The question of choosing a synthesizer arises before every parent whose child expresses a desire to learn how to play a keyboard musical instrument. What should be considered when choosing a synthesizer for a child?
The desire to learn to play musical instruments is a laudable desire of the child, which should be supported in every way. If a child wants to learn to play the piano, the question arises about choosing the right instrument. Nowadays, there is no need to purchase a truly cumbersome and heavy piano. For teaching, it is quite possible to use an electronic piano or synthesizer. You will have to think about purchasing an acoustic instrument only if your passion for music turns into a professional plane.
Buying a synthesizer for a child is certainly a serious matter, since there is a wide variety of different models on the market. What criteria should be followed when choosing a keyboard instrument for teaching a child? The issue of cost comes to the fore, which, in general, determines the professional qualities of the instrument. For training, one could dwell on an inexpensive model from the category of children, but the sound quality will be low.
In addition, most children's models are equipped with a small-sized keyboard, which teachers do not recommend using even at the initial stage of training, since the subsequent retraining will take too much time and effort. Also, the keyboard can be passive and active (the strength of the sounding of the note depends on the strength of the keystroke, which makes it possible to make the game expressive, add phrasing, accent, and dynamic construction of the piece to the performance).
The best option would be to purchase an instrument with an active standard keyboard (5 octaves), which corresponds to the size of the keys of an acoustic piano. Such an instrument will fully satisfy all the requirements for an instrument for teaching music when taking a general course in piano and solfeggio. Some models have a function for connecting a microphone, which also allows you to organize vocal lessons both in karaoke mode and with your own accompaniment.
The synthesizer will also be useful for children who are learning music in the class of another instrument and for whom the subject of piano is included in the curriculum as an additional one.