Has your child fallen in love with the ivory white keys of a store-front piano? Has he shown a liking for piano music? Or do you perhaps see a bright future for your child as a musical prodigy? There are a number of reasons why parents decide to buy their child their first piano. This musical instrument has been, for a long time, a family favorite; with many parents often encouraging their children to take piano lessons. 

Some families already have pianos in their homes, which are likely heirlooms passed on from the previous generation. Pianos are an accessible source of music and entertainment in special events such as family get-togethers or reunions and even holidays. The sheer amount of Christmas songs that can be played on the piano is proof of this. A piano can also be thought of as an investment. Pianos of good quality usually cost a considerable amount of money.

However, if you are missing a piano in your own home and you have decided to purchase a piano, there are many things to think about – from consideration of size in relation to your space, price, and quality, among others. In this case, there are three main things to keep in mind when searching for the perfect piano match for your child.

Acoustic or digital piano?

One of the first things you should decide on is the kind of piano you wish to get for your child. Acoustic pianos are “old-fashioned,” in that they consist of steel strings and hammers housed in wood. 

When a key, which is attached to a hammer, is pressed, the hammer hits the strings, which in turn vibrate and generate sound. The grand piano is the first kind of acoustic piano: its strings extend horizontally, thus occupying more space. The second kind, the upright piano, you might have guessed, has strings that extend vertically. This type is more suited for houses and apartments as they take up much less space. Acoustic types require maintenance and tuning and are susceptible to temperature and humidity changes. In terms of sound, it can be expected that these produce more authentic tones.

Digital pianos, as suggested by its name, produces sound digitally. When a key is pressed, recordings of acoustic pianos will be played back. These are less expensive than acoustic ones, but their sound quality is also less authentic. No maintenance is required for digital pianos, but a power source is.

Pianos With Weighted Keys?

Pianos with weighted keys are also known as “full-size” pianos because the keyboard is composed of 88 keys, while smaller keyboards have anywhere from 61 to 76 keys, which are not weighted. Often, beginners start off with non-weighted keys. However, as your child becomes more advanced, the range of notes they will need to play will extend. Should they reach this level, they will not be able to practice these pieces because there won’t be enough keys. Weighted keys can help train your child’s finger strength; those who previously played on non-weighted keys may have a difficult time transitioning to weighted keys. 

If you are worried that your child might not continue playing the piano as he gets older, perhaps a better choice would be renting one first. This way, you will be able to gauge your child’s level of interest and commitment to the instrument. we also offer this arrangement

You may also do research online and find reviews for the kind of piano you have in mind. Check out the price range of this type as well as user reviews. This applies to piano retailers too. 

Despite the many factors that come into play when buying your child their first piano, do not let it discourage you from having fun in the process. A piano is not only an instrument of music, but it is also an instrument that brings fun and families together.

If you are thinking of gifting your child with his first piano, call us today and learn more about the other things you should know before buying your first instrument.