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Best Music Keyboards for Schools

Best Music Keyboards for Schools

If you're searching for the best music keyboards for your school, you've come to the right place.

At Counterpoint, we've been supplying schools with musical equipment for decades now. Depending on the age group and skill level you are teaching to, you may want a feature rich keyboard or something that keeps things simple.

What is the best music keyboard for schools? Well, that depends on your situation and the skill level of your students. In this post, we've rounded up our top picks for the best music keyboards for schools.

Yamaha YDP-144 Piano

Yamaha YDP-144 Piano

One of the best keyboards for schools is the Yamaha YDP-144. The Yamaha YDP-144 is an 88 key digital piano that is going to be more useful for an advanced student. As a digital piano, it offers a realistic grand piano experience while maintaining the advantages of a digital instrument, such as affordability and better volume control.

The YDP-144 has an award-winning tone, sampled from Yamaha's flagship 9' CFX concert grand piano that offers sparkling highs and a powerful resonant bass. It also comes with realistic weighted keys (graded hammer standard) and pedals. This realistic experience is a great learning aid for any student looking to take the piano seriously.

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Yamaha PSR-E373 keyboard

Yamaha PSR-E373 keyboard

Our next entry, the Yamaha PSR-E373 Keyboard, is a little more budget friendly and includes a whole host of features to aid your students in their progression.

This 61 key offering comes pre-loaded with the Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S). Thanks to Yamaha's Education Suite, you can learn and develop in your own time and space. With the nine-step lesson function, you can assign, track, and score tasks as you play. The nine stages are split into left, right, and both handed tasks, allowing you to comfortably develop each hand for melody and chords before combining them to perform your pieces. The range of songs included in the PSR E373 varies in difficulty for a whole range of classic tunes. No student will be left behind.

This is just the tip of the iceberg with the PSR-E373. This keyboard will allow your students to inject a bit of fun into their learning with 622 high quality instrument voices.

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Yamaha PSR-F52 keyboard

Yamaha PSR-F52 keyboard

Yet more affordable still is the Yamaha PSR-F52. This portable 61 key offering is great for beginners. It comes with Yamaha's smart chord feature, allowing for complex chords to be played with just one finger. The keyboard is also great for schools as it comes with "duo mode". This will allow you to split the keyboard in two. This is a great tool for a teacher to demonstrate new techniques.

The PSR-F52 also features a smart accompaniment mode, where you can feed in a few chords and a suitable backing track will be selected automatically.

Finally, another great learning aid is the accompanying songbook that will get any student up and running in no time.

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Casio CT-X700

Casio CT-X700

Moving away from Yamaha, we'll take a look at another brand that produces excellent keyboards for schools, Casio, starting with the portable Casio CT-X700. This keyboard is comparable to the Yamaha PSR-E373. Coming in at a similar price point, the Casio CT-X700 is another 61 key offering with around 600 instrument voices.

What sets the CT-X700 aside, though, is the built in song and lesson system. This keyboard will use built in guide lights to show correct finger placement and which keys to hit next. This is great for schools, as it provides a ready-made lesson system that will allow students to develop their skills with minimal oversight from the teacher.

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Casio CTK-240 keyboard

Casio CTK-240 keyboard

If you're working on a tight budget, the Casio CTK-240 should not be overlooked. This affordable 49 key offering offers everything a beginner will need, including the auto accompaniment feature of the more expensive CT-X700.

This stylish and highly portable package also includes a good selection of songs, rhythms and instrument voices. This keyboard would be best suited to a classroom that is set up to teach the fundamentals of the keyboard and to really ignite that passion to further develop their students' skills.

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Casio Celviano AP-270 Piano

Casio Celviano AP-270 Piano

Stepping things up a little, we have another digital piano offering, this time from Casio. The Celviano AP-270 is comparable to the Yamaha YDP-144 in many ways. This is another 88 key offering with a similarly realistic feel. The tri-sensor graded keys allow your students to quickly reproduce a note without having to return a key all the way to its starting position. This is crucial for more advanced players.

This is a fantastic sounding keyboard too. Not only does it have high-quality stereo speakers, they also fire from both the top and bottom of the keyboard to create a more immersive sound. If your students would like to practice quietly, there are also 2 headphone jacks on the AP-270.

The Celviano AP-270 is an excellent keyboard/piano hybrid for the advanced student or classroom setting, where a grand piano is impractical.

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Casio SA-46 keyboard

Casio SA-46 keyboard

Finally, to round things out, we have the most affordable on our list, the 32 key Casio SA-46. If you're looking for a compact offering to really teach the basics, and at a very affordable price, this may be the keyboard for your classroom or school.

While this is a small and affordable keyboard, it still packs a punch with 100 tones, 50 rhythms and 10 play along songs. Perfect for any student taking their first steps in music theory.

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Conclusion

That wraps up our list of the best music keyboards for schools. We hope with these 7 keyboards we have given you a good sample of what is available for your school or classroom. Take a look at our full range of music keyboards for schools.

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