PASK YouTube, handouts and other resources

The PASK YouTube channel:- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdiQ0iwCWFsGjZ1QI41KSBg/featured has six playlists:

  • Alternatively Sized Keyboards in Action
  • PASK Videos
  • Media Stories
  • Piano Industry Videos
  • Personal Stories and First Try-outs
  • DS Standard Foundation

The following PASK summary documents are available for download here: 

3D Models: A physical model of the piano keyboard that can be touched and felt can be far more convincing than logical arguments and data sets on a page or screen.  These can be made quite cheaply by anyone with access to a 3D printer. Please visit our companion website: TASK (Technicians for Alternatively Sized Keyboards) to read more and access the computer files: http://taskpiano.org/3d-keyboards/

A poster (A0 size) can be downloaded here: http://paskpiano.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/EPTA-poster_2016.pdf

A bibliography is available here: http://paskpiano.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Alternatively-sized-piano-keyboards-Bibliography_April-2019.pdf

DS Standard Foundation

In 2018 the Steinbuhler company, the major manufacturer of alternatively sized keyboards, was converted into a non-profit Foundation in the State of Pennsylvania, USA, and has been awarded 501(c)(3) status.

The Mission of the Foundation is to set a standard for alternatively sized keyboards that is recognized globally so that pianists, whether amateurs or professionals, may achieve their full musical potential while avoiding injury and perform with confidence anywhere in the world, knowing that a keyboard bearing the DS logo will be the size with which they are familiar.

To learn more about how the Foundation may assist educational institutitions, pianists and manufacturers around the world, or to donate towards this cause, please visit the website: http://dsstandardfoundation.org/. On Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/dsstandardfoundation/

Other websites, blogs and recordings

For a summary of the evidence of the need for keyboard choice, visit Alternatively Sized Piano Keyboards: www.smallpianokeyboards.org

The Alternatively Sized Piano Keyboards website has been translated into Japanese here: http://littlehands782.blogspot.jp/

The website of a Japanese pianist who owns an upright piano with DS5.5® keyboard: https://musil0723.sakura.ne.jp/dufyfan/

Concert pianist Kathryn Mientka performs regularly on a DS5.5® keyboard at the Western Slope concert series in Grand Junction, Colorado. http://www.junctionconcerts.com/home.html

See also Kathryn’s website: http://www.kathrynmientka.com/

Pianist Tiffany Goff, from Cleveland Ohio, has a blog:  www.skinnykeys.tumblr.com

About past attempts to gain support for ESPKs in Japan:  http://littlehands782.blogspot.jp/2014/01/the-history-and-attitudes-to-smaller.html/

Pianist Renata Bittencourt, from Paris, has a website (in French):  http://www.lespetitsclaviers.sitew.fr/#ACCUEIL.A 

Pianist Grace Choi  has written this personal story:- Thoughts for Pianists with Small Hands: A Testimonial by Grace Choi. It is the second blog on this page: http://www.thehealthymusicianproject.com/blog

Pianist Eliana Yi, from Dallas Texas, has shared her insights about playing Steinbuhler keyboards while studying at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. http://www.elianayipiano.com/single-post/2016/1/31/Making-things-easier-for-the-first-time-in-forever

From Jess Johnson, Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, where there is a DS5.5® keyboard installed.  http://feelingthesound.org/2015/07/21/small-hands-big-heart/
Also see Jess’s recital at this university in February 2016, including works by Schumann and Schubert: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaGxRNaz3pHC-DaVDwvwuqw

A group of academics in Germany and Switzerland is continuing with important research of the late Dr Christoph Wagner relating to the hands of pianists and violinists. Three websites describe this work: http://www.hand-und-instrument.de/E_index.htmlhttp://www.hand-und-instrument.de/E_pragm-handeinschaetzung.htmlhttp://www.christoph-wagner-musikphysiologie.de/Links.html. For further information, contact Professor Ulrike Wohlwender from the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Stuttgart: u.wohlwender@online.de.  See http://smallpianokeyboards.org/earlier-studies/ for some of Wagner’s summary statistics. 

Dr Carol Leone’s CD: Change of Keys: One Piano, Three Keyboards, featuring works by Hayden, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Bartok, was released in 2016. Her CD won silver medals for outstanding achievement in both the Classical and Solo Instrumental categories in the Global Music Awards 2016.  For four excellent reviews, go to:- http://classicalmodernmusic.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/carol-leone-change-of-keys-one-piano.html?m=1 and http://transcentury.blogspot.com.au/2016/11/soloistic-thinking-and-rethinking.html and http://theclassicalreviewer.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/carol-leone-uses-three-donison.html?m=1, and download  the review from the American Record Guide (Jan/Feb 2017) here: http://paskpiano.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/American-Record-Guide-Review.pdf
You can order the CD here:- http://www.msrcd.com/catalog/cd/MS1616.

Getting involved

Here are some of the ways that you can be actively engaged. Much of the information needed is on this website and other websites, for example: www.smallpianokeyboards.orgwww.steinbuhler.com.

1.      Spread awareness of the benefits of piano keyboards with narrower keys and the problems with the current ‘one-size-fits-all’ large keyboard by:-

  • Writing articles for journals, classical music and mainstream media
  • Giving presentations to piano teachers, academics and performing arts health professionals at conferences and seminars
  • Actively using blogs and social media
  • Keeping abreast of the latest research and sharing this informing with others
  • If you are a piano teacher acquiring a keyboard with narrower keys, encouraging parents/students to follow suit.

2.      Help expand availability of alternatively sized keyboards so that pianists can experience narrower keys by:-

  • Lobbying piano manufacturers and retailers, universities, schools and organisers of piano competitions
  • Setting up new piano competitions or encouraging existing ones to provide keyboard choice, and ensuring these competitions are well publicized
  • Assisting universities and schools raise funds to provide these keyboards for students and for research – for example, running a fund-raising ‘marathon’ concert involving all piano students at the school or university!
  • Encouraging and helping organize public recitals featuring alternatively sized keyboards
  • Identifying potential sponsors or sources of funds for, and worthy recipients (including universities, schools, concert venues) of ESPKs. Please be in touch via the email below if you are keen to donate (or know of other potential sponsors) and would like help in identifying recipients who are committed to change.
  • Identifying potential sponsors to increase prize money at competitions that provide keyboard choice. 

3.      Help break down barriers and resistance to change by:-

  • Working to change discriminatory examination policies
  • Encouraging well-known pianists, teachers and academics to become ‘champions’ of the cause
  • Actively countering unhelpful attitudes and misconceptions through use of the media, talks to piano teachers, etc.
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Please email info@paskpiano.org if you would like to be directly involved or receive email updates from time to time.

If you are on Facebook, this is the PASK site: www.facebook.com/pask.piano

You may wish to join the closed group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PASK.Action/

You can also show your support for the DS Standard Foundation Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dsstandardfoundation/

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