There’s no such thing as a “typical” 21st-century mom. Some mothers engage children through clever crafts, while others explore nature or lead family yoga. Some inspire greatness through sleek professional achievements; others through detailed activity schedules or perfectly executed birthday parties. Most roll a few of these qualities into one unique force. But no matter what their style might be, moms everywhere do all they can to help their children build fulfilling lives. For many, an essential part of that fulfillment is a musical experience.
There are countless ways to include these kinds of experiences into the daily family routine. For example, plenty of children take piano lessons, either online or with a piano teacher. The time-honored practice of working toward a spring recital by learning minuets and sonatinas is a special rite of passage in many families. These families form lifelong bonds with the upright and grand pianos in their living rooms.
Beyond this traditional experience, however, today’s moms also recognize that children’s lives can be enriched in other ways. A tiny energetic explorer might not be ready for the discipline of piano lessons, but might be absolutely captivated by the fun sounds and lighted keys of a starter keyboard like the Yamaha EZ-220. And who knows when that exploration is going to turn into inspiration?
Once that moment hits, the budding pop star might learn some quick chords and create dazzling backing tracks for a YouTube channel using the Groove Sampler feature in a Yamaha PSR-EW410. Or that inspiration might take an inward direction, when a burgeoning composer finds delight in exploring the richly authentic sounds of a Yamaha PSR-EW300 — an instrument with an extended touch-sensitive keyboard that allows your child to easily play duets with you. Maybe she even presses the record button and exports their musings to MP3, creating a soundscape for the mindful meditation program at school.
Meanwhile, there’s a Yamaha Genos workstation supplying the beats to help a middle schooler find just the right mood for the lyrics he wrote, while a budding Broadway star uses that same instrument to plug in a microphone and creates a dazzling audition recording with authentic backing tracks and vocal harmony.
But what happens when one family includes a lot of musical paths? Moms are often also responsible for figuring out how to best include everyone in the family, even when it comes to making music. Recognizing that many families have multiple musical needs, Yamaha offers a variety of flexible hybrid instruments, nimble enough to support divergent musical tastes.
The Yamaha AvantGrand hybrid piano, for example, doesn’t just replicate the sound of an acoustic piano — it actually uses the same mechanism and parts to deliver the feel of playing a real piano … but with no strings to tune, making it the perfect no-maintenance solution.
Clavinova digital pianos offer 88 full-size keys, authentic sounds and traditional cabinets. They also include a suite of educational, recording and arranging features, making them perfect for learning. Some models offer fun entertainment features like karaoke and stream lights, turning a musical instrument into a family party hub.
Even some fully acoustic Yamaha instruments now include the flexibility to accommodate modern family life. Children practicing traditional études on a piano equipped with the company’s unique SILENT Piano™ technology (such as a Yamaha U1SH upright, P22 SC2 upright or GC1 SH grand) can do all their listening through headphones while still enjoying the true feel of a genuine acoustic piano … plus they can connect their instrument with an iPad® for interactive games or virtual ensembles.
So this Mother’s Day, remember: Nothing says love like music!
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