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Shana Kirk

Shana Kirk

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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When Wayne State’s Music Department Chair, Dr. Linda Christensen isn’t coming up with new ways to use their school’s Disklavier pianos, she can be found teaching one of the most innovative class piano programs in the country in a state-of-the-art Yamaha Clavinova lab with computers and network connectivity at each station. In the 2013-14 school year, Christensen added a new twist to the class, inviting collaboration with counterparts at the University of Sao Paolo, Brazil.

This article originally appeared in The Wayne Stater. Reprinted by permission.
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.