Budget Keyboard Buying Guide
A common question for new piano students or parents is which keyboard should we buy? Here are some tips to help you narrow down your search.
I recommend selecting a keyboard from Casio, Yamaha, Kawai, Korg or Roland. I would be wary of other brands in a price range below $1000. (For example, Guitar Center's house brand, Williams, seems to have trouble functioning much past the expiration of the warranty) To budget properly, I would recommend spending about $500 on a keyboard. Anything that is below $300 brand new is likely lacking important features that will make practicing at home much more difficult than it should be. I would much rather a student delay starting lessons by a couple of months and get a quality instrument for practice, rather than jumping right in and not being able to practice effectively at home.
Sarah Nation has taught guitar to all levels and ages of students for nearly two decades. She holds a BA in Music and a professional certificate in Jazz Guitar.