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[2021] The 5 Best Free Online Piano Learning Courses

Which free online piano courses are really worth it? This post gives you an overview of the best German-language online piano courses.

I am a huge fan of online piano courses. They enable you to learn the piano at home without a "real" teacher - quickly and at your own pace. In addition, the costs are lower than with a private tutor (you can find more about piano teachers and costs here). However, you have a duty yourself and you have to find the time to practice the piano (you can find my best tips here). Another disadvantage: You don't get proper individual support and online courses don't deal with your technology either. You have full flexibility for this, you can cancel at any time depending on the duration and go through the course at your own pace. This post introduces you Ferdinand Maurer the best online piano lessons and shows you how learning to play piano for free can work.

Guest contribution by Ferdinand Maurer, maker of the piano portfolio: (You can find a detailed test of the portfolio here)

If you can do everything that is taught in the following online courses, you are no longer a beginner. Then you are advanced and your learning success on the piano can really be seen! You can play the first few pieces and maybe even improvise.

Sounds good doesn't it?

And what's even better is that you didn't have to put a single cent on the table for it. Of course, it's not just about never paying anything for good lessons. Rather, it's about testing! Try out different piano teachers. Test yourself whether you want to keep studying the piano after your first learning successes! This is exactly the great opportunity you have with the trial offers of many online teachers! After that, you can always deepen your skills with a paid course or private tuition!

Learn to play the piano 2.0

Digitization has changed the ways you can learn to play the piano. It is now relatively easy to learn piano online and make progress without one-to-one lessons.

When I started learning to play the piano seven years ago, it was still done in the classic way through the piano teacher. He came every week and told me what I had to learn. I was not yet very lucky that hundreds of videos have been uploaded to YouTube explaining how to play masterpieces on the piano. I also didn't realize that you could learn piano online.

But now the whole thing is different!

It really pays to search for and watch piano learning videos. They have the great advantage that, firstly, they are very cheap and, secondly, they are always available. I could watch a video at any time and learn something new.

In the last few years I have seen more and more piano teachers on YouTube who create online courses. It is no longer just the well-known Thomas Forschbach, but the online piano landscape is becoming more and more diverse.

It is important to learn something from the many different teachers on the Internet! In this post you can read how you can recognize a good piano teacher.

At that time I almost stopped playing the piano because I just didn't feel like it anymore. The lessons with the piano teacher were canceled and then it was quiet about the piano for a long time. But videos on YouTube inspired me to play my favorite songs. And after all, there was still the piano at home that had been bought especially for me! The key to getting back into it was that I really wanted it! I wanted to practice, I wanted to improve and learn new pieces on the piano! So I looked for these ways to get there. I found it on the internet and with it the renewed fun with the piano. Here you will find my favorite teachers with whom learning piano online can work 🙂

Free YouTube courses

Free online courses (registration with email address)

Fanny Engelhart

Link to the first part of Fanny's YouTube course

The course up to now has been divided into two parts, a total of approx. 45 min

Fanny has a lot of fun and repeats all steps very patiently. So it is almost impossible for you to fail 😉

The first part is about the well-known chord progression from "Let it be" by the Beatles (in C major). Fanny explains the chords and keys extremely well. In the first part, some variants of the accompaniment are also described. Fanny repeatedly emphasizes the independence of the hands, which is very important at the beginning. It explains the difference between major and minor and the chords throughout the C major scale. She also explains how to use the hold pedal to make your pieces sound even better. She also gives the tip to record yourself practicing the piano (either via video or audio). This way you can make your successes visible and you can "observe" yourself from the outside.

It looks like Fanny only started making videos six months ago, so you can still expect a lot from her. On her website she has already announced a complete course for beginners.

Thomas Forschbach

Link to the registration page of Thomas Kurs

10-part crash course, a total of approx. 60 minutes of video material

If you go through this course and have mastered it, you can play more piano than Thomas did after 1 year of piano lessons!

He said that himself and this is how his lessons are structured: Very quick learning success through a lot of piano playing and little drumming of music theory.

Thomas shares the course content step by step in a series of e-mails. Every day you get a new lesson from Thomas that you can use to get to the keys right away.

The first video on day one shows you the C major chord. After one day, the second lesson will arrive in your mailbox (C major scale). For all other videos you also have to wait a day.

The lessons are divided into small bites. For some, that's certainly enough, but in my opinion, Thomas's content could be unlocked faster.

You are sure to be interested in what you can expect from Thomas in the course:

Video 1: C major chord
Video 2: C major scale
Video 3: C major scale chords
Video 4: little concert by Thomas, which shows you what is possible with the C major scale.
Video 5: Your first piece on the piano part 1
Video 6: Your first piece on the piano part 2
Video 7: Your first piece on the piano part 3
Video 8: Playing with the pedal
Video 9: Discover the piano keyboard
Video 10: You play to a playback and quickly learn rhythm and tact, the role of piano / keyboard player in a band

In addition to the free course, Thomas Forschbach also offers a highly recommended online full course ("Piano Komplete") for € 199, where you can learn to play the piano in record time without notes. (Here you can find my detailed review of "Piano Komplete")

There is also an advanced course from Thomas Forschbach, which I have tested in detail here.

Franz Titscher

In the meantime I have tested the course extensively. You can find the article here >>

Link to the registration page for Franz Titscher's free course

4-part introductory course, a total of approx. 45 minutes of video material

Franz ‘Beginners course is, so to speak, the first piano lesson for absolute beginners. The only difference is that you can learn a lot more because you can look at individual difficult passages as often as you want. Franz's video course is made available to you on his online portal. After you have registered, it will send you a login that you can use to log in.

Franz's lessons are based on 4 pillars: improvising (free playing), feeling good at the piano (technique), music theory (theory) and playing your desired pieces. This is exactly what he ingeniously takes up in these free online piano lessons! Even if it is "only" 45 minutes long, it covers all 4 pillars.

  • The first video explains the sitting position to you and starts showing you your first piece on the piano. It conforms to the pop scheme that is the basis of thousands of popular songs.
  • The second video explains how to do your first piece on the piano with the Holding pedal can make it more varied.
  • The third video shows you how to make your first piece expressive. Franz gives you very good ideas about how many different types of accompaniment there are.
  • The fourth and last video shows you the basics of an improvisation on a chord progression that you know from the piece you learned earlier.

Franz's lessons are very well thought out. Even if he teaches the beginning of playing the piano without notes, he attaches great importance to good specialist knowledge in the later course of the lesson. As a bonus, you will receive an eleven-part crash course on learning grades in his online portal.

Professional course from Franz Titscher

After the crash course, you are ready to start Franz Titscher's detailed online course. It costs 299 € and you have access to the entire course immediately after paying.

Thorsten Schuchart

Link to Thorsten's login page

20 free videos, a total of 3 hours and 45 minutes of video material

With 3 hours and 45 minutes of teaching material, Thorsten's course is the most extensive free online course that I have found on the Internet.

Thorsten is clearly aimed at advanced players. You get five of his lessons without registration, you can then register for 15 more videos with your e-mail address.

What I like about his style is that he is short. Thorsten is known for his 5-minute exercises. His content on the subject of blues set him apart from what other piano teachers offered.

Thorsten's videos do not build on each other, but still convey solid piano playing. Here are the titles of the first five piano videos before registration (yes, they could be a little more informative 😉)

  • 5-minute piano exercise # 1
  • Blueslick
  • Find chords
  • Intro, gap filler, turnaround No. 1
  • Intro, gap filler, turnaround No. 2

Thorsten focuses on free piano playing in his lessons. You can also tell from the titles of his videos. You mainly learn licks, chord progressions and intros. This then forms the basis with which you can later play and improvise your own songs on the piano.

Joja Wendt

Link to the registration page for Joja's course

34 free videos, a total of 3 hours and 15 minutes of video material

Joja Wendt is one of the most famous German pianists and teaches you to play the piano on his online portal. It is suitable for both beginners and advanced users.

Joja manages to really bring the piano to life. For each exercise there is an anecdote from his artist life. So if you like little stories, Joja is the right place for you.

The well-known star musicians who are present at the lessons and help you learn the piano are very motivating. For example, you can accompany Udo Lindenberg. Joja plays the first part of the song “I swear” on the piano. Then Joja sits out. Udo continues to sing and you can then accompany him.

Another example is given in the Lesson Note Lengths and Sense of Rhythm. A well-known drummer will tell you his best exercises for learning rhythm.

The many collaborations in online lessons make Joja Wendt's course special.

It also teaches you what roles the piano can play. Whether as a solo instrument, as an accompaniment or as a band member - Joja shows you many different possibilities.

A possible disadvantage of the course is that the videos in the course do not build on one another. Joja cuts video series on various topics only with the first 1-3 videos. Therefore, this offer can really only be described as a sniff. And yet it greatly expands your musical horizon or enables you to get started and helps you with the first steps on the piano!

Common questions about free online courses

Can you learn piano online?

Yes - there are now several online courses that you can use to learn to play the piano online. Depending on the focus of the courses, individual songs (flowkey), free playing (Thomas Forschbach) or basic skills (Franz Titscher) are taught. However, the prerequisite is the ability to learn independently.

Whether learning the piano online or independently depends on several factors. Of course you have to motivate yourself and have no "pressure" from the teacher. For this you can divide the time freely and learn independently. You can find more about classical piano lessons vs. online piano lessons in this post.

How much time do I have to plan for learning the piano online?

The nice thing about online piano courses is that you can organize your time freely and learn at your own pace. The more you practice, the faster you learn. With half an hour a day, you can make rapid progress. In principle, it is better to practice 15 minutes a day than 3 hours once a week.

How much content is free?

With free piano courses you can quickly acquire the basics and learn the first pieces. If you want more and also want to learn advanced skills and pieces, you should definitely choose one of the paid courses that are still cheaper than a piano teacher.

What premium piano courses are there?

In addition to the already mentioned courses by Franz Titscher or Thomas Forschbach, the Pianoclub by Daniel Hunziker is particularly recommended, which is a whole collection of courses (detailed test here >>)

Another approach are apps (best for a tablet) that you can use to learn piano and have many pieces to choose from. Flowkey and music2me are particularly recommended here.


Perhaps you have already learned some really valuable things from this selection and know how learning to play piano online can work for free. Perhaps you have already recognized the direction in which you want to go with your piano playing in the next few days.

Each of these musicians also runs a YouTube channel with free videos. It is definitely worth a look. The free courses mentioned are of course only introductions to what the teachers have to offer, but they are perfect for determining whether you like the teacher. Everyone also offers courses that are subject to a fee, which are compulsory if you really want to continue learning.

As great as the online offer is: I want to personally emphasize once again how important it is to make music together. Although a significant part of our communication happens online these days, it is important not to neglect the offline part. Music has a great opportunity to bring people together - use it!