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Piano Lessons in Columbia MD

 “Opening Act” Experience

Piano and Keyboard Lessons in Columbia MD


Learn how to play the piano and keyboard like Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, or Beethoven.   Soundcheck Rock Academy offers Piano Lessons in Columbia MD, Ellicott City, and Howard County  for students of all abilities and ages.  The OPENING ACT LESSON EXPERIENCE is where students learn technique, theory and all around musicianship in an inspiring musical atmosphere. At Soundcheck Rock Academy we teach all students from beginners to advanced level. Lessons Consist of 30, 45 and 60 minute and occur once a week. Start taking your piano and keyboard lessons at Soundcheck Rock Academy in Columbia today! After a short period of time and a bit of experience you may want to give our band options a try we have several to choose from.  We have our beginner band option Beatlesque Beginner Band Experience or our Headliners Experience! Both are great and will get you playing with friends in rehearsals at our studio in Columbia MD.

Included in the Soundcheck Rock Academy monthly tuition is a weekly lesson, and access to our music studio during normal business hours. Access to all of our Academy Performances, open mic nights, and one-off shows throughout the year. Discounts to all musical accessories.  Discounts to our music workshops, guest speakers, and one-off music lessons held throughout the year.

We are here for you and your child’s musical journey and we strive to be a safe and friendly place where you and your child can meet families that share in your vision.  


We are currently open for in-studio lessons or you can enjoy our one-on-one live virtual lessons. 

We can also accommodate a hybrid model of both in-studio and virtual one-on-one lessons.

You choose. It is fully up to you and the safety of your family.

Our Philosophy and Piano Lessons in Columbia MD

We create a holistic music culture based on experience at Soundcheck Rock Academy. Our students enjoy fun, engaging lessons, relationships with their peers, and the ability to create their own music and explore new genres with bandmates. We want you to love music and enjoy making it with other musicians!

Professional Piano and Keyboard Music Instructors

Our professional team of educators includes pro songwriters, session musicians, band members, and more. Many of our teachers have prestigious music degrees from conservatories and universities, but especially value the real-world experience they bring to the table.

You will learn the piano by example, not just a method book. We demonstrate techniques each lesson, and your instructor will send you home inspired to practice and armed with materials that will help you grow at the piano.

What Genres Can You Learn in Our Piano Lessons?

The foundation of the Soundcheck program is rock, so if you would like to pursue this track, our piano teachers in Columbia, MD will give you everything you need to play in a band. We can teach you chords, the art of reading lead sheets, how to write a solo for yourself, and more. We will also use your favorite rock songs in your lessons, so you’ll go home after lessons with an actual rock song to play on your piano or keyboard.


That said, we love helping our students learn other genres as well. You will learn to read notes, identify key signatures, and more, so you won’t be deficient when it comes to playing Chopin, Bach, Rachmaninoff, or the music of other classical composers.


You can also work with your teacher to specialize in other contemporary music genres. Many of our students pursue blues, jazz, pop, and other genres, and that skillset is a direct result of the time spent with a talented teacher at Soundcheck Rock Academy.

Do You Need To Own a Piano and Practice?

While your weekly piano lessons are incredibly valuable, you can only improve on your instrument if you practice at home regularly (your teacher will give you material to practice). Even 15-25 minutes per day will put you far ahead of peers who only practice twice per week.


What Piano Should You Have at Home? 

We don’t require any particular keyboard or piano in student homes, although it’s always beneficial to have 88 keys, “weighted” keys, and realistic pedals. Many of our students take rock keyboard lessons to prepare for rock band rehearsals – in these instances, a 61-key digital keyboard will likely be more than enough. But for our students who would like to play classical music (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, or 20th century composers like Rachmaninoff), we always recommend 88 weighted keys, even if you buy a digital piano.


Upright pianos can sound great and have wonderful action, and believe it or not, you can find affordable baby grand pianos by Kawai, Baldwin, Mason & Hamlin, and other brands for under $4,000 in the Columbia area. As far as digital pianos are concerned, you can’t go wrong with a Yamaha Clavinova.


How Much Will You Need to Practice at Home?

The most important thing is to practice every day if at all possible. You can miss a day here and there, but consistency is incredibly important. When you first get started, you can make progress with only 15 minutes per day at the piano. That will grow to 25 minutes, 35, minutes, and so forth as the difficulty of your music increases.


But you can definitely become an advanced pianist while practice an average of 45 minutes per day – this goes for kids, teens, and adults. Once you are a few years into your piano playing, you may need to do longer sessions if you are learning multiple pieces of difficult music or a concert program. But you can work with your teacher as you improve to find a good balance.

Piano Lessons in Columbia, MD For All Ages

The intergenerational culture at Soundcheck Rock Academy welcomes kids, teens and adults. We’ve helped young kids, young professionals and retired individuals alike.


Piano Lessons for Kids and Teens in Columbia, MD

Children enjoy age-appropriate music classes and instruction at Soundcheck Rock Academy. Your child won’t get bored in lessons, and we try to lead them through discovery learning. They will be encouraged to create music and explore tunes that they love. We also use plenty of drills and exercises “away from the piano bench,” and we’ve found that keeping young students active during lessons helps them retain focus. The children at Soundcheck also enjoy meeting new friends and participating in recital hours, community concerts, and more.


Teens at Soundcheck often love the social aspect of learning music – we place each student in a skill-appropriate band, and they will rehearse and perform shows together. It’s a wonderful way to boost self-confidence and create the foundation for a lifetime of music making! Teens often join our program after several years of private music lessons elsewhere, and we help them take their skills to new heights in our fun and collaborative band program. That said, we love helping teenage beginners at the piano as well.


Piano Lessons For Adults in Columbia, MD

We also love working with adults from all walks of life. Everyone is an equal at our music school, and whether you’ve never played the piano before, have years of classical piano experience, or simply want to join a band with other adults, you will love piano lessons. We help our adult students find lesson times that work with their busy and unpredictable schedules, and our adult students often love the off-hours access to our practice facility. You can get better at the piano even if you don’t have an instrument at home.


Regardless of the student’s age, we focus on helping musicians:


  1. Find inspiration in music they love

  2. Learn solid technique

  3. Learn music fundamentals, like theory, note reading and more

Our piano teachers in Columbia, MD are invested in your success, and we genuinely want each of our students to love music, become a more confident person, and learn a program of tunes that they can share with friends or family if they so choose. Whether you want to play “Yesterday” by the Beatles or a Prelude and Fugue by Bach, please get in touch.

You will leave each lesson with new music to play for your family and friends. We can’t wait to work with you.