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Indispensables of Piano Teaching #4 – Interlocking Plastic Keyboard

Interlocking Plastic Keyboard
Here’s an oldie, but a goldie tool for studio teaching, especially if you teach in groups once in a while.  I recall using these in group theory classes when I was child.  How’s that for dating this item? and myself….

#4 – PLASTIC INTERLOCKING KEYBOARD

I didn’t really think I’d have a need for these in my private piano studio since I have 2 pianos in the studio, several flat laminated keyboards, a floor keyboard, and even a fabric keyboard, but this plastic dimensional keyboard has really come in handy.

This interlocking keyboard features full-sized white and raised black keys. Each two-octave keyboard can be interlocked to make a longer keyboard.

Here’s a close-up of how two interlock: Interlocking keyboards copy

I occasionally take this little keyboard with me to piano teacher workshops especially when I know there won’t be a projected view of the piano keyboard on an overhead screen. I just hold this up in the air for all in the audience to see as I demo a maneuver with my opposite hand.  Of course it goes without saying that these are great for any sort of group teaching you might do when there’s just not enough keyboards to go around.  They are light and sturdy, and they store easily too.

Here’s a few photos of how I’ve used them:

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I.D. of black-key groups

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I.D. of Half and Whole Steps using Susan Paradis’ clever Robosteps

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Excellent silent-practice keyboard while at the dining room table waiting for your lesson!

The possibilities are endless….

BEST PRICE:  $9.95 at Valentine’s House of Music in Houston, TX.   Amazon or other online retailers in my Google search couldn’t beat Rick Valentine’s price. I don’t see it listed on Valentine’s website at this writing, but you can call (713) 868-7447 to order.  He says he has plenty available. Rick is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about educational piano music and keeps his shipping affordable for piano teachers (free shipping on all orders over $50).  Certainly try your local sheet music retailer first.  They may be able to order them for you.

If you’ve used these keyboards in your teaching, please comment and share your ideas!

3 Responses to Indispensables of Piano Teaching #4 – Interlocking Plastic Keyboard

  1. roger lewis says:

    Apparently Valentine’s are out of business. The same keyboard on Amazon is $18.00 plus shipping. Do you know of another source or who the manufacturer is?

    • Elizabeth says:

      UPDATE: Roger ~ I just talked to Rick Valentine. As a retailer you can obtain these interlocking keyboards from Harris Teller at harristeller.com
      7400 S Mason Ave, Chicago, IL 60638.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    UPDATE: Roger ~ I just talked to Rick Valentine. As a retailer you can obtain these interlocking keyboards from Harris Teller at harristeller.com
    7400 S Mason Ave, Chicago, IL 60638.

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