Keyboard for Teaching Remotely
I do hope you’re all staying safe.
I’m looking into buying a new digital piano or MIDI controller keyboard for teaching remotely this fall. (All my MIDI equipment is ancient.) Last spring after the lockdown, I got by with a combination of making acoustic recordings from my piano (two rooms away from my remote-teaching setup) and Finale/Garratan-generated audio files. But if I’m to teach an entire semester remotely, I’ll need to turn to the keyboard frequently while lecturing via Zoom.
I’m curious to hear what you all might have to say about this. I’ve done a little research, and I’ve discovered I want/need 88 weighted keys (no fewer and none of that springy plastic crap!). However, I’m not sure about a few other things:
(1) Is it wiser to buy a MIDI controller and let all the sounds be generated in my computer? Or should I get a digital piano that can also play without a connection to something?
(2) Will either kind of keyboard (controller or digital piano) work well plugged into a laptop running, say, Mini Grand or Eighty Eight? I’m assuming I can play on the keyboard, the software will generate sounds, which students will hear if I share my computer audio via Zoom, yes?
(3) Do you have any opinions on stands?
Gary S. Karpinski
Professor of Music Theory
Department of Music and Dance
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003