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Shana Kirk

Shana Kirk

Shana Kirk is a pianist, teacher, technology consultant, and arts advocate in Denver, CO. Focusing on teaching and performing technologies, she presents performances and workshops at music and music education events and conferences nationwide. She is also a frequent contributor to publications such as American Music Teacher and Clavier Companion.

Robert WilleyMuncie, Indiana - Fall 2013 - When composer Robert Willey wants to help his Ball State University students capture their creative juices and hone their songwriting efficiency, he immediately fires up the Disklavier piano in his classroom. Willey uses the Disklavier for every step of the songwriting process, starting with basic conceptualizing exercises. 

“I record what we come up in class with during group composition brainstorming, and then email the students the MIDI files. For example, we might come up with a bass line or riff that students can incorporate in a song.”
RENCON Mitsuyo Presents 200x133Stockholm, Sweden - July 30, 2013 - Computer engineers are constantly striving to get closer and closer to realistic human gestures, whether in movement, speech, or even “thinking.” (remember Deep Blue, anyone?) Those of us who spend a great deal of time combining music and technology know that musical expression is one of those elusive human behaviors that has long evaded the world of non-human production. Seeking to conquer this “holy grail” of modeling, Rencon [Musical Performance RENdering CONtest] began in 2002, as part of a conference workshop in Kyoto. Rencon has since become an international competition, encouraging advancement in this highly sophisticated realm.
Join us at the 2018 MTNA Conference in Orlando!
Please join the DEN team (and lots of other great Yamaha folks!) at the 2018 Conference of the Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA)! For many teachers, this is a rare opportunity to get hands-on time exploring Disklavier, as well as a representative sampling of m...
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100 Years Later, Scott Joplin Makes It to the Disklavier!
In 1916, the year before his untimely death, Scott Joplin recorded 7 piano rolls. These rolls were recorded during a period in which the concept of “hand-played rolls” was still being developed.Regrettably, several factors undermined Joplin’s recordings. For starters,...
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The Disklavier as a Service Learning Tool: A Conversation with Dr. Pamela Pike
Dr. Pamela Pike, Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University, has been using the Disklavier as a distance-learning and pedagogical tool for as long as just about anyone. Last year (2016), she had the idea to incorporate these technologies into he...
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Melding with the Machine: Dan Tepfer's Creative Relationship with the Disklavier
Yamaha artist Dan Tepfer has long embraced the Disklavier as a performance tool. Using the Disklavier's ability to send and receive data in real time, Tepfer combines algorithmic computer programming and MIDI-driven visualizations to produce unique performances in which...
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