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The Best Digital Piano for Kids Who Are Beginning Piano Lessons

Updated on October 4, 2012

If you are looking for an affordable digital piano that is pretty close to the performance of a real piano, the Casio Privia PX-130 may be your best option. My daughter has been taking group piano lessons through Yamaha Music School for 3 years. She was using a cheap 65 key keyboard. It was fine for the first couple of years. But it would have been useless as she advanced further. After her second year her teacher recommended an actual piano.

I didn't want to spend thousands of dollars on a real piano, so I needed a more affordable alternative. My child's piano teacher recommended the Casio Privia PX-130. He said it is very close to the real thing. Keyboards have a few problems that can be an issue for serious piano students.

The Casio Privia PX-130 is an affordable alternative to a real piano for serious piano students
The Casio Privia PX-130 is an affordable alternative to a real piano for serious piano students

Problems with Using Keyboards for Piano Lessons

One problem is dynamics. Many musical pieces require a change in volume. You hit the keys harder to get a louder sound and softer to get a quieter sound. Many keyboards simply don't have this ability. You can get keyboards that will allow the playing of dynamics but there are a couple of other problems a serious piano student will encounter.

A big problem is that keyboards are too easy to play. The keys are easy to press down. This makes it difficult for kids to build up the finger strength to play a real piano.

Lastly, many keyboards have only 65 to 66 keys. A serious student will eventually need a full 88 key piano.

The Casio PX-130 solves these problems. You can play dynamics on it. The keys require the same pressure to push down as a real piano. My daughter used to struggle playing the piano in her music class (they use both piano and keyboards) because she had difficulty pushing the keys down. After playing on the PX130 for a while, she can easily play a real piano. The PX-130 has 88 keys, so it is a good instrument for long-term use.

Most importantly, it's very affordable. I paid a little over $500 to buy a brand new PX-130 with a stand (Casio CS-67 Keyboard Stand). You can also buy pedals separately (SP-32 pedal). If you want to get as close as possible to having a real piano for yourself or your child but you don't want to spend a fortune, the Casio Privia PX-130 is a must.


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    • Learn Things Web profile image

      Learn Things Web 5 years ago from California

      We haven't had much need for the electronic sustain at this point. Hopefully it will be good enough when we do need it.

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      MaestroECMcCloud 5 years ago from Lexington, South Carolina

      Very useful information conveyed. Thumbs up to the author.

    • flagostomos profile image

      flagostomos 5 years ago from Washington, United States

      This is the same keyboard I have and I love it. The only thing is the electronic sustain isn't the best but that's to be expected from a lower end 88 keyboard.