What Is the DEN?

The Disklavier Education Network (DEN) exists to unify and empower Disklavier users in music education and the performing arts.

The DEN is an association of schools, artists and educators who are expanding the opportunities for music education and performance using the remarkable technologies inherent in the Disklavier. Member institutions and individuals participate in long distance lessons, master classes, and concert broadcasts, contribute recorded materials—such as instrumental and vocal accompaniments—to a community archive, share technical tips and “best practices,” and enjoy access to premium support services from Yamaha.

To support the DEN, Yamaha provides:

• A multimedia website that supports DEN activities
• An audition program that enables students to apply to distant schools and music programs
• A multimedia database of high quality performances recorded on the Disklavier
• Opportunities for educators to interact musically over long distances in real time
• Visibility for creative uses of the Disklavier in music education, composition, and performance

How to Join the DEN

Any school or music educator is welcome to take advantage of the resources of the DEN website and receive help from Disklavier specialists. Official DEN members take part in exclusive long distance lessons, masterclasses, and concert broadcasts, exchange Disklavier recordings, and share “best practices.” If you are interested in joining the DEN, please send an email to

History of the Disklavier

The first Disklavier—a studio model upright piano—was introduced in 1987. It was quickly followed by a series of grand piano models affectionately known as Wagon Grand Disklaviers because they were distinguished by a sizable control unit that was housed in a cart, the size of a small table. A variety of consumer models were subsequently developed in the 1990s with the first Disklavier PRO making its debut in 1999. Since then, both consumer and PRO models have gone through 3 additional model series which have culminated with the current E3 and E3 PRO models.

Institutions with Disklavier Technology