Piano students benefit from Amistad Canada Donors
By Jaci Winters
Students enrolled in free piano classes at La Biblioteca now have access to a piano to ensure regular practice time between lessons. Nearly all 20 students enrolled in piano lessons do not have a piano at home and have to rely on occasional access to the piano in the Sala Quetzal, which is used for lectures during the week. Amistad President Jaci Winters conducted research on electronic pianos to determine the piano with the right attributes,sound and price. The new Yamaha electronic piano has a full 88 key board, 128 polyphony and sounds just like a concert piano, it is also portable so it can moved to different locations to accommodate the students practice sessions and allow them to perform in different parts of the Biblioteca.
The piano was donated by Canadian donors through Amistad Canada’s Biblioteca Education Project, which provides funds for Spanish books, scholarships and education classes. A timetable will be drawn up to allow all piano students to have access to the new piano during the week. A second piano will enhance the weekly class instruction by the teacher and help the students improve their piano playing technique. In addition, the students will be encouraged to continue their musical education because of the new opportunities to play and practice regularly on a piano.
We all look forward to hearing the regular tinkling of the piano keys in the Biblioteca.