Piano/keyboards for Boston Conservatory at Berklee Pianists

Piano/keyboards for Boston Conservatory at Berklee Pianists

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Xinshu Huang started this petition to Berklee College of Music and

As classical pianists who study at conservatories, we exclusively rely on access to instruments at the school. Since the current COVID-19 situation has forced universities(Berklee College of Music included) to close down, a number of Boston Conservatory at Berklee pianists are left with low-grade keyboards or no instruments at all. It's understandable that there are a great number of piano players in need of a keyboard or piano at Berklee, but as you may know, for us classical musicians, the importance of having access to a real piano, or a high-quality keyboard is critical. Most of our practice involves working with subtle aspects of the piano playing such as dynamics, phrasing, nuances, and articulation. One of the solutions would be for students to travel back home. However, due to the current COVID-19 situation and the risk of affecting elderly family members, some students were unable to leave Boston. According to the news, some conservatories(NEC, Oberlin, University of Miami, University of Memphis,University of Maryland) have loaned pianos to the students who didn't have access to a piano after the closure of schools. The option of buying or renting a piano/keyboard does look like a solution, but many of us live on a strict budget and don't have extra funds to spend especially during these difficult times ($100/month for a piano/keyboard + $600-$800 in moving expenses). Because of all the cancellations of performances, gigs and etc, most of us have lost more than 50% of monthly income, and wouldn't be able to afford to rent a high-quality instrument. With all due respect, I humbly ask guidance and advice, and, possibly, a negotiation to provide Boston Conservatory at Berklee pianists with pianos/keyboards during the quarantine.      

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