WINNERS OF THE STEINWAY NATIONAL ONLINE PIANO COMPETITION 2021

The Steinway National online piano competition has concluded. To find out who the winners are please watch the video below.

 

 

 For more information please visit www.steinway.com.au/competition

or call our National Information Line on 1300 199 589.

 

DISINFECTING PIANO KEYS

  • To disinfect your piano — the keys are the most important part. Over-the-counter hydrogen peroxide available from any pharmacy, is safe for piano keys.
  • Dampen a cotton pad with hydrogen peroxide and use the pad to wipe down the piano keytops (back to front) between players.
  • Use diluted alcohol-based disinfectants, do not use bleach-based disinfectants or any product containing citrus.
  • If using a spray or liquid bottle, use a disposable pads or soft cloths. Put the disinfectant on the towel and not the piano.
  • Always follow up with a dry towel and never leave any liquids on the piano or keys.

GENERAL CLEANING GUIDELINES

  • The exterior of your Steinway piano is actually quite easy to keep clean. A clean piece of fine knit cloth, lightly dampened with plain water is the most convenient and safe method for removing dust and finger marks that occur during normal use and play. High-polish finishes should be wiped lightly with the use of a microfiber polishing cloth.
  • Due to the wide range of cleaning products available, it is advisable to test on an small unexposed area of the finish to ensure that the product will not damage the finish prior to using on visible surfaces.
  • Waxing and polishing is not recommended, as this can lead to build-up which can only be safely removed by trained professionals. Wipe your piano’s keyboard frequently with a clean piece of soft cloth, very lightly dampened with plain water.
  • Never allow dampness to seep between the keys or down into the keybed — this can cause swelling and hamper the free play of the keys.
  • Never use solvents of any kind to clean either the black or the white keys of your Steinway piano — they can damage the fine finish of the keys.
  • Don’t put pots, vases, pictures, drinks or objects of any kind on top of the piano. The finish can be damaged by any foreign objects placed upon it and, in addition, they can have a ruinous effect on the sound of the piano.

 

THE BENEFITS OF PLAYING PIANO

THE PHYSICAL AND mental benefits of playing music have long been recognised. The piano, in particular, has been an unparalleled outlet for those seeking escape, creative expression, and simply fun and joy. Recent years have only seen more evidence of the benefits of piano come to light, linking music making to a healthy body, a healthy mind, and a healthy life.

IMPROVE THE BODY

Even though you’re sitting down, playing the piano is a workout all its own, and offers different physical and physiological advantages to players of all ages. For instance, regular piano playing sharpens fine motor skills and improves hand-eye coordination in the young and developing. Research has shown that piano lessons for older adults have a significant impact on increased levels of  Human Growth Hormone, which slows the adverse effects of aging. Bringing music into your life is also proven to reduce anxiety, heart and respiratory rates, cardiac complications, and to lower blood pressure and increase immune response.

SHARPEN THE INTELLECT

Piano practice also boosts cognitive and intellectual abilities, which is to say it makes you smarter and activates similar parts of the brain used in spatial reasoning and math. Studying piano has also been shown to amazingly improve memory — particularly verbal memory — and build good habits like focus and perseverance, diligence and creativity. Children who had a few years of piano study under their belts could remember twenty percent more vocabulary words than their peers. And childhood musicians are better equipped later in life to retain information from speeches and lectures. Playing piano has been shown to increase spatial-temporal ability, which figures heavily in math, science and engineering. Regular music practice at an early age can even make structural changes to the brain that stay with you for the rest of your life, making your brain more efficient both while playing and in extra-musical endeavours.

Children who had a few years of piano study under their belts could remember twenty percent more vocabulary words than their peers.”

 

CALM THE MIND

Studies show that time spent at the keyboard improves mental health: people who make music experience less anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Playing piano has also been shown to be a great source of stress relief, and provides ample opportunities to bolster self-esteem. It is also a widely used form of therapy for Attention Deficit Disorder.

LIFELONG HEALTHY, HEALTHY LIFE

Playing the piano offers a plethora of health benefits that will supplement every part of your life. And that doesn’t even begin to consider the deep cultural network and historical tradition that you join as a piano player and owner. For two hundred years, the piano has been a staple of the home, bringing together families and friends and strengthening communities with the power of music: bring a piano into your home today.