Thinking about buying a keyboard for your child? Read on for the top 5 digital pianos available for under $1,000!
Digital pianos have changed the way piano is taught, and the way it can be learned. They also provide you, as a parent, many choices on what kind of instrument to buy for your children. Let's examine the considerations:
"What is the cheapest option?"
If your child is a preschooler (age 4 and under), you may want something they just can "play" with. In other words, you want a toy. In that case - why not buy a "toy piano" for under $25 from Target or Wal-mart? Here is an example of a cute one:
What you are really after is something that gives them a little way to explore, without busting your budget or having a younger sibling destroy it (right?). Any child in my Wunderkeys program could do their lessons on something like this.
"I Want my child to learn to play piano."
In that case - please don't get a 61 or 76 key un-weighted keyboard. This type of instrument might cost $50-$100 ish at a big box store. You are wasting your money here. Reasons you DON'T want to buy this kind of keyboard:
So - if you really want your child to play the piano, even if they are just a beginner learning to play simple songs (and I would say, ESPECIALLY if they are a beginner) - get an instrument that won't confuse them.
If you are ready to get that kind of instrument for your child, keep on reading for my 5 Digital Pianos for under $1,000 recommendations!
#1- Casio Privia
I don't particularly like the sound of these pianos, but the price is lower than some of the others. You can sometimes find a used one for $399, and a new one for $499. Check Guitar Center and Amazon. Watch out how you use this one - try to get the keyboard the correct height for your child. See your teacher for recommendations.
#2 - Yamaha P45 - 88 key weighted action
This one comes just as a keyboard ($399) or with a frame, bench, and sustain pedal for $529.
#3 Yamaha DGX 660
This piano was recommended by a teacher I highly respect. In fact, she put one of these in her studio as an extra piano. It comes with a stand and pedal, and can be "portable" if you need to transport. Around $799.
#4 Yamaha Arius
These instruments are available at Guitar Center, Yamaha dealers, and other music stores. The settings are simple, action is weighted, and pedals are secure so they don't slip. (That's something to really consider about the previous instruments. If you buy a digital piano with a plug-in pedal, and your child continues piano for more than 2 years, you will need to upgrade to something more substantial after that to allow them to learn pedalling techniques.) The Arius ranges from $699 used to around $1,000 new at most stores.
#5 Roland FP-30
Another portable instrument. Not ideal - but will carry you through a couple of years if placed properly. I personally love the sound and feel of Roland pianos. They are also easy to connect to ipads. Around $699. I personally recommend also buying the kit that is "furniture" style. It's sturdy, and looks alot better than the X-stand. The X-stand was very frustrating for the little kids in my studio.
There you have it! Five options to get your little ones' fingers moving on the keys. If you have any questions about acoustic pianos, or digital pianos over $1,000 - contact me. I would be glad to help point you in a direction that is budget-friendly, yet helpful to your kiddo!