Su Dam, a Lincoln Academy student from China,  plays a, 88-key weighted keyboard in Lincoln Academy’s Studio B. Thanks to a grant from an anonymous donor, the LA music department will soon have three more of these keyboards to use in music classes.

Su Dam, a Lincoln Academy student from Vietnam, plays a, 88-key weighted keyboard in Lincoln Academy’s Studio B. Thanks to a grant from an anonymous donor, the LA music department will soon have three more of these keyboards to use in music classes.

The Lincoln Academy Music Department has received a grant from an anonymous donor to fund two Music Department projects. The first is to purchase three 88 key weighted keyboards for the piano lab. These will be used in Lincoln Academy’s popular piano class. “Most of the piano students are beginners, and are fine on the 61-key soft touch pianos,” said piano and vocal teacher Beth Preston, “but we’re getting quite a few students that take the course more than once, and need to ‘graduate’ to pianos that have weighted action and more octaves. We also have more advanced boarding students that like to take the class to improve their playing.” The new pianos will arrive at the end of January and be set up in Studio B, where Preston teaches vocal and instrumental music.

Preston hopes the new pianos will attract new students to try a music class during high school. At Lincoln Academy, students are required to take one Visual and Performing Arts credit. “Sometimes incoming freshmen perceive this requirement to mean just the Art Fundamentals class,” said Preston. “but there are many options to fulfill this credit, and the Music Department has lots to offer. Freshmen can choose to sing or play in Concert Choir and Concert Band. They can also take the trimester electives, including Basic Piano, Beginner Guitar, Ukulele, History of Rock and Roll, and Improv Percussion. “The new pianos will add to the possibilities of learning piano for credit,” said Preston. “We are very lucky to have them!”

The second music department program to get funding from the anonymous donor is a trip to Boston for a day of culture and workshopping for the LA choirs. “This year the band is going to New York City, so the Choirs will take a shorter day trip to Boston,” said Preston. “It is wonderful enrichment, since no matter how much we study at school, there is no substitute for experiencing the diversity of live music and culture in the city.”

“We are grateful for the support Lincoln Academy continues to receive from the community,” finished Preston, “this grant will allow us to expand the reach of the music program for our students.”