INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF MUSIC LEICHHARDT / NORTH STRATHFIELD
INSTRUMENT OPTIONS

Instrument Options (guide only)

 

Students need an instrument to play on from day one of their piano lessons. Here are some suggestions for different stages of learning. This is just a guide as family budgets vary.

 

KEYBOARD or STAGE PIANO – beginner level (first year only)

 

Minimum Requirements and approximate price range:

 

61 notes with touch responsive keys as children need to build finger strength during regular at home practice.

Price Range: Approximately $150 to $300.

Pros Can wear headphones to avoid disturbance

Cons Does not have enough notes for long term use and is not as inspiring to play.

 

DIGITAL PIANO – Intermediate level (2nd year onward to Grade 3 AMEB)

 

Minimum Requirements and approximate price range:

88 note full size and fully weighted.

Price Range: Approximately $700 to $2500.

The piano should have legs and a back, it should not require a stand. It should also come with a piano stool.

Pros Can wear headphones for noise reduction, and no piano tuning required.

Cons Less expression can be achieved, it is not an acoustic instrument and key touch is not the same.

 

ACOUSTIC PIANO – long term option (beginner to advanced)

 

Minimum Requirements:

88 note acoustic upright or grand piano depending on budget. Prices start around $3000.

See www.pianobuyersguide.com.au for a free guide and suggestions

 

What to look out for:

Quality of instrument is usually equivalent to the height of the piano as it has a larger soundboard.

Certain woods are not made for the Australian environment and will make the instrument go out of tune more often.

Pros It is a natural instrument and the student gets to hear the reverberation of actual strings resonating as a result of their playing. Better expression is achieved and technique is developed on the right instrument.

Cons They do fall out of tune and will require tuning regularly. They may be to big for some homes.