It's very important that all piano students have access to a quality instrument for practicing at home.
A high-quality acoustic or electric piano helps to ensure that proper technique is being developed (finger strength, hand/wrist placement, etc.), and that students don't develop any "bad habits," or even injuries, along the way.
It helps to ensure consistency between the instrument that the student uses for practicing, and the instruments they play in lessons or performance.
We also can't forget to mention that playing a high-quality instrument is motivating, rewarding, and fun! Whether practicing for their lessons or playing for fun, students are much more likely to spend time at the piano when the instrument is high-quality and well maintained.
In short, by providing a high-quality practice instrument for a student to use at home, you are investing in their musical education and receiving much more value for your music lessons!
Acoustic pianos (upright or baby grand) may require a little more space and maintenance, but they are a wonderful investment! Not only will students develop great technique and habits by practicing on an acoustic, but they are a beautiful addition to your living room. If you're interested in purchasing an acoustic piano, we highly recommend checking out our page on Piano Tuning & Maintenance, and then visiting or contacting Reid Music Ltd.
Many people choose to purchase electric pianos, especially for beginners, due to their portability and low-maintenance. Most modern electric pianos make great instruments for students, but it's important to look for the following:
Reputable brand name (Yamaha, Roland, Korg, Casio, to name a few)