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The piano is a musical instrument played by way of a keyboard. The typical acoustic piano has a protective wooden case surrounding the soundboard and metal strings. Strings are sounded when the keys are pressed. There are 88 keys in all (52 white and and 36 black). A greater touch on a key produces a louder sound of the corresponding note. By using pedals, notes can be sustained even when the keys are released.

The piano was created in Padua, Italy in 1709. Harpsichord maker Bartolomeo Cristofori is credited with development of the instrument, which he called a pianofortepiano meaning “soft” and forte meaning “loud.” Unlike the harpsichord, the piano allowed for variations in volume depending upon a pianist’s touch on the keys.

Many improvements have been made over the past 300 years, yet the modern instrument remains true to Cristofori’s earliest designs. His oldest surviving pianoforte was built in 1720 and is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

There has never been a better time to acquire and learn to play the piano. Not every home has the space or budget for a grand or upright model, but there are many other options. Digital pianos and keyboards are extremely popular and affordable.

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A person who performs on this string instrument is called a pianist.

Notable pianists include Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Argerich, Claudio Arrau, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Ludwig van Beethoven, Alfred Brendel, Frédéric Chopin, Glenn Gould, Myra Hess, Vladimir Horowitz, Stephen Hough, Lang Lang, Franz Liszt, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, John Ogdon, Murray Perahia, Maria Joao Pires, Maurizio Pollini, Sergei Rachmaninov, Sviatoslav Richter, Arthur Rubinstein, Clara Schumann, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Mitsuko Uchida. Source: Classic FM – The 25 Best Piano Players of All Time

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Don Grusin & Friends

Songwriter, producer, and keyboardist Don Grusin performs Catwalk, from the album “The Hang.” Also performing are Alex Acuña (drums), Charlie Bisharat (violin), Abraham LaBoriel (bass), and Sadao Watanabe (alto saxophone).

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  • 61 keys with 48-note polyphony
  • Rugged World Tour X-Style keyboard stand
  • Step-up learning system
  • Power supply

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Piano is one of the most popular stringed instruments so there are lots of piano gift ideas. Here I have featured piano gifts women will adore and unique piano gifts men will love. Choose from piano books, T-shirts, cooking aprons, posters, trucker hats, bookends, music boxes, figurines, cotton canvas tote bags, scarves, coffee mugs, refrigerator magnets, postage, business cards, colorful buttons, and more. All of them are cool piano gifts for musicians of all ages.

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George Hughes Giclée Print (1960)

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Piano Books

A really great gift you can give a beginning piano player is a course that teaches learning piano fast. Lots of people want to know how to learn piano fast. How many gifts can promise years and years of happiness that will result from learning a musical instrument. With hundreds of positive reviews, these books top our list of unique piano gifts for players in training.

Lightning Fast Piano Scales: A Proven Method to Get Fast Piano Scales in 5 Minutes a DayLightning Fast Piano Scales: A Proven Method to Get Fast Piano Scales in 5 Minutes a DayLearn The Piano In 5 Easy Steps: A Self-Guided Piano Course for BeginnersLearn The Piano In 5 Easy Steps: A Self-Guided Piano Course for Beginners

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My First Piano Books

Faber Piano Adventures for Ages 5 and 6
My First Piano Books by Nancy and Randall Faber are super popular with parents and music teachers. Packed with fun-filled songs, rhythm games, and technique activities, these are the books kids love for developing their keyboard skills.

My First Piano Adventure for the Young Beginner, Lesson Book A with CDMy First Piano Adventure for the Young Beginner, Lesson Book A with CDMy First Piano Adventure for the Young Beginner, Christmas Book A: Pre-ReadingMy First Piano Adventure for the Young Beginner, Christmas Book A: Pre-Reading

Piano Holiday and Christmas Ornaments

Ornaments are always a popular gift, especially around the holidays. Music lovers will enjoy displaying these beautiful piano ornaments year round!

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Black Grand Piano Musical Instrument Christmas OrnamentBlack Grand Piano Musical Instrument Christmas Ornament24K Gold Plated Crystal Studded Grand Piano Ornament by Matashi24K Gold Plated Crystal Studded Grand Piano Ornament by Matashi

Chala Piano Bags and Accessories

Whimsical Chala handbags and accessories are made with durable faux leather–also called PU leather. If you’re looking for unique piano gifts that are functional as well as stylish, these handbags and accessories should do the trick. Many reviewers have received compliments on their Chala bags, phone cases, and key fobs. Click on item for measurements and additional details about the product.

Chala Patch Cross-Body Handbag, Denim Canvas Messenger Bag, Detachable Piano Design Key Fob, Coin PurseChala Patch Cross-Body Handbag, Denim Canvas Messenger Bag, Detachable Piano Design Key Fob, Coin PurseChala Crossbody Cell Phone Purse, PU Leather Multicolor Handbag with Adjustable Strap - Piano Keys - IndigoChala Crossbody Cell Phone Purse, PU Leather Multicolor Handbag with Adjustable Strap – Piano Keys – Indigo

Chala Zip Around Wallet, Wristlet with 8 Credit Card Slots, PU Leather - Piano Keys - IndigoChala Zip Around Wallet, Wristlet with 8 Credit Card Slots, PU Leather – Piano Keys – IndigoChala Coin Purse, Key Fob with Zippered Compartment on Back for CoinsChala Coin Purse, Key Fob with Zippered Compartment on Back for Coins

Piano Gifts and Accessories

There are so many piano themed gifts you might have to take a little time to choose the best one. Do you want unique piano gifts, or do you want cool piano gifts? Decisions, decisions. Are you looking for piano recital gifts for your favorite piano player? Or are you looking for gifts for piano teachers? Either way you will find lots of unique piano gift ideas here.

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Melissa & Doug Learn-To-Play Piano

Charming Colorful Addition to Any Playroom
Here’s one of our top pick unique piano gifts for kids. Budding musicians will enjoy playing notes and sounds. More experienced players can make music from a songbook of nine child-friendly favorites. The color-coded key chart makes it easy to identify notes on the piano and take the first steps toward playing tunes. Solid wood construction makes this piano sturdy enough for hours of play.

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Color-Coded Piano and Keyboard Stickers

Make Memorizing Piano Notes Fun and Easy
New to the piano? You’ll be recital ready in no time thanks to these high-quality piano and keyboard stickers. Beginners of all ages will enjoy practicing the piano, while increasing the memorization skills needed for successful learning. Stickers are reusable for years of enjoyment. Complete instructions walk you through the easy steps of sticker application and removal.

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Piano Shirts

Comfortable T-shirts are a popular gift choice. With so many style and color options, you’ll have no trouble finding the right choice in sizes for all age groups and body types. Click on any style to see what’s available.

Cat Playing Grand Piano T-ShirtCat Playing Grand Piano T-ShirtPiano Keyboard and Treble Clef T-ShirtPiano Keyboard and Treble Clef T-Shirt

Cat Playing Piano and Birds Singing T-ShirtCat Playing Piano and Birds Singing T-ShirtColorful Piano Abstract T-ShirtColorful Piano Abstract T-Shirt

I Love Piano Double Bass Clef Heart

Share your love for the piano. Mirror image bass clef heart designs are available for both piano players and enthusiasts.

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Sparkly Bass Clef Heart Piano Slim Fit Fine Jersey T-ShirtSparkly Bass Clef Heart Piano Slim Fit Fine Jersey T-ShirtBass Clef Heart I Love Playing My Piano Short Sleeve Raglan T-ShirtBass Clef Heart I Love Playing My Piano Short Sleeve Raglan T-Shirt

Easily Distracted by Piano Players

Here are some designs for animal lovers who are easily distracted by the sound of piano players. Choose from playful cats and dogs in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes for the whole family.

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If I Can’t Bring My Piano, You Won’t See Me

Invite me, invite my piano. That’s the way it is for any musician who loves to play this popular string instrument.

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If I Can't Bring My Piano You Won't See Me Baby Fine Jersey T-ShirtIf I Can’t Bring My Piano You Won’t See Me Baby Fine Jersey T-ShirtIf I Can't Bring My Piano You Won't See Me Slim Fit Fine Jersey T-ShirtIf I Can’t Bring My Piano You Won’t See Me Slim Fit Fine Jersey T-Shirt

The Coolest People on Earth are Piano Players

Who are the coolest people on earth? Piano players, of course! Spread the word about this cool string instrument. Makes a great gift for any music student, music teacher, or pianist.

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Piano Hats

Piano trucker hats are available in eleven color choices. Hats feature a 100% polyester foam front and a 100% nylon mesh back to keep you cool. Trucker hats are adjustable from 17 to 24 inches.

Cool Colorful Antique Grunge Effect Piano Trucker HatCool Colorful Antique Grunge Effect Piano Trucker HatCat Playing Grand Piano with Music Notes Trucker HatCat Playing Grand Piano with Music Notes Trucker Hat

If I Can't Bring My Piano You Won't See Me Trucker HatIf I Can’t Bring My Piano You Won’t See Me Trucker HatFirst Coffee Then Piano Music Lover Trucker HatFirst Coffee Then Piano Music Lover Trucker Hat

Piano Tote Bags

All-Over-Print Cross Body Bags

Musicians love tote bags. They always come in handy for carrying sheet music and small accessories. They’re one of our favorite inexpensive music gifts, suitable for musicians and music lovers alike. Click on any design to see more style and color options.

Crazy Rainbow Piano Keyboard Music Lover Cross Body BagCrazy Rainbow Piano Keyboard Music Lover Cross Body BagPiano Keys and Music Notes with Hummingbirds Cross Body BagPiano Keys and Music Notes with Hummingbirds Cross Body Bag

Personalized Rainbow Piano Music Tote Bag for Student or TeacherPersonalized Rainbow Piano Music Tote Bag for Student or TeacherPersonalized Piano Key Music Tote Bag for Student or TeacherPersonalized Piano Key Music Tote Bag for Student or Teacher

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100% Cotton Canvas Tote Bags

Versatile and durable cotton canvas tote bags are another practical gift idea for musicians. These designs are available in many style and color choices to please any pianist or piano enthusiast.

Piano Student Music Notes Personalized Impulse Tote BagPiano Student Music Notes Personalized Impulse Tote BagRainbow Colorful Piano Keyboard and Notes Budget Tote BagRainbow Colorful Piano Keyboard and Notes Budget Tote Bag

Sparkly Bass Clef Heart Over Sheet Music Piano Budget Tote BagSparkly Bass Clef Heart Over Sheet Music Piano Budget Tote BagCoolest People on Earth are Piano Players Grocery Tote BagCoolest People on Earth are Piano Players Grocery Tote Bag

Piano Key Scarves

Scarves are comfortable and fashionable layering accessories. Every American Apparel all-purpose and super-soft everyday scarf is made with pre-shrunk 100% jersey cotton with raw, unfinished edges. One size fits all–a generous 93 by 16 inches. Made in the USA.

Musical Notes and Piano Keys Black and Gold ScarfMusical Notes and Piano Keys Black and White Scarf

Piano Mugs

Mugs are one of our favorite unique piano gifts. Everyone can use a few mugs. Click on any mug to see how the design looks from different angles. Choose from many sizes, styles, and colors to create a personal gift for your favorite pianist.

I'd Rather Be Playing My Piano Classic Coffee MugI’d Rather Be Playing My Piano Classic Coffee MugI'd Rather Be Playing My Piano Two-Tone Coffee MugI’d Rather Be Playing My Piano Two-Tone Coffee Mug

Piano Aprons

Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical piano gifts. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.

Cat on a Keyboard in Space Zazzle HEART ApronCat on a Keyboard in Space Zazzle HEART ApronPiano Concert Art by Traci Van Wagoner Zazzle HEART ApronPiano Concert Art by Traci Van Wagoner Zazzle HEART Apron

Coolest People on Earth are Piano Players Adult ApronCoolest People on Earth are Piano Players Adult ApronSparkly Bass Clef Heart Piano Standard Adult ApronSparkly Bass Clef Heart Piano Standard Adult Apron

Piano Magnets

Here’s one of our favorite inexpensive gift ideas for piano teachers and pianists. Refrigerator magnets always come in handy. Standard size square magnets measure 2 by 2 inches, and round magnets are typically available in three sizes. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper. Scratch and UV-resistant Mylar keeps magnets looking new for years to come.

Tickling the Ivorys Kitten Round MagnetTickling the Ivorys Kitten Round MagnetMusic Piano Clef Style Round MagnetMusic Piano Clef Style Round Magnet

Rainbow Digital Sound Equalizer Piano 2-inch Square MagnetRainbow Digital Sound Equalizer Piano 2-inch Square MagnetSparkly Bass Clef Heart Piano 2-inch Square MagnetSparkly Bass Clef Heart Piano 2-inch Square Magnet

Piano Postage Stamps

Postage is one of our favorite unique piano gifts. Everyone needs postage stamps! These piano-themed postage designs are available in many sizes with both horizontal and vertical options. Select from twelve postage denominations ranging from post card rate to Priority Mail. Click on any design to see all of the options available.

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Piano Business Cards

High quality printed business cards are available in sets of 100 on your choice of eight types of premium card stock. The printed information can be easily personalized for any pianist or piano teacher. Classic business cards measure 2 by 3.5 inches. Trendy skinny and chubby profile cards are available for some styles. Click on any design to see more options.

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Piano Buttons

Here’s a fun and inexpensive gift idea for musicians and music lovers. Standard size square buttons measure 2 inches by 2 inches. Round buttons are available in several sizes. The designs are printed on 100% recycled paper and covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar for many years of enjoyment. Several of these styles allow you to choose a different background color for a customized gift.

Music Piano Clef Style Round ButtonMusic Piano Clef Style Round ButtonPoolside Piano Practice 2-inch Square ButtonPoolside Piano Practice 2-inch Square Button

Customizable Colorful Piano Keys Round ButtonCustomizable Piano Keys Round ButtonPiano Jazz Round ButtonPiano Jazz Round Button

Sparkly Bass Clef Heart Piano 2-inch Square ButtonSparkly Bass Clef Heart Piano 2-inch Square ButtonRainbow Digital Sound Equalizer Piano 2-inch Square ButtonRainbow Digital Sound Equalizer Piano 2-inch Square Button

What is a Piano?

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Satin Doll (1962)

Duke Ellington

Jazz legend Duke Ellington was one of the most influential figures in music. An American treasure, he reigned as one of the twentieth century’s best known band leaders and composers.

Duke Ellington
I never had much interest in the piano until I realized that every time I played, a girl would appear on the piano bench to my left and another to my right.

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