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Here you can watch videos made by students from Chetham’s School of Music as they play and discuss their chosen instrument from the Keyboard family.


The piano is an acoustic, stringed keyboard instrument.  It can play solo, in orchestras, in chamber ensembles and accompanies instrumentalists and singers.  It is used in every style of Western music and has a range of pitches from low to high.  It makes a noise by the strings being struck by felt hammers.  It is played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys (small levers) that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings. 

Below is further information on the piano. These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.  

Piano facts for kids

European Piano Teacher’s Association : Information on where to find a teacher, festivals and competitions and CPD for piano teachers. 

Chetham’s International Piano Summer School

History of the Piano
History of the Piano 2 

Learn to play the Piano virtually
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice. When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

8 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About The Piano

Musicians that inspire us: 

Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vladimir Horowitz
Arthur Rubinstein  
Martha Argerich
Evgeny Kissin
Eric Lu
See how a Steinway piano is made

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well!

We have taken every effort to ensure that these links are genuine and useful. However, we do not accept any liability for their content. Following these links will take you out of the Chetham’s Outreach website, at your own risk. This excludes the resources created by us which are identified.