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September 27, 2012 11:13 AM The Personal Piano

By Daniel Luzer

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This is maybe why people resent Harvard students.

According to a recent article by Dev Patel in the Harvard Crimson:

On Thursday and Friday, 11 freshmen will receive a new Yamaha AvantGrand hybrid piano [right]—valued at $10,000—which will allow the students to practice with headphones in their rooms. The loaned pianos will allow many students who are longtime musicians to continue developing their talents and, in some cases, composing music by just walking a few feet from their beds.

Because that’s a really importantly thing to be able to ensure? It’s certainly convenient. As Patel writes:

“For the moment, I’ve been going to the basement of Wig B [Wigglesworth B entryway], but it would be super convenient to have one in my room that wouldn’t disturb my roommates,” said Layla Siraj ’16, who has played the piano since she was six. “I can literally roll out of bed and practice without disturbing anyone.”

Apparently there were 32 applicants for the 11 special pianos. One wonders if the winners of the piano lottery will agree to let the 21 losers use their pianos when they’re free, because the students are in class or something. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer