What kind of piano should a beginner buy?

This is a question that has been asked by every parent looking to give their children an instrument to practice on while taking piano lessons. Most professionals believe pianos that have real weighted keys, touch sensitive actions, and 88 keys are minimal requirements. The Yamaha Clavinova Digital Pianos are accepted by many Universities and Piano Labs for Piano majors to practice on and so would be an excellent choice for parents in many cases.What kind of piano should a beginner buy

Can I buy an inexpensive piano for their lessons at first?

If you have a quality piano teacher and your child takes lessons for 4 or more years, the cost is something like this: $150 times 12 equals $1,800 per year and this times 4 years equals $7,200. Why would you not get the best piano you can to take advantage of these years making both student and teacher happy.

Should we purchase an Acoustic Piano or Digital?

Until recently the best answer was acoustic because of multiple factors; However, the better Digital Pianos like the Yamaha Clavinova have gotten so good, and don’t ever need tuning, and students can practice with headphones. But I strongly recommend listening to your teacher for advise about this. Yamaha has wonderful acoustic and digital pianos for this very situation and is one of the most respected pianos in the world.

Should I buy new or used?

When you purchase a new instrument, you will get a warranty. Good quality pianos will look, feel, and play well. When you purchase used you may not have the experience to even know it is playing like it should or not. Each used instrument is a unique set of circumstances and actually may help teach bad habits, and incorrect hearing. I went to college with a man who had perfect pitch, but had learned incorrectly on an out of tune old upright.

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What are the Benefits of achieving Piano level 2?

  1. Substantial increase in neural connectivity
  2. Significantly higher SAT scores
  3. Greatly reduced risk of drug/alcohol abuse
  4. Notable reduction of anti-social behaviors
  5. Increased self esteem
  6. Enhanced ability to concentrate/focus
  7. Development of personal discipline
  8. Superior working memory, auditory skills, and cognitive flexibility
  9. What are the Benefits of achieving Piano level 2?

    Kids who quit music lessons usually quit early. Once they get to a level where they can play well they’re not likely to quit! Your goal should be to help your child get to Level 2. Once they’re at Level 2, they will almost always never stop playing the piano!

    Here’s how we define Level 2:

    The ability to read an intermediate piece of music; play using both hands; use the expression pedals; and sound musical.
    In other words, kids who get to Level 2 become smarter, happier and more well-rounded!

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    Helping your child reach Level 2 on piano is the single most effective way you can give them a leg up in life!

What Piano Level Am I

Primer (Level pre-1):

  • Knows finger numbers
  • Knows musical alphabet
  • Basic staff awareness
  • Basic keyboard awareness
  • Can play one hand at at time
  • Has proper hand placement and form
  • Developing rhythm and steady beat
  • Generally music from method books
  • Generally practices 10-15 mins/day

Beginner (Levels 1-2):

  • Bass and Treble Clef
  • Plays both hands together
  • Play rhythms more comfortably
  • Keeps steady beat
  • Left hand plays mainly basic chords
  • Dynamics and articulations
  • Can play C, G, and F key signatures
  • Generally practices 15-20 mins/day

Late Beginner (Level 3):

  • Major and minor chords, scales, and arpeggios
  • Left hand becomes more complex
  • More complex rhythms introduced
  • Can play songs with 2 flats/sharps
  • Technique developing
  • Sight reading developing
  • Musicality developing
  • Generally practices 20-30 mins/day

Often people ask “What piano level am I, and why does it matter?”Many educators rank piano levels as the above:

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