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The Perfect Gift

The Perfect Gift

By Kathryn Brunner, Founder of Musik at Home, LLC 

Are you ready to add a new member to your family this Christmas? 

“Who might that be?” you ask. 

I’ll give you a hint.

This new family member has its own voice.

It has character. 

It has beauty.

It will enliven your home with brightness and joy. 

It will make you more expressive.

You don’t have to train it, but it might train you because it begs to be played with. 

You don’t have to feed it, but it will beg for your attention all on its own. 

It will start you on a new adventure!

That’s right, your home will come alive with a piano this Christmas! 

The number one way to set your child up for musical success is to give this new member a forever family with you! 

When a child sees a piano, he can’t help but want to touch it, hear it, experiment with it!

This is the beginning of the pathway toward music literacy and artistic expression. It gives your child a new voice. 

A piano is a gift that keeps on giving!

If you're ready to explode the happiness in your home around music and you need help knowing where to start, I've got you covered!  

Many parents ask me if it’s ok to start out with a digital piano. 

My answer...

Yes! You can absolutely get started with a digital piano! I allow my beginning students to use a digital piano for the first three years of lessons. 

If you decide to get a digital piano, it must have three very important features:

--88 Keys

--Weighted Keys


You can get a decent digital piano for under $500, and you can get an awesome digital piano for a bit more. 

Here are the top 5 starter pianos I recommend. 

1. The Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano With Sustain Pedal And Power Supply.

You can get the digital piano with a keyboard stand here or without a stand and bench here (but you will need to purchase a stand and a bench separately).

2. Yamaha P45B 88-Key Digital Piano with Knox Gear Keyboard Stand, Adjustable Bench and Sustain Pedal

This digital piano will provide even better sound quality, ensuring notes are sustained for the intended duration. 

In this line you will also find the Yamaha P45 88-Key Weighted Digital Piano Home Bundle With Wooden Furniture Stand And Bench

This is the same digital piano, but with a wooden case to look inviting and lovely in your home! It's only $20 more! 

3. Korg B1SP 88 Keys Digital Piano with Stand and 3-Pedal Unit Black

I absolutely love Korg digital pianos. They have a depth of sound and a rich feel with the weighted keys. When I travel to perform, I always take my Korg digital piano. 

This particular piano is portable, compact and has three pedals! 

4. Roland 88-Key Bluetooth Digital Home Piano, Black (RP102) (RP-102-BK)

This Roland digital piano has all three pedals: the damper pedal, sostenuto and una corda. This piano will advance you and your child through many levels of artistry. It also comes with numerous features for education, entertainment, and performance. 

5. Roland Digital Piano - Home (RP-501R-CBC)

This digital piano delivers the authentic tone of an acoustic grand piano. The price is higher for a good reason! Its sound is absolutely mesmerizing. I have two of these pianos in my piano studio. My students love playing them! 


As a bonus recommendation for the littlest musician in your family, here is a top of the line tiny piano for tiny fingers!

The Korg TinyOne of my biggest complaints about cheap tiny pianos is that they always go out of tune. An out of tune piano is a terrible first experience for a little one.

This gorgeous red piano will hold its tune. It also comes with 50 demo songs to listen to which will train your little musician's ear for music. 


Acoustic Pianos!

If you are ready to invest in an acoustic piano, I recommend buying a used piano that is in great shape. Rick Jones Pianos ships used, refurbished pianos anywhere in the United States. Check out their collection here. I purchased my 5' 8" Kawai grand piano from Rick Jones. Its voice is absolutely everything I ever hoped for in a piano.

The best part about purchasing from Rick Jones is that when I am ready to upgrade to a Steinway someday (Ah...I might be dreaming!), Rick will give me 100% of what I paid in 2010 toward the new purchase when I trade in my previously purchased piano. It's quite possibly the most brilliant business model ever for piano sales. If you purchase a piano from Rick Jones, please let me know by emailing He offers a commission to teachers, but only if we call him and tell him about your purchase. 

Here is a picture of the showroom in Beltsville, MD. To check out their pianos, find the demos of all pianos for sale here. Listen to the demos until you find the sound of a piano you love. Then, call Rick Jones, and place your order! 

Like any new member of the family, your new piano will need care.

Carefully keeping the keys dust-free, and using a gentle touch when playing are two ways to lovingly welcome your new family member into your home.

Your child will absolutely go crazy when you unveil a piano on Christmas morning! 

Can’t you picture it now? 

Wonder. Hope. Beauty. Songs. This is Christmas at its best.

Could you use a little extra gift money to get the perfect gift this Christmas? 

Enter the Christmas blessings giveaway below! 

I have teamed up with some pretty generous bloggers for the 6th annual Christmas Blessings Giveaway with the hopes of making this a Christmas to remember for TWO families as we close out this decade. 

While we wish we could bless many more families, we were able to come up with a big prize for TWO families - $500 each (delivered via Paypal) - that we pray will make a big difference in their lives this Christmas season - whether it's to fulfill their kids’ Christmas wishes, pay off some bills, or to help build some savings, our prayer is that it helps to lessen any financial burden and/or fills a specific need.

There are lots of entry options in the Rafflecopter form below - the more you enter, the better your chance of winning!  I know it can seem tedious and time consuming to go through all the entries, but isn’t a chance at $500 worth it? I think it is!  Plus, all of these amazing bloggers donated their own money toward the cash prizes, so this giveaway wouldn't be possible without them.  I hope you'll take the time to check out each one. Who knows, maybe you will find some new blogs to follow.

The giveaway will run from Monday, November 18th through Wednesday, November 27th (ends at 11:59pm EST). Winner will be notified by email shortly after the giveaway ends and will have 48 hours to respond to claim the prize or another winner will be drawn. You must have a Paypal account to win.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to be added to the email lists of the participating bloggers. Please be sure to read the Rafflecopter terms and conditions upon entering. 

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  • This is an amazing idea for a gift that’s usable !!!

  • I’d love to win the giveaway as our finances are currently tight but I want to teach my kids how to play.

  • Thank you for including recommendations on which pianos are good and at different price points.

  • I was JUST thinking about this the other day. My daughter would love to get a piano. I think it would be so good for her to have access to it every day. She loves music!!!


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