What Piano Should You Buy?

“How much money should I spend on a piano for my child?”
“What is the best type of piano for beginners?”
“Should I get acoustic or digital?”

These are all common questions that parents ask. And with so many options out there, it can be a super overwhelming decision! But good news!! You don’t need to spring for a crazy expensive acoustic piano right out of the gate… especially when you aren’t sure if it is going to be a long lasting hobby for your child. In fact, there are plenty of affordable options that do just what you need them to do without breaking the bank. 👏😀🎹

If your child is taking piano lessons, there is a good chance they will be required to have their own piano – especially if they are doing online lessons! I personally require it, and I know most teachers do as well. When students have their own piano or keyboard, they are able to practice after lessons throughout the week. This also helps increase their confidence with playing!

Remember, the type of piano is not what makes a great pianist, but it is a tool that unlocks the creative potential that your child has within them!! You only need to begin in order to keep growing 🙂

Today I am sharing with you my top piano recommendations as well as some other recommendations from fellow trusted teachers who I surveyed through Facebook and Instagram! 

Piano Recommendations

This is a great option if you’re looking for low-cost. It’s very affordable, especially for everything you get with it. Plus, you can take it almost anywhere! The keys are weighted (which is the most important thing to look for). This means that it is touch sensitive!! If students press softly, they’ll get a soft sound and if they press hard, they’ll get a loud sound.

I bought it initially because of Piano Marvel (it’s a keyboard they recommend). I like it because it’s small, and does just what I need it to, especially in a tight space. I can put it away in a closet during the week and easily take it out for lessons. I also recently had the brilliant idea to put AA batteries into the keyboard instead of constantly having to plug it in and have cords everywhere! Free pro-tip!! 🤦🏼‍♀️😂

If you want something a bit more sturdy with the feel of a real piano, I would suggest the Casio Privia. So many of my students have had this keyboard, and they kept it for years before upgrading to an acoustic piano. It’s a great price for everything you’re getting as well!

The MP Kawai Series is what I actually bought in 2007 when I was in college and wanted to attempt recording my first album. It has real wood keys and the weight feels close to a real piano. That’s why I bought it! 😂 Even as a digital piano, it delivers incredible, authentic sound!

Acoustic Pianos

If your budget allows, I would say to go with an acoustic piano – either upright or grand. Acoustic pianos deliver an authentic, warm tone and allow the pianist to have better control over the keys. You can find them at a piano store, or look online (Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and Nextdoor) because there are always people selling pianos. Acoustic pianos do need a larger space and require a bit of maintenance.

Teacher Recommendations through Facebook

I’d love to know what recommendations you have for pianos!!

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