Welcome to OpianMusic.com! Opian is a recently invented method for teaching piano to beginner students. The method is based on numbering one’s fingers (one through five on both hands) and reading sheets that instruct the student what to do based on those finger numbers and a myriad of musical symbols. Below is an explanation on how Opian fits into more traditional methods.
Sheet Music and Opian
The most important thing to understand is that these methods are not at odds or mutually exclusive from one another. Sheet music is a beautifully universal language and has been for a long time. Once understood, the system’s ability to get across extremely complicated concepts consistently and effectively is the reason for its success in human history. The only real drawback of sheet music is that one must LEARN this language, which can be a frustrating, time consuming, and expensive process. This is precisely where Opian fits into the equation.
Opian is a perfect mix of introduction to reading music and immediate challenge to the fingers of beginner students. Opian simplifies early playing by having students keep their hands in one place and as a result allows the student to focus on PLAYING the piano rather than reading notes. Students see immediate progress and as a result are motivated to meet the challenges that the more difficult levels demand. During this playing by numbers phase the student is concurrently learning the following concepts that help tremendously in their eventual study of sheet music.
- Proper posture and finger technique.
- Engrained understanding of the names of the notes including sharps and flats.
- Natural sense of rhythm.
- Coordination between hands and advanced timing techniques.
- Understanding of rhythm in written form and connecting a symbol to how the rhythm of a song should go.
- Playing with feeling (dynamics is the musical term).
- Structural notation such as DC al Fine, repeat signs, first and second endings, etc.
- Paying attention to detail and how to practice difficult sections of songs.
Although arrangements are limited using this method, the foundation that it builds allows students to advance into more difficult songs smoothly and quickly.
Having an instructor during the process of learning Opian is no doubt useful, but the beauty of Opian is that its simplicity coupled with the design of the website allows for learning to begin in an inexpensive and convenient way.