You really can't start piano lessons until you have an instrument. But you have options! Here are a few different routes you can take.
Inherit a Piano
If you are lucky enough to inherit your grandmother's piano, all you need is a piano tuner to make sure it is in good working order!
You can find a quality used piano on Craigslist for around $200. It can be expensive to pay a piano mover (around $300), but you can also move a piano with strong men, moving straps and a truck! (I've done it both ways!)
A keyboard can be a wonderful space saver, if you feel you don't have room for another piece of furniture. Students love keyboards because they can use headphones to practice and it's also a LOT of fun to experiment with different sounds and recording capabilities. To avoid the frustration of "running out of keys," we do NOT recommend a cheap Target keyboard with only 61 keys.
You should look for the following in a keyboard:
1. 88 keys
2. Sustain Pedal (when you hold it down, the sound rings out)
3. Touch sensitive keys (when you play louder, it sounds louder; when you play softly, it sounds softer)
We sell a beautiful keyboard at our Studio. It's not too big for your house or apartment, you can plug in headphones, and you can do simple recording and playback! You can schedule a time to come try it out in Studio 7! We can order you this exact keyboard and have it shipped to your home! Details:
Digital Cabinet Piano: Brown, 88 Full size weighted, scaled hammer action keys, 4 Layer stereo grand piano sound, Touch Response, 128-note polyphony, 16 Tones, 60 Songs, 2 Track / 1 Song Recorder, USB, 3 pedals, 2 x 8W speakers. Includes matching bench.
Operates with included ADA12 adapter.
AP220........................regular price $1199.99
Our price $799.00
Acoustic or "Real" Piano?
There are several styles of pianos: grand, upright, or spinet. It really doesn't matter which one you have. As students advance, you can trade in and upgrade your piano as needed.
Piano Tuner: It is very important that your acoustic piano is tuned every 6 months! This helps develop the student's ear correctly and helps with regular maintenance. We recommend: Rick Nevala, firstname.lastname@example.org 612-209-8159 You can expect to pay around $75 per tuning.
Here are some websites to buy a piano or keyboard locally!
Carlson Piano World
If you have other questions on purchasing a piano, I am happy to help! Leave a comment below, or ask me on Facebook!
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Jen Hickle, Author
Since I was a little girl playing "school" in the garage with the neighbors, all I've ever wanted to do is teach. I'm passionate about passing on knowledge to other people!