The best keyboards for people who want to learn to play piano

Smart, portable, and easy to play.

kid playing piano
Keys to begin your musical journey.Clark Young via Unsplash

There’s a reason that piano is such a popular instrument for beginners, and it’s got everything to do with those unmistakable black and white keys. With a repeating pattern and simple playing mechanic, piano endows players with the distinct feeling that infinite possibilities are right at your fingertips. You don’t need to lug a behemoth up your stairs and into your house to start playing piano today, and these beginner-friendly keyboards are designed to be the perfect guide to every type of learner. From Alexa-compatible keyboards to keyboards that teach music lessons, here are a few of our favorite options currently available.

The ONE Smart Piano with Light-Up Keys

The ONE Smart Piano with Light-Up Keys

Music lessons in the bag.Amazon

The ONE Music Group offers a 61-key keyboard that is every bit as smart as it is portable. Ideal for visual learners, this keyboard works in tandem with a proprietary sheet music app for iOS and Android to speed up the learning process and beef up your repertoire. Even the keys light up to indicate where you should be playing at a given moment. Grab the version with the included bench and stand if you’re looking to set up at home.

Casio SA-76 44-Key Mini Personal Keyboard

Casio SA-76 44-Key Mini Personal Keyboard

Bite-sized for practice on the go.Amazon

If you’re going mobile but don’t want to give up access to your musical instrument, this Casio mini keyboard is perfect for learning on the go, portable songwriting, and more. Contained within its 23.8 x 8.3-inch footprint are 44 keys, two 1.2-watt speakers, 100 sounds, 50 rhythm patterns and five percussion pads—plenty more than a lot of full-size keyboards offer—and it can disappear into a backpack or duffle when you don’t need it. Use the melody on/off lesson when you feel like learning something new and the onboard LCD display will show you where you stand.

Roland 61-Key GO:PIANO with Alexa

Roland 61-Key GO:PIANO with Alexa

“Alexa, ask GO:PIANO to start recording.”Amazon

Roland now offers an Alexa-enabled keyboard that can be almost entirely voice controlled—no fiddling with menus required here. Ask Alexa to record your playing and the keyboard will do it; ask to turn on the metronome, turn up the volume or change the sound and it’s as good as done. Plus, you can sync it with an Amazon Music account and play tunes right out of the keyboard’s speakers. This keyboard is a great learning tool and a perfect choice for smart home enthusiasts.

Playground Sessions Keyboard Bundles

Playground Sessions Keyboard Bundles

A keyboard and lessons from pro musicians rolled into one.Amazon

Playground Sessions offers subscription access to online piano lessons and exercises that are taught by masters like Harry Connick, Jr. and Quincy Jones. The proprietary PG-150 keyboard was designed specifically for use with its Mac, PC, or iOS programs, which sync to the keyboard and offer interactive lessons, video tutorials, sheet music, and more. The bundle includes a lesson subscription, keyboard, music stand, sustain pedal, headphones, and an AC adapter. For those who want a one-stop route to learning keyboard from the masters, this is the one to get.