My piano lessons in Basel engage the hand, the heart, and the mind

Piano Lessons for Children, Adolescents, and Adults

With over 40 years of experience as a piano teacher, I offer piano lessons for children starting from the age of 6, adolescents, and adults. I can teach in German, English (both very proficient), and French (proficient).

Classical, Jazz and Blues, Rock and Pop, Improvisation

My expertise spans across both traditional and modern music styles, including classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop, and improvisation. My students learn the craft (technique), gain an understanding of their playing (music theory and history, as well as ear training), and most importantly, develop a passion for what they do. I am always eager to accommodate the individual needs and capabilities of my students.

Bösendorfer, the Pinnacle of Grand Piano Construction

Piano lessons take place in Basel on my Bösendorfer grand piano. Bösendorfer is synonymous with the absolute top class in grand piano construction. You will be delighted by the tonal colors and possibilities it offers.


“I really enjoy playing the piano! And you are a super cool teacher!”
F. A., 13 years old

“J. really enjoys the lessons, is motivated to practice at home, and is making good progress. Mr. Bischof supports J. according to her needs and abilities very well.”
Mother of a 12-year-old student

“Simon Bischof is highly competent, patient, and empathetic, but also persistent in helping his students achieve their musical goals.”
A. N., adult student

About me


  • 40 years of experience in teaching piano to children and adults, both in employment (currently at Musikschule Huttwil) and privately.
  • Regular performances as a soloist, in piano duets and as a choir accompanist and chamber musician.


  • B.A. in Piano Pedagogy from Musikhochschule Luzern
  • B.A. in Jazz Arrangement from Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA


What can I expect from piano lessons at Nomismusic?

Diverse lessons in various styles tailored to the interests and abilities of the students.

Soll ich ein Klavier/Flügel, E-Piano oder Keyboard kaufen?

Definitely not a keyboard, as it is a different instrument to play. Both acoustic (piano/grand piano) and electronic instruments have their pros and cons. Electronic pianos are more affordable, don’t require tuning, and can be played quietly when necessary (considering neighbors). Acoustic pianos are unparalleled in terms of touch and sound. There are also hybrid options like Silent Pianos at a higher price.

I have a small digital piano/keyboard at home; is that sufficient for piano lessons?

A minimum of 85 keys is required, with 88 keys being the standard.

In my family, we have a very old, out-of-tune piano. Would that be enough to start?

I believe the idea that a poor-quality instrument is sufficient for beginners is entirely mistaken. The better the instrument sounds, the more it will be enjoyed and played.

How long and how often should I practice?

Consistency is key. It’s better to practice 5 – 6 times a week for 20 – 30 minutes each session rather than a single 2 – 3 hour session.

How often should I attend piano lessons?

For children and adolescents, weekly lessons are the norm. For adults, bi-weekly lessons are possible. The lesson duration can be either 45 or 60 minutes, with 60 minutes being highly recommended for bi-weekly lessons.

What are effective learning techniques?

  • Play the piano with a fresh mind (are you a morning person or a night owl?)
  • Vary the practice routine: slow/fast tempo, different rhythms, transpose (play in different keys), practice hands separately/together, and more
  • Learn in segments
  • Pay special attention to transitions and connecting parts
  • Consider the character of the musical piece
  • Use a metronome or playback for control.

How much does a lesson cost?

For a 45-minute lesson: CHF 95.–, for a 60-minute lesson: CHF 120.–