In music, a electronic keyboard is a musical instrument in the keyboard family of instruments. An electronic keyboard is played in a manner similar to a piano, with (traditionally) black and white keys corresponding to different notes.
An electronic keyboard is generally played while seated, and usually placed on a bipedal stand (the stand is often shaped like an X). The keyboard is frequently man-portable, unlike even the smallest piano. Keyboards require amplification to be heard at a distance beyond a few feet, and generally use a direct input into a sound system, instead of being miked, as a piano is. Being electronic, electronic keyboards require electricity to operate.