4 Must-Have Items for the Piano Student

By Shannon Gurnee
In Music
March 3, 2016

When I was a kid, I always wanted to learn how to play the piano. It wasn’t until I was in high school that my grandmother on my stepdad’s side moved in with us and brought a piano with her. She played it really well, but I didn’t really have the patience (or the time) to learn how to play. I knew how to play Chopsticks and one other song, but that was about it. It wasn’t until my 30s that I decided to try to learn to play the piano (or keyboard) again.

So what do you need to get for your Piano student (whether it’s you or your child)?

4 Must-Have Items for the Piano Student

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Piano (or Digital Piano) – we don’t have a huge home, so a piano would not work as far as space goes. Instead of getting a piano, we bought a digital piano – specifically the Alesis Recital Pro 88-key Hammer-action Digital Piano from Sweetwater Sound. Along with the Piano, we also purchased a Piano Stand. I liked using Sweetwater Sound because they had a payment plan and had great customer service. Plus, it didn’t take too long for us to get our piano either!

Learn piano the easy way with the Alesis Recital Pro. This digital piano features a premium hammer-action keyboard with adjustable touch response, so it feels almost like an acoustic instrument. Its 12 onboard voices can be split or layered to add spice to your performance, and they sound great through integrated 20-watt speakers. The Recital Pro’s keyboard can be divided into two zones with the same pitch and voice, making it ideal for lessons. Learning rhythm and timing is a breeze, thanks to a built-in metronome, and Record Mode enables you to record and play back your performance. You also get onboard effects, a sustain pedal input, and a headphone output for private practice.

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Piano Bench – To go with our piano, we purchased a Piano Bench, but ideally I would like to get one in the future that has storage in the chair. Amazon has a lot of good options, including a Black Ebony Wood Leather Piano Bench Padded Double Duet Keyboard with Seat Storage. I love using Amazon Prime because the prices are great and 2 day shipping is FREE!

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Keysies Transparent Plastic Removable Piano and Keyboard Note Stickers – These were actually suggested to me by my Piano teacher to help teach me the keys on the piano. They are nice because they are easy to put on and remove. Brand new features: Keysies® are now made from double coated polyester, meaning that the print is now encapsulated within the stickers themselves. This means that you can have the luxury of the notes at your fingertips, where a pianists eye is naturally drawn, without the print wearing off… ever!. We have also improved the adhesive, and we have rounded the corners of the stickers off to avoid any peeling. Keysies® now also come with a little wooden stick, to help you apply your Keysies!

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Music Books – When you’re learning to use the piano, it’s important to have a variety of music books on hand to practice with, as well as an instructional music book that can help you when your teacher isn’t there to help. For the music books, I would suggest purchasing “Beginner” music books when you’re learning to play the piano. The piano books I found included Hal Leonard My First Classical Song Book For Easy Piano and 150 More Of The Most Beautiful Songs Ever (Easy Piano).  For the instructional music, I suggest Adult All-In-One Course: Lesson-Theory-Technic: Level 1. All of these books were purchased on Amazon.

Playing the piano can be both relaxing and a lot of fun! Have fun looking for music and learning to play!

What must-have items would you recommend for a Piano Student?


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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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