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5 Misconceptions About Finding a Free Piano

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When you need a piano for your music classroom, you can get one. And you can find one free. (More on that in my book available below). Anyway, often times when we hear the word "free" we think that it's a lie. Truth is, finding a free piano isn't like looking for a needle in a haystack. It's like looking for a haystack in a field of haystacks. There are PLENTY of free pianos out there! You just have to find the right one.

MISCONSCEPTIONS:

5) It will never happen: That is a completely false statement. It happens all the time. Organizations donate them, so do stores and so do people. Used pianos need second/third homes all the time. Universities constantly upgrade their pianos and older pianos need to find homes. There are tons of options, we just have to find you the right one.

4) It will take forever: The search can be instantaneous, or it can take a little time. It isn't really a question of how long will it take. It's a question of "Will you be ready to accept a free piano and have you made it known you want one?" Often times they find you!

3) I can't get by with a keyboard: Not all keyboards are created equal. Some are wonderful replacements for a piano. And while you can find these for free too, you can get a new one through a grant or at discount if you do a couple well aimed Google searches..

2) All free pianos are uprights: Not true. Sure there are more uprights then grands out there. But if you look in the right place, you can find a grand as well. Consider estate sales, universities, performance halls or music stores.

1) No piano is free: When I help music teachers, this is the fist and strongest of misconceptions. Might there be a cost to move it? Sure, Can you find the money for free as well. Sure can! And if the piano is busted it will cost lots to fix. Simply say "no" and find another one. Don't give up.


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