Many parents like the size, convenience, and portability of digital pianos.
Updated: March 2022:
These additional models from Amazon may be more available and convenient for you:
Roland RP 102:
Roland RP 501R:
Buyer beware! Some companies use marketing ploys that sound great to the average consumer, but can create a long list of problems for the young piano student.
We have recommendations that are affordable, and easy. All under $1,000- pre-tax.
I have curated the best instruments, at the lowest possible price, to recommend to parents. Here's the basics on what we are looking for:
1. 88 keys (gotta have this)
2. graded hammer action (be careful - this is where some companies are selling something that SOUNDS like it would work, but often the quality is shoddy.
3. decent sound
4. a setup that is sturdy, won't fall over, and promotes good posture and hand position.
5. a three pedal kit (gotta have this - don't get anything less)
As of this writing (7/30/21) digital pianos are in high demand, and families will have to pre-order and may have to wait months. Perhaps a better alternative could be an acoustic? See this post for details: piano-opportunities-rentals-from-houston-piano-co.html
Top Three Digital Pianos - with Furniture stand and pedal kit, and benches
My studio requires these things of digital piano owners: Use one of these brands (or have something you own approved by me), have a furniture stand, a three pedal kit, and a sturdy bench.
Kawaii ES 110
Here's the link for the piano: www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ES110--kawai-es110-88-key-digital-piano-with-speakers-gloss-black
Kawai furniture stand: www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/HML1stand--kawai-hml-1-stand-black-for-es100
Kawai pedals: www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/F350pedal--kawai-f-350-triple-pedal-for-es100
Roland FP30X - my favorite!
Here's the link to piano: www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/FP30XBK--roland-fp-30x-digital-piano-with-speakers-black
link to furniture stand: www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/KSC70BK--roland-ksc-70-black
link to triple pedals: www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/KPD70BK--roland-kpd-70-black
link to piano: www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/P125BK--yamaha-p-125-88-key-weighted-action-digital-piano-black
link to stand: www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/L125BK--yamaha-l125-piano-stand-black
link to triple pedal: www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LP1BK--yamaha-lp1-3-pedal-unit-black
Let me know if you have any questions. I am glad to help your student get started!