Yamaha has been making quality keyboards since 1987 and a Yamaha was my first keyboard 20 years ago. In this post, I want to break down the best Yamaha keyboards for beginners that will be suited for all ages of musicians.
I won’t be going over digital pianos or workstations as those are usually a bit more expensive than keyboards.
Yamaha beginner keyboards are great for kids as well as adults. Most come with learning features as well as a lot of different pre-set sounds to keep you entertained.
I have owned three different Yamaha’s and I still own the first one I ever purchased. They stand the test of time really well, but I am even more excited about their newer models, which I will cover in depth below.
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What To Look For In A Yamaha Beginner Keyboard
- Price: The price in a way is what makes these considered beginner keyboards. All of these options will be priced reasonably as they are for a new student.
- Sounds: I am a fan of Yamaha’s stock piano sounds and they typically give you a couple different options. Keyboards will also give you more sounds than a digital piano usually.
- Keys: The number of keys on a beginner keyboard will vary usually from 61-76 keys. You can get 88 keys, but these are typically going to be more expensive and they will be digital pianos. The keys aren’t going to be weighted typically in a beginner’s keyboard either.
- Learning Programs: While, these are not a make or break deal, sometimes newer students like to have these. They are quite helpful in the sense that they will teach you the basics that you would be taught in a private lesson, only for free. Most will come with a few lessons that you can do a revisit when you choose.
- Power Supply: Some keyboards are portable and can use batteries as their power source, whereas all of the others will come with a power supply.
What Not To Do When Looking For A Keyboard
- Don’t immediately buy the most expensive keyboard unless you’re 100 percent positive you’re going to continue playing. There are a lot of keyboards that are on the cheaper side, yet will still take you to where you need to be.
- Expect your keyboard to sound like an expensive acoustic piano. Yes, Yamaha keyboards will sound pretty nice, however, an entry-level keyboard isn’t going to sound like a Steinway.
Finding the right keyboard for a beginner is tricky, but it can also be fun. You will always remember the first instrument you learned on, so picking the right one goes a long way. Let’s take a look below.
If you’re curious about digital pianos, I recommend checking out our roundup of the best digital pianos currently available. These are all price points with full reviews.
Best Yamaha Keyboards For Beginners
The PSR keyboard models are some of Yamaha’s most popular as they get you in the door as a beginner and can also keep you until you’re an advanced player. This is a 76 key portable piano that gives you a lot of sounds.
With this keyboard, you get 758 different pre-sets and 59 different effects you can use. Effects weren’t really a thing on beginner keyboards when I was learning so this is exciting.
If you like this product, you should check out the Yamaha P-515 as I think it is a great option.
I personally like the speakers on this keyboard and I also like that it has a headphone port for if you want to keep quiet. The speakers on this keyboard have 12 watt and 12-watt amplifiers with 12 cm bass reflexed speakers.
Overall, I believe this is a really solid look at keyboard beginners can use happily until they progress and want something with weighted keys. Because it has 76 keys, it is a little more expensive than 61 key keyboards, but I personally think it’s worth it.
You can read my full review of the Yamaha PSR-EW410 here.
The PSREW300 is another 76 key portable keyboard by Yamaha. This keyboard comes with Yamaha Education Suite which is also known as (Y.E.S).
You can practice with this program at your own pace and a lot of younger students like this function.
This keyboard has Touch Tutor lesson mode which tracks the velocity the keys are played at in order to teach you dynamics. I think this is a unique feature and I like to see this in keyboards because it’s always good to have a reminder of dynamics.
The faster a student learns that louder isn’t always better, the faster they will grasp the idea of having good dynamics. Many classical songs are built around these dynamics.
Overall I believe this is a great look at a portable keyboard that beginners would really enjoy.
Yamaha EZ-220 61
The Yamaha EZ-220 is a 61 key portable keyboard that is on the cheaper side. This keyboard is very much so geared towards beginners. One of the features it has is its keys light up to let you know which notes to hit. It also comes with headphones, a stand, and a power supply.
I don’t personally think this is as quality as the PSREW300, but it is also cheaper. A keyboard like this is nice for kids and even adults who aren’t looking to break the bank with their first instrument.
This is the successor to the PSR-E363 and it is a good choice for beginners. Yamaha made a product here that has some newer technology including the auto power-off feature.
This is a cool feature as it turns your keyboard off if you haven’t been playing it for a long time.
It comes with 573 different pre-sets that all sound pretty nice in my opinion.
Here is a full review on the PSR-E360 that I recently did.
I think this is a great option for beginners and it is definitely worthy of checking it out.
If you’re looking at Yamaha beginner keyboards be sure to take your time as it is no rush. Don’t break your bank on your first keyboard either.