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    Piano Sales Decline While Research Continues To Prove That Music Benefits The Brain

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    Did you know that Americans buy approximately 35,000 pianos a year?

     

    Sounds good doesn’t it?

     

    Well that figure does not come close to 1909, when U.S. households bought more than 300,000 pianos!

     

    Times have changed, for sure. In 1909, the television had not yet been invented and most American households did not own a telephone. Today, there is television and a lot of other distractions including social media, mobile apps, sports and more.

     

    Apparently, the plunge in sales is causing the closure of piano stores throughout the country. Is the shuttering due to a decline in people playing the piano? While, we’re sure there were a higher percentage of piano players in the early 1900s that is not exactly the problem. According to the Associated Press, lower-priced digital pianos and keyboards are a threat to stores that sell only traditional upright and grand pianos. They are also facing stiff competition from resale stores because older pianos continue to remain in great condition.

     

    But not everything is bad. A Western Massachusetts news station reported that newer pianos integrate technology into their products, which enhance the learning process. Some record what the student is playing so they examine their finger work.

     

    Tony Falcetti, of Falcetti Music told WWLP: “It’s the interaction of apps that helps with the teaching aspect of playing .. so there’s a lot of educational tools that we have today that we didn’t have previously.”

     

    Remember, playing the piano can significantly improve your child’s literacy skills, emotional control and a lot more. It is also an opportunity to bring art in culture in your family’s life at a time when most schools cannot afford to bring these enriching experiences into the classroom.

     

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    Piano Buying Guide

    Sometimes the hardest part about taking piano lessons is just beginning the process.  First, you have to find an instructor who is a perfect fit for you or your child, then you have to find an instrument to practice on. Given that a new, moderately priced acoustic piano can cost approximately $3,500, it can be quite an investment.

    Buying a new piano, however, is not your only choice. We’ve outlined some other good options for you.

     

    Used Acoustic Pianos: Search Craigslist and estate sales ads, and you’ll find lots of used pianos at decent prices. Given the thousands of parts that go into making a piano it’s difficult for novices to know if they’re getting a good deal or if they just bought a piano that’s beyond repair. If you see a used piano you’re interested in purchasing, have someone inspect it for you; either a friend who is a musician or piano technician.  To get a sense of all the different parts you need to examine to ensure a functioning piano, read this buyer’s guide.

    Another good option is to buy a used piano from a dealer. Often those pianos have been repaired, tuned and come with a dealer’s warranty.

     

    Rental: Renting acoustic pianos gives you access to some of the best piano manufacturers in the world without paying the total cost up front. Steinway Piano Gallery in nearby Pasadena and West Hollywood offers a rental program that charges approximately $45 a month for an upright piano, according to its website. Many other piano galleries also offer rentals.

     

    Digital Pianos: Playing on digital pianos isn’t the same experience as practicing on an acoustic piano but it can be a great alternative for those limited in space and budget. We recommend pianos with weighted keys so it feels similar the keys on the pianos you or your children will use at The Music Junction. We also recommend buying models with 88 keys.

    These are some basic guidelines. We would be happy to offer more in-depth advice to get you started on music lessons at The Music Junction.

    The Music Junction offers piano and voice lessons from our Burbank and Hollywood locations. Call us today to learn more.

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