History and Information about the Keyboard
Keyboard instruments are a class of instruments that include the piano, the harpsichord, the accordion, the organ, and a number of digital or electronic instruments. The earliest keyboard instrument is the hydraulis, an early form of the pipe organ, dating back to the 3rd century BC. Keyboard instruments are relatively easy to learn, have a large range styles, and are extremely versatile in almost every genre of music, including classical, pop, jazz, rock, and blues.
When to Start on the Keyboard
You can start keyboard lessons as young as age 4, depending on hand size and strength. Students also should have begun to read and count, as most instructors will be teaching them how to read music very early on, if not right away. The keyboard, specifically the piano, is a great first instrument for anyone, including adults with minimal musical experience.
Getting a Keyboard
Keyboards can be expensive instruments that take up a significant amount of space in your home. However, many stores offer digital alternatives or rental instruments. Please call us so we can recommend a store from which you can purchase or rent a keyboard.
For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). We also provide piano repair and tuning services, please ask for this information if you are interested!
Purchasing Books for Your Keyboard Lessons
Most books and supplies are available online. Give us a call for local store recommendations. Your instructor can tell you which books are appropriate or needed.
**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.