Lot’s of parents love to send their kids to take piano lessons. However, there are some concerns that stop them from buying an acoustic (real) piano. Is it necessary to have an acoustic piano right from the beginning? How about digital piano or a keyboard to start with?
Being a mom of 2 young kids, I totally understand why parents are holding off buying an acoustic piano. What if my kid lose interest down the road? How to maintain an acoustic piano? It takes up some much space, it’s way too loud….etc… As a piano teacher, I would say it depends on the kid. If I see a young kid age 5 – 7 with potential, I would say YES. An acoustic piano is a MUST! Kids at that age is very critical. They can be molded to anything, good or bad. A digital piano manufacturer always quote that it’s weighted and it’s almost the same as an acoustic piano. This is just a marketing thing to say. As a professional teacher and performer, a digital piano can’t be compared to any acoustic piano. The tone and touch are not the same and the music played by a digital piano sounds dead! If a digital piano is as good as an acoustic piano, then the acoustic piano should go distinct long long time ago.
Is keyboard an option for beginners? Well, yes for the first month. A keyboard is much shorter than a piano. Some introductory pieces have a big range for young beginners to explore sounds from the lowest to the highest note of a piano. Some introductory and grade 1 pieces from the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM Exam) require students to play with pedal(s). A keyboard doesn’t have a pedal, so it limits the kind of music that the student can play.
Parents have already invested their money and students have already invested their time on piano lessons. Getting a proper instrument can make the learning more fun and students can get more satisfaction from making beautiful music.