Choosing the best keyboard for kids isn’t always as simple as selecting a great beginner keyboard.
Kids learn at different rates and get inspired by different things. Some kids react better to keyboards that focus on fun features and colorful designs, while others love the idea of a more grown-up instrument.
The right choice is the keyboard that matches your kid’s personality best, and whatever that is, we’ve got some fantastic options for you to consider.
If you think think you’ve already outgrown the keyboards on this list (or buying for someone who has), check out our best keyboards for beginners guide.
These are the best kids’ keyboards you can buy today:
- Yamaha NP-12
- Korg tinyPiano
- Casio CT-S200
- Alesis Harmony 54
- Yamaha PSS-F30
- Casio SA-76
- Alesis Concert
The grown-up kids keyboard
The Yamaha Piaggero NP-12 is our idea of a grown-up keyboard for kids. It has an incredible piano sound for such a cheap keyboard and will last for years as the student grows.
It’s one of our favorites for any beginner, but for the right youngster, it’s perfect.
The NP-12 is a 61-key keyboard with velocity-sensitive keys and 10 preset sounds. It’s one of the most professional-looking beginner keyboards on the market with a sleek black design.
The preset sounds are impressive for a budget keyboard, and the grand piano tone is especially good. It has one of the best grand piano voices in its class. Other onboard sounds include electric pianos, organs, and strings.
The velocity-sensitive keys are surprisingly responsive and dynamic for a relatively cheap instrument.
Despite the Piaggero’s grown-up looks, it’s user-friendly for kids of all ages with simple, intuitive controls.
The toddler’s concert piano
Korg’s tinyPiano is relatively expensive, and you should explore cheaper alternatives. But it’s the closest you’ll get to a real piano for a toddler.
We picked it because it’s perfect for kids from musical families who are more likely to develop into adult musicians (making it a wise investment).
The tinyPiano is a miniature 25-key digital piano that looks just like a little upright piano. It may be relatively expensive, but it is incredibly robust, with a lovely wooden cabinet in multiple colors.
The mini keys are velocity-sensitive and provide more than enough expression for the target age group, three to five years old.
There are 25 sounds to choose from, offering a wide range of realistic and fun tones. It delivers the toy piano sound perfectly and has some great organs.
It also features a library of 50 built-in songs, including many classic children’s songs that should encourage and inspire creativity in youngsters.
Further reading: The 6 best easy piano songs for kids to learn
The most versatile choice
This Casiotone keyboard is ideal for any kid with a creative and curious mind. It’s one of the most versatile keyboards in its price range and comes with some handy features.
It even has a carry handle to get those future music stars used to carrying instruments around in flight cases.
The Casio CT-S200 is everything a Casiotone keyboard should be: it’s budget-friendly, sounds good, and has lots of fun.
This 61-key keyboard has a massive collection of 400 preset sounds and 77 selectable rhythms (50 more with Dance Music Mode). It has velocity-sensitive keys and a max polyphony of 48 notes.
It’s the definition of a portable kids’ keyboard because it comes with a carry handle, making it easy to take from room to room or house to house.
One of our favorite features is the onboard lesson function, which teaches some classic songs.
It has a bit of everything, built-in effects, a nice LCD screen, and even MIDI connectivity for future home studio producers.
Alesis Harmony 54
More keys on a budget
The Harmony 54 is an ideal way to stretch your budget as far as you can. It isn’t the best keyboard on our list, but what you get for the money is outstanding. Plus, it’s definitely one for any budding singer-songwriter out there.
The Harmony 54 is a 54-key keyboard with full-size touch-sensitive keys. It has 300 onboard sounds and 300 rhythms, which is far more than most keyboards at a similar price.
The sound quality is lower than some others on our list (not by too much), but the number of sounds makes up for that.
The Harmony 54 is a very child-friendly keyboard with straightforward controls. It features 40 demo songs that students can learn and even sing over.
One of the main reasons we picked the Harmony 54 is that it comes with a microphone, and we love that it encourages so much creative freedom.
Another reason we chose it is that it usually comes with a free limited-time subscription to a major online piano tuition platform.
The perfect first keyboard
The Yamaha PSS-F30 is the stereotypical kids’ keyboard; it’s small, colorful, and fun. We think it’s a perfect starting place for younger kids who aren’t quite ready for full-size keys.
It’s not a long-term investment, as interested kids will outgrow it, but it’s an ideal steppingstone.
The Yamaha PSS-F30 is a popular beginner keyboard with 37 keys. It has mini-keys rather than full-size keys, making it suitable for younger kids with small hands.
Despite its small stature, this little keyboard comes with 120 instrument voices and a max polyphony of 32 notes. The sound quality is surprisingly good, and that goes for the included voices and the built-in speakers.
The PSS-F30 features 30 demo songs and 140 rhythms, which is a lot for such a cheap/small keyboard. It even has features that help develop different elements of musicianship, like a metronome and Smart Chord mode.
The bigger little keyboard
Casio’s SA-76 is a little step up from most mini-keyboards because it has 44 keys. We like it because the additional keys give kids more range to explore.
It has a great mix of toy-like appeal and musical credibility, which is why it’s a fantastic first (or even second) keyboard.
The Casio SA-76 is a beginner keyboard with 44 mini keys. It’s not as feature-packed and doesn’t offer as many sounds as some alternatives, but the upgrade from 37 to 44-keys will make it an excellent buy for the right student.
It has 100 onboard sounds and 50 rhythms for accompaniment. The sound quality is probably about level with competitors, but the extra range allows players to do more with certain sounds and dive deeper into melody and harmony.
It has a somewhat old-school design with the instruments, etc., listed on the front panel, which makes it easier for kids to find whatever they need.
It also features 10 demo songs, some of which come straight from the Casiotone’s of old, like “Little Brown Jug”, “Ode to Joy”, and “Yankee Doodle”.
The budget-friendly piano
You might not expect to see an 88-key keyboard piano on this list, but we had to add one because you might be buying for the next Keith Jarrett or Mozart.
Some kids develop exceptional musicianship early on, and the best way to encourage it is with a full-size instrument. We chose the Alesis Concert because it offers everything you need on a budget.
The Alesis Concert is a budget keyboard piano that has quickly become popular for beginners. It has 88 full-size, semi-weighted keys with adjustable velocity sensitivity.
It offers 10 high-quality voices with a max polyphony of 128 notes. While it doesn’t sound like a high-end stage piano, we were pleasantly surprised by how rich the grand piano sounds are.
You can hear a real depth in the lower range that you wouldn’t expect at this price. Built-in 20 W speakers provide plenty of volume for home concerts.
It comes with all the expected features like a built-in metronome, adjustable reverb/chorus, and multiple keyboard modes, including Split and Layer. It also has a Lesson Mode to split the keyboard into two identical zones for student/teacher practice.
The best keyboard for kids isn’t always the best keyboard overall; it’s the best match for any specific student.
Our list offers a versatile range of keyboards suitable for toddlers, infants, to teenagers.
We also covered instruments to suit varied ability levels and budgets because not all kids stick with music for life. However, with the right keyboard, we hope yours do!