For an upright acoustic piano, I would recommend the Yamaha U1 (approx. $11,000). A good alternative would be the Yamaha DGX-660 ($800) with 88 weighted keys or comparable P125 ($650).
"I can't imagine a more positive introduction to piano than that which Mark James gave my daughter. Mark taught her music theory along with a wide variety of musical genres letting my daughter's interests guide what she studied."
- Virginia Warren, Chapman University Professor
A small electric keyboard works well for small children. Consider the Yamaha PSR-E363 61-Key Portable Keyboard ($200) or the PSR-E463 ($300). Be sure to get a keyboard stand, sustain pedal and portable bench. The Yamaha YPG-535 ($500) is similar to the DGX-660, but the weight and action of the keys is not as good.
Private piano lessons for kids, age 5 and up, teens, and adults.
A 30-minute weekly lesson is ample for most beginners, providing enough material for a 30-minute daily practice between lessons.
I strive to provide lessons that are both fun and productive.
The method course I use covers note reading, technique, and improvisation. It is geared to train the student to be a contemporary musician. Music theory will be taught along the way. Students are free to emphasize certain styles of music as they progress, like classical, pop or jazz music.
Check out the Piano Lesson Sampler video below: