WHAT TO PURCHASE?

KEYBOARDS

These are the five features your keyboard should have:

  • Touch Sensitivity 
  • Weighted keys
  • 76+ keys (including white and black)
  • Full Size Keys
  • Internal Speakers or an amplifier

Additional items you will need:

  • Pedal
  • Keyboard Stand (medium/heavy duty) not the cheapest
  • Adjustable bench

BRANDS:

Yamaha

Kurzweil

Roland

Casio Privia


TYPES:

  • Keyboard (portable and lightweight) usually has internal speakers.  
  • Stage Piano (heavier weight, feels and responds more like a piano, usually does not have internal speakers so it needs an amplifier).
  • Digital Piano (has a piano like wooden shell stand, feel, and response, 2 or 3 built in pedals, internal speakers, and comes with a matching bench)
  • Clavinova Piano (similar to the Digital Piano but heavier.  Furniture like.

PEDAL (Most Keyboards do not include a pedal)  
Yamaha FC-5 Sustain Pedal for Portable Electronic Keyboards
Roland dp-10 Damper (sustain) Pedal 


PIANO BENCH:
We recommend an adjustable piano bench to go with either a piano or keyboard.  Adjustable benches are important because they "adjust" to the height of the student and piano/keyboard, provide stable even surface which provides for proper posture and position.  There are a variety of benches to choose from.  


KEYBOARD STAND:  There are a variety to choose from.  I like a heavy duty stand to keep the keyboard still while practicing.  


WEBSITES TO SEARCH:

Musicians Friend

Sweetwater

Guitar Center

Amazon


AREA MUSIC STORES:

PLAYGROUND MUSIC, Mary Esther, FL 

LEITZ MUSIC, Panama City, Panama City Beach, and Fort Walton, Beach


GUITARS

Yamaha JR1 FG Junior 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar 

 If you are seeking a beginner's guitar for your child age 9 to around 12, we recommend the Yamaha FG JR-1   3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar.  It is a smaller sized guitar with quality. This guitar will last longer,  and have a good resale value when the student grows out of the instrument or you may pass it onto younger siblings. The cost is around $160.  You can view this guitar on Amazon.  We have one at the studio for you to look at and try.


Yamaha FG800  Acoustic Guitar

This is a full size guitar for adults.  You can view it on Amazon.


KALA MK-B MAKALA BARITONE UKULELE

This larger ukulele is great to begin learning on and enables the student to easily transition to guitar.  


KALA MKA-T MAKALA TENOR UKULELE

Is a smaller ukulele than the baritone.  Check with your teacher to know if this one is best for you.


Both of these Ukulele's may be found on amazon.com.  

  

AREA MUSIC STORES:

PLAYGROUND MUSIC, Mary Esther, FL 

LEITZ MUSIC, Panama City, Panama City Beach, and Fort Walton, Beach

VIOLIN AND STRING INSTRUMENTS

Violins should be rented at first.  Go to our VIOLIN AND STRINGS page to find out more.