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Letter: College and piano sales

This letter is in response to the concern voiced by Mr. and Mrs. van Matre regarding the loss of taxpayer dollars to the pianos at the college. I’m afraid that the ad placed by Yamaha for the piano sale at the college may have created some confusion, and I wanted to explain how the piano deal with Yamaha works at the college.

Across the nation, major piano companies, like Yamaha, Baldwin and

Kawai, establish loan agreements with colleges and universities to place

instruments on campus for student use. The college is allowed to use a

few instruments free of charge on the condition that they allow the

loaning company to have a public sale once a year on campus. This is a

win-win situation for the college and the company. The college is given

the use of the latest equipment to train students and the company is

able to give valuable exposure to their products.

Through this agreement, the college was able to place four up-to-date midi keyboards in the electronic piano laboratory and a grand piano in Sarah Winnemucca Hall for concerts. Without this loan agreement, the college would have no grand piano.

Seven of the remaining electronic pianos in the laboratory date back to 1991, which is somewhat similar to using computers dating to that year. Some functions are still usable, but students are not able to take advantage of the musical technology and teaching innovations afforded by the latest models. Consequently, as the college updates the lab slowly over the years using its limited resources, we are grateful for this assistance in placing four state-of-the-art pianos there free of charge.

Rest assured that taxpayer dollars are very carefully spent in our program, and we have welcomed this generous offer by Yamaha to give our students the use of these instruments at no taxpayer expense.


Artistic Director: Performing Arts

Western Nevada Community College

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