Information For Parents

Virtual Piano is an online music education platform and the best piano learning app available freely online. We aim to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for adults and children to experience playing the piano online. We work on two main principles; enjoyment and education. Too few people get the opportunity to experience learning to play the piano. Virtual Piano aims to make that experience available online and provide enjoyment as well as education. We advise parental guidance for children under the age of 13 who might be engaging with the Virtual Piano social communities.

Is Virtual Piano safe for children and students to use?

Yes, Virtual Piano is completely safe for children. We aim to create and maintain a safe environment for all users. We enforce a code of conduct through our House Rules and any users who violate this will be blocked from our channels. While we attempt to monitor all channels, at times inappropriate content posted by the community may appear. If you see any, as with any platform, please use the abuse/spam report filter on that particular network or channel. As much as possible we use category blocking so that inappropriate advertising is not served on the website and to keep the website family-friendly. Virtual Piano is an online platform used by millions of people all over the world. We recommend caregiver guidance for children under 13 using the platform and we strongly advise that children are appropriately educated about internet safety.

How can my child learn to play the piano online?

Visit the Virtual Piano's How to Play section for instructions on how to help your child play the piano online. Here you will find some basic tips and starting points as well as songs for your child to play. Find fun and recognisable songs in the following categories:

  1. Super Easy Music Sheets
  2. Disney Music Sheets
  3. Kids Music Sheets
  4. Nursery Rhyme Music Sheets

What is the easiest way to learn to play the piano online?

  1. From Virtual Piano's home screen Key Assist menu, turn ON Keyboard Keys, Highlight Keys (if you're using a computer, also turn ON Highlight Keyboard).
  2. You will see characters displayed on top of the piano keys that correspond to a computer keyboard's keys.
  3. Next, from the piano search box search for and select a super easy song like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Once loaded press Start Now.
  4. Press the keys highlighted in orange via your computer keyboard, one at a time. If you're using a mobile or tablet, you can press the highlighted piano keys directly.
  5. Continue playing and you will start to hear the melody of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Well done, you’re playing the piano online! You'll receive a score at the end for your rhythm and accuracy.
  6. Play this super easy song 3 times and write down your score for each attempt. Did you improve on your 3rd attempt? You're ready to go on an amazing musical adventure! Now try other easy songs and you'll quickly find it's the easiest way to learn to play the piano online!

How do I record the sound of the piano?

  1. Select the Record button from the Virtual Piano menu.
  2. From the dropdown menu select Record Audio.
  3. You will see a countdown of 3, 2, 1, Go. Then you can start playing on Virtual Piano.
  4. Once you complete your recording, you can then download and share your sound file.

Record your piano performance in a high-quality MP3 sound file for you to keep and share. This is capped at 30 seconds but increases up to 5 minutes for Virtual Piano Plus account holders. Once your sound has recorded, you can easily download and share your performance with the world.

What should I do if Virtual Piano doesn't load for me?

If you are experiencing issues loading the piano on your mobile, tablet or computer, this is usually down to a caching issue. All you need to do is clear the browser cache (search history) on your device.

  • Chrome: History > Show Full History > Clear Browsing Data
  • Safari: History > Clear History
  • Firefox: History > Clear recent History

How do I speed up Virtual Piano on my computer?

  • First, try to close other programs/browsers on your device.
  • Use Google Chrome browser, which supports quicker sound delivery.
  • For a lightning-fast experience, get the Virtual Piano Plus membership:
    • As a logged-in member, you'll benefit from our faster engine and won't see advertisements. You'll also get exclusive access to a range of additional platform features without any external distractions.
    • Members can create music sheets, customise the piano, save their settings, record sound files of their performance and get a global rating.
    • Above all, members use the platform ad-free, are granted permission to use it for commercial purposes and compete in leagues, as well as analyse and improve their performances. All this, for just $48 USD per year.

How much does it cost to use Virtual Piano?

Virtual Piano is free to use. The platform is free and the music sheets are all free to play. The free version of the platform is supported through advertising but there is an optional ad-free premium membership which provides a world of additional features. Should you wish to access these additional features, Virtual Piano Plus membership is available for those who wish to subscribe at just $48 USD per year.

How much space does Virtual Piano take?

None. No space. Virtual Piano is a digital product that lives in the cloud. Your music sheets and song performance data is also stored digitally in the cloud. Not on your hard drive or in paper files. So Virtual Piano doesn't take any space in your living room or on your hard drive at all.

Do I need to print music sheets?

No. Virtual Piano music sheets automatically get loaded into the piano display without the need for you to print them. Traditional sheet music was printed on paper. Not anymore. So when you choose Virtual Piano, you get free access to thousands of ever-growing music sheets, you save a few trees, save your time, save your ink, save money and focus on what really matters - your passion for music.

How much does it cost to buy music sheets?

Nothing. Zero. $0.00. Because in the last 15 years (since 2006) Virtual Piano Music Sheets have been written and produced by Virtual Piano teachers, its musical legends, and its community members. To enable everyone in every corner of the world to create and play great music, Virtual Piano does not charge for music sheets and never will. Music is for everyone, not just a privileged few.

Do I need to buy an additional device to use Virtual Piano?

No. Virtual Piano works on your desktop computer, laptop, tablet and smartphone. So if you are reading this, you most likely have access to one of these devices. There is no need for you to buy more devices or plastic gimmicks to create, play or enjoy outstanding music.

How much time does it take to learn the piano online?

It takes less than a minute to learn to play the piano through You'll be able to play a song in less than a minute of landing on Virtual Piano. That's the start, but like with anything, to improve, you'll need to practice but the pace of your improvement on Virtual Piano will be far quicker than on any other medium. The platform is intuitive and practical. So you're encouraged to start with playing a couple of Super Easy music sheets and see how easy it is for yourself.

Traditionally, music instruments took many years to learn. The barriers to entry were too high. The countless obstacles included the cost of the instrument, the cost of teachers, learning of a complex music notation, navigating the instruments themsleves and so on. That's no longer the case. Learn to play Virtual Piano and you can play any classical instrument on any device, anywhere, free of charge.

What are the benefits of learning to play music?

There are countless health and happiness benefits of learning to play music, most of which are widely known.

"Musical training can have a profound and lasting impact on the brain, creating additional neural connections in childhood that can last a lifetime and thus help compensate for cognitive declines later in life."

This is according to Jennifer Bugos, an assistant professor of music education at the University of South Florida.

More on this in National Geographic's article titled "Your Aging Brain Will Be in Better Shape If You've Taken Music Lessons"

Is it too late for me to learn to play the piano?

No. A big fat NO. The fact is - it's never too late. Especially if you begin with Virtual Piano music notation, which allows you to learn and play instantly. There is no need for barriers and pre-requisites. Start to play right now. People used to say "I wish I had learnt to play an instrument when I was younger". That's a notion of the past. You no longer need to be young to start. You don't need to learn traditional music notation to play music. So you're encouraged to start with playing a couple of Super Easy music sheets and see how easy it is for yourself. If you're under 100 years old, then you're still young enough to learn and play Virtual Piano. Start now.

If you're over 100 years old, then you may like pressing the Auto Play button on any song loaded into Virtual Piano and just enjoy the music.


Further Reading on the benefits of learning to play the piano


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