Instrument Info

Information about suitable instruments for lessons

The ideal instrument to practice on is a well-tuned acoustic piano in good condition.



  • Ideal for technique development
  • Motivating to play on
  • Need to be tuned regularly
  • Older pianos can malfunction, and keys can be loose or sticky
  • Older pianos can be impossible to tune or go out of tune quickly
  • A quality instrument will cost a few thousand dollars



A keyboard with 76 – 88 weighted keys is another suitable option.

  • Do not need to be tuned
  • Will be in great condition if you buy new
  • Cost as little as $600.
  • Have great sound effects
  • Have a different touch/feel to an acoustic piano (disadvantage in learning technique
  • May have less keys than an acoustic piano
  • Are not suitable for students at an intermediate/advanced level



  • From the first year of lessons, fewer than 76 keys greatly limits the repertoire that can be practiced at home.
  • Many keys are smaller width than regular piano keys, and that makes it challenging for a students hand to adapt.
  • When keys are easy to press, the student changes the way that they press the keys. Many times this results in tension issues that are difficult to remedy later.
  • The teaching of dynamics will be delayed until the student has a weighted instrument.