Between the enhanced cognitive functionality, academic achievements, lessons of patience, creative introduction and the countless other benefits, it’s no secret why parents want their kids to try piano. However, as great as planning a young pianists’ journey might be, executing is another story. There’s a lot to consider, as one decision can make or break your chances of succeeding in transitioning your child into a young musician.
Here are a few things to consider before getting your child a starter piano.
How Serious Are You About Piano?
The idea of having your child learn any instrument always comes with some level of risk.
Start by considering:
- How important is it that your child picks up an instrument?
- What if your child is hesitant to play?
- Will you be getting your child lessons?
Simply put, you’ll want to consider whether you’re simply exploring options for your child, or if you want them to commit to piano for at least a given number of times. Because pianos vary in price and do require some level of maintenance, you’ll want to consider your initial level of commitment before purchasing something you may later regret.
At worst case, there are excellent piano renting options to look into, at least at first!
What Sound/Aesthetic Are You Looking For?
Pianos are more than instruments – they’re furniture too! This means the design of the piano you choose can really make or break the design of the room it’s in. After all, would you prefer an eye soar or an instrument that brings your room together?
Then there’s the sound to consider. Would you want an acoustic sounding piano or a digital piano? There are pros and cons to each. For acoustic, you have a real sound that doesn’t require electricity, but also has to be maintained. On the flipside with digital, you can get an array of sounds without the need for any tune-ups, but ironically can’t quite replicate the sound of real strings.
Digital pianos often take up a lot less space, which brings us to our next point.
Where Are You Putting Your Piano?
Everyone’s different here. Some people like having a grand piano in an open space of their living room, while others like to build smaller rooms around the piano. Of course, there’s no right or wrong answer here – it’ll all come down to the layout of your home and your social intentions with your new piano.
Fortunately, you can get a floor plan so you can be absolutely sure how well (or not well) your new piano will fit. After all, you’d hate to shell out a bunch of money for a piano that doesn’t quite fit… right?
What’s Your Style?
Options are no longer limited with pianos. You can get an assortment of styles and colors to best fit your desired space.
Do you have something in mind?
There are a number of great pianos for sale to choose from at an array of price ranges.
Now Let’s Talk Price
You probably knew this was coming.
I suppose this goes hand-and-hand with how serious you are about piano, mainly because many pianos are considered to be an investment. So if reselling is an option, take that into consideration.
Otherwise, there are great deals around on starter pianos with opportunities to upgrade later on.