Piano lessons offer a great choice for the first musical instrument that a student learns, especially for younger children who have never taken an instrument before. They are also a great option for adults who want to experience the fun and engagement of learning something new, but have no previous experience.
The piano was pre-dated by similar keyed instruments like the clavichord and the harpsichord, both of which had very thin, metallic tones; by contrast, the piano has a wide dynamic range and a warm, wooden tone. These features led to the piano’s increase in popularity during the time of Mozart and Haydn in the late 18th Century. Since then, the piano has been a staple of classical, jazz, popular, and experimental music, due in no small part to its versatile qualities.
Our recommended starting age for piano is four, although exceptions can certainly be made for a younger student who is capable of playing the keys properly and with sufficient strength in the fingers and hands. Because most teachers start out by showing students how to read and play piano notes, young students also should have begun learning to count and to read. No matter what the age may be, the piano is an excellent introduction to the fundamentals of music, including music theory and basic composition techniques.
The most economical option for students interested in piano is to purchase an electric keyboard. A standard acoustic piano has 88 keys, but electric keyboards come in many smaller variations. We generally recommend an electric keyboard with at least 66 keys to allow for a wide tonal range. Another component we highly recommend is to purchase an electric keyboard with what are called “weighted” keys, meaning they mimic the feel of an acoustic piano. Any local music shop can be of further assistance in picking the right instrument. Acoustic pianos are more expensive, but they are frequently viewed as an investment by dedicated students and musicians alike.
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