Should You Learn On A Piano or a Keyboard?

Should You Learn On A Piano or a Keyboard?

We hear it time and time again. Parents want to introduce their kids to music, yet aren’t sure if their kids will enjoy it.

“I just want something inexpensive to see if they like it before I move towards a bigger investment.”

So they pick up a random piano through Craigslist, or choose a keyboard on sale at the big box store. This can be a big mistake. Would you start your child out in a basketball camp with a flat ball and sandals on their feet? Of course not. Yet the same applies to the world of music. If they don’t have the proper tool, they won’t be able to enjoy the beginning processes because it will be frustrating at best.Should You Learn On A Piano or a Keyboard?

If you are in the market for a piano to help your kids get started down the path of music, you can do it on a budget. There are many pianos and keyboards available within all price ranges, the key is knowing what’s the best choice for your situation.

Living Arrangements

Start with your current living arrangements. Are you in a small apartment or a large home? Do you want the piano to be available to your child in her room, or a part of the décor in your living space? Will your child be off to college soon, or do you plan on having the piano in your home for decades? Acoustic pianos come in all shapes and sizes, from the smallest of uprights to the largest of grand pianos. Keyboards are meant to be portable and are perfect for those that choose to move them regularly. Only you know which is best for your situation.


If you are starting a small child out on piano for the first time, they may not understand what style is best. The older a child is, the more they can be a part of the process. A digital piano can be a versatile option for those that want to stretch into many types of music, and have access to turn their skills into something more. If they want access to the latest computerized techniques as well as learning to play the piano, digital may be the way to go.


If you are thinking about heading in the direction of a keyboard, keep in mind that there are many sizes and options. An acoustic piano has 88 keys; digital keyboards have several ranges. You can find a keyboard with 88 notes, but 76 or even 61 key models are popular too. You can also choose keyboards that resemble acoustic piano keys – they are weighted for a more realistic experience – or less expensive models will have smaller, thinner keys with a plastic feel. In order to transition between the two and be able to play any piano overall, make sure you choose one with a realistic feel.

The best way to learn about your options and discover the right choice for you is to compare. You can’t do that through a Craigslist ad, but you can by stopping by our store and seeing which is the right choice for you. Stop by today; we’re happy to point you in the right direction.

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