If you’re looking for a keyboard that teaches you to play, in this digital age, you’ve a huge choice.
Some have light-up keys to guide you to the right notes, or lights just above the keys like our top choice, the ONE Smart Piano.
They also offer integration with a learning app on your tablet or smartphone. Here are the top choices, all of which are reviewed in more detail below:
1. The ONE Smart Piano, Weighted 88-Key Digital Piano
2. The ONE Smart Keyboard Pro, 88-Key Digital Piano Keyboard
3. The ONE Smart Piano Keyboard, 61-Key Portable Keyboard
4. Yamaha EZ-220 61-Lighted Key Portable Keyboard
5. Casio LK-265 61-Key Lighted Portable Keyboard
An introductory few words about our top choice:
For those in a hurry, our top choice is The ONE Smart Piano, Weighted 88-Key. If you want a digital piano that has the feel of a traditional acoustic piano, yet offers modern electronic learning features, this is the ONE for you!
Personally and as a music teacher, I recommend that a student starts right, whether it is a child or an adult learning.
I would want my student to experience 88 keys and also the weighted action of the keys. This digital piano offers all these elements along with the interactive learning system and smart features.
The keys themselves do not light up, the light appears just above the key to play. It also has 3 pedals and a full wooden body for a real piano feel.
Looking for a keyboard that lights up to teach you how to play ?
Our list below only includes keyboards/pianos with lights to guide you!
Let us compare the list of interactive keyboards above and then we will review each model in greater detail.
|BRAND/MODEL||NO. OF KEYS||TYPE OF KEYS/LIGHTS|
|The ONE Smart Piano, Digital Piano /Wooden stand (Black or white option)||88||Weighted Hammer Action / Lights above keys|
|The ONE Smart Keyboard Pro, Digital Piano Keyboard||88||Weighted Hammer Action / Lights above keys|
|The ONE Smart Piano Keyboard, 61-Key Portable Keyboard||61||Touch Response/ Light-up keys|
|Yamaha EZ-220 61-Lighted Key Portable Keyboard Package||61||Touch Response/ Light-up keys|
|Casio LK-265 61-Key Lighted Portable Touch Sensitive Keyboard||61||Touch Response/ Light-up keys|
All of the above mentioned models have midi connections. This means that you can connect your tablet/smartphone and access learning apps, written music and accompaniments.
Let's examine these models a little further...
KEYS: 88 WEIGHTED HAMMER-ACTION
MODERN DIGITAL LEARNING FEATURES
Investing in this model gives you full access to the mobile apps for tablet or smartphone. The app is jam-packed with learning material that integrate with the lights on the piano to guide you to the right notes. It features step by step video lessons ranging from the basics to the more advanced. There is also a ton of sheet music to choose from. There are games which are important for both kids and adults. A beginner pianist has to learn which note is which and these games really make learning fun. Remember, all practice is practice.
LIGHT UP KEYS
This piano features LED lights just above the keys which work with the accompanying app to guide you to the correct notes. It waits for you to find the note before moving on.
The whole key lighting up is tempting, but after a while you may wish you had just a more subtle prompt. On this digital piano, the LED lights are above the keys, which in my opinion, is a lot prettier!
BUILT IN METRONOME
I still have my mother’s old wind-up metronome! My little girl uses it to practice and keep her timing perfect. This piano has a built in metronome (like a tick-tock sound at a speed that you set).
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OTHER NOTABLE FEATURES…
REAL PIANO FEEL
This digital piano has 88 hammer-action keys, that is, a full size piano and the touch and feel of the hammer action of a traditional aoucustic model. It also has three foot pedals just like a traditional piano. If you are going to get serious with your piano lessons, these are important features. The hammer-action will give you the habit of proper touch technique to create dynamics and sound effects right from the start. The pedals also create dynamics and sound control. Learning the pedals on a piano takes consistent practice. It is no wonder that I, as a music teacher, recommend this model!
CONCLUSION ON THIS MODEL
So if you’re thinking of an instrument that will serve you well into the future without having to upgrade, the ONE Smart Digital Piano, with its traditional features and digital features combined is the whole package. It has a beautiful piano sound and various other tones to choose from. Make a pop song with the combined rhythms or play a classical work on the traditional piano tone. The possibilities are endless. I have heard so many reports of this piano touting its ability to excite kids and make them “want to learn“. It is excellent for both adults and as you can learn at your own pace and most of all, learning is fun… Just as it should be!
I LIKE THAT BUT I NEED A MORE PORTABLE MODEL!...
The smart ONE paino mentioned above is an elegant digital piano that deserves a prized place in your home. Yes you can move it around but it is not built to be moved from one place to another regularly or packed into your car too often! If you stlll want a good instrument to learn on but need to be able to move it around, the same company have a portable model:
I LIKE BOTH OF THOSE BUT I WANT SOMETHING LESS EXPENSIVE FOR A START!
You can connect this to your tablet/smartphone and the keys actually ‘light-up’ and you have access to the learning app. The keys are touch response which means they will respond to how hard you play them. This feature is attempting to copy hammer action to which nothing compares in my opinion. Personally, I find this touch-sensitive feature nothing but annoying and opt to turn it off every time. This only weighs 11 lbs. Again you’ll need to buy a stand separately.
This little keyboard is ok if you want to learn the basic notes but if you do get serious, you’ll be upgrading!
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KEYS: 61 touch sensitive
This keyboard comes as a premium pack, including headphones and a stand. There are 61 touch response keys and you can access over 100 preset songs to learn with the lighting system. There is even wireless connectivity to Page Turner, an iPad app to go with the preset songs.
You have access to Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.) which is built-in and this teaches you step by step how to master the songs. It features a fingering guide to make sure you use your fingers properly. The light-up keys will wait for you to get the note correct before moving on.
You can also use other learning apps with this keyboard such as Synthesia.