Piano Forum Rules & Guidelines

Piano Forum is an international discussion board primarily intended for professional pianists, piano teachers and piano students at an advanced level.
The basic ground rules for discussions on Piano Forum are simple: be polite, show respect, use common sense, don't break the law, keep the forum clean and don't post commercial advertisements.

We reserve the right to remove, modify or move posts at our discretion and without explanation. If you have any questions, please e-mail webmaster@pianostreet.com
In addition to the rules posted here, members are required to follow any individual board rules which may be posted at the top of specific boards as well as accept the Forum Agreement.


General Forum Rules

  • Members are permitted a maximum of one account per person.
  • Any kind of commercial advertising or spamming is prohibited.
  • Any posts that encourage illegal intent will be removed and the account may be disabled. This includes links to, and discussion of activities such as music and software piracy and other intellectual property violations.
  • You may not post words or URLs that are censored by adding spaces, dots, or substituting characters, or by any other means attempt to defeat any censors put in place by Piano Forum.
  • You may not post content, or in any manner link to sites or images, containing pornography, sexually explicit, gross violence, politically or religiously offensive material, or are determined by moderators to be detrimental to the community.


Forum Guidelines

Respect the netiquette and community culture that have been developed over the years: Lurk and get to know the forum before you post.

Piano Forum is an international community with members of all ages (including children), from all over the world and from different cultures and religions. Please be respectful and keep your postings within what is generally accepted as polite and “family friendly”.

Political and religious discussions are not allowed in the piano boards. If such issues are discussed in the “Anything but piano” board it is of extreme importance to avoid any kind of personal attacks or offences as well as such intended against a group of people. Only postings that are objectively discussing the issue with well backed up facts are allowed.

The official language is English. As many members do not have English as their native language, please write in proper English and avoid slang. Use capitals, periods and commas to make your sentences clear. However, do not worry if you do not think your English is good enough - your intentions and thoughts will most likely be understood even if you make grammatical mistakes.


When creating a new topic…

Use the search function before posting. Chances are your question has already been answered.

Always use informative titles (the “subject” field) when creating new threads. Titles like “Bach - Invention no 8: articulation?” are preferable rather than “I have a question” or “Please help!!!”.
If the topic of the thread is related to a piece, please use the following title format:
Composer - Piece: issue to discuss.

Don't use all caps or special characters to draw attention.

No cross posting. Post your thread once, to the appropriate forum and nowhere else.

Please do not request, link to or upload sheet music of pieces already included in the Piano Street sheet music library.

When posting…

Try as far as possible to keep to the topic. The discussions are sometimes naturally drifting away from the initial topic. In this case it is preferable to start a new topic but with a referral to the previous topic in the first post

Do not post if you have nothing valuable to add to the discussion. Refrain from posting meaningless threads, one word (or short) non-sense posts, or the such.

Do not bump threads. Bumping can refer to posting useless information, making corrections or updates in a new post, posting one-liners or any other action to deliberately keep a thread hot or to bring it to the top of its forum.

Do not post just to increase your number of posts. The number of posts on this board has no relation to the experience of a member.

Do not post to instruct users to check their e-mail, check their PM, or inform them that they've got mail or a new PM, or any variant thereof.

Take the "Be Polite" rule very seriously! While debating and discussion is fine, we will not tolerate rudeness, insulting posts, personal attacks or purposeless inflammatory posts. Any member who is intentionally unpleasant or disruptive may be banned without warning. As a general rule of thumb do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If you are typing up a response you feel is clever and spiteful, rethink your post.


On all piano related boards you can attach mp3, mid, pdf, gif, jpg and mpg files.
Files containing any kind of copyright protected material or sheet music for pieces already available from the Piano Street sheet music library are not allowed.


Please only use the polls feature when it will add significant value to the question/discussion.


Please use plain text only in your signature.
Images or commercial links are not allowed.