Celebrate an instrument that continues to be classical, contemporary and flexible all at the same time. It’s time to pay heed to an instrument that contributed enormously to the development of music as the world knows it, and continues to play a “key” role in modern music.
Get started tickling those keys because it’s time for Piano Month!
History of Piano Month
Technically a stringed instrument (although the strings are hidden) the history of the piano dates back as far as the 1700s when the instrument was contrived in Padua, Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori. It began as the “pianoforte”, which had a softer sound and shorter range than the pianos that are well known today.
Most modern pianos now have 88 keys that include a row of 52 white keys and 36 black keys, as well as three pedals that are accessed by the feet. They vary from the grand piano, baby grand piano, upright piano and various electric and specialized versions.
How to Celebrate Piano Month
Celebrating Piano Month doesn’t have to be difficult at all! This is the perfect time to enjoy and appreciate everything to do with this beautiful acoustic musical instrument. Try these ideas for celebrating this month:
Learn to Play the Piano
The great thing about learning to play the piano in modern times is that it isn’t even necessary to own a full sized piano! Digital pianos can be a super effective way to learn, but they can fold up and fit into tight spaces. Not only that, but some computers and tablets have apps that can allow a person to learn how to play the piano.
Of course, ultimately, it’s nice to have access to the real thing. Those who are able might consider hiring a piano teacher or attending lessons at a local music school.
Learn Fun Facts About the Piano
Due to its wide range of notes and sounds, the piano is considered to be the ‘king of musical instruments”. Share these fun facts about this instrument with friends and family in honor of Piano Month:
- Most Piano Players on One Piano. A world record was set using the most piano players on one piano in Birmingham, United Kingdom in 2019. 88 young players, one for each key, used extenders so that they could each reach their key without crowding on top of each other.
- The Galaxy Piano. One of the most pianos in the world was bulit in the United Arab Emirates and is plated in 24K gold. It has an automatic lid and curved keys that contribute to its cost of $1.36 million.
- World’s Largest Piano. Made by a piano tuner from New Zealand, this 5.7 meter long, 4 ton piano took four years to make–and he was only 25 years old when he finished it!
Attend a Piano Concert or Recital
Take a look at opportunities to attend a piano recital or concert. Whether finding one locally at a music school or travelling to attend a concert in Warsaw, Poland, the birthplace of the famous pianist, Chopin, hearing the piano played live can be a beautiful experience.