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DKC-850 RemoteIn most cases, it is possible to upgrade an older Disklavier with modern features, including internal memory, USB for MIDI, USB flash drive support, internal tone generator, CD drive, remote access with an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, and even DisklavierRadio™ and DisklavierTV™ in most cases.

The upgrade is a new control unit called the DKC-850. In most cases, it replaces an existing control unit. In other cases, it functions as a piggyback control unit that connects to the old unit with MIDI cables.

The DKC-850 package comes with all the cables that you need and detailed instructions, including pictures for how to connect everything. Anyone can install the upgrade. A technician is not required.
As part of an ongoing effort to connect students and teachers worldwide, Yamaha has spent the last few years piloting a new feature of the Disklavier known as RemoteLesson. For about 5 years, this tool was limited to only a handful of teachers and performers as we experimented with best practices for successful online teaching. Now, several well-known Yamaha Artists have began experimenting with RemoteLesson to experience this technology, as well as to widen their reach to classical audiences and students worldwide. Why would a world-class pianists choose to teach a masterclass long distance? Turns out the reasons are as varied as the artists themselves.

Rebecca Farley Sings with Disklavier 200x133LEXINGTON, KY - Summer, 2012 - Marked by a dynamic ceremony celebrating the delivery of an exquisite new fleet of Yamaha pianos, The School of Music in The University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts has procured the largest, one-time acquisition of Disklavier performance reproducing pianos in academia anywhere in the world. The ceremony took place on Monday, May 14, 2012 at the Schmidt Vocal Arts Center.
Inna Faliks 01 200x150New York, NY - Ukrainian-born, New York City based pianist Inna Faliks is known for her sense of adventure. Committed to innovative programming, rarely heard and new music, as well as audience communication and education, Faliks has premiered many new works, and takes every opportunity to share her passion publicly. She is equally comfortable on stage with poets and actors, having recently joined Downton Abbey star Lesley Nicol in “Admission – One Shilling,“ a play for a pianist and actor about the life of Dame Myra Hess, the great British pianist. Ms. Faliks is also the founder and curator of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council award winning interdisciplinary series Music/Words, a poetry-music series going into its 6th NYC season in 2013.
Millersville 02 200x150MILLERSVILLE, PA. – With the dual acquisition of the nation’s largest Yamaha Clavinova digital piano laboratory and the placement of a DCFX Disklavier performance-reproducing concert grand piano, Millersville University of Pennsylvania has positioned itself as a premier center for high tech music education and performance for the 21st century.
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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