play “The Wild Horses,” which uses both hands together. You’ll also be able to play the melody of some popular tunes like “Linus & Lucy.”
Level Prep B:
Both hands can play together with increasing complexity. You’ve learned a few chords, like I, IV, and V7, and can use them in more complex rhythms as you play songs like “Jingle Bells” or “The Imperial March.”
Now you can play faster songs and are incorporating more dynamics and expression. You’ll learn your first simple classical pieces, like “Vivace” by Gurlitt. Also tackle a growing repertoire of simplified pop songs, like “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten.
You can play songs that require more hand shifting, and you’ve learned to cross over and under with your fingers. Many simplified versions of pop songs are within your ability, as you’ll find if you give our Katy Parry “Firework” tutorial a try. In the Hoffman Academy repertoire, you’ve reached “Canoe Song.”
You can play one-octave scales in a few keys, stretch your fingers to handle skips, and use a variety of chords. In classical repertoire, you’ll learn songs like “Andante” by Johann Christian Bach. You can also learn easy arrangements of songs like “Hedwig’s Theme.”
Now your hands are more independent, and you’ve continued to master the skills you learned in earlier years. You’re playing the famous “Minuet in G,” and more challenging arrangements of pop songs and movie themes like “Duel of the Fates” from Star Wars.
You can play songs that include an octave reach, arpeggios, and constant hand-shifting, such as the lyrical opening section of Beethoven’s “Für Elise” and “He’s a Pirate” from Pirates of the Caribbean.
You perform at greater speeds and your virtuosity is beginning to emerge. You can play C.P.E. Bach’s “Solfeggietto” and the full version of “Linus and Lucy.” Your friends are very impressed.
Your artistic expression continues to develop. Your fingers are comfortable with frequent wider reaches, and you can play four-note chords. You can learn to play most popular music and movie themes, like the theme from “Mission Impossible,”as well as many classical pieces, like the full version of “Für Elise.”
More complex keys and harmonies are now open to you. You can play more challenging classical music, like the famous first movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.”
Now you can play music with large chords at virtuoso speed. You can tackle impressive piano solos like Jon Schmidt’s “All of Me,” which is the music I play during the opening sequence of every lesson.
Now speed and large chords are combined with quick, wide-ranging hand shifts. You can play advanced pieces like “Maple Leaf Rag.”
With virtuosic speed on double octaves, arpeggios, large chords, and fast hand shifts, there’s not much outside of heavy-duty classical repertoire that you can’t handle. Pieces like Debussy’s “Claire De Lune” are now within your reach.