As a kid, my piano teachers always said you must learn to read sheet music to play the piano. As I grew up, I met more and more pianists who could not read music notation well or at all. Some were good pianists and some were not (just like those who could read music notation).
After teaching for many years, I realized that the requirement of learning to read sheet music in order to play the piano actually doesn't make any sense. I found that both children and adults can learn to play well without learning music notation - and they learn more quickly.
It's like having to memorize a map to a place before you're allowed to go there. Imagine having to memorize the map of Middle Earth before you were allowed to go there and have adventures. Froto would never have gone for that. Music is aural. Music notation is only the map that helps you to recreate the music you hear. It's not the actual music.
This is why I mostly teach my own method which gets beginners playing immediately and we learn music notation along the way. And, as you may have guessed, this is exactly how we learn our language. Makes sense.
It's sad that this is such a radical departure from conventional piano instruction when it's actually the natural way to learn. I invite you to be revolutionary and try it out with my sample Level 1 course. It's FREE and you can access it HERE.
Terry Smith teaches piano and voice privately in the Phoenix, AZ area and online anywhere using an innovative approach called "PLAY NOW!"