Published on 20/07/2013
Digital pianos have improved so much that they can be the perfect choice in a classroom. The latest digital pianos have got a whole lot better with speaker design, as well as tone and touch. The technology used has created sounds that you might expect on an acoustic piano, and they're reliable and versatile.
Digital pianos have the advantage of very low maintenance costs as no tuning is required. They can be easily plugged into software programmes and teaching aids through USB connections or midi ports. This can be useful in the classroom for composition, editing or demonstration.
Other handy features of these pianos in the classroom are an in-built metronome, 2-track recorder, transposition facilty, and headphone sockets.
The digital piano is usually a lot more compact than a traditional piano, so this could be handy if space is an issue. Having the option to move the piano from classroom to classroom is another option to consider, as digital pianos tend to be more portable. They have the flexibility to be used in a practice room as well as in the assembly hall. You may need external speakers on some models if using the piano in a hall. Teachers often like the fact that they can maintain eye contact with a class across the top of the digital piano.
The new digital pianos from Casio are worth considering, and compare well to a poor quailty or badly maintained acoustic piano.