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Hunterdon Academy of the Arts proudly announces a new partnership with the Jacobs Music Company, one of the largest dealers of Steinway and Yamaha pianos in the North East. Much more than a piano retailer, Jacobs Music is heavily involved with music education, sponsoring recitals, concerts, master classes, and other educational events in local communities, as well as at their main location in Willow Grove, PA.
Partnering with Jabobs Music greatly enhances our keyboard program, which has been expanding rapidly. Over the past two years, our keyboard and piano enrollments have increased substantially. To accommodate growth, the keyboard faculty at Hunterdon Academy of the Arts expanded from just a handful of instructors to 11 professional piano teachers as of fall 2010.
HAA keyboard students have a wide variety of programs to choose from, including piano group classes--among them, Music for Little Mozarts (ages 5 to 7) and Pianissimo Classes (ages 6 to 8)--in addition to private piano lessons. Adults, too, have been joining us for their keyboard needs, taking individual lessons or the newly launched group keyboard class, Basic Keyboard and Note-Reading, designed specifically for adults.
Our partnership with Jacobs Music presents piano students some wonderful opportunities to get the most out of their piano classes and lessons. Crucial to making long-term, steady progress on the piano is having access to a good instrument for practice purposes. We have heard your concerns about the expenditure of purchasing a new piano, and our partnership with Jacobs Music now provides you with a very attractive solution: a low-cost, hassle-free piano rental program. For only $49/month--a rate that has been specially discounted for HAA--you can now rent a brand-new upright piano from Jacobs Music (Willow Grove) through HAA. And should you wish to purchase the instrument later, all rental fees will apply to your purchase price. For students moving from electric keyboard to acoustic piano, this is the perfect bridge that will be very easy on the budget! Also, students curious to find out whether or not piano studies is the right choice for them, will get a clear understanding of what it would be like to own a good piano in their own home.
Below pictures feature the rental piano offered by Jabobs Music. We have a sample here at the Academy, and you're welcome to try it out. Just give us a call to let us know when you'd like to come in: (908) 782-4943
Are you getting ready to take piano lessons? If so, you've made the right choice; you can't go wrong with the piano. However, to make progress between lessons, you'll need to be able to practice the instrument on a regular basis, whether you own or rent one. When it comes to keyboard instruments, you have three basic options: the traditional acoustic piano (and grand piano); the digital piano (Clavinova); and the electronic keyboard.
Acoustic piano: The most appropriate instrument for piano instruction is the traditional acoustic piano. They are available in two different basic shapes and varieties: the upright piano and the grand piano. No other keyboard instrument quite approaches the touch of the acoustic piano keys as they move the hammers to hit the strings; and nothing quite produces the nuances in sound created by the mechanisms and materials (different kinds of wood, metal, and leather) of the traditional acoustic piano. If budget is a concern for you, please note that you now have the opportunity to rent a brand-new upright piano at very low cost.
Clavinova: The closest approximation of the sound and feel of an acoustic piano is Yamaha's Clavinova, the most impressive
representative of the digital piano, which is used at many universities and colleges around the world as a respected substitute for pianos and grand pianos.
Electronic keyboard: For students specializing in non-classical performance (rock bands, pop, etc.), the electronic keyboard is the instrument of choice. However, with certain limitations, the
electronic keyboard can also serve as a temporary, low-cost substitute for an acoustic piano or Clavinova. Electronic keyboards come in two different varieties--touch sensitive and non-touch-sensitive.
Disadvantages and Limitations:
If you have any questions about these options, give us a call at (908) 782-4943, and we'll be happy to help.