How to Buy an Electronic Keyboard
Wednesday, June 28, 11AM
Has this ever happened to you: A student excitedly tells you about the new keyboard they purchased & how motivating it will be; later you look it up online, only to see that it’s—oh no!—a dud?
Many teachers can recognize a dud (whether used or new), but are less frequently able to describe that dud beforehand so students & colleagues can avoid it.
Learn how to distinguish between, and therefore recommend to students, the three basic types of modern electronic keyboard (electronic pianos, keyboard/synth, and MIDI controllers). You’ll learn when each type of keyboard is most appropriate, common techniques & methods of use, the pros & cons of practice use, and how to integrate (or exclude) each from your teaching studio.
Davis Hill, NCTM, MA is a pianist, composer, and Owner & Lead Teacher of Peak Piano Studios in Spokane, WA. Mr. Hill holds an MA and BA in music from Eastern Washington University, where instructors included Dr. Jody Graves, Ms. Kendall Feeney, Dr. Jonathan Middleton, and Dr. Donald Goodwin.
In addition to his work with Peak Piano Studios, Mr. Hill teaches Jazz Piano and Composition at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene. He is an active presenter & adjudicator at the state and local levels and is a volunteer with WSMTA (New Music Review Chair, Education Board) and Spokane MTA (Recitals Chair, Board member).
Mr. Hill frequently composes and enjoys exploring extended techniques, aleatory, and improvisation, as well as experimental forms and genres, and electro-acoustics. Current projects include a collaboration with microtonal composer Benjamin Luca Robertson.