Here are the recommendations from the Simply Music “Being a Simply Music Piano Student” brochure…
“You will need to have access to an instrument. When choosing a piano or keyboard, budget is often an important factor. Almost all acoustic pianos have 88 keys, and have all of the preferred benefits and features. A local piano technician or piano tuner can provide valuable advice when you’re considering purchasing a second-hand instrument.
When choosing an electronic keyboard, there are certain features to look for. The more features, the higher the cost. Use the following guidelines (in order of importance):
- minimum of 61 regular-sized keys
- if affordable, an 88-key digital piano or keyboard would be ideal
- a sustain pedal (not a sustain button)
- touch sensitive keys
- weighted keys
Obviously there are numerous other features, many of which come as standard on many modern instruments. These, while potentially interesting and/or beneficial, are not a necessary part of a successful Simply Music experience.”
If anyone has experience with a specific electronic keyboard (make and model) that meets these guidelines, and you love it, please comment below!