Millersville Embraces Arts Learning in the 21st Century

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The new Yamaha Piano Laboratory in the Winter Center

From a 41-unit Clavinova digital piano laboratory to a Disklavier performance-reproducing concert grand piano, to a state-of-the-art recording studio and performance spaces, Millersville University’s new Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center is a true, premiere performing arts center for arts learning in the 21st century.

The installation of the new Clavinova digital piano lab makes Millersville University’s Yamaha Piano Laboratory the country’s largest.

“The Clavinova is a multipurpose platform providing traditional piano instruction, multi-track sequencing and Internet connectivity,” explains Laura Kendall, director of the Winter Center. “Elements of the new pianos replace traditional classroom pianos, while offering vastly wider access to 21st-century teaching methods and materials.”

The Yamaha DCFX Disklavier’s RemoteLive technology enables a pianist to perform in one location and have his or her keystrokes and pedal movements transmitted live, in real time, to other networked Disklavier pianos anywhere in the world. Combining perfectly synchronized video and audio plus MIDI broadcast from a single location to multiple locations.

“Millersville music students will enjoy the Disklavier’s numerous performance and practice benefits including its recording and playback capabilities, as well as accompaniment features that can even simulate a live orchestra,” explained Kendall.

Students from the theater and art and design departments will also learn to use the most current lighting and sound design equipment and how to display work in a climate controlled art gallery.

“Students will have the opportunity to interact with the visual and performing arts in one building, while being connected to the University’s Ware Center facility in downtown Lancaster. To succeed in the workforce of today and tomorrow, students need to be able to make non-linear connections, be empathetic, have a global understanding that encompasses different cultures, and be able to lead and work in teams,” said Kendall. “Students who engage with the visual and performing arts are building these skills daily, learning to become active and engaged citizens and productive members of society, regardless of their career path. The Winter Center becomes an interactive place for all students on campus and the community to participate, perform and experience the arts.”

After more than two years of renovations the 84,000-square-foot center opened its doors just in time to welcome students back for the start of the fall 2012 semester.

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