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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

  • Enjoyment

  • Motivation

  • 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?

As a parent, you may be asking: "Will they even enjoy piano lessons?". The answer is more likely to be YES if they are learning on a good quality instrument!

A beginning piano student needs a good instrument just as much as an older student who has been playing for several years.  Parents:  Would you send your child to beginning snowboard lessons wearing flip flops? Probably not!  But does your child need $2,500 in professional-level boots and a board? Maybe not for the first lesson.  

So, you may not be ready (or able) to go out and get a baby grand right now.  That's OK!  You don't need to.  There's a wide range of instrument styles and prices to fit many needs.

What kind of piano should I get?

I don't think I have space!  How much room will it take up?

It's a big investment - I'm not sure I can afford it!

There are many types and sizes of upright pianos and grand pianos.

Of course factors like budget and space will be an important part of your decision.  The Piano Buyer website is useful for finding local deals and offers, plus it has helpful "how-to" tips for piano shopping.

Did you know: upright pianos are generally the same width and depth as a full size digital keyboard?  It's true!  The only difference is height (up to about 52").  So if you're concerned about space, and thought that you only have room for a digital piano, then the good news is you can almost certainly fit an upright piano in the same space ... and for close to the same price!

Start by looking at quality used and refurbished pianos for lower, affordable prices - you don't need a brand-new factory piano to get a quality instrument!


Also, consider renting, or rent-to-own if you're not ready to commit to piano ownership.  Many piano dealers have these options (see below).  


I'm more than happy to advise you and give you references!  Please send me your questions.

I highly recommend Falcetti Pianos - I recently found the piano of my dreams through them!  See it here.

They have a wonderful team of experienced and friendly people to work with, and a wide selection of new and used pianos for purchase, piano rentals, and technician services.  When you visit, be sure to tell them I sent you!


A few other area businesses to check out for options:


Williams Piano Shop  (in Brookline)


Steinway & Sons


Roger's Piano  (in Natick)


East Cambridge Piano


Piano Rentals of Boston (Allston Piano Moving Co.)


Darrell's Music Hall  (Nashua, NH)




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.


© 2002-2020 Heather Rogers Riley


The studio's Pond-side location in Jamaica Plain is convenient to many neighborhoods:

Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Dedham, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Milton, Newton, Roslindale, Roxbury, Watertown, 

West Roxbury, Quincy.

View the map, address & transit info HERE.

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