I need an instrument for music theory at my high school.

It needs to be, electronic so it can be played with headphones, portable so I can carry it in my bag, practical for making music, and most importantly affordable.

Does any instrument like this even exist?

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    There are many piano apps you can download on a smartphone. – Shevliaskovic Oct 3 '17 at 12:30
  • Equipment recommendations are off topic here. You might ask at your favorite musical instrument retailer if they have any ideas. – Todd Wilcox Oct 3 '17 at 12:35
  • What does your teacher expect you and your classmates to be using? – Carl Witthoft Oct 3 '17 at 12:45
  • I honestly think one of those kids toy keyboard might not be a bad idea if it has a headphone port! As long as you find one that sounds in tune. Now you've got me thinking whether there are "grown up" versions of these made. There certainly should be! – Some_Guy Oct 3 '17 at 13:50

A Stylophone would fit the bill. 20 notes, earphone, own speaker, set out as a keyboard, 20 odd Euros.

  • monophonic though, and quite an... ahem... "distinctive" sound. Someone bought me one as a gift and I can't say I'd find it any use to help with music theory. – Some_Guy Oct 3 '17 at 13:47
  • @Some_Guy - actually, aren't most instruments monophonic? Yes, it's cheap and 'cheerful', and transportable. Ticks many boxes... – Tim Oct 3 '17 at 14:51
  • I bring it up because it's mentioned that it's wanted for the study of music theory is all, so something polyphonic might be useful. Jabbing away with that little stick makes arpeggios pretty damn difficult too (and any melody with a leap), so that might make it not too useful for theoretical study too. And as a final point, this is perhaps more subjective, but it just sounds awful – Some_Guy Oct 3 '17 at 16:53

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