ADVANCE TO MUSIC
The Instrument
1. Is it necessary to own a piano?

Yes, it is necessary that your child has a piano, or a digital piano at home. It
is very important that your child can sit and practice their assigned pieces on
a regular basis.  This is necessary for the student's motivation and progress.

While buying a piano is better in the long run, it is a commitment that some
parents are not ready to make.  The next best thing is to rent a piano. This
way you can rent month to month at very reasonable rates that are usually
between $35 and $75  per month depending on the piano.

You could also  consider purchasing a digital piano, or a music keybord that
has the necessary features listed below.

2. Where can I buy or rent a piano? Should I buy a
piano from a person?

Buying a piano from a private party can be very risky. It may seem like a
great deal, but I would certainly not recommend it unless you have a piano
tuner-technician who can come with you and check it out. Used pianos can
have a number of problems inside that will not be obvious to you, but that
can make them worthless. Rust, significant wear of the hammers, a hairline
crack in a vital part of the piano to name just a few.

I would recommend buying or renting a used piano from a local piano dealer.
These pianos are already checked for any serious problems, come with a
warranty, and probably with one or two free tunings which is well worth the
slightly higher price. Your piano will be delivered to your home by
professional piano movers which is very important in order to protect your
investment. I have had a positive personal experience with The Piano
Warehouse, and can highly recommend them.

If you are considering buying a
digital piano, you are not alone. For many
families buying a digital piano is the better choice. Digital pianos generally
cost less, do not  need to be tunned, generally take less space, and are
much easier to move. When buying a digital piano there are several features
you should look for, like weighted keys, hammer action, polyphony, etc. I
would recommend some that I found on Amazon.com that I like because of
their features and a good price poin.t

3. Can my child use a keyboard to practice at home?

My answer is yes, this is OK for a few months, up to a year, but only if the
keyboard is a good one - it needs to have at least 5 octaves, normal-sized ,
preferably weighted keys, and a touch response /velocity/. However, please
know that it is common for children that practice on a keyboard at home to
get discouraged and loose interest after awhile because they feel that it is
not "real" and they want to play "a real piano".

Practicing on a keyboard after the first year is not recommended and can
mean a loss of time, motivation,  and money because  the keyboard keys do
not have the same "weight" as the keys of an acoustic piano so the student
cannot  build the necessary strength and technique.

Rosie Mace
ADVANCE TO MUSIC  
13349 Montego Dr. Poway, CA 92064    Tel. 858.748.8944   Cell.: 858.248.2490
E-Mail
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Advance to Music
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