CENTRE OPENING TIMES

Colwell Arts Centre is currently closed due to National Lockdown restrictions due to COVID19. Please contact us at glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk for further information.

Whilst we are unable to provide you with our normal music lessons, music centres, county music groups and events due to Government restrictions we are putting our efforts into providing you with some educational, fun, inspiring links to enable you to keep your music making going! Click here for more information.

 

NEW ONLINE ENSEMBLE SESSIONS

Please note that all face-to-face rehearsals and concerts have been cancelled until further notice, keeping in line with the Government’s direction on COVID-19. However, we are delighted to announce the launch of our online ensemble sessions, open to anyone in Gloucestershire. Please click here for more details.

Electronic Keyboard

When to start:

Usually there is no great advantage to be gained in starting before Year 3.

 

Costs

Virtually none. Use of a power adaptor, normally supplied with the instrument is the best option. Otherwise replacement batteries can prove costly. Sometimes power adaptors can develop faults, usually through misuse, with replacements costing just a few pounds.


Hire:

Not available from Gloucestershire Music. Buy: Buying a keyboard is a much cheaper option than buying a piano at starter level. A perfectly adequate new home keyboard (such as the one illustrated) can be bought for less than £150.  Because they tend not to keep their value as new models are introduced, relatively new second-hand bargains can be found.  Most home keyboards now have full-size keys. Older ones with small keys should be avoided.


Pros/cons:

Pro:

An electronic keyboard comes with an enticing array of preset sounds and rhythms of an increasingly good quality. For the beginner there is likely to be an earlier sense of musical achievement than with some instruments because the sound is already there at the touch of a key. The keyboard is well suited to ensemble playing and group lessons. It may be seen as a first step towards possible later piano lessons or as an instrument in its own right used in a range of musical genres.

Con:

Although keyboards usually come with a number of piano sounds, a home keyboard should not be seen as a substitute for a piano: the touch is not the same even with touch sensitive keyboards and, unless it is a more expensive digital piano, it will not have the full range of notes.

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