At Music Monsters, we work to make music education as accessible as possible. You do not need to own an instrument to join our face-to-face classes. There are regular free challenges online, which you can manage with an app if you do not have a piano or keyboard. However, if you are looking to make any sort of investment, these are our recommended materials and instruments.
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You can’t go wrong with Yamaha, which is the brand of keyboard that we use ourselves. It does not need lots of buttons and additional tech – we will never use them. Look out for models with ‘Touch-Sensitive or Touch-Responsive Keys’. This feature allows the player to control the volume of the notes by varying how hard/soft the keys are pressed. It is not an essential feature, but a very good one to have
A package is also available here with a stool and keyboard stand.
The next model up from PSR-F51 with Touch Sensitive keys
You can either buy an acoustic or a digital piano. The advantages of an acoustic piano are:
– Although they are getting closer, digital pianos do not fully replicate the tone and touch of an acoustic piano.
– They hold their value well, but only if looked after
– The weighting and touch of the keys makes it easier to get a rich, warm tone
Yamaha B1 Acoustic Piano
A popular choice in schools because of its durability, fairly light-weight keys, and bright tone. A great starting piano!
Yamaha B3 Acoustic Piano
The B-series pianos get progressively bigger (and therefore richer in tone), but also shoot up in price. They have better sound, but the difference in touch is minimal.
The advantages of a digital piano are:
– They require no tuning or maintenance
– They usually have the ability to record, and can be connected to iPads/iphones
– They have volume control, and you can also plug headphones in!
– They take up less space, and don’t need a large room to get the best acoustic. They are also much more portable
Yamaha CLP-72 Digital Piano
We usually recommend this model to our students – this is a lovely first piano!
We also love this piano! It is such good value, and has a really nice tone for its price
Books are everything with young children, and reading and sharing stories together is such a lovely way to inspire and to learn. These are our recommendations for beautiful introductions to the world of music: