Beginners Piano by Ear for Wellbeing

This is a course that takes away the stress of reading music or studying the theory of it. It is maintained that the mark of a good musician is actually to respond in his aural senses to music sound and is able to play it on an instrument.

Starting at a zero level, the learner is introduced to easy and catchy popular music ranging from classical, pop, jazz to some popular music jingles on radio and television. The individual is guided and taught to play and enjoy without any reading or examination.

Course Content

This course includes the correct identification of different keyboards and how they function, this is mainly the electric and acoustic pianos and the use of their pedals.

Correct finger position and sitting position with dictation on the white keys to be played by learners at their first lesson is included.

Content includes playing of two major scales of C and G majors to enhance technical ability on the instrument.

The content of this course may involve effectively playing the hands separately and attempting to bring it together in certain songs. Learners in building confidence in themselves, will be encouraged in an informal atmosphere to perform in front of other learners. As a form of duet with the aim of enriching sound at a fuller scale, the tutor will be accompanying learners as they play in class concerts.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

Open to all

First Class Requirements

A notebook and pen

Attendance Requirements

How to Pay for Your Course

Assessment Methods

There will be an opportunity to enrol Improvers Piano by Ear for Wellbeing in the following term.

Additional Information

If you have a pair of headsets, please bring your own. If you don't have your own pair of headsets, please let us know and we will do our best to provide you with a pair.

Please email for further information not covered in the outline


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.