Best keyboard for Toddlers

Best keyboard for Toddlers – Hopefully, by combining our extensive review list and detailed buying guide, you will now feel more informed as to the best keyboard for kids.

Our favorite on the list here is the Yamaha YPT-260, which is the best all-around keyboard as it has many functions – but displays them in a more approachable layout, making it the perfect entry level keyboard for all ages.

OVERVIEW

Our  choice is the Alesis Melody 61 MKII, for the best value keyboard as it offers not just a keyboard, but all the additional extras that make the whole playing experience that more comfortable throughout. The RockJam RJ761-SK is our best super kit keyboard as, like the Alesis model, it too comes with many features but additionally a sustain pedal which is a great way of adding an extra element into your child’s learning process.

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ROUND UP

Overall, all these reviewed products are the ideal starting models to offer to a child who is keen on getting started with this fantastic musical instrument.

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1.Alesis Melody

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2.Casio SA-77

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3.Electric Keyboard Piano

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4.Best Products 61-Key

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5.RockJam

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6.Mustar 61

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7.Korg Tiny Piano

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8.The ONE Smart Piano

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9.Asceny One

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10.KLIM Light V2

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Best keyboard for Toddlers – BUYER’S GUIDE

Number of keys
The number of keys on a keyboard could range from anything from as little as 25 to as many as 88 – which is the standard amount found on a traditional piano. If your child is tiny and this is their very first introduction to the keyboard, they will need a board with a minimal number of keys at this stage. The number of keys available will depend on the types of music the user will be playing, but, at this stage, it’s safe to say that will be limited as they concentrate on just learning music and which notes to select! The Casio SA-46 is perfect here with just 32 keys to get your child on the right track. However, as an average figure, as you can see for yourself in these reviewed products, the maximum at beginner stage should be 61 keys in total.

Number of songs, rhythms, and sounds
Though you may think a keyboard should merely offer an adequate representation of a piano, for the younger the child, the more variety of songs, music, and rhythms works to encourage them to explore their own musical creativeness and pick up some well-known pieces faster as a result. Therefore, if you can select a keyboard with plentiful demo sounds, sound effects, or sounds, such as the Hamzer 61-Key which offers a wider variety of choice, it inevitably means they’re bound to find at least one choice which they’ll be able to work along with and practice to the best of their ability, albeit while having fun.

Age of musician

As you can see from the above-reviewed models, there is undoubtedly an age range to consider when selecting your chosen keyboard. For example, you won’t be looking at the Tencoz Musical Piano Mat for any other age than a toddler. Yet for the younger of children, the RockJam 54-Key may be the better option alongside the Casio SA-76, merely because they accommodate the much smaller of hand sizes making them perfect for the younger child.

If your child is older or heading towards those teenage years, the more standard sized of keyboards, that is those with full-sized keys, will be a more practical option here, as well as more comfortable.
The Alesis Melody 61 MKII is a great example of getting them ready for the smooth transition to piano.

Teaching mode

If you believe your child would benefit from additional teaching, then considering a model with other features to encourage a more structured keyboard lesson would be recommended here. With so many keyboards now offering specific apps, you can directly connect your iPhone or iPad to your child’s keyboard and allow them to be guided by technology if you wish. The Alesis Melody is perfect here as it offers a three-month trial of Skoove helping you master play much quicker. However, if you don’t like the added distraction of technology at this point, you can also get a good teaching mode from the Yamaha YPT-260 9-step lesson function with its inclusion of a Yamaha Education Suite.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a sustain pedal for, and can I get one for my keyboard?
A sustain pedal is what you will commonly find on a piano and what many people like to add to use on their keyboard. Though most keyboards don’t automatically sell a sustainer pedal with their products, you can purchase one separately if you want the effect of keeping a particular note or chord during a song. They usually attach to a MIDI function.

What should I do to clean and care for my piano?
When it comes to keyboards for kids, they are most likely to suffer not just from dust but the general mess that most sticky hands bring with them to the keyboard! A damp cloth is the best solution for gently cleaning the keys after each use. However, it’s a good idea at this early stage to get your child, and anyone else playing the keyboard, to wash their hands thoroughly before they begin playing.

Should I get a more advanced model for my child to “grow into” or is it best to stick with a simple keyboard for beginners?
The prospect of staring at an extensive keyboard with hundreds of functions, many which they’ll never need at this point, can actually put a child off learning to play and enjoying the experience. At this stage, a basic keyboard with the most adequate features such as smaller sized keys are the most sufficient model types. When they’ve mastered the basics, they can then handle a more extensive keyboard type.

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WRAP UP

Recently I was chatting to a friend who was asking what laptop he should get for his three-year-old… My first response was “Are you serious?“, followed by a tirade on why a three-year-old did not need a thousand dollar machine to spill juice on and pluck’n’suck keys.

After a brief rebuttal, it became clear that the main reason for considering this purchase was that he did not want his own laptop to become his daughter’s personal saliva stockpiler. Interesting… “What about just buying a keyboard?” I suggested. Putting some distance between those dirty digits and your Dell is actually not an original idea, and it’s actually a very popular way of protecting your own expensive equipment.

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