24 Online Piano Lessons for Kids

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Piano or music lessons for kids is something that has crossed most parents’ minds at some point or another.

When my son was 4 years old, he kept asking me over and over again if he could learn to play the piano. I remember he would ask me almost every night when I was putting him down to sleep.

Since neither my husband and I play the piano, we turned to some friends and were advised to wait until he is at least 5 years old. Something about his little fingers needs to grow a little more. 

Well, lo and behold, shortly after Micah turned 5 he asked me AGAIN. And Again.

So, I started looking for teachers. He was so excited to start and he has been playing the piano ever since.

Now, Ellie is learning piano, too. I asked her if she wanted to when she turned 5 and she said, “Yes!” Prior to this she hardly ever played on the piano, but she loved watching and listening to big brother play.

When we moved to Illinois in March (yup, right when everything was closing down because of the COVID-19 pandemic), we couldn’t transition to a private piano teacher right away like we were hoping to. So, I used online piano apps and videos until I found a private teacher who teaches online (a friend of ours actually).

Wanna see what I rounded up for my top online piano lessons for kids?

You do! Alright, let’s go.

If you want a sweet and short version, check out my top 5 picks out of the 24 online piano lessons for kids in the video below!

FYI: All pricing are current as of the published date of this blog post. I will try to do updates every now and then if there are any changes.

24 Online Piano Lesson for Kids

  1. Hoffman Academy
  2. Making Music Fun
  3. HomeSchool Piano
  4. Piano Video Lessons
  5. Online Piano Tutor
  6. Piano Kids (for ages 3-6)
  7. ArtistWorks Piano with Christie Peery
  8. Piano for All
  9. Perfect Praise Music (good for toddlers too)
  10. The Domestic Musician
  11. Learn Piano Live
  12. Pianote
  13. Piano Marvel
  14. Piano Nanny
  15. Piano Lessons 4 Children
  16. Simply Piano
  17. Skoove
  18. Flowkey
  19. Playground Sessions
  20. Yousician
  21. Musiah
  22. Piano Wizard Academy
  23. Pianu
  24. Sonlight Piano Prodigy

Online Piano Lessons Great for Beginners

1. Hoffman Academy

Founded by Mr. Hoffman himself, the Hoffman Academy is designed specifically for kids. A quick look on his website will tell you that it is geared for little ones.

  • Very colorful
  • Lots of cute icons and pictures
  • Videos with clear view of the piano and music sheets
  • Piano games that make repetition fun (premium level)

There are 14 units with 263 lessons, plus a popular music section.

The Hoffman Method as stated on his website is:

…grounded in child development and learning theory, teaches kids to play both by ear and sight. It begins with a foundation in making music by ear and then blossoms into a complete musical education including:

Solfege

Dictation

Composition

Improvisation

Sight reading

Music theory

Cost:

Free and premium levels available.

Free Account

Their free option allows you to watch all their video lessons (no time limit), but you won’t have access to the printables, audio tracks, practice sessions, or games.

If you are not sure your child is ready or has an interest in playing the piano, Hoffman Academy’s free option is definitely well worth your time to check out. You can sign up for free here.

Premium Membership

$18/month, $179/year, or $495 lifetime access per student, there’s a discounted price for additional students. See their pricing here.

2. Making Music Fun Music Academy

Founded by Andy Fling, Making Music Fun offers online piano video lessons, the exclusive All-in-One Piano Lesson Book series, games, sheet music, music theory worksheets, practice tips and resources, and much more.

Their lesson zone offers lesson plans for:

  • Steady beat
  • Rhythm
  • Tempo
  • Pitch
  • Musical symbols
  • Meter & time signature
  • Listening maps & glyphs
  • Movement
  • Composer studies

They also have an online MusicStars Festival, where elementary school students (K-12) can perform in a “low-stress” environment, get feedback, and win awards. There is a fee to join (if you are not a member) with a specific enrollment period.

Cost:

Free and paid options available.

Free Account

The free account gives you access to a couple video lessons and includes a sampler of their music book. It’s a great way to test and see if this is something you want to invest in. You can sign up for free here.

Paid Membership

Membership is $15/month or $149/year for the entire family (no need to pay for additional students) making this a very affordable option.

The All-in-One Piano lesson Book series, sheet music, theory worksheets, games, step-by-step practice guides are all included in the membership along with all video lessons. You are also guaranteed entry to MusicStars Online Festival. See pricing here.

3. HomeSchool Piano

Founded by Willie Myette, HomeSchool Piano is designed for any age and any level. You get video lessons and instructions.

HomeSchool Piano is divided into 3 “books.” Each book has 6 units, and each unit has 6 lessons and a quiz.

He also offers piano lessons on Jazzedge and No Bull Piano, but these are typically for more advanced piano players as stated in the FAQ section. It is recommended to start with HomeSchool Piano if your child is an absolute beginner or has less than 6 months of practice.

These are the steps your child will go through as they learn with HomeSchool Piano:

  • Learning proper technique
  • Focus on rhythm
  • Learn to read music
  • Learn the song
  • Learn how to improvise
  • Extra bonus section

Here is a visual of HomeSchool Piano Learning Cycle:

HomeSchoolPiano Learning Cycle
Image Credit: HomeSchoolPiano.com

Cost:

Free and paid options available.

Free Account

  • You can access free sample lessons right on the homepage here without signing up.
  • You can also sign up for FREE FULL ACCESS (level 1 only) for 30 days here.

Paid Program

You can see the pricing options here.

There are 2 options for the paid program. Solo or family.

Pricing for solo (1 student) is $179.40/year, billed annually. There’s no monthly payment option here, it renews annually until you cancel.

Pricing for family (up to 5 students) is $24/month, billed monthly. It doesn’t seem like there’s a yearly option, so the family plan renews monthly until you cancel.

With the paid program, you will have live access to Willie himself via video conferencing should you need extra help.

The pricing options can be a little confusing, so please make sure you choose carefully when considering.

4. Piano Video Lessons 

Piano Video Lessons is taught by Lisa to students of any age and level. There’s a decent amount of free resources just to get started and there’s a little more teacher/student “feel” than piano video lessons and apps.

Cost:

Free and paid options available

Free

Her beginner piano video lessons are free (either on her website or on YouTube), but it is highly recommended to purchase the e-books to go along with the lessons.

*E-books are at an additional cost. It’s priced at $19 each, unless you bundle them. Here is the pricing on her e-books.

Paid Classes

Another option is to join her Virtual Piano Studio at $29/month. The Virtual Piano Studio is self study with:

  • Personalized coaching
  • An online piano student community
  • Private FB group where you can have direct access to Lisa
  • Livestreams
  • Feedback from Lisa

She also offers two other online piano lesson options, but they are currently closed:

  1. Beginner Piano Class at $299 for 16 weeks (perfect for absolute beginners)
  2. Piano Chording Bootcamp $149* for 8 weeks 

You could email her to see when she will be accepting new students, but it seems like these are open in the spring semester. 

5. Online Piano Tutor

Allison Sparrow, a piano teacher for over 30 years and former piano examiner for the London College of Music.

She created her own set of piano course books called 1-40, where she takes anyone with absolutely no piano background to an intermediate level.

Allision Sparrow, YouTube: The Online Piano & Violin Tutor

Cost:

Free trial and paid packages available.

Free Trial

You can access a free trial here, where you can download a sample of her piano book level 1. Her YouTube channel has all 40 lessons for free. You can buy the complete collection of her 1-40 course books here.

Paid Packages

To get started, you can choose from the Gold package or the Platinum package.

Gold package includes the complete collection of piano books and videos and is currently priced at $69.99 one time fee.

Platinum package $99.99 one time payment includes everything in Gold, plus:

  • Ongoing email support from Allison (emails are limited to 3x/month).
  • Download videos so you can watch offline
  • Free 70 popular piano song arrangements 
  • One-time 20% discount in her online shop 
  • The essential collection piano book.

For more pricing details, go here.

6. Piano Kids

Piano Kids was created by piano teacher, Angela Grace. This online piano program is specifically for young children between the ages of 3-6.

This program is also designed to help parents (or guardians) learn how to teach piano to our kids at home.

Enrollment is going on right now (October 2020).

What you can expect:

  • Piano Kids online piano studio.
  • Interactive lesson book and music library.
  • Interactive games for practice motivation.
  • Access to a virtual teacher, Ms. Erin.
  • Interactive piano log with reward prizes sent to your door.
Online piano studio for kids
Screenshot image from Pianokids.com

Cost:

$269 program enrollment price + $17.99/month* recurring piano studio subscription. *Monthly recurring piano studio subscription is subject to a minimum of 6 months commitment.

You can find their pricing details here.

7. ArtistWorks Piano with Christie Peery

If you are looking for classical piano lessons, check out these lessons from Christie Peery. Video lessons are offered on the Artist Works video learning exchange platform and are taken at your own pace.

Your child will be learning from a comprehensive video library with hundreds of lessons and the “acclaimed Peery Method“. Christie will review your video submissions and give feedback.

Piano lessons are offered in these different levels or stages:

  • Fundamentals
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Cost:

  • 3 month plan – $105
  • 6 month plan – $179
  • 12 month plan – $279

All plans have unlimited access to lessons, music theory workshop, the video exchange library, however video submissions differ depending on the plan you choose as well as some other bonuses.

For more pricing details go here.

8. Piano for All

Robin Hall is the course creator of Piano for All.

Piano for All is not really designed for young children, although in the FAQ it states that a book for younger kids is coming out. It’s more for teenagers and adult beginners.

However, after reviewing this I would say if your upper elementary child is very much interested, I don’t see why not give it a try. Especially at such an affordable price (see cost below).

My son (almost 8) is able to follow along with this sample video lesson below. He does have a great interest in piano playing and has been playing for about 3 years now. So, if your child is around this level, you might want to consider Piano for All.

Piano for All doesn’t use a specific method. It focuses on one style of playing and lays a foundation so your child can take it in whichever direction he/she wants in the future.

Below is a sample lesson:

Affordable piano lessons for kids
Screenshot image from: www.pianoforall.com

Cost:

Currently, it’s $39 (original price is $79) so it’s 50% off right now.

It’s a ONE-TIME cost. Yup, $39 and you will get all 9 interactive e-books, 200 videos, 500 audio lessons. You also get email support and lifetime updates. This is VERY affordable, I really appreciate how considerate Robin is when pricing these lessons.

See pricing details here.

9. Perfect Praise Music (good for toddlers too)

Perfect Praise Music is a great option for Christian families. It is also a great option for early childhood music and special needs children.

They have a specific section for homeschool music lessons for babies all the way up to adults. For baby and toddler, it’s a rhymes & rhythm online class rather than piano lessons but it’s an introduction to music for the littlest ones.

They offer several different learning options:

  • Age 3+: Online learning piano course (12 lessons, learn at your own pace, no live virtual teacher, printable & CD).
  • Age 4+: “Pre Kids N Keys” 12-week study of Are We There Yet? (includes book, CD, printables, weekly live zoom interactive classrooms when available, no live virtual teacher).
  • Age 5+: Online learning piano course (80 lessons, learn at your own pace, theory games, printable, audio files, no live virtual teacher).
  • Teacher Add-on for a virtual live teacher experience.
  • Virtual private piano lessons.
  • Home & video lessons for children with special needs.
Online piano music lessons for kids
Screenshot image from: www.perfectpraisemusic.com

Cost:

Prices vary with different age groups and lesson choices.

  • Age 3+: Online learning piano course
    • $30/mo for 3 months.
    • $47.50 sign up fee (this covers materials).
    • Access for 5 months.
  • Age 4+: “Pre Kids N Keys” 12 week study of Are We There Yet?
    • $30/mo for 3 months.
    • $47.50 sign up fee (this covers materials).
    • Access for 5 months.
  • Age 5+: Online learning piano course
    • $40/mo for 4 months.
    • $47.50 sign up fee (covers materials).
    • Access for 6 months.
  • Teacher Add-on
    • $39/mo for 4+ and 5+ age group.
    • $9/mo for 3+ age group.
  • Virtual private piano lessons
    • $100/mo (PLUS additional application & material fees)
  • Home & video lessons for children with special needs
    • $14.95/mo.
    • $15 sign up fee.

Wow, I don’t know about you but I’d say if you have multiple children this will get confusing FAST. Their pricing structure varies so please pay close attention when considering.

Perfect Praise Music pricing, lesson, contact details here.

10. The Domestic Musician

These online piano lessons are taught by music/piano teacher, Jessica Peresta. She created courses for teachers teaching elementary music, as well as at-home music courses for kids and parents.

Programs great for homeschoolers include:

Her Learn Piano at Home class is for a complete beginners and they will learn at their own pace:

  • How to play by ear
  • How to read music
  • Correct piano technique
  • Music theory

If you have a music background and want to learn how to teach your kids music, these are worth looking into:

Cost:

See above or here for more pricing details.

11. Learn Piano Live

Founder of Learn Piano Live, Jamin Coller, is an experienced classroom teacher and musician based in Sacramento, CA. He has 6 small children so yes, he understands those of us with little ones.

Learn Piano Live is a subscription based piano lessons for kids (and adults). With each subscription, you have access to:

Live piano lessons are weekly. You can expect:

  • Online video lessons with instructions
  • A live chat feature where you can ask questions live
  • All the handouts needed for your lessons
  • Virtual interaction with a piano teacher
  • Individualized feedback
  • Access to past lessons

Musipedia is part of the Learn Piano Live subscription plan, it offers custom courses to help you and/or your child achieve specific music skills (like chords or composition).

Available Musipedia courses include:

  • Basic & profession training
  • Chords
  • Composition
  • Ear training
  • Play-alongs
  • Reading
  • Theory
  • Song tutorials
  • Even drums, guitar, and Jazz

Klopol Academy is “THE ONLY standards-based online piano certification program for kids and adults” that uses a classical step-by-step approach to online piano learning. It is a well-rounded, 12-part course program that can prepare your child to enter a music college.

  • Vocabulary
  • Technique
  • Ear Training
  • Sight Reading
  • Theory
  • Improvisation
  • History
  • Repertoire

They also offer a music subscription box for kids, more details here.

If you prefer one-on-one private piano lessons, you can find more information on how it works and pricing details here.

Cost

Learn Piano Live for kids is 24.95/month.

12. Pianote

Lisa Witt, founder of Pianote, has been teaching piano for more than 18 years. She was trained classically in the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is a songwriter and a recording artist and aims to make lessons encouraging and fun.

Pianote is for beginners and intermediates and boasts a “frustration free” guide to learning piano. You will know exactly what you need to practice.

After reviewing their website, I wouldn’t say this is geared for young kids like a preschooler or kindergartner. It’s better suited for a mid-elementary school child and above, in my personal mommy opinion. 😉

Pianote offers:

  • Hundreds of step-by-step lessons
  • Live stream videos
  • Student forum
  • Improvisation
  • Song writing
  • Notation & theory
  • Training your ear

And much more.

Cost

Pianote is subscription-based and it’s $29/month or $197/year.

13. Piano Marvel

Piano Marvel is an online piano lesson program that is used by many piano teachers all over the world.

If you have some piano background, this is a great way to start learning the piano with your child. I wouldn’t say Piano Marvel is for young kids or those with no prior piano lessons, adult guidance seems to be necessary unless you have a little Mozart.

Piano Marvel has features like the Prepare Mode and the Assess Mode that can help you and your child learn new songs and get feedback fast.

With Piano Marvel you have access to:

  • Thousands of songs in their music library
  • Video lessons
  • Standard assessment of sight reading (SASR)
  • Learning proper piano techniques

Cost

You can start Piano Marvel with a FREE account here.

You can upgrade to premium and it’s $15.99/month or $110.99/year.

100% Free Online Piano Lesson

14. Piano Nanny

Piano Nanny offers a completely free piano lessons online. It is an educational site that provides free public service.

The course instructor is an award-winning film composer and Jazz musician, Clinton S. Clark.

There are 3 levels: starter, intermediate, and advanced.

Lessons are given in a written format with visuals, mp3 audio files, and occasional quizzes via Google forms.

FYI: Ads on website may distract students.

15. Piano Lessons 4 Children

Taught by Maria Miller, homeschool mom and author of the popular homeschool math curriculum, Math Mammoth (which is what we use for Micah’s math).

Her piano lessons and music sheets are completely free. Check them out here.

  • Currently, there are 22 video lessons.
  • Singalong songs targeting younger children (think nursery rhymes).
  • Composer lessons.
  • Appropriate for young children (beginner/elementary level) who are just starting out.

Just FYI: Ads on the website may distract kids.

Piano Apps

16. Simply Piano by JoyTunes

Simply Piano is a piano learning app and is available on android or iOS. Simply download the app on your phone or tablet device and you are good to go. No midi cable needed.

Simply Piano offers:

  • 25 courses
  • Hundreds of songs from different genre
  • Warm up & exercises to help your child learn new songs
  • Sheet music
  • Instant feedback

And much more.

I would say this is a good supplement to traditional piano lessons or if you just want to see if how your child does with piano. Although, I would not recommend this app to teach a preschooler or kindergartner piano with no musical background.

I also want to add that my kids (especially my son) can spend hours on this. No joke.

The app itself is top-notch in my opinion. My son (almost 8) is able to navigate everything on his own. Instructions on the app is very clear and easy to follow.

Cost

Free 7-days trial and if you upgrade, it’s:

  • $59.99/3 months
  • $89.99/6 months
  • $119.99/year

17. Skoove

Skoove is also another piano learning app created by our European neighbors with over 19 courses.

With Skoove, you will learn:

  • Proper techniques (sitting, hand position, etc.)
  • Hundreds of songs (top hits to classical pieces)
  • Improvisation

And more.

I would say this would be a great supplement to piano lessons for beginner and intermediate level students from age 12 and up. Younger children may do well with an adult helping them.

Skoove requires midi cables and work on recent Mac and PC. It works on the latest iOS version (not android). So, if you have an updated iPhone and iPad, you should be good to go.

Cost

You can try Skoove for FREE or you can upgrade to a premium account.

Their premium account is subscription-based and you are able to access one-on-one support from a piano instructor.

  • 1 month: $19.99/mo.
  • 3 months: $13.33/mo.
  • 12 months: $9.99/mo.

18. Flowkey

Flowkey is a piano learning app that is available on both android and iOS. It’s quite similar to Simply Piano in my opinion, but has its own style and taste.

The Flowkey app is quite intuitive and offers:

  • Over a thousand songs in their library
  • Video lessons for beginners all the way to the advanced level
  • Sheet music
  • Slow motion play
  • Flow Mode (a feature that waits until you hit the right note)
  • Hand selection (choose which hand(s) you want to work on)
  • Loop feature (replay a specific section)
  • Chord learning
  • Theory

No USB or midi cable required.

Cost

Download the app on your android or Apple device and sign up for a FREE account to try.

Premium membership:

  • 1 month: $19.99/mo.
  • 3 months: $12.99/mo.
  • 12 months: $9.99/mo.

19. Playground Sessions

Playground Sessions is rated as the #1 best piano learning app. With piano instructors like Harry Connick Jr. and Quincy Jones, you can see why this is a popular piano learning app.

Playground Sessions includes:

  • Video lessons
  • Hundreds of popular songs from different genre
  • Gaming features that allow you to level up and earn badges
  • Theory
  • Hand technique
  • Rhythm

And much more.

You can preview “bootcamp” lessons here.

You can only play on a digital piano or keyboard with Playground Sessions.

Their app is available on iPad and both PC and Mac, but best on iPad since it fits nicely on the stand in my opinion. Detail system requirements here. It is recommended that you connect to a midi cable and adapter in order to use all the functions of the app, more info. here.

Playground Sessions is great for kids 7 years old and up. I think it’s a fun supplement to traditional piano lessons.

Cost

7-day free trial here.

They are 2 options:

  • Membership
  • Family Plans

Membership is for single users:

  • Monthly: $17.99/mo
  • Annual: $9.99/mo (billed at $119.88 every year)
  • Lifetime: $289.99 (one-time payment)

Family Plans offers multiple memberships:

  • View details on family plan pricing here.

20. Yousician

Yousician offers online piano lesson, as well as other instruments like the guitar or ukelele.

In my opinion, Yousician is targeting older beginners rather than kids, I wouldn’t recommend for preschool or kindergarten. It may be a good supplement to tradition piano lessons.

Requires NO USB or Midi hookup to your keyboard (although you can). App is available on iOS and android.

Cost

Free 7-days trial, $7.49/month, $89.99/year.

21. Musiah

Musiah claims to be the world’s first A.I. piano teacher. Using artificial technology, Musiah is like having a teacher right next to your child.

Brendan Hogan is a piano teacher and the inventor of Musiah. Kids can learn piano lessons in a story adventure like setting, which makes it more fun and engaging.

With Musiah, you child will learn:

  • Chords
  • Memory Training
  • Rhythm
  • Scales
  • Note reading
  • Ear training
  • Technique
  • Theory

And much more.

A MIDI keyboard or digital piano is required, along with USB or cables to connect to a PC or Mac, OR Bluetooth to connect to your iPad. More details on system requirements and connections here.

Musiah is recommended for any child age 7 and up.

Cost

Try it FREE for 14 days and cancel if you don’t like it.

Otherwise, it is:

  • $24.99/mo (up to 6 students)
  • $199.99/year (up to 6 students)
  • $349.99/3 years (up to 6 students)

More pricing details here.

Gamified Online/Digital Piano Lessons

22. Piano Wizard Academy

Piano Wizard Academy implements a gamefied approach to learning piano. The Piano Wizard software is much like a video game, especially in the beginning, and children will learn to read notes and play songs with a 4-step method.

It is very colorful and a fun way to engage young children to play the piano. As they move along these 4 steps, your child will eventually learn to read notes on the music staff.

After completing these 4 steps, your child will move onto Step 5 where they will learn from tutorial video lessons on:

  • Techniques
  • Posture
  • Music reading
  • Dynamics

And more.

A MIDI digital keyboard is required, they have a very helpful keyboard shopping guide here.

Their software only runs on PC or Mac, not iPad/tablets or phones. System requirement details here in their FAQ.

Piano Wizard Academy recommends this for children 3 and up.

Cost

You can try Piano Wizard Academy FREE for 30 day, sign up here (you have to pay $2.95 shipping for the color-coded stickers).

  • Monthly Family Membership: $97 one time fee, then $9.95/mo
  • Lifetime Family Membership: $347 (no keyboard), $397 (includes keyboard)

More pricing details, go here.

23. Pianu

Pianu is another piano learning software that has a game-like feel to it. In the Pianu Academy you begin with the basics and then move on to pro, which has 6 levels.

Here is a list of the songs you will learn with each level.

You will learn:

  • Piano keys
  • Note reading
  • Chords
  • Rhythm
  • Syncopation

And more.

A MIDI digital keyboard is recommended.

You will need a PC or Mac with a Chrome browser. Pianu is not supported on iPad/table devices or phones.

Cost

You can play songs from their library for free, but to access lessons you will have to register for a membership.

Membership pricing:

  • $14/month
  • $35/3 months ($11.66/mo)
  • $56/6 months ($9.33/mo)
  • $100/year ($8.33/mo)
  • $275 lifetime membership

More pricing details here.

24. Sonlight Piano Prodigy

Sonlight, a popular Christian homeschool curriculum company, offers piano lesson with Piano Prodigy.

Piano Prodigy is a gamefied piano learning experience, using games to help with practice drills.

It includes:

  • 50 video lessons
  • 50 book lessons on theory & history (taught by a professor of music)
  • 10 bonus songs as they advance
  • A Trophy Room to track achievements
  • Improv mode for free play and practice

And more.

You do need a MIDI digital piano and a PC or Mac in order to use Piano Prodigy.

For more information, please go here.

Cost

$99.99

Online piano lessons and app for kids

Good Beginner Piano or Keyboard

We started with and are still using the Casio CDP 235R, which is a digital piano with 88 weighted keys and a simple pedal. It seems to be out of stock online, but we purchased it about 3 years ago from Costco. Here is a similar one on Amazon.

I would say if you are not sure if your child will stick to playing piano for a long time and you are just “testing it out”, check your local Facebook Marketplace page, depending on where you are you may be able to score pianos for free or cheap. I know I’ve seen several around my area here, all you’d have to do is find a truck and some strong friends to help you haul it (or hire help).

Now, I am no piano teacher. Just a mom with a kid who loves piano, but the above are my recommendations if you are looking to invest in a decent piano to start with and are on a budget.

Wrapping it Up!

Alright, I am wrapping it up right here.

I hope this list will help you as you decide on an online piano learning experience for your child or children.

Please drop me a comment down below if you are going with one of these options and let me know how it goes!

Have a wonderful day!

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