Helen Moss purchased a Yamaha U3 piano from The Piano Gallery, Farringdon, Oxfordshire for her son

Financial help to buy a first piano

When children develop an interest in music, it’s often left to parents to ensure those skills are nurtured. Investing in their musical development can be expensive and many parents are concerned about their long-term commitment. Whether you are from a musical background or not, where to start can be overwhelming. Parents will have many questions. Will my child continue to play? What’s the best instrument to choose? Can we buy a second-hand instrument or should we buy new?

The first port of call is often your school music teacher or local music shop – if you’re lucky enough to have one.

Helen comes from a musical family, so in many ways had a head start in investing in musical instruments. However, she still found the choice overwhelming.

She had always played music and her husband is a guitar teacher, as a result, they started their children playing early. They enrolled both of their children, Louis and Emilie in music classes at age 3, encouraging them to experiment with different instruments.

Both children became interested in the piano, and it soon became apparent that they would need to upgrade their keyboard to a good quality instrument that would last.

When Helen’s son began to progress with the piano, she first researched piano models online. The family set their sights on a Yamaha U3. Helen knew that this would be a financial strain and researched finance options for buying musical instruments. She found a specialist retailer who offered the Take it away scheme and was able to afford their dream piano. The shop even offered a buyback scheme, as many do.

For Louis and Emilie, learning the piano has extended to much wider musical interests. Emilie passed Grade 1 with merit and is now pursuing the guitar. Louis is at grade 7 and gained the confidence to take up the organ. Now an organ scholar, he is supported by the Dr Martin Clarke Young Organ Scholars’ Trust and has an interest in becoming a conductor.

“This instrument helped our son make progress and establish a good technique.”