As you might have guessed, we have a passion for pianos. And we love the fact that the US celebrates National Piano Month every September. We know that we’re over halfway through the month, but there are still plenty of ways in which you can celebrate these versatile instruments.
Casio, which is known for producing electronic keyboards as well as watches, is just one of the companies that’s been urging people to share their love of pianos and piano music this month.
Of course, it would be even more fitting to play your favourite pieces on your own piano, or to help introduce a new generation to the joys of piano music. One company that offers piano lessons in the US provided a range of suggestions as to how you can mark National Piano Month.
Among the suggestions from Take Lessons is to learn about the history of the piano and the wide variety of music that’s played on the instrument. It also recommends doing some reading around the different kinds of piano you can play.
The online Piano Museum is the perfect place to learn about upright, grand and square pianos, including what defines each one and how they’ve been used in different contexts over the years.
It’s also a great opportunity to increase the amount you practice at home. If you want to learn some new tunes, but don’t have the time or money to pay for lessons, you could use YouTube tutorials to help you master a range of songs on the keys.
If you’re going to be playing a piano that’s stood idle for a while, it’s advisable to get in touch with a piano tuner in West London, or wherever you live, to get them to tune your instrument and make sure it’s in good shape before you start playing.
You could also look out for any piano performances taking place in the coming days and weeks to celebrate the music made for this instrument by attending a concert or recital.
It also seems fitting that a pianist has been named the winner of the 14th series of America’s Got Talent. Kodi Lee, a 23 year old who is autistic and blind, won the contest after performing the Calum Scott song ‘You Are The Reason’ as a duet with Leona Lewis.
He beat the Detroit Youth Choir in the final of this season of the talent show. NBC Washington reported that, in addition to winning $1 million, he will also have a residency in the Paris Las Vegas.
Tina Lee, Kodi’s mother, told the news provider that it wasn’t just Kodi who had won, but “the world”.
“The world completely won because Kodi just opened doors for everyone, like all of the kids with special needs. The parents, keep pushing them on what they love to do. Give them the tools,” she enthused.
Kodi’s win is a great example of how piano music can bring people together and be a great tool for people with special needs to express themselves.