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The DEN Welcomes Hartt School of Music!

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West Hartford, Conn. (PRWEB) September 19, 2016

University of Hartford's The Hartt School has selected a Yamaha Disklavier CFX concert grand piano (DCFX) for its soon to be renovated Millard Auditorium. The award-winning reproducing piano will be permanently housed at Millard, one of the university's primary concert venues, to amplify student learning via master classes and distance learning.

"Pianos have different personalities, and selecting one is very subjective and personal. We were all in agreement that the Yamaha DCFX is the instrument that we want," says David Westfall, director of Hartt's Instrumental Studies Division and associate professor of piano. "I love the touch, the sound, the way it feels, and its great flexibility as a solo and collaborative instrument. Artists will appreciate it because it can play the most pianissimo passages and still project, yet it holds its own over an orchestra playing Rachmaninoff's 'Piano Concerto No. 3'. We are very excited about the possibilities for long distance performances and master classes with pianists from Stockholm to Los Angeles and beyond."

Hartt also looks forward to participating in the DEN's remote auditions program, and plans to make the virtual listening libraries of DisklavierTV and PianoSoft available to students and faculty. 
For more information about The Hartt School at University of Hartford, please visit http://www.hartford.edu/hartt.





Shana Kirk has been passionate about the combination of music, teaching, and technology since the early 1990s. As an undergrad at Lipscomb University, armed with a Yamaha PSR and a Mac Classic computer, she may have been the first freshman music theory student in history to turn in homework on floppy disk! As a graduate student at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, she learned how to avoid extra accompanying rehearsals with the magic of the Yamaha Disklavier. She has been teaching, performing, and helping others with music technology ever since.

In addition to an active teaching and performing career, Shana participates in extensive music outreach. During 2000, she helped develop and operate the "What Makes Music?" discovery center for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. She also helped develop Yamaha's Say Yes to Music outreach initiative, performing exclusively on Yamaha Clavinova digital pianos in elementary schools across the US.

Currently, as a music education technology consultant, Shana works with industry leaders including Yamaha, TimeWarp Technologies, Keys to Imagination, and Piano Adventures, to guide music educators in 21st century teaching practices through workshops, webinars, and technical support.

Recognized as an expert in the technologies associated with independent music instruction, she has presented workshops and performances at events including MTNA National Conference, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, College Music Society, Association for Technology in Music Instruction, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, The Royal Conservatory's Summer Summit, The Canadian Music Teachers' Association, and numerous regional and state events. As a writer, she frequently contributes music and music-technology based articles to such publications as Clavier Companion and American Music Teacher.

Here at DEN, Shana loves to discover all the new things that teachers and schools are doing with Disklavier, and is constantly experimenting at her home studio in Denver, CO.

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