Music Perception

Is it necessary for my child to have a piano?

If your child is taking voice lessons, then the answer is no (although a piano would be helpful in finding pitches to sing on). However, if your child wants to take piano lessons, then an acoustic piano or a good digital piano is necessary. A digital piano has keys that are the same size as a regular piano, has all 88 keys, and is not the same as a “keyboard” or “synthesizer”. A keyboard or synthesizer has a very different touch than a piano, and if students begin lessons on these, they will soon become frustrated. Playing piano requires strength in the ligaments and tendons in the hands to press down the keys at different speeds. If a child learns on a keyboard, whose keys require virtually no strength to press down, they will have difficulty when playing on an acoustic piano at their lessons or any performance.

Many music instrument stores in Wausau and Stevens Point offer digital piano rentals. Digital pianos have 88 regular sized weighted keys, so they feel and react like an acoustic piano, but they often take up less space than most small upright pianos. Many of these stores allow you to rent for a period of time and then apply your rent payments toward the purchase of a piano when the lease is done. This is a great alternative for those who aren’t sure their child will enjoy playing piano.