The quality of the instruments at colleges, universities and fine arts venues is a reflection of the commitment an institution makes to their students, faculty and the performers who play on their stages. Keeping these instruments in performance condition as they age can be a daunting task. Steinway has worked with schools throughout Michigan and NW Ohio, providing assistance with inventory management and service needs.
More than 200 institutions of distinction now display the All-Steinway School symbol as a firm commitment to excellence for students, faculty members and their respective communities at large.
“Our Students and Faculty have been very happy with the Boston and Essex pianos in our practice rooms and studios. The instruments are well crafted and have withstood the rigorous demands of a busy music department.” - Dr. Timothy D. Brakel Chair, Department of Music The University of Toledo
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Steinway pianos are manufactured in New York City, right here in the United States of America. Steinway factory tours can be arranged for administration, faculty, alumni, students, and potential donors who can see and experience the factory where the world’s finest piano is built.
For a music department in a college or university, the piano is the most basic of equipment. In their years of formal study, every music student, regardless of their major instrument, will spend hours at the piano. Yet often the state of the piano inventory is at best “unknown” and at worst old, worn, and even dangerous. Frequently, the piano faculty is expected to somehow be aware of the condition of the fleet of pianos and keep them going. This can be dozens or even hundreds of instruments - a daunting task for anyone!
Imagine a document at your fingertips where you can see the brand, age, condition, placement, use, and value of every piano on campus! Steinway & Sons offers such a program. With a phone call to 248-560-9200 or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, you can find out if your college or university qualifies for this comprehensive service.
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Steinway & Sons is at your service to help you formulate a plan that can be as simple as adding one piano to your fleet or as detailed as a 5 – 10 year replacement plan to improve and upgrade your entire piano inventory. By planning ahead, you can help your school avert a major piano crisis where numerous pianos need to be replaced all at once. Your purchasing department will thank you!
Investing in new pianos can be expensive and funding for piano purchases often comes partially or entirely from sources outside a school’s regular budget. While fundraising to purchase pianos can be very difficult, fundraising for Steinway pianos is always easier. With a name and quality recognition like Steinway, donors know that they have endowed a significant legacy that will appreciate over time and be enjoyed by generations to come. We have some great ideas to share about raising funds for piano purchases. Another way to purchase pianos is Steinway’s Lease to Own Program. To receive your copy of “Keys to Sound Success, A Fundraising Guide,” or Steinway’s Lease to Own Program, email our institutional director at email@example.com.
Most music department deans, chairs, piano faculty members, and professors have never had the opportunity to take a course or attend a seminar on “Piano Inventory Management.” Other than your building itself, your fleet of pianos is probably the most valuable property or equipment for which you are responsible. At Steinway Piano Gallery, we have the experience to help you with every facet of your piano inventory. Here are just a few of the questions that we can help you answer:
We want to help you with these and any other piano-related questions you may have!
"The studio professors are delighted with these instruments. One of them has already purchased one for his home” - Paul Lehman, piano technician at Eastern Michigan University
The following is a partial list of institutions that Steinway Piano Gallery Detroit has had the pleasure of serving.
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WISE, VA – Nestled among the Appalachian Mountains in Southwest Virginia, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has long been recognized for its commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship. This year, UVA Wise took a notable step toward superior standards in music education with its attainment of All-Steinway School status. The prestigious All-Steinway School designation identifies those colleges, universities, and conservatories that have made the commitment to use only Steinway and Steinway-designed pianos in their classroom, practice, and performances spaces—thus ensuring students, faculty, and visiting artists have access to the world’s finest pianos.Read More
In early 2020, just before a pandemic turned the world upside down, Dean Marvin Curtis of Indiana University South Bend’s Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts was focused on two upcoming celebrations. The first was his own impending retirement—after twelve years as the Raclin School’s dean, Curtis could see his June retirement approaching quickly.Read More
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - Over the past five years, students and faculty at Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach have witnessed a renaissance of energies devoted to the institution’s musical and performing arts programs. Fueled partly by student demand and partly by the passions of committed faculty and administration, VWU’s performing arts focus has soared—so much so, in fact, that VWU has recently witnessed the construction of a brand-new performing arts center and the renovation of two existing venues to provide more support for recitals, theater, and live performances.Read More
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