Students MUST have a real (acoustic) piano at home for daily practice.
Digital or electronic keyboards are not acceptable and are not compatible with my teaching style.
An acoustic piano is fundamental for:
Musical and technical development
Short- and Long-term success in piano study
The technique and artistry that students learn in their lessons with me from Day 1 is specifically related to how it feels to play an acoustic piano... and sets them up for future success.
A quality acoustic instrument that produces sound from real strings, real wood, and real pedals just feels and sounds different than a digital keyboard. An acoustic piano simply offers a level of responsiveness and a range of dynamics and tone color that even the nicest digital piano cannot match.
If a student can go home and replicate the same quality of experience as in the lesson, then practicing will absolutely be more satisfying and enjoyable (and productive!). And with lasting benefits - a student will be more likely to stick with something that's enjoyable!
Even for beginners?
YES! A beginning piano student needs a good instrument just as much as an older student who has been playing for several years.
As a parent, you may be wondering:
"Will they even enjoy piano lessons?"
The answer is even more likely to be YES if they are learning on a good quality instrument!
Parents, think of it this way: Would you send your child to join their first baseball team wearing flip flops? Ok, obviously an extreme example! But, does your child need $5,000 in professional-level cleats, glove, bat and gear? Probably not for the first practice. But I'm guessing you'd expect - and be prepared - to need to make a quality, entry-level investment that would set them up for a having great experience and be able to participate fully in it.
Not ready (or able) to buy a baby grand right now? That's OK! You definitely don't need to. There are many types and sizes of upright pianos and grand pianos in a wide range of prices to fit many needs.
But a piano is a big investment - I'm not sure I can afford it!
I don't think I have space! How much room will it take up?
How do I know what kind of instrument I should get?
Really concerned about budget? You definitely don't need a brand-new factory piano to get a quality instrument! Start by looking at quality used and refurbished pianos for lower, affordable prices.
Check out the Piano Buyer website for finding local dealers and offers, plus many helpful "how-to" articles & tips for piano shopping.
(Just please promise to stay away from the Craigslist "free" pianos! They're often free for a reason ... and if you don't know what you're looking for, you may get stuck with a dud.)
Space a main issue? Did you know: upright pianos are generally the same width and depth as a full size digital keyboard? It's true! The only real difference is height (up to about 52"). So if you're concerned about space, and decided that you only have room for a digital piano because you thought it was smaller: the good news is, you can almost certainly fit an upright piano in the same space, and for close to the same price!
If you're still not ready to commit to piano ownership, consider renting, or rent-to-own. Many piano dealers have these helpful options (see below).
I'm more than happy to advise you and give you references!
Here are some area businesses to check out for options:
Williams Piano Shop (in Brookline)
Roger's Piano (in Natick)
Do you already have a piano?
Fantastic! Now, be sure to keep it in good shape!
Just like you would change the oil in your car regularly, a piano needs regular tunings to maintain correct pitch and quality of sound. It's an important - and EASY - thing to do!
You should set up a schedule to have your piano technician come TWICE a year - I recommend at the change of seasons: Summer/Fall and then again for Winter/Spring.
Looking for a piano technician?
Visit the Piano Technician's Guild website, and search for a certified, professional technician in your zip code area.
You'll also find other helpful tips on how to properly take care of your instrument, advice for buying a piano, and fun educational tools.