Piano Info & Resources

Student Resources

Welcome! We hope you'll have fun with these activities while you learn more about your piano. Visit frequently to see what's new.

How a Piano Works

How Does A Piano Work? - Identify the parts of a piano and see how they all work together.

What's the Difference? - Learn about the unique characteristics of an acoustic piano and how the different parts of a piano allow you to “express” yourself.

Acoustic Pianos Fact Sheet - Compare the advantages and disadvantages of acoustic and digital pianos.

Preparing for a Performance - Use the book "Henry the Steinway and the Piano Recital" along with other tips to help your students get ready for a piano recital. Elementary age level.

Basic Rules of Piano Care - Learn how to care for your piano.

PLC Treasure Hunt - Explore the student area of the Piano Learning Center by finding the answers to questions on how a piano works, history, care and more.

Helpful Links

Online Games

Beginners

Literature

The Music Box: The Story of Cristofori - Learn about the history of pianos by reading about the creator of the first modern piano.

Pianos Through the Ages - Learn about the history of pianos by completing a word search puzzle.

Piano History Fact Sheet - See how the piano has changed over the last 300 years.

Puzzles/Worksheets

Name the Piano Parts - Learn the different parts of the inside and outside of grand and vertical pianos.

Piano Parts Word Search

Test Your Piano IQ Worksheet

What's It Called - Match the parts of a piano to the correct descriptions.

Pianos Through the Ages - Learn about the history of pianos by completing a word search puzzle.

How Does A Piano Work? - Identify the parts of a piano and see how they all work together.

Piano Activity Place Mat - Print out your own on 8-1/2" x 14" (legal size) activity mat.

Music Staff Paper - NEW! - 8 stave, 8 1/2" x 11". Download and print PDF.

Videos

How Piano Actions Work - A link to a video clip of a demonstration by Clarence Zeches, RPT.

Grand Action in Motion - See a YouTube video of a grand action moving in real-time and slow motion.

How an Upright Piano Action Works - 3D animation of an upright action mechanism. Also includes a schematic of all the parts making up the action.

Tuning Forks - Learn how a tuning fork is used to tune a piano.

Introduction to Tuning Forks - From the National Museum of American History.

Steinway Factory Tour - A YouTube video of a tour of the New York Steinway factory narrated by John Steinway.

Yamaha Factory Tours - A series of four YouTube videos describing the process of pianomaking at Yamaha from start to performance.

Petrof Factory Tour - A 360 degree panoramic tour that allows you to walk through the Petrof factory and explore images and video clips to see how pianos are manufactured.

Hailun Factory Tour - A 360 degree panoramic tour that allows you to walk through the Hailun factory and explore images and video clips to see how pianos are manufactured.

Science

Tuning Forks - Learn how a tuning fork is used to tune a piano.

Piano Science - Connect music and science with experiments and activities that help you explore the concept of sound waves and how the different parts of a piano work together to create the sounds we call music.

Piano Sounds - A lesson that explores how the different parts of the piano work together to make sounds.

Explore Sound - These Interesting activities from tExploresound.org will help you learn more about sound. Apply what you learn to how the parts of a piano work togther to create sound.

Tuning Fork Acoustics - From the National Museum of American History.

Intermediate

Group Games

Follow the Music Game - Get the wiggles out while learning common music directions.

Piano Baseball - Turn learning into fun when you and your friends compete to see who knows the most about the piano.

Play It, Don't Say It Card Game - Put your knowledge of tempo, dynamics and articulation terms, symbols and marks to work.

Express Yourself - Learn about tempo, dynamics and articulation terms, symbols and marks.

Piano Science - Connect music and science with experiments and activities that help you explore the concept of sound waves and how the different parts of a piano work together to create the sounds we call music.

Explore Sound - These Interesting activities from Exploresound.org will help you learn more about sound. Apply what you learn to how the parts of a piano work together to create sound.

History

The Music Box: The Story of Cristofori - Learn about the history of pianos by reading about the creator of the first modern piano.

Pianos Through the Ages - Learn about the history of pianos by completing a word search puzzle.

Piano History Fact Sheet - See how the piano has changed over the last 300 years.

Art

Piano Activity Place Mat - Print out your own on 8-1/2" x 14" paper, reproducible

Origami Piano - Fold your own 3-D vertical piano, reproducible.

Grand Piano Art - Cut, fold and glue your own miniature grand piano. PDF includes full-color, detailed pieces and instructions. From Accoutrements.

Coloring Pages - Sample pages from the PTG coloring book; preschool and early elementary levels, reproducible.

Student Reward Bookmarks - Print these colorful bookmarks on cardstock and cut apart for a fun reward at the end of a lesson, reproducible.

Advanced