For Parents

This page is meant as a resource for our recommended musical instruments, books, and accessories, as well as practicing tips, and ideas on how to get the most out of your child’s musical adventures.

Recommended Keyboards

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1. Yamaha NP12 61-Key 

 This keyboard from Yamaha is our top pick for beginning students considering price and features. It has “touch sensitive” keys, which make it closer to a piano as far as getting loud/soft sounds out of it depending on how hard you press the keys. It also includes a stand, power supply, and headphones. This is a great choice for those just starting out and are looking for an affordable beginning instrument package.
Yamaha keyboards are always top of the line. Here’s another great starter package that has “touch sensitive”keys, as well as a stand and keyboard. This model has a little bit more of the “bells & whistles” on it as far as the different sounds it can make, drum beats, song library, etc… In other words, this keyboard has more buttons on it! Not always a good thing though, as lots of buttons can sometimes be a distraction, but can also be fun for students to explore. This is a great choice for those just starting out and are looking for an affordable beginning instrument package.
71FnAjPXONL._SL1500_3. Yamaha P71 88-Key
One of our top pics as far as a keyboard that can emulate and feel like a real piano. This Yamaha has “weighted” keys, so the keys are not only “touch sensitive” but also have the actual feel of pressing down a note on a piano. This keyboard is not only great for beginners to start off on, but is the next level for students looking for a more genuine piano feel, while note having to invest lots of money.
 Best sound and feel all around. This Yamaha digital piano is our top pick for those looking for a keyboard that has the touch, feel, sound, and look of a piano. The deluxe bundle comes with a bench and deluxe stand.

Recommended Accessories

 It’s always important to have an adjustable bench for your keyboard

 

 
 Quality sustain pedal that works with most keyboards.

 

Lesson Books & Supplemental Books

Tips for Getting The Most Out Of Your Child’s Lessons

PRACTICING- Even if your child is a 3 year old beginner, it’s important to encourage practicing/playing at home. Of course this will not happen overnight, it may very well take months to establish a good practice routine where your child is comfortable playing/practicing at home. It’s best to try and encourage your child to practice/play their instrument everyday. For the young beginner, this might mean trying to sit with your child at the instrument for even just 5-10mins everyday (or most days) and asking them what songs they’re learning. The beginning pieces for young children are easy enough for the non-piano playing parent to understand and try and play with your child. Below are a couple activities you can do with your child at your instrument, these are activities that do not need any musical training at all by parents.  

*THE COPY GAME- While sitting at the piano/keyboard with your child, play 2 or 3 consecutive notes in a row, then have your child try and copy you. Have them now play a few notes and you copy and play back. It’s a fun way to explore the sounds of the instrument while exercising the music muscle. 

*THE STUDENT TEACHER- While getting your child to practice can often times seem like a chore, one way that can bring some fun to it is a bit of pretend/play. Try having your child pretend to be the “music teacher”. Have them try and show you how to play one of their songs, having them take pride in what they’ve learned and show to you is a great way to encourage playing at home. 

*REWARDS- Often times having a reward when children play/practice can work in order to establish a practicing/playing routine at home. We often encourage a reward when a child completes our 30day practice challenge. Often in cases the challenge turns into a daily habit and students start to play everyday even after the challenge is up. 

ENVIRONMENT- Providing a good environment for your child’s practicing/playing is essential. Make sure not only to have a proper keyboard or piano with a properly sized bench, but also a quiet room, good lighting and freedom from distractions such as television, radio and other people’s activities. Make sure other members of the family know and respect how important your child’s piano time is. 

LISTEN to piano music! Playing piano music at home is so very important and an easy way to inspire and open up your child’s ears to piano music. Whether it’s the jazz stylings of Duke Ellington or Thelonius Monk, classical works by Bach and Mozart, classic pop/rock songs by Billy Joel or Bruce Hornsby, music from Hamilton, or even watching Youtube videos of young children playing “Twinkle Twinkle”, listening to music at home is a great way to help support lessons. Also, taking the time to go and see/hear live concerts is another great way to inspire. 

DON’T GIVE UP- It can be hard to know how much to push with music lessons. You don’t want to have to force practicing and lessons on your children, but at the same time you don’t want to give up too soon just because your child is not practicing and playing at home regularly. How many adults have you heard say, “I wish I would have stuck with music lessons!”, maybe it was even you, but you stopped because you didn’t like to practice and then lessons didn’t seem worth it anymore. There is still a lot of value in taking lessons even if your child is not practicing regularly at home, practicing and playing at home will come with time.

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