Learn like a Concert Pianist

... even if you're a complete beginner

Conservatory-quality online piano lessons from the City of Music, Vienna, Austria

Start Your NEW Piano Journey
Piano Course Recommendation

Question: Dear Master Frantz: I am 72 years of age and do not know anything about musical notes or the piano. I’ve read that I still can learn if I have the desire and confidence. I think that I have both. At this moment there is no piano teacher around, so I’m planning on taking a...

Continue Reading...
Performing and Nerves

Question: Hi Mr. Frantz,

Thank you for your site. I have a question which I was hoping you might help with:

For some reason I’m facing a lot of nerves when performing now; I’m in a piano class in college, and I’m practicing, but for some reason I’m almost “freezing...

Continue Reading...
Overcoming Performance Anxiety

Question: Hey Albert,

I learned how to play piano myself, but learned the music theory before in band class. I haven’t taken piano lessons before, so I haven’t attended or perform a recital before. I play really well when I’m practicing at home. However, when I play in front of...

Continue Reading...
Online Piano Lessons

I’m pleased to announce the availability of online piano lessons with me personally, from anywhere in the world! Direct, one-on-one piano lessons online are a highly practical solution for students seeking expert teaching but who are not, or are only infrequently, in Vienna to work with me...

Continue Reading...
Offline vs. Online Piano Lessons

I received a most unusual question:

Are you trying to kill piano teachers around the world?? You HAVE to know that one-on-one, in person instruction is better than ANYTHING online.

What exactly is your agenda??

Most of the time, the quality and soundness of the articles on key-notes –...

Continue Reading...
Dancing and Music

Question: Your site is fascinating in that it defines what is very much ‘the elephant in the room’ when it comes to modern dance.

Most – approximately 90 percent of dancers, even those competing at the top level have no musical improvisation skills at all, and worse,...

Continue Reading...
Mastering Your Craft Interview

Renowned coach, author and speaker Rasheed Ogunlaru asked to interview me on the subject of mastering your craft. We had plenty of fun recording this video interview live:

Feel free to tease me about my T-shirt! My IRONMAN finisher T-shirt is my Superman cape! It’s my reminder that we can...

Continue Reading...
Mastering Piano

Question: In every area – technique, ear training, reading music, etc. – what’s the progression in each, from beginning to mastery?

Say with technique, developing a mechanism – mastering scales, learning to shape phrases – (I really have no idea about the...

Continue Reading...
Looking at Your Hands

Question: Hi Albert,

Excellent performance for the Japanese earthquake program. I noticed that you kept your eyes glued to the keyboard. My music teacher (about 100 years ago) told me to not look at my hands or the keyboard. Was she wrong? (Instruction methods may have changed in the last 100...

Continue Reading...
Is Musical Talent Hereditary?

Question: If the piano was invented in 1700 by Bartolomeo Cristofori how can people be born with the ability to play the piano without a lesson, or a savant’s ability to play difficult numbers?

– Neil (Kingman, Arizona, USA)

Albert’s reply: Talent is primarily about potential...

Continue Reading...
How to Find a Piano Teacher

Beginning piano students are in a poor position to evaluate teachers. They have as yet no yardstick by which to measure a teacher’s skill; moreover, they often enter into their music studies with misconceptions and false expectations that can affect their choice of teacher and limit their...

Continue Reading...
How to Discover Musical Interest in a Child

Question: Hi Albert,

My 14-year-old grandson will be spending a couple of weeks with me this summer, and I would like to find out if he has any interest in learning to play the piano. I would like to put together a “quick musical interest discovery package,” that will hold his...

Continue Reading...