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Where do you stand on the digital versus acoustic issue? Do you encourage your students to get acoustic pianos or are you more open to high quality digitals?
While I think good acoustic pianos are fantastic for students to have at home, a lot of the time digital pianos are actually the better option. When parents are purchasing a practice instrument for a beginner, they’re unlikely to want to invest enough to get a really solid acoustic piano.
And a digital piano wins over an old beaten-up acoustic every time.
Take a listen to today’s show to hear about what sparked this topic, why I recommend digital pianos to my students, and which ones are my favourites.
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In this episode, you’ll learn
- Where competitions fit in my piano teaching philosophies
- What I would recommend for a student’s practice instrument
- The types of pianos and keyboards and how they compare
- Why I don’t agree that students need to start at 3 or 4 years old
- When and why a digital piano is better than an acoustic
- How to Choose the Best Digital Piano for Your Students
- Future of Piano Playing is in Peril article
- Roland FP30
- Kawai ES Series
- Kawai CA Series
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Where do you stand in the digital versus acoustic divide?
Do you notice a difference between your students who practice on digital pianos? Do you think Fanny Waterman was right to point the finger at these instruments?