Thousands of seniors are achieving their lifelong dream of learning to play piano using a groundbreaking new piano method, featured on the BBC..

For the first time ever, absolute beginners can play recognisable songs on piano within days, without needing to learn to read traditional ‘music notation’. Students like Mike (aged 79) from Surrey, were able to play songs on piano within days. The multitude of seniors who have replicated this success, finally puts paid to the myth that you have to be young to learn piano. Indeed, Mike is a spring chicken compared to many other students, such as Harry (aged 90) who also was playing songs on piano within days.

As well as being great fun and a natural way to lift your spirits, many studies have shown that playing piano is great for health and wellbeing too. The RolandCorp Benefits for Seniors article, shares the findings of a studies which conclude that music lessons lead to an “increase in connections between brain and muscles” and after 6 months of piano lessons, seniors demonstrated “superior capacity” for verbal fluency and memory; together with an ability to “process information more quickly.”

The new approach (called’DecPlay’) is also accessible for students who have physical and mental challenges, including arthritis, low sight and memory loss. Jean, aged 93 from London, suffered a stroke yet within days of trying the DecPlay method, was playing several songs on piano.

DecPlay founder Declan Cosgrove explained:

“I’m constantly inspired by the wonderful motivations that drive my students to take up piano. For some, it achieves a lifetime ambition of playing piano, especially if they tried and failed to learn piano using traditional piano lessons. It’s amazing to witness the moment when someone who has spent a lifetime believing they weren’t musical, discovers that they can play piano.

The mental, physical and emotional benefits of playing piano are widely known but it’s especially heartwarming to hear students with physical challenges such as arthritis, say how much playing piano has helped them.”

Pam (aged 60) from Wales outlined her experiences :
“When I started with DecPlay, I suffered quite badly with arthritis in my fingers and I was really sceptical as to whether I was going to be able to play the piano at all. The method was very straightforward and I was able to play my first song really quickly. Working through a little bit of aching and by repeating short practice periods, I found the flexibility in my hands improved significantly and an unexpected benefit is the arthritis pain has reduced so much that I don’t take any anti-inflammatories now.

For a number of students, the motivation to learn piano is to pass on a legacy of music to their grandchildren. Steve had fond childhood memories of family sing-songs, but when he retired, no-one played music in the family anymore, so he set out to learn piano, to encourage his grandchildren to play.  Within days of learning the DecPlay formula, he was having family sing songs and within weeks, 3 generations of his family were playing piano!

Many people would love to play their favourite songs on piano, but historically, very few achieve this because they struggle with reading music ‘notation’, which is a complex language of dots and lines. This often causes students to give up piano lessons and wrongly think that they aren’t ‘musical’. This form of writing music was designed hundreds of years ago for playing complex classical music and whilst it is necessary if you want to become a concert pianist, it can actually be a barrier if you wish to play popular songs.

DecPlay removes this barrier by replacing notation with a new form of song sheets, developed specifically for playing popular songs, that is so intuitive and simple, it only takes minutes to understand, for both beginners and people who previously have experience of reading notation.

In addition, DecPlay uses a 5 Step Formula which uncovers the simple patterns that exist in popular songs. Similar playing patterns have been used by professional musicians for years, as Sir Paul McCartney explains in the documentary McCartney 3 2 1, and now DecPlay has translated these, to make them accessible to beginners, in a way that is so unique, it has been awarded a patent.

Any type of piano or electronic keyboard can be used and students can access free video lessons or choose to buy the comprehensive course that enables you to learn at your own pace, with support from Declan and his team. Community features such as live group Zoom calls and the Facebook group are welcomed by many students who live on their own, as they can make new friends and share the joy of learning with others on the course.

This new approach certainly seems to be catching on, with over 10,000 seniors subscribing to DecPlay in the last few months and an incredible 97% of students giving a maximum 5 stars rating onTrustPilot, making DecPlay the highest rated piano course anywhere on the internet. The comments about how this piano course has been life changing, are truly heartwarming and can be seen at

You can try the DecPlay method yourself, learn how to play your first song and how to obtain an affordable keyboard, by watching the free video lesson at

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