Pop Piano lessons
for adults

Our pop piano lessons for adults encompass all levels, including beginners, since 2003 in Singapore. As opposed to a traditional pianist, a pop pianist plays and embellishes a song. Our Pop piano lessons (for adults) cover improvisation techniques that can be applied to any song of your choice, including English, Chinese, J-Pop, K-Pop, worship, etc. Learn the art of piano improvisation by starting your Pop Piano lessons with us today.  

Pop Piano lessons for adults (administrative information):

Course Title: P.B.E.S™ Pop Piano Improvisation Course (for adults)
Age group: for Adults and Teens
Lesson duration:  45 / 60 minutes one-on-one lessons (individual)
Lessons frequency: 1 lesson per week
Prerequisite: Zero music background
Available levels: P.B.E.S™ Level 1 – 8

Adults with zero background can enroll to P.B.E.S™ Level 1. The entire course can also be fully customized upon request (without following the P.B.E.Syllabus™) In addition, when you enroll for the P.B.E.S™ Pop Piano Improvisation course, you will receive the following incentives, exclusive to PBE students:

a) P.B.E.S™ CE booklet for current P.B.E.S™ Level (Singapore edition)
b)  Login ID and Password for P.B.E.I.S™ Online Student Portal APP & Whatsapp Newsfeed
c) Free usage of practice studios 
d) Free scores transcribing service 
e) Discounts on musical instruments

Learn the right way to play Piano

MOST people learn how to play piano the WRONG way through rote memorization and playing note for note. (Watch the video below to understand) Often, the term Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 8, etc, refers to the Classical piano grading coupled with the examinations. To pass a grade, you will need to prepare three exam pieces in a year. In most cases, students memorize the exam pieces and play them well enough to convince the examiners. Each grade is passed, and the next one follows. The cycle continues.

So, here’s the problem. Ask any of your friends with classical piano grades to play any simple song on a piano with two hands. Like a happy birthday song, OR Mary had a little lamb. They probably can’t, because they need the scores. Many Grade 8 and diploma classical pianists are unable to play anything except their exam pieces. Isn’t this contrary to the objectives of learning music?

Pop Piano Improvisation P.B.E.Syllabus™

P.B.E.S™ Level 1

Content for P.B.E.S™ Level 1

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

1:1 | RH single note melody

1:2 | LH root note

1:3 | LH 1+5 interval

1:4 | LH Broken chord 1-5-8

1:5 | Diatonic triads (1+3+5)

1:6 | 2 hand patterns

1:7 | Variation intervals & broken

1:8 | Ending a song

Improvisation (Choice of songs)

Level 1 Ear training

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 1:

  • The ability to play an elementary piece of music on the piano
  • Applying the rudiments of music
  • Developing proper fingering and basic coordination skills

P.B.E.S™ Level 1 prerequisite:

  • Total zero music background

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 1:

3* months (depending on individual's progress) *maximum

Download Level 1 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Level 2

Content for P.B.E.S™ Level 2

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

2:1 | Introduction to Level 2

2:2 | LH Broken chord 1-5-10

2:3 | LH Broken chord 1-5-1-3-5

2:4 | Octave displacement

2:5 | Slash chords and inversions

2:6 | LH (1-5-3-5-8)

2:7 | 2 hand pattern with m7

2:8 | Variation between 3&5 notes

Improvisation (Choice of songs)

Level 2 Ear training

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 2::

  • The ability to play in both 4 & 8 beat rhythm (with or without reading)
  • Able to apply basic improvisation

P.B.E.S™ Level 2 prerequisite:

  • Able to play elementary tunes with two hands
  • No chord knowledge required

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 2:

3* months (depending on individual's progress) *maximum

Download Level 2 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Level 3

Content for P.B.E.S™ Level 3

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

3:1 | Introduction to Level 3

3:2 | The 9th note

3:3 | 6th interval RH harmonisation

3:4 | 2 hand patterns rhythmic

3:5 | Directional change

3:6 | Fill-ins using motifs

3:7 | Basic syncopation rhythm

3:8 | Variation interval/3/5notes

Improvisation (Choice of songs)

Level 3 Ear training

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 3:

  • The ability to interpret fake sheets with basic improvisation
  • Use of right hand in playing harmony and basic fill-ins (2 hand patterns)

P.B.E.S™ Level 3 prerequisite:

  • Previous classical piano background (Grade 3 & above) or self taught

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 3:

4*-9 months (depending on individual's progress) *minimum

Download Level 3 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Level 4

Content for P.B.E.S™ Level 4

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

4:1 | LH broken + broken

4:2 | LH block 1+5+7

4:3 | 2-hand patterns in solo

4:4 | Introduction to 16 beat

4:5 | Basic syncopation 16beat rhythm

4:6 | Left hand wide playing (fill-ins)

4:7 | Accenting on last beat

4:8 | Variation between 8&16 beat

Improvisation (Choice of songs)

Level 4 Ear training

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 4:

  • The ability to comfortably execute improvisation variations on left and right hand with song arrangements
  • Usage of 9th notes for all major and minor triads in easy keys

P.B.E.S™ Level 4 prerequisite:

  • Completion of P.B.E.S™ Level 3

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 4:

3*months (depending on individual's progress) *minimum

Download Level 4 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Level 5

Content for P.B.E.S™ Level 5

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

5:1 | LH block 1+5+7

5:2 | LH 16th beat pattern I

5:3 | LH 16th beat pattern II

5:4 | Closing playing w intervals

5:5 | 2 hand patterns - 9th notes

5:6 | Rock patterns

5:7 | Variation - 16th beat

5:8 | Melody improvisation I

Improvisation (Choice of songs)

Level 5 Ear training

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 5:

  • The ability to play in 16 beat rhythm
  • Application of maj7 , m7 and sus4
  • Triplets in 8 & 16beat rhthm
  • Able to improvise a song at will with or without fakesheet

P.B.E.S™ Level 5 prerequisite:

  • Completion of P.B.E.S™ Level 4

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 5:

3* months (depending on individual's progress) *minimum

Download Level 5 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Level 6

Content for P.B.E.S™ Level 6

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

6:1 | LH approach notes

6:2 | Adv. RH harmonisation I

6:3 | V aug7, V11/13, Vb9 reharmonisation

6:4 | Advanced comping I

6:5 | Right hand fill-ins (16 beat pattern)

6:6 | Close playing using scale notes

6:7 | Voicings with 7th and 9th

6:8 | Melody improvisation II

Improvisation (Choice of songs)

Level 6 Ear training

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 6:

  • The ability to play in 16 beat rhythm with 8 beat variations
  • Able to apply voice leading
  • Able to improvise a melody with given chord progressions

P.B.E.S™ Level 6 prerequisite:

  • Completion of P.B.E.S™ Level 5

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 6:

3 months* (depending on individual's progress) *minimum

Download Level 6 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Level 7

Content for P.B.E.S™ Level 7

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

7:1 | RH approach notes

7:2 | Adv. RH harmonisation II

7:3 | Improvising with triplets

7:4 | (ii-V-I) reharmonisation

7:5 | Advanced intros and endings

7:6 | Advanced comping II

7:7 | Key modulations

7:8 | Chord identifying

Improvisation (Choice of songs)

Level 7 Ear training

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 7:

  • To explore other uptempo contemporary genres
  • To introduce to Pop-Jazz
  • The ability to perform re-harmonisation
  • The ability to improvise a tune with advanced arrangements

P.B.E.S™ Level 7 prerequisite:

  • Completion of P.B.E.S™ Level 6

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 6 :

4* months (depending on individual's progress) *minimum

Download Level 7 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Level 8

Content for P.B.E.S™ Level 8

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

8:1 | Melody rhythm displacement

8:2 | RH harmonisation disp.

8:3 | Blues and pentatonic

8:4 | Advanced song rendition

8:5 | Common note riffs

8:6 | Advanced comping III

8:7 | Rhythmic improvisation

8:8 | Transcribing & playing by ear

Improvisation (Choice of songs)

Level 8 Ear training

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Level 8:

  • The ability to play by ear
  • To be able to interpret songs with self arranged rendition using rhythmic displacement and re-harmonization

P.B.E.S™ Level 8 prerequisite:

  • Completion of P.B.E.S™ Level 7

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Level 8:

4* months (depending on individual's progress) *minimum

Download Level 8 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Pop Piano Improvisation course (for adults) CE booklet

Updated: 12 Oct 2023 Edition 13.1

√ 2 hand patterns introduced in P.B.E.S™ Level 1 for comping

√ Quarter and quaver fill-ins introduced in P.B.E.S™ Level 3 for comping

√ Block chord style 1+3+5 for P.B.E.S™ Level 1

√ Introducing relative major and minor triads to 2-hand patterns in P.B.E.S™ Level 2

√ Introduction of basic syncopation rhythm in P.B.E.S™ Level 3 for uptempo genres

Below is a case study example of an excerpt from the song “Sadness and Sorrow (Naruto OST)” improvised using techniques from each of the 8 P.B.E.S™ levels (Level 1-8). These 4 videos will provide you with an idea of what you will learn at different levels during your piano lessons. This song example was chosen at random. As a student, you will learn the song of your choice and apply the same techniques.

Here is what you should achieve after P.B.E.S™ Level 1 / 2

Techniques included (but not limited to) LH 1-5-8 | 1-5-10 Broken chord patterns | RH Single melody note | Basic ending with 9th note

Here is what you achieve by the end of P.B.E.S™ Level 5 / 6

Techniques included (but not limited to) 16 beat rhythm | 7th & 9th notes | 3 note harmonisation | fill-ins using scale notes | voice leading

Here is what you should achieve after P.B.E.S™ Level 3 / 4

Techniques included (but not limited to) broken chord patterns with 9th note | 2 hand-patterns | RH 3rd & 6th interval harmonisation

Here is what you should achieve after P.B.E.S™ Level 7 / 8

Techniques included (but not limited to) rhythmic displacements | V reharmonisation | RH octave harmonisation | 4-3-1 motifs

How are we different from
other music schools?

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Free practice studios for active PBE students **No booking required**

You have access to our practice area (4 practice pianos in room 5 / level 3) while you wait for your piano lesson, Each student is provided with a digital piano and a lamp for a personalized enclosure. However, please bring your own earphones for hygiene reasons.

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We testify as a team of teachers with no attitude issues, during piano lessons

The truth is that musicians are well known for their eccentricity, not their friendliness. But that doesn’t mean musicians should exhibit any kind of attitude.

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During your piano lessons, you have the liberty to change your teacher if necessary

The reasons for this may not necessarily be negative. For example, contrasts in personality or musical influences. This is one of the advantages of attending a music school and we’re more than cool with it.

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Play the Pop songs you listen to,
not 'Mary had a little Lamb'

Learning and playing something that you enjoy is essential (even for complete beginners), whether it is Chinese, English, K-Pop, OST, contemporary worship, etc. Over 3000 fake sheets are readily available in our PBE app. 

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Hollow prosperity do NOT motivate us.
Money isn’t our passion.

You will receive free textbooks, scores, and materials with your piano lessons. Unlike other schools, you will not need to purchase anything other than your monthly school fees. We convey integrity through our teachings.
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Invitation to perform at our annual student recitals:
Singapore or in Shinagawa (Japan)

Two student recital concerts are held every year. The first will be held in Singapore and the second will be held in Shinagawa (Japan) – 5 Chome – 18 – 1 Higashioi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo-to 140 – 0011. Students of all levels, even complete beginners, are showcased.

Pop Piano lessons for adults - How are they carried out?

Our flagship school has 2 floors with practice rooms, state-of-the-art studios, and a waiting area. Our proprietary school-bell system ensures each student receives the full length of piano lessons.

Every lesson is conducted one-on-one by your assigned permanent teacher. Classrooms are equipped with weighted keys (with hammer actions similar to acoustic piano keys), along with a studio 4:1 sound system.

Pop Piano Syllabus for adults - Piano studio Play by Ear Music School

As a student, you would select a song based on your P.B.E.S™ level. Once you have chosen your song, a fake sheet of the song will be provided for you to use during your piano lesson. The picture shows an average student’s handout sheet with handwritten teacher notes encouraging spontaneity using P.B.E.S™ techniques.

In addition, you have the option of reading proper notation or not. Approximately 1-4 songs will be taught per month. The entire course is monitored by a progress system (CE booklet).

Pop Piano Syllabus for adults - scores

You will learn P.B.E.S™ techniques that can be applied to any song (both practical and theoretical).

The picture shows an excerpt of P.B.E.Syllabus™ . Each lesson subject can be applied to any song you wish to learn. With or without following the P.B.E.Syllabus™, every lesson is customized and yet structured simultaneously

Pop Piano Syllabus for adults - 2 hand pattern

PBE students showcase

Over the past 20 years, we have enrolled over 6000 Pop Piano students, making us the most popular contemporary piano school in Singapore. We invite you to listen to some of our students’ playing and true testimonials. In the process of filming or editing, no bribes or bias were involved.

PBE Student testimonials

KarenIT Sales
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Incidentally, I Google for 'piano lessons for adults', and there, I came across PBE Music School. To begin with, I did not enjoy classical music as much as pop piano. One of the videos on the website was an improvised version of Jay Chou’s medley. So then it blew me away and I decided to signed up as a student.
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As a retiree and an adult, it is the best time for me to take some pop piano lessons. Before, learning piano is a luxury. Initially, i was hesitant about signing up for piano lessons at my age. However, I was able to overcome my fear because my teacher was very patient with me!
NickHospital administrator
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I take up piano lessons with PBE because I wanted to surprise my girlfriend. In conclusion, she accepted my proposal. I booked a concert hall and played “Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence” and she was very touched. To summarize, thank you PBE for making my dream come true.
DarylNUS student
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I got to know PBE through Nicholas. When I saw what he could do on a piano, I came and took up Pop Piano. I didn't know where to go after Grade 8. For classical, you have the scores to follow. However, contemporary is scary, yet exciting, especially the improvisation. By the way, my piano teacher is amazing!
JingQiAcademic Teacher
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My mum thought she was listening to a music CD when it was my playing! LOL. I learn what i want through the PBE syllabus and it’s really amazing that they came up with this. My friend is learning Jianpu from another music school whereas compared to here, we learn how to read the notes, which is better.

P.B.E.SYLLABUS Online Portal App

The newly released P.B.E.Syllabus™ Online Portal App is available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play. Experience piano lessons like never before with a revolutionary hybrid experience. Physical one-to-one piano lessons are the primary focus of your training, while the APP provides you with access to official P.B.E.S™ instructional videos as a supplementary tool. Other features include access to our PBE fake sheet library and lessons rearranging.

Singapore & International celebrities / guest artistes / music collaborators

It’s safe to say that PBE has never been a ‘star-struck’ music school, or at least our culture does not groom students into being artiste-types, but instead hobbyist musicians. Nevertheless, our brand identity has attracted local celebrities (Chen Xiuhuan, Jeremy Chan, Maxi Lim, Sora Ma, Zhang ZhenHuan) to learn from us, which is truly an honor for us.

We would like to express our gratitude to all our PBE guest artists and music collaborators that we have worked with over the years.

FAQ about time slots:

1130am & 83opm for weekdays and 11am & 730pm for weekends

When you postpone a lesson, you gain a makeup lesson which has a 1 year expiry. In brief, you need to give 3 days advanced notice and 1 day advanced notice for peak and off peak lessons respectively.

You may sign up online or at our school physically or via whatsapp at 91798110.

Yes, however, you are typically required to form your own group. For example, you and your friend can enroll together and opt to be in the same class.

Please whatsapp us at 91798110, as our schedule changes every other day.

Send us an email, we should be able to work out something for you.

Other FAQ:

Our trial lesson (45mins) is payable at $72.

You may request for a full quote > click here

For the most part, yes it is OK. In fact, once you are a registered student, you are able to use our practice rooms (with pianos) for free.

Our materials are not for sale to the general public.

In brief, yes. Half the student population of our school are adults with zero music background.

It does not matter which part of the month you register and commence your first lesson, as school fees will be fairly prorated accordingly.

Your school fees will be prorate accordingly.