Top 5 Apps to Learn Piano Online (2023)

So you've decided to learn the piano? Amazing! Welcome to an incredibly rewarding adventure that will be sure to get your creative juices flowing as you discover your own sound!

Today we wanted to take some time to review some of the best online piano learning apps on the market to make your learning experience easy, fun and most importantly, accessible to your needs. Our Piano Experts have completed the research so you don't have to and have picked out their favourite apps for learning piano online!

So let's get started so you can start playing!

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When it comes to learning piano, we all have our own unique learning speed and aptitude. Just because something works for your friends, doesn't mean it will work for you! With so many apps out there, sometimes it can quite a lot of time and effort to choose an app suitable for you and works towards your needs, no matter your age.

“Simply Piano”

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Next up we've got Simply Piano, possibly one of the highest grossing and most popular piano learning apps out there.

There's a reason this app is so popular as it flips the 'traditional' approach to learning piano completely on it's head and allows users to play songs that are releveant, modern and meaningful to them.

Overall Simply Piano is well rounded and useful app with much to offer. Especially useful if you have an acoustic piano, as there is no need to connect to your instrument using a cable and the device is able to simply detect the notes through your phone. The app's interface is simple to follow, so children and adults can use it seamlessly and offers great functionality.

One thing to note however, if you are using an acoustic piano, your piano will need to be tuned to standard tuning for the app to pick up your sound correctly, read more on tuning your piano correctly here.

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Pros:

  • Uses your device’s built in microphone to give you a fully interactive experience.
  • Helps develop aural skills with fun “guess the note” games
  • Uses your devices Microphone - Which means no cables required, and you can also use it with an acoustic piano.

Cons:

  • Limited functionality unless you pay for the subscription; although many reviews suggest it is well worth it!


“Learn music notes” (Jungle Music)

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Next is the incredibly user friendly Jungle Music. Whether you are an absolute beginner or returning to the piano after a long break, this app offers bite size, easy to follow steps and interactive guides to help you with the fundamentals of learning the piano, particularly focused towards younger players and children. Jungle Music's approach to disguise music learning as an interactive game with fun characters and tasks makes learning to read music notes in all clefs playful and fun for children. Perfect if you've just brought your youngest their first piano to try!

Pros:

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  • Great for learning basic notation with clear and concise instructions
  • Free!

Cons:

  • Not compatible with iOS

“Piano Academy”

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Piano Academy by Yokee is up next and much like Simply Piano offers users an easy to follow series of learning tools to help make the learning experience fun and engaging. The tutorial videos in particular, although rather short, give you some very clear instructions on how to learn the basics of music reading and piano playing that are incredibly accessible and usable for all ages. The real time analysis of your playing helps you develop and hone your skills with ease whilst offering a satisfying user experience.

Pros:

  • Microphone or MIDI connectivity”
  • Tutorial Videos
  • Real-time analysis of your playing

Cons:

  • Limited free usage

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CASIO “CHORDANA” for Piano

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It's no secret that we love Casio - and the Chordana app is no exception! A triumph that features an extrememly easy to follow interface, full control of your instrument’s on-board features, and a large array of built in lessons. Of course the only negative being that this app is only compatible with casio products such as the CT-S200 and CT-S300.

Pros:

  • Easy to use interface designed to work seamlessly with your Casio digital piano
  • Large lesson library, completely free of charge
  • “Follow the notes” and lesson functions
  • Learn about all the best known classical composers
  • Import your own sheet music as PDF’s

Cons:

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  • Only compatible with certain Casio models

ROLAND “ PIANO PARTNER 2”

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Last, but certainly not least is Roland's Piano Partner 2. Much like Casio, Roland have also used their extensive knowledge of technology to create another easy to use app with plenty of headroom to cater for beginners to professionals. Free to download on iOS or android, providing you have a Roland digital piano - This app is compatible with the likes of the FP-30 and even higher end digital pianos such as the GP609.


Pros:

Easy and clear interface designed to work with your Roland digital piano

  • “Digiscore Lite” to access your Roland’s built in song library.
  • Games and flash cards to help you learn
  • Remote control interface for your piano’s built in features and functions
  • Connect wirelessly via your piano’s built in bluetooth connection (Model dependant)

Cons:

  • Only compatible with Roland Digital pianos

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What do other people think?

We asked a handful of our clients which apps they believe is the best for learning, here's what one said:

"Having researched some piano playing apps on the iPad I purchased the Simply Piano app which costs about £100 a year for the subscription. I found this really useful. It took my learning right back to the basics of learning sheet music, playing with both hands and then became harder introducing chords as I completed the various levels.

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The Simply Piano app uses the microphone on the iPad to detect the notes you are playing and I find it to be very accurate. Only when you have successfully completed a tutorial will it allow you to move onto the next level of your learning. What is then good is that it opens up new songs that you can learn that are suited to your ability. When learning a new song Simply Piano breaks it into various sections so you can learn the chorus and perfect that for example before moving to another part of the song.

Simply Piano has a huge catalogue of sheet music to learn from modern day popular songs to classical and many of them are at various levels of difficulty so once you have mastered a particular piece you can move on and play the same piece but at a harder level. The app awards you a score each time you play a piece you are learning based on the number of correct notes you played and a percentage score for your timing.

After two years of using Simply Piano I moved to a different app called Flow Key. Rather than pay £100 a year for the subscription I paid about £270 for a lifetime membership. Flow Key is similar in that it uses the iPad microphone to track your key playing and again as you are learning it only allows you to move on once you have played the correct note.

Flow Key has about 1500 songs to choose from which again are split between classical and pop and have 4 different levels of playing right through to professional which is definitely grade 8 level. Although I think the choice of music is better with Simply Piano, I prefer the layout with Flow Key. What's good is although you can play a piece at reduced speed on both apps Flow Key allows you to select left hand, right hand or both to wait for you before moving to the next note. I find this really helpful when learning a new piece rather than lose my position and start again.

Also, unlike Simply Piano, Flow Key allows you to select any piece within the sheet music which you can crop and it then allows you to go on loop practicing the section you have selected on repeat without having to play the entire piece. I find this really helpful if I am struggling with a certain part of the piece as it allows me to practice until I am happy and ready to move on. Flow Key also for each piece of music has a video of a person playing the identical piece and again I find this really useful too.

These two apps are both great for people looking to learn sheet music on their own and to summarise I would say Simply Piano is a great app to begin with and their tutorials are fun and engaging. I also think they have a wider range of songs you can learn.

However, Flow Key's app for me is better learning sheet music with the extra functions I have described. Whatever you decide I do not think either will disappoint."

So there you have it, 5 of the best apps out there to suit all of your piano needs! We hope this quick guide to some of the best piano learning apps around has helped you get a rough idea on what's out there and how you can begin your musical journey! If you have any further questions, or would like help picking up your first piano, our team of expert piano specialists are on hand and ready to help today!

FAQs

Can you really learn piano with an app? ›

Yes, technically, you can learn piano with an app. Modern piano apps will teach you how to read notes in both treble and bass clefs, play those notes on the keys of the piano, use good hand position, play chords, and so forth.

What is the best online virtual piano? ›

In no particular order, the best Piano VSTs of 2022:
  • Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand.
  • Synthogy Ivory II Studio Grands.
  • Spectrasonics Keyscape.
  • Modartt Pianoteq.
  • Vienna Imperial.
  • E-instruments Session Keys Grand S.
  • VI Labs Ravenscroft 275.
  • UVI Grand Piano.
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What piano app is completely free? ›

Another common type of free piano apps are those associated with programs like Flowkey, Simply Piano, and Skoove, which are free at first but require payment to access most content.

What is the fastest way to learn piano? ›

So as contradictory as it sounds, the fastest way to learn piano, and arguably the best way, is to practice slowly. Remember the mantra “slow is the way to go” for better practice and ultimately, faster learning.

Can piano be self learned? ›

Yes! While we believe the best way to learn piano is from an expert instructor, we're also in full support of students who prefer self-learning. Piano's one of the most versatile instruments, so learning how to teach yourself is a skill that will serve you in other areas of life.

Is piano very difficult to learn? ›

The piano is one of the most difficult and rewarding instruments to learn; not only do you have to learn to read notes and translate them to the keys, but you have to do it with both hands at the same time. You'll also have to learn to play with correct technique or you could face injuries in the future.

Can I practice piano on my phone? ›

Although an app isn't a complete substitute for learning from a professional, you can still benefit from a piano app. These apps have tutorials, lessons, and recordings you can take advantage of to improve your skill. Here are the best Android apps for learning the piano.

Can I master piano online? ›

Absolutely. While there is no doubt that having a good traditional teacher can be helpful, the fact is you can teach yourself how to play piano / keyboard very effectively with the Musiah online piano lesson course, and you can do it with or without the involvement of a traditional piano / keyboard teacher.

Is flowkey the best piano app? ›

Overall, Flowkey is a great introduction to the piano. It is easy to setup so you can start playing piano right away. The user interface is simple and intuitive with a sleek design. Flowkey helps beginners improve reading notation and increases their piano repertoire in a fun and modern way.

Is Simply Piano full free? ›

As for subscription options, Simply Piano offers a 7-day free trial so you can try it before you buy it. After that, it is $149.99 per year, $89.99 for six months, or $59.99 for three months.

What is smart piano app? ›

The Smart Pianist is a special app that provides a variety of music-related functionality when connected to a compatible instrument. In addition to selecting piano voices, you can use Smart Pianist to adjust parameters such as reverberation and other factors that affect the sound of the piano.

Can I learn piano in 2 months? ›

If you can already play songs hands together it'll take you about 4 months to get good at playing piano by ear. If you're a complete beginner and you've never played a song hands together before, it'll take you about 6 months because you'll need to learn some other skills first.

How long should I learn piano a day? ›

Most piano teachers recommend practicing anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours daily. To facilitate this, consider making a schedule for when you'll play and for how long.

How fast can u learn piano? ›

If you want to be a professional classical performer, you're looking at a minimum of 10 to 15 years of concentrated study with a master teacher, and hours of practice every day. Most people who want to learn piano to play for their own enjoyment can get great results within three to five years of study and practice.

How many hours should a beginner play piano? ›

Teenage and adult beginners should practice at least 30 minutes a day, six days a week. Once you have developed a proper working methodology, a practice regiment of 45 minutes to an hour five to seven days a week should be considered mandatory.

How many hours does it take to master a piano? ›

The 10,000 hour rule is a rule of thumb used to show that about 10,000 hours of practice helps you master a skill. While this is true for a lot of things, and it is true for the piano most of the time, it's not a hard and fast rule that should be used universally.

Is piano hardest to master? ›

The piano is an excellent example of an instrument that's easy to learn the basics but one of the hardest instruments to master. Many music educators prefer to teach theory using a piano. The reason is that every note is laid out in order of pitch from lowest (left) to highest (right).

Does piano need talent? ›

How to be a great pianist. You don't need insane natural talent to be a great pianist. You don't even need to believe natural talent exists to become a great pianist. All you need to to become a great pianist is to love the piano and practice diligently and consistently.

Does piano train your brain? ›

Is Piano Good for the Brain? Playing piano is particularly beneficial in 3 areas of the brain: the motor, visual and auditory cortices. Just like a physical workout, disciplined and structured piano practise strengthens these areas, which allow pianists to better apply them to other activities.

Is piano harder than violin? ›

An instrument's level of difficulty to learn is a significant consideration when choosing a musical instrument. The violin is harder to learn than the piano as the player must learn to play in tune with a pleasant sound. With the keyboard, pitch, and fundamental aspects of sound quality, are built-in.

Is piano harder or guitar? ›

Overall, the guitar is easier to learn than the piano. If you consider the layout, learning songs, the ability to self-teach and a few other things, it is an easier instrument. However, it's the easiest on average for everyone.

Why is piano the hardest? ›

Most instruments/singers must read notes in a certain range, because that instrument or vocalist can only handle a certain number of notes in their specific range. The piano has an 88-key range, which is a massive range of notes to have memorized.

Which is harder piano or keyboard? ›

Keyboard keys are also significantly lighter than piano keys, which may make them easier for a beginner, especially a young child who hasn't yet built up the finger strength to be effective on a larger instrument.

How can I practice piano everyday? ›

Now that you have a good idea of what will be included in your practice, the next step is to figure out how long to practise for.
  1. Practise for 1-2 hours per day. ...
  2. 10 minutes - warm-up. ...
  3. 20 minutes - scales and arpeggios. ...
  4. 20 minutes - your pieces. ...
  5. 10 minutes - sight-reading. ...
  6. 10 minutes - aural & viva voce (optional)
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Can I practice piano 8 hours a day? ›

You can definitely play 8 hours depending on what you are playing and how demanding technically the piece is for your level. I can practice Bach or Mozart for hours with no pain and no fatigue.

Should I learn piano online or in person? ›

In-Person Lessons Offer More Guidance

When a teacher is there they can look at specific things going on with your technique and make much quicker adjustments. The problem with taking piano lessons online is that you might not even have a teacher looking at anything you're doing, to begin with!

Can you master 2 instruments at once? ›

Contrary to popular belief, learning two instruments simultaneously is perfectly achievable. Many professional musicians will have some degree of competency on a second instrument. Research indicates that learning two instruments at once will not adversely affect progression on either instrument.

What is the easiest instrument to master? ›

If you're looking for an easy instrument to learn, any of these options fit the bill:
  • HARMONICA. One of the easiest instruments you can take up, which is also very popular in a variety of styles, is the harmonica. ...
  • GUITAR. ...
  • UKULELE. ...
  • KEYBOARD. ...
  • DRUMS.
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Is Flowkey free forever? ›

When you create a flowkey account, you automatically have a free basic account. You can try our free version of the app for as long as you want. In this version, you have access to 8 free songs and some of our course exercises.

Is Flowkey completely free? ›

You can download the flowkey app for free and immediately gain free access to selected songs and course content. For full access to all songs and course content, you will need to purchase a flowkey Premium subscription. You can access flowkey Premium content on all your devices.

Which is better Simply Piano or Flowkey? ›

Flowkey is the overall better option if you are a beginner looking for comprehensive online piano lessons. They have a large selection of songs to choose from and the learning pace is much quicker and more structured than Simply Piano.

Can I learn piano without a teacher? ›

Without a music teacher, playing the piano or any other instrument will remain awkward, strenuous, and might even injure your hands over time. You need a teacher to correct your hand and body position to make it feel comfortable. Knowing how to efficiently produce a good sound.

Which is better Skoove or Simply Piano? ›

Simply Piano

It has a more gamified feel to it than flowkey and Skoove, but it is just as educational. Simply Piano teaches you to play music along with backing tracks and gives you instant feedback on how accurately you played it. It has 2 paths you can follow as you learn: piano solo music or chords.

Is Yousician free? ›

Yousician offers a free premium trial for new users. Once you start the trial, you get instant access to songs, exercises and instructional videos, to get you started on your musical journey. You are not charged during your free trial, and you can cancel the trial before it ends.

Is Skoove free? ›

Skoove is available in two tiers: Skoove Basic and Skoove Premium. Skoove Basic will give you access to selected lessons from our courses for free. With Skoove Premium you get full access to all courses with over 400 lessons and 1-on-1 support from our piano instructors. Skoove Premium is a subscription service.

Is Simply Piano a safe app? ›

No, Simply Piano by JoyTunes is not a scam. You will learn how to read notes, play some pop songs and classical pieces, read chords, understand lead sheets, and more.

Is Skoove app good? ›

Overall, Skoove makes for a budget-friendly option for those looking to begin piano lessons. It offers a large number of lessons that are always increasing over time and the costumer support is great for those really struggling.

Can I learn piano all by myself? ›

Yes! While we believe the best way to learn piano is from an expert instructor, we're also in full support of students who prefer self-learning. Piano's one of the most versatile instruments, so learning how to teach yourself is a skill that will serve you in other areas of life.

Is Flowkey or simply piano better? ›

Flowkey is the overall better option if you are a beginner looking for comprehensive online piano lessons. They have a large selection of songs to choose from and the learning pace is much quicker and more structured than Simply Piano.

Can you learn piano in 2 years? ›

If you want to be a professional classical performer, you're looking at a minimum of 10 to 15 years of concentrated study with a master teacher, and hours of practice every day. Most people who want to learn piano to play for their own enjoyment can get great results within three to five years of study and practice.

Is studying piano easy? ›

The piano is one of the most difficult and rewarding instruments to learn; not only do you have to learn to read notes and translate them to the keys, but you have to do it with both hands at the same time. You'll also have to learn to play with correct technique or you could face injuries in the future.

How much is Flowkey monthly? ›

Flowkey also features informational videos on piano posture, sight reading and learning basic music theory. The app is $19.99/mo, and has cheaper options depending on how long your subscription lasts.

How many hours of piano should I practice a day? ›

Pianists should practice between 30 minutes to 4 hours per day. Beginners will benefit most from shorter practice sessions while advanced pianists will be more accustomed to longer days. Each practice session can be split into segments to help avoid physical and mental fatigue.

Is 30 minutes piano practice good? ›

Most piano teachers recommend practicing anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours daily. To facilitate this, consider making a schedule for when you'll play and for how long. You may find that some days you may be able to dedicate more time than others.

Is Simply Piano app free? ›

Is Simply Piano Really Free? Simply Piano does have one free course (“Piano Basics”), and after you've completed it, you will be prompted to pay for a subscription before you can access more advanced material. Furthermore, before you purchase the paid version of the app, you can experiment with a free seven day trial.

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