Estimating the Cost of a Class Piano Lab

Also see: Everything you've ever wanted to know about Class Piano Labs

Any Class Piano Lab will consist of the following equipment:

- Individual student workstations

- A teacher workstation with a control unit (conferencing system) for listening to and communicating with individual students

- headphones

- A standard size lab is 8-16 student workstations. If you want a Lab larger than 16 student workstations, then you will have to add an expansion card as with the Roland GLC-1 or Yamaha LC3 conferencing systems.

Check out these pictures of actual labs: Lab1, Lab2

To begin calculating the cost of a Class Piano Lab, here are some initial considerations you need to make:

1. Measure the size of your room and calculate how many workstations the space will accommodate. Obviously, the PHYSICAL SPACE you have available will ultimately determine the maximum number of pianos (keyboards) you can consider in your class piano lab. A general rule of thumb for calculating how many pianos you can comfortably (and perhaps legally) get in a room can be found below.

2. Check how many electrical outlets are in the room. The power consumption of digital pianos is very low -- approx 40 watts each (the same as a 40 watt light bulb). We recommend at least one electrical socket for every 2 workstations. A typical wall outlet has 2 electrical sockets. This would handle 2 power strips with 2 keyboards on each strip. Power strips should not be daisy-chained together; however, a heavy-duty extension cord can be used to extend the reach of an individual power strip. A separate power outlet is needed for the lab conferencing system (teacher controller unit). If there is additional electronic equipment such as amplifiers for wall speakers, stereo equipment such as CD players, etc., then those should be on a separate outlet.

A Lab consisting of 1 teacher and 8 student workstations would require a minimum of 4 outlets with 8 sockets. A 16 station lab would require a minimum of 8 outlets/16 sockets, etc. This is the minimum number, but of course the more outlets the better. And, the more outlets, the fewer extension cords will be needed, thus reducing the clutter of power cables having to be strung across the floor.

3. Check out our List of Class Piano Lab Products and begin to make decisions as to which model of piano you would like.

4. Calculate cost estimates for Class Piano Labs in various configurations by using our Cost Estimate Form.

If you are a college, you may choose to use our graded curriculum materials which are suitable for all levels of class piano for the college student, whether secondary or elective study.

If you purchase a Lab from us, we require a contractual agreement regarding payment and installation.

If you pay by SCHOOL PURCHASE ORDER, then generally you do not have to pay until the lab is installed and approved by a representative from your school.

If you are a private organization or studio, then half the total cost of the Lab must be paid up front and the remainder paid within 30 days of the completion of the Lab installation.

Smith Creek Music is a consulting service specializing in class piano lab systems and teaching materials. We work directly with Corner Music, in the actual purchase and installation of class piano lab systems. Corner Music does not do any electrical or mechanical work regarding room design. Consequently, when Corner Music representatives come to your school or organization to setup your lab, all electrical, mechanical, and computer networking requirements must be met via a contractual agreement before they install the Lab equipment.

Worst Case Scenario: You assume your room is large enough to hold all the piano workstations and that there are enough electrical outlets in the room to handle the power needs, however no one actually measured the room or counted the outlets. Corner Music ships the equipment to your location and then come on-site to set up the lab only to discover that the room isn't large enough to hold the equipment and there are not nearly enough electrical outlets. Big problems for everyone.

A general rule-of-thumb for calculating the size of the room and how many workstations it will accommodate:

1. The footprint for one piano workstation is 5' x 5'. This includes the necessary space for a student actually sitting at a piano with enough room behind the student for someone to walk. The student's back should not be up-against the back of the piano behind.

2. At least 4' should be allowed for walking space around the perimeter of the room

See Class Piano Lab Room Configurations

See A Critical Overview of Class Piano Lab Manufacturers.

Back to Class Piano Lab Resources.

Contact us for information about designing and installing a class/group piano lab in your school.

P.O. Box 140446 Nashville, TN 37214
Site last updated: May 1, 2013