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March 11, 2024

Our Quick N’ Dirty Guide to Buying an Instrument

The instrument plays a tremendous role in setting the tone for lessons.


A freshly tuned piano or the right-sized guitar can work wonders on your students’ enthusiasm and motivation.

Whether you’re preparing for piano, guitar, drums, or voice lessons, here’s some “instrumental” advice from our experienced musician-teachers.


  • Consider a digital piano if you don’t have an acoustic.
  • Digital pianos have weighted keys essential for technique and a satisfying experience.
  • Recommended brands: Yamaha, Roland, Casio.


  • Beginners should start with an acoustic guitar.
  • Check with a store clerk to ensure the instrument fits the student.
  • Budget: $200-$300 for a beginner.
  • Our top store picks: Guitar Works in Evanston or Guitar Center in Highland Park.



  • Prioritize instrument care for vocal health!
  • Check out this article for tips.
  • Voice students should have a keyboard for practice and potential self-accompaniment.

Hope this makes you feel more informed and well-prepared!

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