Piano Restoration & Repair
If you own a piano that is due or even over-due for quality refinishing, repair or restoration of any kind, from Abbeville to Zumbro, to Goodfood to Pinckneyville to Hattiesburg to Hot Coffee, your piano repair is as close as the entrance to your local interstate highway. Our expert movers are picking up, delivering & delighting piano lovers all across Mississippi and the country every day with pianos we repair and restore.
Piano Keyboard History
At present, the piano keyboard, with its 7 plus octaves, is the apex of keyboard evolution. Keyboard instruments were not always so evolved. According to the Harvard Dictionary of Music (1975, p. 451), the original keyed instrument was from Greece. It had 19 very large keys. Some stories claim that the keys were so big that the musicians had to play it with the entire fist, rather than a single finger.
The range grew over the centuries. By the beginning of the 13th century, the organ keyboard was over three octaves. By the 17th century the grange had grown to four octaves. Harpsichords began to have five octaves from Bach onward. And in 1794 the first piano keyboard was invented with six octaves. Beethoven used this type of piano keyboard.
The classic piano keyboard most of us are used to has seven full octaves.
In the past, the wooden keys of the piano keyboard were often covered with elephant's ivory. This is no longer the practice. In fact, it is against federal law to import or export ivory into the United States. Historically, the keys were covered with many different materials, including bone, mother-of-pearl, porcelain,
tortoise-shell and rare wood veneers.
University of Mississippi
Department of Music
The Department of Music at the University of Mississippi offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music with an emphasis on a professional career in the music profession:
For undergraduate work, the Department of Music offers a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, including performance piano, Music Theory, Vocal Music Education, Wind and Percussion Music Education, String Music Education and Keyboard Music Education.
Graduate degrees include a Master of Music in Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, Piano Performance, Choral Conducting, Music Theory, Music Education, and a Doctor of Arts in Music Education, Music Theory, Music History and Literature, Performance Pedagogy, including Piano Performance Pedagogy.
The Department of Music at the University of Mississippi does not offer courses or degrees in piano technology, piano tuning, piano repair, restoration and refinishing.