I started taking piano lessons when I was eight years old. Playing the piano wasn’t easy for me. I have always been musical, but I relied on my ears to pick out melodies more than sight-reading (a.k.a reading the notes on the page and playing what was composed). It took me months to learn some of the songs I played.
Playing the piano was a significant part of my life for about 12 years. Taking piano lessons for so long shaped who I am today. Studies show taking music lessons gives kids many benefits, beyond having an appreciation for music. Even taking lessons as an adult can give you many benefits as well.
A few times in my travels (and at home too) I’ve noticed colourful street pianos. Most are available for anyone to play. I always love seeing these pianos. They show how music and art can come together in a public setting. Here are a few that I’ve seen.
New York City
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While all these pianos were available to play (except the decorative New Orleans one), I can’t guarantee they were in tune. The pianos featured here may not be available anymore, but there are other pianos available to play in other cities around the world. I know the one in New York was part of the Play Me I’m Yours Street Pianos.
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Have you seen any colourful pianos during your travels? Which of these is your favourite?