About Piano Cleveland

PianoKids Brings Music to Cleveland’s Schools

November 30th 2015
Community Connections

PianoKidsCIPC’s ArtsConnect program, working in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association, has launched PianoKids, a new music outreach project that is bringing top-tier, professional artists to Cleveland students who have limited access to concert performances.

Ten Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools are participating in the 2015/16 PianoKids program, which is being sponsored by PNC Bank. Approximately 1,200 children in grades pre-K and K will experience live performances, musical storytelling, and hands-on learning with three musicians and their instruments. Each school will receive two visits during the school year: one in the late fall to introduce musical concepts, and one in the spring to build on what they have learned.

Andris Koh (cello); Aniela Eddy (violin); and Natsumi Shibagaki (piano) will work with the children at the ten schools. All three are well-established teachers of young musicians in the city and have been involved with ArtsConnect for several years. “Andris, Aniela, and Natsumi are ideally suited for the PianoKids program,” said Sophié van der Westhuizen, Director of ArtsConnect. “They have a wonderful ability to connect with children and make the music fun and child-friendly.”

Allison Wallace, Executive Director of the Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association, has served as the project’s liaison with the School District, helping to identify the participating schools and organize the visits. “ArtsConnect and the Neighborhood Centers Association have worked together on several projects,” Ms. van der Westhuizen said. “It’s a wonderful partnership that we hope will continue to bring high quality music education to the city’s children for many years to come.”

Check out these great posts

Q&A with Martín García García


This past week, Piano Cleveland spoke with Martín García García, Mixon First Prize Winner of the 2021 Cleveland International Piano Competition, to understand how he is preparing for his upcoming debut at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, October 12th.

Continue Reading

The History of Hearing Your Favorite Tunes on the Piano


Guest blog post by music historian and performer, Anna O’Connell. This year at the Cleveland International Piano Competition will mark the debut of a new exciting feature: Piano Transcriptions!

Continue Reading