Do I need to buy a piano if my child is starting lessons?

30th September 2018

Children are known for being somewhat fickle in their tastes – and, as all parents know only too well, their interests can change at the drop of a hat.

This leaves a big question when it comes to learning the piano – at what point is it wise to invest in a piano?

When setting out on a musical learning journey no-one, child, parent or teacher, knows how it will go in the long run but clearly without having an instrument to practice on new students are going to struggle to progress and will end up frustrated.

But then most families cannot afford to pay for a new piano then have their child refuse to attend a second lesson.

Is having a piano at home necessary when learning piano?

The short answer is yes. If you want your child to develop a love of music and to make good progress they need the right equipment.

The experience of playing 88 weighted keys is important for young players to allow them to develop the correct technique and get a feel for playing the instrument.

As they progress through the grades young pianists will need to use pedals and a wider range of keys so being used to playing on a piano at home will make this transition easier.

Debate abounds over the pros and cons of digital and acoustic pianos with purists – and quite a lot of teachers – insisting that an acoustic instrument provides the best learning foundation.

However digital pianos have been developed to mimic this quality closely and offer the experience of playing 88 weighted keys with the convenience of sound control, being low maintenance and taking up less space.

Either a good quality digital piano or acoustic piano would make a great instrument to set your child on their learning journey.

At what point should I buy a piano?

In an ideal world students of the piano will have a piano in the home before they begin formal lessons. This will allow them to get used to the touch and sound – and be ready for practice from day one.

Buying a piano is an investment – and that is how it should be viewed. Buying the right piano will help to develop a love of music in your child that will hopefully last a lifetime.

If you do not already own a piano maybe let your child begin lessons and ensure that they are willing to continue before taking the step of buying a piano for the home.

Another great option is to hire a piano for those early months.

While keyboards can provide a cheap interim solution this will not help your child in the long run as the experience of playing weighted keys is an essential part of the learning process.

Support a lifelong love of music

As your child progresses through the grades the demands will increase making use of the full 88 keys and pedals.

If you want your child to succeed at playing the piano – and develop a lifelong love of the instrument – invest in a piano as soon as possible.

To find out what pianos are ideally suited to beginners get in touch with Broughton Pianos today.