Best Resources to Learn About Digital Pianos
Thankfully, the online world is loaded with content that’s valuable to the digital piano community. Below I’ve tried to distill a small slice of the resources available – some of the best around and some personal favorites.
*Note that NONE of the links on this page are affiliate links. I don’t specifically endorse these pages, rather have visited them and found them interesting and useful for my own purposes. I’m hoping that they would prove useful to you as well.
Digital Piano Manufacturers:
Several of these companies also manufacture acoustic pianos. Check those pages out as well. They’re not only beautifully crafted, but sound amazing. They are the originals, after all.
Prominent US Music Schools
Are you passionate about music and ready to dedicate yourself to the study of music exclusively? Then you may want to consider an independent music conservatory. Some well-known examples are:
The Juilliard School of Music (New York, NY)
Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia, PA)
Manhattan School of Music (New York, NY)
Boston Conservatory (Boston, MA)
San Francisco Conservatory of Music (San Francisco, CA)
Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland, OH)
New England Conservatory (Boston, MA)
The Colburn School (Los Angeles, CA)
There are even more US universities with well-developed and respected music programs where you will study music along with a course load of traditional higher education. Visit the Wikipedia page covering music schools in the US for an extensive list.
Other Fun & Useful Resources
Keyboard Magazine – this site goes way beyond just information on digital pianos and keyboards, into synthesizers, the music business, and more. A great site to visit for those spending more time playing than watching TV.
Piano World – a fantastic site – and deep with content – by Frank Baxter that’s been around in various forms for 20 years now. He also runs PianoSupplies.com – an online store for all kinds of products built around a piano theme. The hidden gem: the Piano World Forum pages where lots of people in the piano community come to ask questions and share information.
Piano Street – with a forum similar to Piano World, Piano Street also has a regularly updated blog with news and commentary on the piano playing community.
Color In My Piano – A site by Joy Morin, a pianist and piano teacher, in Ohio – one state away from me. The site was built as a place for her to share ideas, resources, and inspiration with other piano teachers (and students) and is loaded with great content related to teaching piano – much of which is useful for students as well.
Piano Blog – this site by Matt who teaches piano in Texas is a fun resource for those just starting out. Lots of free content and tips, including some pretty blunt talk about the work required to learn piano.
88 Piano Keys – a site by Leila Viss, a self-proclaimed piano-obsessed teacher of the art of music. Filled with great content about helpful tools for teaching (iPad apps, anyone?) and a slew of videos.
Sheeto – trade and request sheet music from others. Not only for piano-only, but full orchestra if you want. On a lark I searched for Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk and was hit with dozens of resources.
8 Notes – a clean site with simple visual navigation that displays a large amount of free (and some paid) sheet music from all genres. Sheets are visible on screen – great for use on a tablet – or can be printed from your desktop. Also has some good piano learning resources. Lots of free content, but an individual subscription for some of the premium options is only $20/year.
Sheet Download – another sheet music site – this one with all sheet music 100% free according to the site. Another quick search for Bruno Mars brought up more than a dozen of his songs, so their music list seems fairly up to date, containing both classics and more modern pop songs. They also have a Top 100 page – a list of the top 100 most viewed and downloaded sheets on their site.