Choosing A Piano:
In order to take piano lessons, a student must have a practice piano at home.
1.) New Pianos:
The closest piano dealer to the Woodlands is Sherman Clay Piano Max.
Consider this-- quality pianos are not like cars!
They depreciate very little in a year's time and can be re-sold. In the event a student discontinues their lesson, it is highly likely that the majority (if not all) of that investment could be recovered.
2.) Piano Rentals:
If parents are still hesitant to make that investment until they feel commitment has been established, a very reasonable alternative is to rent a piano.
For more information on piano rentals:
3.) Digital Pianos:
They are lightweight compared to acoustic pianos, and have the option of headphones for practicing.
Follow the link below to view a digital piano: (Yamaha Arius YDP-141)
4.) Keyboards (not accepted):
A common myth is that keyboards can properly substitute for a piano.
This is why they don't work:
1.)Bad Sound Quality: there's no motivation to practice when sound quality is poor
2.)Not Touch Sensitive (loud/soft sounds): the sound is robotic and monotone
3.)Keys aren't Weighted: when the student plays on a real piano, the keys will feel
heavy, their fingers won't be strong enough to play them correctly
4.)Wrong number of keys: students feel disoriented at their lesson, yearly recitals, festivals, and competitions--all these pianos will have 88 keys, and theirs will not.
To read more about Keyboard vs. Piano:
5.) Used Acoustic Pianos:
There are some good deals out there on Craigslist and Woodlands Online, but buyers beware!
Even if a used piano is $200, you still could be getting ripped off! Pianos with certain issues are basically worthless.
The safest route is before purchasing a used piano, contact a piano tuner and have him look it over.
Unlike sellers, piano tuners have professional knowledge, and do not stand to benefit by misleading you.
Giving your child a real chance at learning to play the piano will require parental involvement and encouragement, and some sort of investment whether the cost of a rental, or the cost of a new or used piano.
Considering the Commitment:
Many adults wish they could play the piano, and lament they did not stick
with their lessons. How can you help to keep this from happening to your child?
A major factor in a student's success is parental involvement.
Even children who love piano will need their parent's firm resolve to not waiver when the going gets tough. It is completely normal for students to have ups and downs, times when they resist practicing-- especially when new concepts are first introduced.
Many adults say how much they wish their parents hadn't let them quit piano-- and they really mean it. Children simply do not have the maturity to understand how their decisions affect their future, so they need their parents to have the maturity to make those decisions for them, and help them stay committed.
Please take the time to read this article:
Considering the Benefits:
Piano isn't just fun, it's also an important part of a child's education!
Read the link below to learn some of the surprising benefits of piano lessons!
The Benefits? Priceless.