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Class Piano Lab Manufacturers: Kawai

Kawai's class piano/group piano lab is the KML-SG Music Lab.

The KML-SG may no longer be available.

The KML-SG may no longer be available. We have not been able to locate it on Kawai-USA's updated site and old links to information on the KML-SG Music Lab are no longer functioning.

Individual keyboards are equipped with a small mixer -- student headphone boxes (KML-SGS  Attachment) -- into which are plugged the sound output of the keyboard along with the student's headphones. The student headphone boxes are then connected to the KML-SG via MIDI-cables which are plugged into the back of the KML-SG. The MIDI cables are used to send AUDIO and not regular MIDI information. Students have control over their individual volumes by adjusting a volume control on their individual headphone boxes.

The KML-SG master (teacher) unit is designed to sit on the top of the teacher's piano and can accommodate up to 16 students by itself or up to 32 students when networked (connected) with a second master unit.

There is no computer or external computer monitor (or LCD projector) interface. The student headphone boxes have no auxiliary audio or microphone inputs.

Visit Kawai's site to look for yourself: KawaiUS.

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


The KML-SG may no longer be available. We have not been able to locate it on Kawai-USA's updated site and old links to information on the KML-SG Music Lab are no longer functioning.

The KML-SG has 5 modes of operation: Individual, Ensemble (2, 4, 8), Instruct, All Instruct, Demo.

Individual Mode: The teacher selects and hears an individual student but the student cannot hear the teacher.

Instruct Mode: The teacher selects and hears individual students (or just one student) and the students CAN also hear the teacher and each other.

Ensemble Mode: Students can be configured in groups of 2, 4, or 8 in order to practice together (duets, or ensembles).

All Instruct Mode: The teacher selects all students (with one button) and everyone can hear the teacher demonstrate but individual students cannot hear each other

Demo Mode: The teacher can play external inputs such as CD players, tape recordings, etc.

Accessories for the KML-SG include the student headphone boxes, headphones, and connection cables. Note the MIDI cables which are used to connect the individual student's AUDIO from their headphone boxes to the teacher control unit.

Key Features of the KML-SG:

* Configured for up to 16 students but can be networked for a total of 32.


The KML-SG may no longer be available. We have not been able to locate it on Kawai-USA's updated site and old links to information on the KML-SG Music Lab are no longer functioning.

Here is what was included with a typical KML-SG Music Lab consisting of 16 student pianos and 1 instructor piano:

1 Kawai KML-SG teacher controller
16 student interface (headphone) boxes (KML-SGS)
17 sets of headphones
17 keyboards (88 note,weighted action) keyboards (16 students, 1 teacher)
All wiring, cables, etc. specifically designed for your class piano lab.

Kawai recommends their own digital pianos, but any standard 88 note-digital piano (keyboard) will work just fine.

General observations: Simple, relatively inexpensive, no "bells & whistles".


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