Real pianos make kids want to practice. They just feel great to play. Luckily, on Hoyt St. (Carroll Gardens), we have Big Wrench Piano Care, a local piano showroom and workshop that even offers affordable digital keyboards. If you're in the market for the real thing or need an affordable alternative, this is the place to go. The shop offers specials on occasion and I will post them here.

264 Hoyt St, Brooklyn - 718-599-9434














Yamaha Piaggerò NP11 61-Key Lightweight Compact Portable Keyboard

This one runs on batteries and the sounds are decent. Perfect to start with if you're not sure you want to commit to the prices above. Plus, it only has a few buttons - less distracting. Be sure to buy the stand and adapter (on the same page as the Amazon listing). About $180 total.



Why is this perfect introduction for budding music students? For three reasons:

  • It simplifies things for young kids. They only have to focus on  a smaller range of keys, playing simple melodies. We can still use our Musicolor Method too, but for one hand/one octave. 
  • It's portable. This also makes it easy to play duets - whether they play with me or with another student. From the very beginning, they can learn to play with others.
  • It's inexpensive. The 25 key melodica on the left starts at about $50. The Yamaha are higher quality, not like the cheap plastic ones from China.


Yamaha P25F 25-Note Pianica Keyboard Wind Instrument


Yamaha P32D 32-Note Pianica Keyboard Wind Instrument

A bigger version (fine as a first choice)






Yamaha P37D 37-Key Pianica

An even bigger version (also fine as a first choice)





Here is a really cool video featuring a great piano player (John Medeski) on melodica:


More coming!