‘We have encountered many gifted students with small hands who have had to overcome great difficulties when playing standard-sized keyboards. Their special needs frequently are ignored, misunderstood or underestimated by teachers who have never had to personally grapple with issues of hand size.’
Dr Lora Deahl, Texas Tech University, & Dr Brenda Wristen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, 2003.

Universities and Music Schools


SMU Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, Texas, DS5.5® (7/8) keyboards in upright and grand pianos, and DS6.0® (15/16) keyboards in grand pianos — eight alternatively-sized keyboards in all. http://www.smu.edu/Meadows/AreasOfStudy/Music.aspx

University of North Texas, Denton, Texas: DS6.0® keyboards in upright and grand pianos.  http://music.unt.edu/

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas: DS5.5® keyboards in grand piano. http://www.depts.ttu.edu/music/

Salem College, Winston-Salem, North Carolina: DS6.0® keyboards in grand and upright pianos. http://www.salem.edu/music

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska: DS5.5® keyboards in grand piano. https://arts.unl.edu/music

St Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota: DS5.5® keyboard in grand piano. https://wp.stolaf.edu/music/

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin: DS5.5® and DS6.0® keyboards in grand pianos. http://www.music.wisc.edu/

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma: DS6.0® keyboards in grand and upright pianos. http://www.uco.edu/Cfad/academics/music/index.asp

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, DS6.0® and DS5.5® keyboards in upright pianos. https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/music

San Diego State University, School of Music and Dance: DS6.0® keyboard in concert grand piano and DS6.0® keyboard in upright piano. https://music.sdsu.edu/

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. DS5.5® and DS6.0® keyboards in upright pianos. https://umich.edu/

Baylor University, Waco, Texas: DS6.0® keyboard in grand piano and DS5.5® and DS6.0® keyboards in upright pianos. https://www.baylor.edu/music/

University of Colorado Boulder, CO. DS6.0® keyboard in grand piano. https://www.colorado.edu/music/

Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, Winchester, Virginia. DS5.5® keyboard in grand piano. https://www.su.edu/conservatory/music-home/

Piano Preparatory Department of Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas: DS5.5® keyboards in upright and grand pianos. https://www.smu.edu/Meadows/AreasOfStudy/Music/WorkshopsAndSpecialPrograms/PianoPrep

Gray School of Music, Dallas, Texas: Dr Eri Yoshimura teaches on a ​DS5.5® in an upright piano. 


State University of Music and Performing Arts, Stuttgart, Germany: 6.0 inch octave keyboard in grand piano. https://www.hmdk-stuttgart.de/facilities/sirius-60/?L=1

Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, UK. DS5.5® keyboard in grand piano. https://chethamsschoolofmusic.com/

Nuremburg University of Music, Germany: 6.0 inch octave keyboard in grand piano. https://www.hfm-nuernberg.de/aktuelles/nachricht/steinway-m-mit-sirius-60-klaviatur


Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne, Australia. DS6.0® in grand piano. https://anam.com.au/

University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, DS5.5® in grand piano. https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/creative/about-the-faculty/school-of-music.html

Performance venues

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Alberta, Canada: ​DS.5® in Yamaha grand piano.  https://www.banffcentre.ca/

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