So you’ve gone ahead and fulfilled that long cherished dream of learning how to play the piano. In fact, you have even invested in an instrument of your own to practice at your convenience – such is the level of your commitment. But now that you’ve taken the lessons and are confident of being able to play on your own, you are wondering what next.

Here are few ways in which you can advance a few step and put your learning and your instrument to good use.

1) Become a Teacher

Once you have taken lessons and comfortable with what you have learned, you can pass on the knowledge to others. Depending on whom you are teaching, the number of students, and the duration of each session, you can earn a good amount of money.

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Generally, a 30-minute lesson costs between $15 and $40 and varies based on the experience of the teacher. You can star out by imparting lessons from the comfort of your home to beginners and then take on more advanced students as you grow into your new role as a music teacher.

2) Take further advanced lessons at a conservatory or at a music college

If you aspire to learn more about playing the piano and take your skills a notch higher, you can apply for enrolment at a music college or a conservatory. Many great pianists have gone on to obtain formal degrees in performing arts from renowned colleges before embarking on their stellar careers.

A degree in music will also enable you to become a certified teacher and help you earn more due to the added advantage of your credentials. If you wish to learn the piano further but find that the local, informal music classes are no longer challenging enough to make you push the boundaries and help you progress, joining a proper music course will give you the necessary impetus to grow as a musician.

3) Become a Professional Pianist

If you are confident enough of your skills and have the ambition necessary to make it big in the cut-throat world of performing arts, you can try out your luck as a performing pianist. You can specialize in a certain genre of music like rock, pop, classical, or jazz and can choose to be a solo performer, or play with a symphony or orchestra or collaborate with other musicians.

Grand piano at the main hall stage in the Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany
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However, making it big in the world of music takes years of hard work. In the initial phases, your daily routine will surely involve long commutes and irregular cash flow. So it is best to weigh all the pros and cons and be prepared to weather the rough times when work is lean.

4) Join a Band or Form Your Own

You are sure to meet other instrumentalists and singers at your music classes or in social circles once you start learning the piano. Once you start feeling confident after taking lessons, you can team up with classmates to form a band or join an already existing one to put your acquired skills to good use. And since the piano is at your place, you can use it as your jamming studio as long as you are not disturbing anyone.

5) Play for Charity

If you have a philanthropic streak and believe in taking action for the greater good, you can perform to raise money for a cause you believe in or join the local church choir to share your beautiful music with the world.

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6) Enjoy the Music

And if you feel none of the aforesaid options are meant for you, play just for yourself. Play the piano because you love to play it, because the music soothes your soul. Learning to play an instrument does not necessarily mean you have to go on to master it or perform in concerts. You can simply choose to play for yourself and create melodies out of those keys.

No skill ever goes waste, and least of all, music! Investing in music lessons and your own piano pays its own dividends in terms of the creative satisfaction, intellectual development, and musical nirvana it provides you.

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