5 Best Schools for Piano Lessons in Dubai

5 Best Schools for Piano Lessons in Dubai

If you want to start learning the piano but don’t seem to know where to start, we got you covered. In this article we listed our top picks of schools for piano lessons in Dubai. 

We also answered common questions like the cost of piano lessons and what to consider when picking a school. Read on to learn more! 

How much are piano lessons in Dubai? 

There is no set price for piano lessons because it will depend on the following factors: 

  • Location (Will it be in a studio or at home?)
  • Teacher’s expertise 
  • Skill level 
  • Lesson length and frequency 

Still, to give you an estimate, you’ll probably need to shell out around 145 AED-300 AED per session. This is just a guide, however, the price will still depend on your agreement with the school or teacher. 

Every school has different pricing structures and some even have set packages that you can avail of. So make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that. 

Top Schools for Piano Lessons in Dubai 

We assessed the schools based on the following criteria: 

Accessibility – We assessed the school’s overall reachability. It is of utmost importance that they are easily accessible for students’ inquiries and concerns. 
Responsiveness – We looked at their ability to communicate and how quickly they answer questions. 
Operating Hours – We checked their operating hours so you don’t have to. 
Expertise – Of course, the expertise in teaching how to play the piano plays a major part in our assessment.  We gauged the schools’ abilities in holding classes. 
Years of experience and credentials – We researched the teachers they have to see how many years they have been playing and teaching. 
Teaching Abilities – We also looked into their abilities to transfer knowledge to students. We took into consideration their patience, efficiency, helpfulness, and ability to hone their students’ skills.  
Professionalism – Another important aspect is their professionalism, their attitude, and overall helpfulness. 
Student Satisfaction – Who better to gauge a class than the previous  students themselves? We looked into the students’ feedback to get a sense of how they hold their classes and treat their students. 

1. Melodica Music & Dance Institute

Melodica Music & Dance Institute's Homepage
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WEBSITEhttps://melodica.ae/
ADDRESSThe Villa - The Centro - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
CONTACT DETAILS+971 4 589 8436
OPERATING HOURSMonday-Friday (10AM-10PM)

Saturday-Sunday (9AM-9PM)

1. ACCESSIBILITY★★★★★ (5/5)
        1.1 Responsiveness★★★★★ (5/5)
        1.2 Operating hours★★★★★ (5/5)
2. EXPERTISE★★★★★ (5/5)
        2.1 Experience and credentials★★★★★(5/5)
        2.2 Teaching abilities★★★★★ (5/5)
3. PROFESSIONALISM★★★★★ (5/5)
4. STUDENT SATISFACTION★★★★★ (5/5)

WIth over 16 branches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and over 5000 students, Melodica Music & Dance Institute has established their name as a reliable music school. They are even registered with major exam boards that include TRINITY, ABRSM, and RAD Ballet. 

One of their specializations is teaching piano. They cater to all ages and levels, so you don’t have to worry if you’re a beginner. 

Whether for children or adults, beginner or professionals, Melodica Music & Dance Institute has a place for them all. 

They have a systematically-designed curriculum that allows for fun and stimulating classes. They make sure that the environment is conducive for students to learn at their own pace. 

Aside from this since they’re affiliated with ABRSM and Trinity Exam Board of London, their curriculum also ensures that their students are examination-ready. 

Based on our experience and poll of their previous students, they have a really good piano program with encouraging and engaging teachers with solid credentials. They have 31 teachers that you can choose from. 

If you want to explore other classes aside from piano, they also offer the following: 

  • Vocal lessons 
  • Guitar lessons
  • Violin lessons 
  • Drums lessons 
  • Kids’ music
  • Flute lessons 
  • Ukulele lessons
  • Saxophone lessons 
  • Oriental instruments lessons
  • Recorder lessons
  • Keyboard lessons 

They have a wide range of music classes for different levels, by the way.

Oh, and here’s something interesting: if you want to buy a piano, they’re also connected to a store for used pianos. When you buy a piano there, you get 1 month’s worth of free piano lessons at the school.

However, they’re very strict when it comes to time, so bear that in mind if you’re the type who tends to skip classes or be late for them.  

They also don’t reply as fast as we hoped, based on our experience. So it might be better to inquire directly at their branch or give them a call. 

Pros

  • Lots of branches and teachers to choose from
  • Systematically-designed curriculum
  • Have a reputation for encouraging teachers

Cons

  • Strict when it comes to time
  • Not as responsive through their website
  • Inconsistent operating hours

Student Reviews: 

The branch and its staff are very courteous and accommodating

My son has improved his piano skills exponentially, thanks to his wonderful teacher Ms. Ina. My son is very keen and enthusiastic to attend every class. The branch and its staff are very courteous and accommodating to our individual requirements. We had so far a great and wonderful experience at the villa branch. -Jeen Cherian George

Always nice and encouraging

My son really loves his piano classes with Ms. Ina at the Villa branch. She is a great teacher, always nice and encouraging. He also took hip-hop dance classes for a  while, which he enjoyed so much. The front office assistants are also very kind and helpful; they are always cheerful and greet the kids with a big smile on arrival. -Neslihan Bilikozen

2. My Music Head

My Music Head's Homepage
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WEBSITEhttps://mymusichead.com/#home
ADDRESS1709 Clover Bay Tower, Al Abraj Street, Business Bay - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
CONTACT DETAILS+971 4 430 8122
OPERATING HOURSMonday-Friday (2PM-9PM)

Sunday (10:30AM–8PM)

Closed on Saturdays

1. ACCESSIBILITY★★★★☆ (4/5)
        1.1 Responsiveness★★★★☆ (4/5)
        1.2 Operating hours★★★★☆ (4/5)
2. EXPERTISE★★★★★ (5/5)
        2.1 Experience and credentials★★★★★(5/5)
        2.2 Teaching abilities★★★★★ (5/5)
3. PROFESSIONALISM★★★★★ (5/5)
4. STUDENT SATISFACTION★★★☆☆ (3/5)

My Music Head holds piano classes for different levels and ages. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, they’ll make classes that are tailored to your needs. 

Their teachers are all classically-trained piano teachers, so they’re a good option if you want to master the fundamentals. That means they’ll really drill you on the basics and will be very particular with skill and technique. 

Not only that, but they also really aim to help you to have better stage presence, musical sense, and ability to perform. They  encourage and arrange performances where you get to showcase what you learned, both privately and publicly. 

They’re a great option if you want hands-on experience and gain confidence in performing in front of other people. 

What we like most about My Music Head is the musical community they have fostered that really encourages you to learn an instrument and love music more. You also get autonomy on which instrument you want to learn and what setup works the best for you. 

They also give a free trial class so you’ll get a feel of their teaching style and curriculum. Aside from piano, they also offer the following classes: 

  • Guitar
  • Drums 
  • Violin
  • Singing
  • Dance
  • Bass guitar
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Latin percussion
  • Saxophone

All of their classes are approved by the Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA), which is a plus because you know that the classes go through routine standard-checking. 

Their range of classes is not as wide as the others, however. So, that’s something to consider with this school. 

Still, we enjoy the way they work: most of the students we talked to agreed that their teachers are professional and welcoming. They foster a good environment to learn where you don’t feel pressured. 

Pros

  • Tailor-fit classes
  • Classically trained teachers
  • Chances to perform, with training for stage presence
  • Approved by KHDA

Cons

  • Range of classes not as wide as competitors
  • Inconsistent operating hours

Student Reviews: 

Good value for your money and has very talented teachers

Fantastic!!! My Music Head is by far the best music school in Dubai. Their teachers and staff are all professionals. They are all very talented, competent and cool. So when you are looking for a music school that has a good value for your money and has very talented teachers you may visit My Music Head to have FREE TRIALS! What are you waiting for? You may reach out to their ever friendly and accommodating secretary, Shara Mae, for inquiries. See you all there!! I heart My Music Head! -Hannah Rose Dalanon

A good place if you want to learn piano

I’ve been trying to learn piano and my teacher Jelana is amazing. My music  Head is a good place if you want to learn piano and Shara (who takes care of the appointments) is the sweetest. -Harish Aravindh

3. Vasalive (Music & Arts School)

Vasalive (Music & Arts School)'s Homepage
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WEBSITEhttps://vasalive.com/
ADDRESS1208, DAMAC Executive Heights - Jebel Ali Race Course Rd - Barsha Heights - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
CONTACT DETAILS+971 50 316 2756
OPERATING HOURSMonday-Sunday (8:30AM-9PM)
1. ACCESSIBILITY★★★★ (4/5)
        1.1 Responsiveness★★★★ (4/5)
        1.2 Operating hours★★★★★ (5/5)
2. EXPERTISE★★★★★ (5/5)
        2.1 Experience and credentials★★★★★(5/5)
        2.2 Teaching abilities★★★★★ (5/5)
3. PROFESSIONALISM★★★★★ (5/5)
4. STUDENT SATISFACTION★★★★★ (5/5)

With over 590 happy students across 8 classes, Vasalive (Music & Arts School) has earned a solid reputation as a music school in Dubai. To start with, they have a comprehensive piano curriculum that involves practice sessions guided by teachers.  

Their curriculum targets music theory, music history, composition, ear training, among other things. The curriculum is very structured, with different levels of difficulty fit for every stage of learning. 

Take note that each semester takes around 20 weeks. The curriculum also ensures that the student is exam-ready at Trinity College, London at the end of their given course. 

This is great if that’s your goal for playing and really want to take playing the piano seriously. Definitely not ideal for more casual players, on the other hand.

Anyway, they have very qualified instructors with lots of years of experience. Based on our experience, they’re very attentive, thorough, and encouraging. 

Their center has a welcoming atmosphere that makes for a conducive environment for learning. They also give a free trial lesson, so you’ll get to experience their teaching methods and figure out if it’s for you or not. 

They also have affordable lessons compared to the other schools. They even offer a family discount if more than one member of your family enrolls at their school. 

Aside from piano lessons, they offer the following classes: 

  • Drums classes
  • Violin classes 
  • Guitar classes
  • Vocal classes
  • Keyboard classes

Their range of classes is decidedly among the shortest we found, though. On the other hand, they do tend to have more focused and specialized lessons than many others. 

They’re very accessible on Whatsapp from what we’ve experienced, so you can contact them there for inquiries. However, their website doesn’t have a whole lot of information about their classes, making it inconvenient to learn about their services. 

Pros

  • Comprehensive piano curriculum
  • Fully-equipped center
  • Free trial lesson

Cons

  • Range of classes not as extensive as competitors
  • Not a lot of info on website

Student Reviews 

Makes sure my daughter fully understands concepts before moving on

Lovely, friendly, and professional staff at VASALIVE PERFORMING ARTS & MUSIC.

My daughter was quickly paired with her piano teacher (Liubov Ivanchuk). The teacher takes the lesson at a good pace and provides my daughter with exercises and tips to improve and gain skills, she makes sure my daughter fully understands concepts before moving on. It has been a pleasurable and rewarding experience. I would highly recommend this MUSIC INSTITUTE and their friendly and committed staff. -Charles Pimenta

The teacher and staff are very friendly and helpful

Amazing institute! I’m having a great time learning piano here . The teacher and staff are very friendly and helpful ! -Poorva Chavhan

4. Musical Expression Institute

Musical Expression Institute's Homepage
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WEBSITEhttp://musical-expression.com/index.php/site/home
ADDRESSMusical Expression Institute - JLT, Mazaya Business Avenue BB2, 206 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
CONTACT DETAILS+971 4 553 0757
OPERATING HOURSMonday-Thursday (12PM-8:30PM)

Friday (12PM-7PM)

Saturday (9AM-7PM)

Closed on Sunday

1. ACCESSIBILITY★★★★☆ (4/5)
        1.1 Responsiveness★★★★★ (5/5)
        1.2 Operating hours★★★☆☆ (3/5)
2. EXPERTISE★★★★★ (5/5)
        2.1 Experience and credentials★★★★★(5/5)
        2.2 Teaching abilities★★★★★ (5/5)
3. PROFESSIONALISM★★★★★ (5/5)
4. STUDENT SATISFACTION★★★★☆ (4/5)

In their own words, Musical Expression Institute is a place where “music is taught with passion, and learned in an enjoyable, serious and efficient way”. Their curriculum mixes practical know-how, music theory, and solfeggio. 

Their curriculum for teaching instruments is based on that of prestigious European conservatories. Depending on the student’s age and skill level, they’ll be taught either with the classical, contemporary, or jazz curriculum. 

What we noticed, however, is that their curriculum is very structured and not that flexible for individual needs. So, if you’re looking for a more customizable curriculum, it might be best to check elsewhere. 

Aside from piano, they teach guitar, voice lessons, saxophone, flute, and violin. Their range of classes is a bit limited compared to some other schools again, so note that if you’re looking to dabble in something other than piano. 

Their founder, Philippe El Hage, personally supervises the courses taught at the institute, which we like. We were also impressed by the music teachers’ qualifications and experience in teaching. 

Based on our experience, the teachers are very patient, passionate, and encouraging towards students. It makes learning fun and engaging. 

They even offer master classes and specialized training with invited musicians to share their experiences and technique with the students, which is a great opportunity for students of any level. 

They also plan and hold yearly performances for their students to showcase what they’ve learned.  So, if you want to be more comfortable with performing on stage, this school is a strong option for you. 

What we like most is the community they have formed within the school and the culture of acceptance and genuine appreciation for music they foster. 

Pros

  • Varied and structured curriculum
  • Qualified teachers
  • Solid community ties
  • Performance opportunities

Cons

  • Limited range of classes aside from piano
  • Curriculum is not that flexible
  • Inconsistent operating hours

Student Reviews: 

It has been a gift and a privilege to have Mr. Philippe El Hage as my Piano teacher

I am using this platform as an opportunity to simply express my sincere gratitude to you.

I consider myself incredibly lucky to have found Musical Expression Institute and it has been a gift and a privilege to have Mr. Philippe El Hage as my Piano teacher. As an adult beginner, facing considerable amount of challenges to start; not only how to play piano but how to actually eventually play piano really well, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart; First, For turning all my fears and worries into confidence and loving excitement towards music and then for sharing the gift of music, your knowledge and experiences and patiently guiding me to take steady steps towards mastering the technique and Music Theory as well as teaching me how to be inspired by music and communicate feelings through it. As a result, more than ever I am motivated and excited to continue learning alongside and dare to explore the never-ending world of Piano. These 5 stars in this platform surely won’t do the justice. Instead tonight I would look at the sky and I would send the amazing team at Musical Expression Institute, my love, respect and gratitude through millions of stars that are shining so bright in the vastness of the sky. THANK YOU for all you do. -M.F. 

I‘m amazed by his patience and fascinated by his passion for music

If I could give more than 5 Stars – I would do it! We are super happy with Musical Expression Institute. My children have been with Mr. Philippe for many years and I‘m amazed by his patience and fascinated by his passion for music!! He is by far the best teacher we have ever had! So professional! So committed!! The whole team is just amazing! Everybody is super friendly and helpful. Thanks for having us – it is an honor for us to take lessons from Musical Expression Institute. -Daniela A. 

5. Star Music Studio DMCC

Star Music Studio DMCC's Homapage
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WEBSITEhttp://starmusicdubai.com/
ADDRESSJumeirah Lake Towers, Cluster R, Building MAG 214 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
CONTACT DETAILS+971 4 553 0757
OPERATING HOURSMonday-Thursday

Sunday (12PM-9PM)

Friday (12:30PM-9PM)

Saturday (10:30AM-9PM)

1. ACCESSIBILITY★★★★☆ (4/5)
        1.1 Responsiveness★★★★★ (5/5)
        1.2 Operating hours★★★☆☆ (3/5)
2. EXPERTISE★★★★★ (5/5)
        2.1 Experience and credentials★★★★★(5/5)
        2.2 Teaching abilities★★★★★ (5/5)
3. PROFESSIONALISM★★★★★ (5/5)
4. STUDENT SATISFACTION★★★★★ (5/5)

Star Music Studio is not as big as the other schools in this list. However we think they’re worth mentioning because of their wide range of classes and unique offerings. 

With over 300 students, 15 instruments taught, and over 20 instructors, they have built a solid reputation for themselves as a music school in Dubai. 

Since they’re a smaller school, the instruction will be more focused and they’ll really get to monitor individual progress of students. So, if you prefer that over big institutes, they’re a great option for you. 

Their teachers are very friendly and accommodating based on our experience with their classes. They really ensure that you learn efficiently and thoroughly. 

What’s unique about them is they’re the only school with two recording studios. So, students will get the chance to professionally record their pieces and jam with other students. 

They follow the Trinity College London curriculum, but you also have an option to personalize your curriculum, which we like. That way you’ll get to tailor it according to your needs and skill level. 

They cater to students of any age or level of music background. However, we think that this school is best suited to those who have prior experience with playing the piano and just want to improve their skills to better maximize the experience. 

They also hold master classes for their students who want to learn from distinguished musicians. You have to book a slot to get in the class, however, and there’s additional payment. 

Pros

  • Customizable curriculum
  • Has recording studios
  • Focused instruction
  • Holds master classes

Cons

  • Better for those with experience than complete beginners
  • Smaller school than competitors
  • Inconsistent operating hours

Student Reviews: 

Progress is amazing

My daughter has been attending piano classes at star studio for a few months now, and her progress is amazing! Best classes we had in Dubai, and we have tried a few places… very friendly staff also. -Kalyie V

Studio is very good and prices are affordable

They are very friendly and have an amazing staff. Miss Elaine, a Cuban teacher, is the best at teaching Opera and pop genres, she also teaches Piano. Studio is very good and prices are affordable. Good luck guys!!! Keep it up. -Alejandro Vazquez

How do I pick the best school for piano lessons? 

With an array of different schools available, it can be difficult to find the best one for your needs. So we listed some factors you have to consider when choosing where to have piano lessons. 

Your experience and skill level 

Different schools have different areas of expertise. Some are better teaching complete beginners, while some excel at training those with prior experience already. 

Knowing your current skill level and goals can help you determine which one can give you exactly the environment and training you need. 

Your budget 

Piano classes can get a bit pricey, so it’s best to find exactly where you can get the most bamng for your buck. Once you have finalized your list of possible institutes, inquire and ask about their prices. 

From there you can compare and contrast and check which school you’ll get the best deal from.  

The school’s track record and expertise 

This can potentially be an investment you’ll make long-term, so you have to make sure that you are getting the best training and support you can get. Research about the school’s level of expertise and the teachers’ credentials. 

Referrals and reviews 

Lastly, referrals and online reviews can give you insight into the first-hand experience of the students. It can show you the atmosphere the school has. 

Although every student is different, reviews can paint a picture of how it feels like to take classes in that school. From there, it will be easier to gauge if the school is for you or not. 

FAQs about Piano Lessons in Dubai


Playing the piano is such a rewarding hobby. You get to express yourself musically through it. 

We hope we were able to help you find the best schools to have your piano lessons. 

Did we miss out on any good schools and institutes in Dubai? Let us know what you think in the comments. 

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