Entry is key to piano lab victory for conservatorium
HEARING it would receive a $17,000 piano lab was music to the Clarence Valley Conservatorium's ears.
Seven digital pianos were installed last week along with a controller system that connects students and teachers with microphone headsets.
The conservatorium was picked from schools all over the country to win the Kawai keyboard laboratory for best describing how it would put the facility to good use in the community.
Judge, concert pianist and piano teacher Mark Coghlan said the conservatorium's entry was "positive and engaging," and the institution and students would benefit quite significantly from winning this prize.
"It's great to see everyone so excited," he said when he visited last week to check out the new lab.
"Grafton has a proud musical history and we're really pleased to be able to offer these instruments to the next generation coming through. Gaye is doing wonderful things here. It's a win-win."
Gaye Harlow is the director of the conservatorium and she said she was excited to be able to bring low-cost group music lessons to a broader section of the community.
"The keyboard lab will provide flexible teaching methods with an added dimension for all our students regardless of age or ability. Many thanks to Kawai for providing this opportunity," she said.