So you’re ready to get your child started with piano lessons. Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step in what is sure to be many joyous years of beautiful music. We know the value of music lessons for children. We’ve all read the studies proving that we are great parents for giving our kids the opportunity to study music.
So now that we’ve collectively patted ourselves on the back, it’s time to make that call and get a teacher in the door. One of the first questions you’ll be asked by a teacher is an obvious one, “Do you have a piano or a keyboard?”
And herein likes a dilema. You don’t have a piano, but that’s ok. Here are some suggestions to help you get going.
If space is an issue, we reccomend purchasing a keyboard with weighted, or hammer action keys. That means that when you press down on the keys, it will offer the slight resistance of a real piano. If you’re worried about noise, you can always plug headphones in.
We’ve found the Williams Allegro
keyboard to be a solid choice for students of all ages and levels. They keys are weighted, it’s reasonably priced and even our teachers are buying it to use for practice at home.
There are keyboards with 61 or 88 keys. 61 is sufficient but 88 is the same size as a real piano, but again, if you’re concerned about space, go for the 61 keys.
Keyboards come with all sorts of bells and whistles, so find one that suits your needs. Into electornic music? Want to record yourself playing? Need drum tracks? There are different models that can accomodate your interests.
If you have a real piano, make sure it’s in tune and all the keys work. A lot of our clients have inherited pianos and are worried about their age and sound. A reliable technician can make sure it’s in good working condition and make any adjustments it may need.
Thinking of purchasing a piano? There are spinnets, uprights, baby grands, grands, studio grands, even concert grands! As you can imagine, the prices vary, as do the sizes so if you’re overwhelmed we can help guide you in the right direction.
In our experience, generally the young student starting out can study for many years on a keyboard with weighted keys, like the one we suggested above. Find a nice quiet spot, a comfortable bench or chair, then call us to get one of the finest piano teachers to show you how to use it!