2012-2013: Rhapsody Arts Center conducts its “Pennies for Pianos” fundraiser to purchase five new acoustic pianos. Rhapsody hopes to become the only “all acoustic” studio in the area, improving the quality of music instruction by replacing electronic instruments. Students and their families can bring pennies and other change to Rhapsody for the piano piggy bank, a decommissioned piano that has been painted and re-purposed by Rhapsody art students and faculty. The piano piggy bank makes cool musical sounds when you drop in a coin! All donations are warmly accepted.
“I was taught piano by the little lady down the street. This is an entirely different experience. These are highly trained and talented pianists, some with professional performance credentials. They are at home with the classics that you know, and those that you don’t. They can easily slip into any style of play and will astound you with their ability to improvise as well. A lot of people can teach how to play piano…the folks at Rhapsody can teach the nuances of professional performance piano. They love their music and all aspects of it… My daughter’s lessons are spiced with regular interjections of history and music facts too. She loves it, and so do my wife and I. A special treat are the occasional evening performances by the staff.” -Jon Finseth