Piano Lessons for Adults in Portland

This page is for hobbyists. If you’re an aspiring pro, or intermediate-to-advanced hobbyist seeking more intensive study, please go here.

Lessons are offered for both adult beginners and intermediate / advanced hobbyist players who wish to rekindle or develop their skills or learn a new musical style. Lessons are designed to match your personal musical interests and objectives.

Lessons may taken in-person and/or virtually.

Musicianship and Creativity

Excellent musicianship and artistic creativity and expression are the key elements of the Portland Piano Lab’s approach for adult students. Depending on your goals, you may choose to:

  • Play any piano style including classical, jazz, blues, ragtime, New Age, gospel or rock/pop
  • Learn how to improvise, particularly in blues or New Age style
  • Learn basic chords or advanced/jazz chords
  • Learn how to read music, or read it better
  • Develop your musical ear
  • Learn how to play lead sheets (melody and chord symbols)
  • Learn essential keyboard technique
  • Learn how to play by ear
  • Correct rhythmical weaknesses
  • Learn to play music at sight
  • Acquire efficient practicing skills for the fastest possible progress
  • Learn scales (the “building blocks” of music)
  • Learn how to compose music or write songs
  • Improve your musical memory
  • Learn how to arrange music
  • Learn how to accompany yourself singing


Lessons for adults are 30 or 45 minutes long. Students may begin at any time of year.


30 minute weekly lessons are $55/lesson
45 minute weekly lessons are $80/lesson

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Adult Beginner?

Many of our adult students studied piano as a child; others have never studied music at all. We’ll craft a personalized approach for you based on your previous musical training (if any), current goals, musical styles you want to play, and your musical strengths and weaknesses. Our approach is organized while also being customized to your interests. Study at your own pace while mastering fundamentals of musicianship that will provide a foundation for further advancement and greater enjoyment of music. Learn more about adult beginners at the Portland Piano Lab.