For example, I have beginner-level piano skills, but I'm at a point where I could quickly improve my skill.

I want to say that although I'm a beginner now, if someone teaches me I'll become a good player. I have the capacity to become good.

The only word I can think of is 'developable', but that doesn't seem quite right.


You can just say you started learning Piano but you have the potential to be a professional or you're fast learner and it won't take that long for you to be professional.

  • +1 I think 'demonstrating potential' is key here. – CJM Jul 16 '20 at 12:30

If you are just beginning at something, you are a novice. What's interesting is how people might define the gradations between novice and expert. Here are some gradations from the field of nursing.

The five stages of proficiency in the novice to expert model are: novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient, and expert (Benner, 1982).


The source text is: Benner, P. (1982). From novice to expert. American Journal of Nursing, 82(3), 402-407.

Perhaps you could say you were an advanced beginner pianist or a competent pianist.


You could consider using quick study, which Merriam-Webster defines as:

one that can speedily learn the essentials of something to be done, especially : a performer (as an actor, musician) with a gift for learning with remarkable speed new material (as lines, stage business, scores)

Cambridge Dictionary defines quick study as:

someone who is able to learn new things quickly

Definition of quick study by The Free Dictionary:

A person who can learn new material quickly. Primarily heard in US.

Urban Dictionary has an entry for quick study:

someone who picks things up fast/learns things fast

The sentence "I'm making great progress in my piano lessons—I'm really a quick study." is an example.

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