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CPTP121: The Digital versus Acoustic Divide

By Tim Topham | Creativity

Mar 09

Where do you stand on the digital versus acoustic issue? Do you encourage your students to get acoustic pianos or are you more open to high quality digitals?

While I think good acoustic pianos are fantastic for students to have at home, a lot of the time digital pianos are actually the better option. When parents are purchasing a practice instrument for a beginner, they’re unlikely to want to invest enough to get a really solid acoustic piano. 

And a digital piano wins over an old beaten-up acoustic every time.

Take a listen to today’s show to hear about what sparked this topic, why I recommend digital pianos to my students, and which ones are my favourites.


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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • Where competitions fit in my piano teaching philosophies
  • What I would recommend for a student’s practice instrument
  • The types of pianos and keyboards and how they compare
  • Why I don’t agree that students need to start at 3 or 4 years old
  • When and why a digital piano is better than an acoustic

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Where do you stand in the digital versus acoustic divide?

Do you notice a difference between your students who practice on digital pianos? Do you think Fanny Waterman was right to point the finger at these instruments?


About the Author

Best-known for his blogging and teaching, Tim is also a well-respected presenter, performer and accompanist based in Melbourne, Australia. You can check him out on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

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