Study shows that music instruction appears to accelerate brain development in young children. Many parents choose piano in the hope of improving both brain development and musical talent of their children. However, if you are not a pianist and musician, choosing a suitable piano for your children among various brands, types and designs in the market right now may be a headache. This article introduces some specific which hopefully will help you decide what will be best for your child and your budget.
Choosing The Correct Piano For The Correct Purpose
First thing to note when choosing a piano is to determine what type of piano can serve your need. There are three basic keyboard instruments:
- Grand (Acoustic) piano: The largest, frequently the most majestic (as well as expensive) piano is grand (aka acoustic piano). A full size acoustic piano with a full set of keys contains 88 notes. The sooner your children start practicing acoustic piano, the better. If you still confuse that maybe grand piano is too big for your kids, baby grand piano with smaller keyboard and also not as loud as the bigger one will be a perfect option.
Pros & Cons Of Grand Piano:
- Pro: Long useful life
- Pro: Has real, natural sound
- Pro: Has classical, elegant design; never go out of style
- Con: Quite expensive
- Con: Cumbersome, hard to move so may not fit in small space
- Con: Need to be wired and maintained at least 1-2 times a year.
- Con: Sound may change when the temperature and humidity are not up to the standard threshold. If then, you need to buy moisture protection equipment for the piano.
- Digital piano: With the fast pace of technology development, digital piano is designed to sound more natural so that difference between acoustic and high-quality digital pianos is barely evident. Digital piano is less expensive, smaller keyboard which will fit well for small fingers of children. Moreover, unlike acoustic piano, digital piano doesn’t need too much regular maintenance but still stay in tune.
- Electric piano: Electric piano is usually the most affordable, however, electric keyboard may have limited keys and somehow be discouraging for children to try their hands on harder songs.
Pros & Cons Of Digital, Electric Piano:
- Pro: Reasonable price
- Pro: Portable, light weight
- Pro: Connect to technical equipment: headphones, iPad, laptop…
- Con: Sound is not as natural as acoustic piano
- Con: The new model is released every 2-3 times/year. Used piano with old model may be easily loss price.
The good age for children to start learning the piano is between 6-8 years. For beginner, parents should choose a relatively good piano to help your children get used to the keyboard touch. The electric piano was produced on the principle of describing the sound and keys of the acoustic piano. Therefore, the best piano is acoustic. However, considering price and being portable, digital and electric piano are definably not the bad choice. In addition, these two types of piano are designed to integrate with many modern features such as connect to computer, iPad, record the same rhythm…
Quality Of Keyboard
Keyboard quality is a factor that you should consider when buying a piano for your baby.
- Check the tone, when hitting each note on the piano keys, the tone of each note should be the same and equal.
- Ensure that the keyboard can move fast to stick fingers.
- Check the inner parts of the piano, whether the distance of each hammer is the same or not. The good piano will be meticulously calibrated making the hammers even.
- Check the strings to prevent from rust.
- Ask the seller to remove the top cover, bottom cover and keyboard cover, check the inside to see what kind of wood: solid wood or pressed wood.
- You also should not forget to check the back of the piano, the tensile strength of all strings are usually up to 20 tons so the pillars should be strong resistance.
- The weight of the key is also a factor that you should consider when buying a piano. Do not choose the piano with keys that are too heavy with the strength of kids’ fingers.
- With the electric piano, multi-touch key helps children feel the uniqueness of the sound with different pressing force. Hence, if you press the key with a strong force you will feel a different sound than when you press a soft key, this will make your baby’s song becomes more impressive.
Brand Of Piano
There are various types of piano for all ages such as Yamaha, Roland, Kawai, Casio… which are made in Japan, China, Indonesia … But what brand piano should be suitable for your baby? If you just invest in a piano to study without having to focus on performance, then do not invest too much in such well-known brands as Steinway & Son, Boston, Kawai, Essex, etc., instead on the lower line brands with more reasonable price like Ritmuler, Samick, etc. Cheaper is not in parallel with worse quality, but simply because those piano are designed especially for studying purpose only.
Yamaha or Casio are the two electric piano brands that are noted for their supportive learning features and are easy to learn. Beginners should learn on an 88-key electric piano, because it will help you progress faster and find it easier when entering the acoustic piano.
Hopefully with above tips, you will choose perfect piano for your baby. If you have decided to give your child piano lesson, then you should think carefully about both the investment and benefits later. However, according to some parents who have experience, determining to let their children play piano is when parents identify a long-term and are quite expensive job.