Instruments: Turning On Students

The best way to teach the swelling ranks of beginning piano students in the U.S. is through class instruction. Yet music schools and colleges have for years avoided class piano lessons as much as possible. If each student in the room has a piano, the result is cacophony; if there is only one piano, the pupils waste time waiting for their turn. Worse, they grow bored.

A solution to the dilemma has finally appeared. Several piano companies, notably Wurlitzer, Baldwin and the CBS subsidiary Fender Rhodes, have developed electronic piano laboratories in which as many as 24 students, each with...

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