I specialize in performing on the DS 5.5 keyboard, a keyboard designed for pianists with small hands. Before I found the alternative keyboard at SMU, I struggled with playing repertoire that was too large for my hands. I had repeat wrist and hand injuries and I thought that I would never make it as a professional performing artist.
Now I have access to a piano that I play comfortably at home. I also have the option of taking this action with me to perform at other venues. It is a great tool that allows me to reach my artistic potential without sacrificing my physical health!
What is this keyboard?
This is keyboard that works just like any other. The only difference is the width of the keys. Find out more about this keyboard here: http://dsstandardfoundation.org/about/
Why does this keyboard exist?
There are many pianists like me who are limited by the conventional size of the modern-day keyboard. Find out more information about the PASK group (Pianists for Alternatively-Sized Keyboards): http://paskpiano.org/about/
How does this keyboard benefit pianists?
Pianists that play on a piano comfortably sized for their hands prevent size-related injuries and muscle tension. I find this keyboard has not only taught me good technique but also unlocked my potential for musicality. I also find that I learn music faster when I am playing on a keyboard meant for my hands.
Links to more information
Here is a PDF that links you to different websites within the PASK community, which includes teachers, performing artists, professors, keyboard manufacturers and more: Click Here
This past May, I participated in the International Stretto Festival, a celebration of performances all around the world by keyboard artists that use alternative sizes!
See more about the festival here: