Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1951

Full Length Research Paper

Piano education in adults

Mari Barsamyan
  • Mari Barsamyan
  • Department of Music Teacher Education, Faculty of Education, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey.
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  •  Received: 26 January 2019
  •  Accepted: 24 June 2019
  •  Published: 31 July 2019


Piano education is one of the fundamental aspects of instrument training. As a polyphonic instrument, the piano, unlike other instruments, is popular with all age groups. This study examines factors of success in adult piano education and piano methods utilized in training in all aspects, including historical development. Data was generated by literature review, specialist lecturers were consulted for their opinions, and descriptive research method was implemented according to the objective. Results of the study show that adult piano education requires an extensive training process, and students might face physical problems due to their age as they play the piano as well as psychological issues when they are concerned about being unable to study, failing or being criticized. Also, based on the evaluation of piano methods, the study proposes that training through all of the series of a method alone does not have sufficient benefits, and utilization of other resources that facilitate technical development after the methods for beginners will have positive effects on overcoming deficiencies in method.


Key words: Music, piano education, piano method book, interpretation.