With the new school year, there is a whole new selection of classes and activities for kids to consider. Sports, music, art, horse back riding, dance, cooking; the list goes on and on. My kids tend to go for more of the musical and dramatic side of activities. With just musical instruments alone, we have gone through the violin, the ukulele, two guitars and the piano. Since kids do tend to be a bit fickle, we have chosen to rent a few of them. But with a piano, that can be a little more difficult.
If parents decide to make the investment of a piano, it very often is a hand-me-down that has seen several homes in its lifetime. Even the cheapest of pianos are usually several hundred dollars. That also means there are probably a few keys that stick, a lot of tuning and moving it from one location to another. That’s easily another few hundred dollars. From that point there are music books and weekly lessons. This can cost a pretty penny! And take it from someone who took several years of piano lessons, if you want to be good and enjoy sitting down to play, getting to that point takes discipline, repetition and PRACTICE! In the beginning that can be a big hurdle to climb. How many times have you heard someone look back on their childhood, and say, “Why didn’t my mother make me practice? I wish I could play the piano today.”
When you walk into a toy store, it’s colorful, vibrant, and playful. Have you ever walked into a used piano store? DUUUUUUULLLLL. Rows and rows of dusty brown and gray. Why not have a little fun. If you want to inspire your kids to practice, I say why not use every tool in the box.
For some serious inspiration, check out these babies. CRAZY! I want these.