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Piano Placement: Why the Location Is About More Than Aesthetics

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Parents that want the best for their children often include musical instruction in the children’s routines. Piano lessons help children to learn how to focus, to be more patient, and to increase their cognitive skills. The ability to play the piano can boost their self-esteem and help them to develop a lifelong love of music. Of course, it also means finding room for a piano.

Use these tips when deciding where to place a piano in your home.

Choose a Room

The routines of the family will help to determine the room where the piano works best. A busy family room may make it difficult for children to practice without interruption, but a den could be too far away from where the parents are to allow them to supervise the practice sessions. The instrument needs to be where it is easy to use but does not impede the flow of traffic.

The interior of the room will affect the sound of the piano. Carpeted floors muffle the sounds, so many people prefer to place their piano on a hard surface. Of course, this can increase the volume too much. A good compromise when placing a piano on a tiled or hardwood floor is to use a throw rug under the piano to balance the level of the noise.

The shape and size of the room also affect the quality of the sound. Experts typically prefer an L-shaped or rectangular room over a square room for acoustical purposes. Combine the length of all the walls in the room to see if it is large enough. The total length should be at least 10 times the height of an upright piano or 10 times the length of a grand.

Find the Space

Choose the placement of the piano in the room carefully. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight because the UV rays will damage the piano, both physically and mechanically, over time. The proximity to a window can also expose the instrument to excessive heat, cold, and humidity that will age the piece. Keep the instrument away from any heating or cooling vent as well.

Inner walls, away from the flow of traffic, are usually the best spot for a piano. Make certain there is enough room to pull out the bench during use without crowding the player or others in the room. Students need to be able to see their music sheets correctly, so invest in a piano lamp if the overhead lighting is inadequate.

Look for Alternatives

Not every home has room for a piano and not every family has the budget for one. A better choice is to spend the money on lessons to engage the child in their learning process rather than on an instrument that overwhelms a home. A keyboard is a good choice in these situations and a more conservative purchase for parents that worry their child will stay focused.

The benefit of starting with a keyboard is that it is portable, so it can go with the child through the house or wherever they travel. The portability makes it possible for the lessons to continue even when a schedule gets too busy or the family goes away on vacation. Another advantage of keyboards is the headphones that make the practice sessions less disruptive to others.

At Rhapsody Piano and Guitar, we believe in the value of music and that it can help to improve and shape a life. We offer the highest quality piano lessons and instruments so everyone has access to the tools they need to introduce their children to music or to freshen up their own skills. Contact us to learn more about what we have to offer or to get started.  
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