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UAH named an 'Institution of Excellence' by Yamaha

The University of Alabama in Huntsville was recognized for the innovative ways that music is taught there.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Yamaha Corporation of America has named The University of Alabama in Huntsville, a 2021 honoree in its inaugural Institution of Excellence program.

The company is acknowledging UAH's commitment to innovation when it comes to studying music.

Nationwide, there are only ten schools that have earned this recognition this year. 

Schools are picked based on their ability to provide unique and challenging experiences to their music students through different ways of teaching.

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"Yamaha has a worldwide reputation for cutting edge technology over a broad portfolio of products, everything from motorcycles to pianos. Similarly, UAH has a reputation within the region and beyond for cutting edge programs in space and science and engineering but also in a broad portfolio of curricula, nursing, business and music," said Dr. David Ragsdale, Chair of Department of Music, UAH. 

UAH has been ahead of the game when it comes to remote learning. They can teach music, such as piano lessons, from afar using technology from Yamaha. 

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From the 'Yamaha recognizes UAH as Institution of Excellence' Press Release: 

“UAH has been connected to Yamaha through its Piano Loan Program with local affiliate A.B. Stephens for more than two decades,” said Dr. Sean Lane, Dean of UAH’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

“In recent years, our extensive use of Yamaha’s Disklavier technology to reach students as far away as China as well as establishing UAH as a hub for remote teaching with universities across the U.S. has only deepened our longstanding relationship with Yamaha,” Dr. Lane said. “I am proud of the groundbreaking work our faculty and students of the Department of Music have done using Yamaha's instruments and technologies, and we are honored to be among the schools chosen for its Institutions of Excellence program.”

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