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ASTORIA, N.Y., March 2, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Steinway & Sons, makers of the finest pianos in the world, yesterday opened the doors of its historic piano factory to nearly sixty music teachers from K-12 schools in the New York area, most from underrepresented districts. The special factory tour was made possible through Steinway's partnership with Education Through Music, an organization that helps inner-city schools provide music as a core subject for all children. The tour included a workshop and meet-and-greet session with Steinway Artist Davell Crawford.
"What a great day," said Ron Losby, CEO of Steinway Musical Instruments. "To see so many music educators enjoying the tour and working with Davell was very gratifying. Steinway has always been committed to music education, and this event helped us connect on a more intimate level with some of the teachers from our own region who are doing important work bringing music to children."
"Steinway's investment in teacher professional development with Education Through Music, including opportunities to interact with world-class Steinway Artists, is supporting the very best in music education for the children who need it most," said Katherine Damkohler, Executive Director of Education Through Music. "ETM is thrilled to have such a great partnership with the Steinway organization."
The teachers in attendance for the historic tour were also treated to a workshop with Davell Crawford, the "Piano Prince of New Orleans," who spoke about the importance of music education in his own life. "It has been an honor to meet and spend time with these teachers today," Crawford said. "These music educators have dedicated their lives to sharing the gift of music with the next generation and to making sure every child has the chance to experience the joy of making music. I'm very grateful to have been a part of this inspiring day."
About Education Through Music
Education Through Music was founded in 1991 to promote the integration of music into the curricula of disadvantaged schools in order to enhance students' academic performance and general development. ETM forms long-term partnerships with inner-city elementary and middle schools to develop sustainable, long-term music programs. The ETM model currently serves nearly 27,000 students in inner-city schools in New York City, and our model reaches another 10,000 children through the work of our licensed affiliate organization in Los Angeles. Visit www.ETMonline.org to learn more.
About Steinway & Sons
Since 1853, Steinway pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty, and investment value. Because of a dedication to continuous improvement, today's Steinway remains the choice of 9 out of 10 concert artists, and it is the preferred piano of countless musicians, professional and amateur, throughout the world. For more information, visit www.steinway.com.
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