Friday, December 11, 2015

Disklavier gives kids a chance to learn piano

Disklavier owners are familiar with the unique technology that allows Yamaha Disklavier pianos to play back each note and pedal movement across pianos. This technology incorporates a fiber optic sensing system with high performance solenoids and state-of-the-art computer technology. It allows for professional piano performances to be enjoyed in a customer’s own home. Usually the Dislavier plays PianoSoft albums or Piano Radio stations in homes or venues like hotels.

Now, the Disklavier is being used for distance learning. The Kansas City, Kansas School District, KU Pianos Without Borders, Band of Angels and The University of Kansas campus in Lawerence all came together to bring piano lessons to underserved children in the community using the Disklavier.
This article in the Kansas City Star talks about the educational program. 

As the article explains: “A Student music teacher [at the University of Kansas campus] in Lawrence, taps a key on his piano, and that key on the middle school baby grand piano strikes a string. It’s music and distance learning at a whole new level… In Eisenhower’s small auditorium, Miguel [a middle school student] begins to play. That’s when the magic happens. Simultaneously the keys on Adams’ piano at KU move, playing exactly what Miguel played.

‘Good,’ Miguel hears Adams say. ‘Put your fingers on these keys,’ Miguel hears. Adams presses the keys on his end, and the keys on Miguel’s piano move. The 12-year-old placed his fingers on top of them.”

This program creatively shows how Disklavier technology can be used in different ways. Learn more about the Yamaha Disklavier here

Watch Eisenhower Middle School music teacher, Aimee DeSotel, talk about the program and the benefits of piano lessons for students.