What Is the DEN?

The Disklavier Education Network (DEN) exists to unify and empower Disklavier users in music education and the performing arts.

The DEN is a hub for schools, artists and educators who are expanding the opportunities for music education and performance using the remarkable technologies of the Yamaha Disklavier. Participating institutions often collaborate in a wide range of activities, including with long distance lessons, master classes, concert broadcasts, and creative projects. Participants are also encouraged to share ideas, technical tips, and best practices for using Disklavier techology in piano pedagogy. 

To support the DEN, Yamaha provides:

• A multimedia website that supports DEN activities
• A multimedia database of high quality performances recorded on the Disklavier
• Opportunities for educators to interact musically over long distances in real time
• Visibility for creative uses of the Disklavier in music education, composition, and performance
Any school or music educator is welcome to take advantage of the resources of the DEN website and receive help from Disklavier specialists. If you have ideas you would like to share with this community, please contact use at

History of the Disklavier

The first Disklavier—a studio model upright piano—was introduced in 1987. It was quickly followed by a series of grand piano models affectionately known as Wagon Grand Disklaviers because they were distinguished by a sizable control unit that was housed in a cart, the size of a small table. A variety of consumer models were subsequently developed in the 1990s with the first Disklavier PRO making its debut in 1999. Since then, both consumer and PRO models have gone through 3 additional model series which have culminated with the current E3 and E3 PRO models.