Has your child been begging you for piano lessons because they want to play like a person at church, or at school? Maybe they want to learn to play the instrument because their favorite musician plays the piano. Whatever the reason, deciding to start your youngster with piano lessons can be a challenge. First, you need to find a reputable piano teacher in your area; then you need to decide if your child should start on a full-size piano or a keyboard. Should you choose to go with the keyboard, how do you know which brand is best and what size is best? You have already done some research on the subject, and you know they come in different sizes and have a varying number of keys. But where do you start and how do you know which kind of keyboard to buy? Below is the list of pros and cons when it comes to the purchase of a keyboard. Some tips will also be included in the lists, such as what to look for and what to avoid when you buy a keyboard.
First, the pros of using a keyboard for beginning piano lessons with your child.
Keyboards Vary in Size – Keyboards are available in an array of sizes. The size of the keyboard is something you want to keep in mind depending on the age and size of your child. For example, if your child is older, but of small stature or perhaps your child is 4 or 5 years old, a smaller keyboard may be a good option for you. You want to buy one that has enough keys, at least 61 because in time your child will need this range to practice the piano exercises in the given lessons.
Keyboards Are Cheaper Than a Piano – A keyboard is much cheaper than a piano, and this is one of the primary reasons why parents purchase a keyboard instead of a piano. Pianos, even an upright piano, which is one of the more affordable styles, can cost anywhere between $4,000 – $8,000! That’s quite an investment for music lessons. Keyboards, on the other hand, range from $65 for the most basic to over $2000 for the high-end keyboards.
A Keyboard Offers Portability – If you travel much and don’t want your child to miss practicing their lessons, the keyboard is an excellent choice. Not only are they usually light-weight, but many come with a carrying case. If the case is not included, they can easily be purchased for a reasonable price.
Next, the cons of beginning piano lessons with a keyboard.
A Keyboard Does Not Have a Realistic Sound Quality – Keyboards do not produce an authentic sound as a piano would. There is something to be said about hearing the tone of the keys as they are depressed, the hammer hits the string, and the sound vibrates through the frame of the piano producing a sound that only the piano has.
Not All Keyboards Are Created Equal – Some keyboards have weighted keys, while others do not. This is something to keep in mind because the weighted keys help your child develop strong fingers and they are more like the real keys on a piano. Why is this important when your child is a beginner? As children progress through the piano lessons, they learn how to play softly, or loudly, which depends on how much pressure is applied to the keys on the piano. This technique is called dynamics. Keyboards with weighted keys are a great way for your child to learn how to control the keys on the keyboard as they learn about dynamics.
Harder to Transfer to a Piano – This is debatable, and there is much discussion on the topic. However, if children begin learning piano lessons on a mid-to-high range keyboard with weighted keys, it will be easier for them to play the piano.
Don’t forget to purchase a keyboard stand and adjustable stool for your child as well. These additional pieces are important because they will ensure that your youngster will maintain proper posture during a practice session.
Choosing a keyboard can be overwhelming, but don’t worry or stress over it too much. The important thing is that you are taking action and providing music lessons for your child and no matter how long the lessons last, your child will still reap the benefits from them.