Making Music with MIDI

Making Music with MIDI

Purchasing a hybrid piano, a player piano, or a digital piano opens up exciting options for both the hobbyist and professional piano player thanks to a technology called MIDI.

If you’re not familiar with MIDI, check out our article “What is MIDI and Why Should You Care?”  It will get you up to speed.

Currently, all of our Roland digital pianos, Yamaha Clavinovas, PianoDisc player pianos as well as our Yamaha Disklavier and Yamaha Silent Pianos use MIDI.  Some can even use MIDI wirelessly over a Bluetooth connection.  That means that these pianos give you more options than a traditional acoustic piano and can help you get more out of your instrument.  Here are just some of the things they can do:

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Finding Funds for Your Piano Program

Finding Funds for Your Piano Program

budgeting for pianosWithout a doubt, one of the greatest challenges for music educators, administrators and college deans is finding funds for musical equipment. With dwindling budgets, failing gear and all those field trips, concert tours, performances, visiting artists, and so much more pulling more resources every year, it’s no wonder schools and universities are in a constant struggle to afford the things they need.  This is especially true when planning for high quality instruments which are more expensive initially (though they last longer and produce better outcomes in the long term).  How, then, can you hope to find the money you need for your program or musical project?

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Refreshing Your Piano Recitals

Refreshing Your Piano Recitals

On June 9, 1840, Franz Liszt hosted a concert in Mayfair, London’s Hanover Square Rooms.  The performance was part of a two-concert series advertised as “Liszt’s PianoForte Recitals.”  History records this as the first “piano recital.”  …but you might be surprised to learn that – though Liszt coined the term itself – many don’t consider him to be the father of modern classical piano recitals.  Why?  Because they were too much fun!  Seriously.

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Schumann Introduces “Piano Genios” System

Schumann Introduces “Piano Genios” System

Wouldn’t it be nice if you or your child could sit down enjoy your acoustic piano any time you wanted without disruption?  Wouldn’t it be great if you could practice without anyone else being able to hear you? What a freeing experience it would be to know that nobody else could hear you repeat something dozens of times while you learn it! Well, those dreams are now a reality thanks to Schumann and their new Piano Genios system!

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Dealing with Donations – When Good Intentions Lead to Bad Pianos

Dealing with Donations – When Good Intentions Lead to Bad Pianos

Have a Piano to Donate?

Those of us who are lucky enough to own a piano know that pianos are often passed on from one generation to the next.  They almost become a part of the family. There comes a time, however, when no one in the family plays or the family wants to downsize and you’re left with a decision to make regarding the piano. The two most common choices are:

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Why We Made the Switch to PianoDisc

Why We Made the Switch to PianoDisc

Inertia can be a funny thing.  Simply because something is familiar, we cling to it for years before we even consider making a change… and that can be dangerous when technology is involved.  Especially if we’re discussing player piano technology.  In fact, the last 10 years have seen some incredibly important (and rapid) technological advancements in the music industry.  Change is all around us.  That’s where Riverton Piano Company‘s annual product review comes in.  Each year, we take the time to evaluate the pianos, digital pianos, and player piano systems we carry and make sure that they represent what we feel are the absolute best value products available in each category.  The process is simple.  We compare their construction, reputation, innovation and customer service with other brands in their respective categories and rate them based on their performance in the previous year.  Of course, with Brands like Yamaha, Bosendorfer, Baldwin, Roland and even Schumann, we rarely have any complaints.  However, after careful review, we are excited to announce a change in our lineup.  After careful evaluation of their equipment, music, reliability and customer service, we are excited to announce that we have replaced our old QRS player piano systems with the PianoDisc’s new Prodigy Player Piano System.  Why did we decide to make this change after working with QRS for so many years?  Put simply… because PianoDisc is a better, more value-rich product with a stronger service record and far better support.  Let’s break it down.

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Where Are Yamaha Pianos Made?

Where Are Yamaha Pianos Made?

Whether you’ve considered buying a musical instrument, a motorcycle or high quality AV equipment, you’ve no doubt run into Yamaha.  For over 135 years, Yamaha has built a global reputation for quality and reliability that few of its competitors have been able to match.  In fact, Yamaha is so prevalent in today’s musical landscape that one out of every FOUR instruments is a Yamaha!  That’s right.  Drums, flutes, guitars, pianos – you name it, Yamaha makes it… and people around the world take pride in owning their Yamaha instruments.

elton john playing a yamaha piano

Elton John is one of 3600 musicians who proudly call themselves “Yamaha Artists.”

In the piano world, Yamaha has built a sterling reputation as one of the three most prominent names on the world’s stage.  …but how do Yamaha’s home pianos compare to those you hear Elton John (and countless others) play on stage today?  More specifically, where are Yamaha pianos made and what does their factory location tell you about their quality and long-term value?

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Come See Us at AMEA!

Come See Us at AMEA!

As one of Arizona’s premier music education partners, Riverton Piano Company is honored to once again supply the Arizona Music Educators’ Association (AMEA) with the many pianos they need for their two-day conference at the Mesa Convention Center.   From January 28-29, 2022, music educators from all over Arizona will converge for two days in Mesa, to learn about new music education concepts and curriculum, share ideas and network with each other, and – of course – make great music together.  This year is especially important because – due to COVID-19 – the 2021 AMEA Conference was virtual.  Arizona Music Educators and their students are excited to go back to a live, in-person gathering for the 2022 conference.  …and Riverton is excited to be there too!

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How Much Room Do I Need for a Piano?

How Much Room Do I Need for a Piano?

This is probably one of the most common concerns we hear from first-time piano shoppers.  Of course, the answer varies as much as the pianos we offer do.  Still, with a little creativity and some helpful tools, you might be surprised to discover how easily a piano can fit into your home!

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