Can I Learn ANY Piece of Music I Like?
There is no guarantee that you will be able to learn any piece of music you request. This will depend on whether it's appropriate for your current level, whether we can source an appropriate legal copy and whether there is an appropriate piano version of the piece available. Your teacher has the final say on this.
Piano Adaptations of Pop Songs
Piano adaptations of pop songs are often horribly arranged, are not very pianistic and are therefore often frustrating to learn.
Converting a song that was originally composed for an entire band into a piano solo often doesn't translate very well, and can actually hinder your learning process. We'd rather you learn pieces that were written specifically for piano...or source well-arranged piano versions of pop songs.
Some pop songs are well-arranged and appropriate to use in your piano studies, but a lot won't be. So we can't guarantee you'll be able to learn ANYTHING you want.
When deciding to learn a specific piece of music, we also have to consider the legal responsibilities we have surrounding copyright.
You will need to source and purchase a legal copy of the music. But just because you have purchased a legal copy of sheet music to learn in your lessons, this doesn't mean you can then record a video of yourself playing that piece and upload it to YouTube. That requires a synchronisation license, which you would need to purchase from the publisher and/or copyright owner!
Copyright is very complex and confusing and even when you have good intentions, you might still be breaking the law.
We understand how frustrating this is, so have created a solution for you! Keep reading...
Virtual Piano Academy Sheet Music Library
We don't want anyone to find themselves in legal trouble because they are using illegal copies of music, or distributing video performances of that piece of music without a synchronisation license. Because of all this, we have created our very own Virtual Piano Academy Sheet Music Library.
All of the music in our library is 100% legal for you to use. It is legally cleared and available for you to download, print, perform, record videos with and use in your practice, concerts and public performances. And, all music in our Sheet Music Library is included as part of your lesson fee, so you don't have to pay a cent to use this music.
You are free to record yourself playing a video of this music, and can legally distribute that video via YouTube, on your social media channels etc.
Some of the music in this library is also written by Amy herself...and our library is organised by grade level, so you can browse music that is appropriate for your current abilities.
What If I Want to Learn a Piece of Music Not in the Virtual Piano Academy Sheet Music Library?
If you want to learn a piece of music that is not in our Sheet Music library, you will need to do the following:
Fill out the sheet music request form, with details about the piece of music you wish to learn. You can find this form in your Lesson Portal.
If approved by your teacher, you will need to purchase a legal digital or physical copy of the piece you wish to learn. Your lesson fee does not include music outside of our Sheet Music Library, so you will need to pay for this music separately. The websites we recommend for downloading legal music scores are MusicNotes and NoviScore.
Send us a digital copy of your purchased music, along with a copy of the receipt of purchase. Use the pop-up chat window to do this.
You will not be able to upload any video recordings you create of yourself performing this piece to YouTube or social media. You are only able to create videos for your Weekly Showcase video and for sharing within the Virtual Piano Academy website. Even though you purchased a legal copy to learn from, this doesn't give you a video synchronisation license.
You take full legal responsibility for your use of this copyrighted material. Virtual Piano Academy shall not be held legally, financially, or professionally accountable for the way you choose to use this copyrighted material.