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What is a Keyboard?

An electronic keyboard or digital keyboard is a keyboard whose sound is generated or amplified by one or more electronic devices.  Electronic keyboards perhaps were most popular in the 1980’s and are closely related to 1980’s pop and New Wave music, but they are still popular today.

The first electric keyboards became popular in the 1960’s with electric organs, the mellotron and basic monophonic (single note) synthesizers like the Moog. In the 1970’s came more synthesizer manufactures and electric pianos such as the popular Fender Rhodes.  Then in the 1980’s, polyphonic (multiple note) synthesizers and digital pianos became available with digital sampling technology to reproduce the sound of each note. As keyboards became more sophisticated along with computer technology, MIDI was developed allowing multiple keyboards to be synchronized together through interface systems.  The best digital pianos have working pedals, weighted keys, multiple voices, and MIDI interfaces. Other keyboards are made to create very unique sounds or to imitate other instruments including electronic sound waves, voices, strings, horns, drums, etc.  Today there are many manufactures offering reasonably priced keyboard/electric pianos such as Casio, Roland, Korg and Yamaha.  Famous keyboardists that have helped shape the instrument are Keith Emerson of ELP, Rick Wakeman of Yes, Billy Preston and Greg Hawkes of the Cars. 

Source: “Electric Keyboard” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

Teaching Philosophy

With six piano/keyboard teachers on the faculty of the Fabulous School of Music, we have a tremendous amount of schedule flexibility as well as several types of instruction, different books used, techniques, levels, styles and ages each teacher will take.  The approach to learning keyboards is basically the same as learning the piano.

Along with the conventional exercises and method books that our teachers use, students are also encouraged by our keyboard teachers to choose the music, styles and actual pieces they would like to learn and those pieces will be added to the curriculum and worked on during their lessons.  Our teachers’ overall philosophy is that learning the keyboard should be fun and provide a creative outlet throughout the student’s life.

Keyboard Teachers

Below is a list of teachers that teach the Keyboard at the Fabulous School of Music. Click on a profile to learn more.

Ellen Allen

Instruments: Voice, Violin, Viola

Mary Barba

Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Voice, Ukulele

Stephanie Lento

Instruments: Voice, Piano and Keyboards

Daniel Nichols

Instruments: Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, Piano and Rock Ensemble

Robert Silver

Instruments: Piano

Jenifer Tobiasz

Instruments: Voice, Piano