Yes, you need a piano at home on which to practice! Perhaps you already own an acoustic piano. Great! The first step is to have it tuned. If it hasn’t been regularly tuned it could possibly need a ‘pitch raise’ to bring it up to concert pitch. This is expensive and you will need another tuning shortly after. The best thing is to have it tuned at least once a year. Secondly, do all the notes work? – try them out – all 88. Are any of the note surfaces chipped with jagged edges? Do the pedals work? My Redwood City tuner, whom I recommend is Martin Shepherd (650) 365 6681.
At the very least you will need a digital piano for your child if you don’t own an acoustic. I recommend Roland and Yamaha digital pianos if you decide not to purchase an acoustic. World Class Pianos in Burlingame www.worldclasspianos.com has a good selection of both.
Do you have the time for your child to learn piano? The young beginner student will need a parent to be present at lessons, actively engaged in the lesson, so that they may understand the work to be completed during the week, in daily practice. At the start you will need to be fully present while your child practices to ensure the practice is mindful and productive.
Does your child have time to learn the piano? How many after school activities are they engaged in besides piano lessons? If the answer is 3 or more, lessons are unlikely to be successful in my opinion. (Even 2 plus piano, is pushing it!)
Do you both understand that you are embarking on a wonderful journey that one hopes will last years? It is not easy but it is rewarding. Success is based almost entirely on the work done in between lessons. I have the highest expectations from the beginning because I believe that given all the above, everyone can succeed.
Lastly, this is not something you can ‘try out’. It will take a three-year commitment to see if your child is willing to put in the work to succeed at the piano. I will do my utmost to ensure success, but always remember it is a three-way partnership between parent, student and teacher.