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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.

cheng monitors auditionBUENA PARK, CA—This Spring (2014), a few lucky students experienced the college audition process like none before them—they recorded their auditions with high definition video perfectly synced to their piano performance via the Disklavier Education Network’s Auditions program. Why would they want to do such a thing? In some cases, winter weather made travel impossible. In others, travel distances were prohibitive. In yet others, high-achieving students simply couldn’t fit all the auditions into an already-packed schedule.

Keyboard side smallA Yamaha Disklavier Piano is an important investment that can provide you and your students with years of reliable performance. Since many schools and independent teachers may be new to Disklavier technology, we have assembled this short guide to make sure its benefits continue for years to come. 

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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.