(Welcome to Julia, one of the finalists vying for a blogging position at the upcoming AT:The Nursery. Comment away.)
Nothing says style like a shiny, black, Baby Grand Piano, but did you ever think you'd house one in your toddler's room? Well, what better time than the holidays to surprise a little one with the gift of music? Schoenhut Pianos have been around since 1872 when the toy piano company was founded by a German immigrant named Albert Schoenhut. Each handcrafted piano has a spellbinding sound produced by tiny hammers striking metal rods, and they never have to be tuned.
There are many beginner "pianos", many of them digital, out there for aspiring little ones, but this one is the closest thing to the real deal. Even my husband, a true music snob forced to practice every day for hours since he was three years of age, is impressed. The width between the keys is the same as an adult piano so students will learn how to stretch their fingers properly, and each piano includes a songbook that helps children learn using Schoenhut's patented Learning system. If you're not up for the baby grand just yet, check out the other models including the "My First Piano" model. Just think, not only will you be giving them the gift of music, but you'll also be helping their coordination and motor skills. I don't know, maybe it's just because I wish I'd had piano lessons when I was little, but I love the idea of one of these glossy guys sitting under the tree with a big red bow. Check out their website at toypiano.com where you can even hear a sampling of toy piano playing by Julliard graduate, Margaret Leng Tan. -Julia