A Cost-effective adaptive System for Educational Musical Instrument Labs
The LC4 Music Lab offers music instructors an intuitive, flexible way to teach a group of pupils all at once, one-on-one, or split into smaller groups all without ever leaving their own instrument. The basic LC4 BASE comes with everything an 8-student lab needs to be added to virtually any set of electronic instruments with an audio or headphone output.
Lab-Based Music Education
The LC4 music lab system effectively allows an instructor ubiquitous control over classes expandable to as many as 48 students. Each participant will be practicing on Yamaha's GHS (Graded Hammer Standard) P45 electric piano. The weighted action has heavier touch in the low end and lighter touch in the high end, just like the hammers inside an acoustic piano. Ideal for the aspiring pianist, practicing on the GHS action builds the proper finger technique for when the time comes to perform on an acoustic piano. Plus the matte finishes of the black keys are less slippery when playing for extended periods of time. As a direct mate to the P45 is the quintessential "X-style" stand designed for beginners and hobbyists. A slim folding position provides traveling and storage convenience. The stands come with a circular locking mechanism and quick change knob that adjusts to six different playing heights too. Also the use of headphones/mics allows each student to learn in an isolated virtual practice room, ideal for private practice or one-on-one instruction with a teacher. The Instructor with the touch of a button can remove the virtual practice room walls and instantly the student is in group study mode, teacher-only broadcasts, or "all-together-now" ensemble performances. Instructors even have a powerful MUTE button disabling the students' instruments when it's time to pay attention. Any instrument with a stereo headphone output can be taught using the LC4 including Yamaha keyboards, digital pianos, Silent Series brass and string instruments, or electronic percussion. Exclusive features like the heavy duty Yamaha CM500 headset-microphones and the Mega Group quick configuration button set the LC4 apart from its peers.
Yamaha Exclusive Features Come Standard
Heavy-duty Yamaha CM500 Headset Microphones for listening and class communication
Store and Recall Memories customize 6 classroom configurations via the control unit
Convenient Mega Group feature connects up to 48 students with the single press of a button
Enhanced grounded power supply and circuitry tremendously reduces noise floor in labs with less-than-perfect electrical grounding
Intuitive installation and operation guides
Industrial Velcro strips easily attach student I/O boxes to instruments
Educator Utilities CD-ROM
It's All In One Box
The LC4 BASE comes with everything needed (except musical instruments to be added) for 8 students and 1 teacher (9 stations). That's all the headsets, cabling, I/O boxes, Hub and Control Unit to get a lab up and running fast. The LC4 EXPANSION comes with everything needed to add 8 more students to the LC4 BASE (max 48 students).
Music Lab Software You Can Use
The LC4 Educator Utilities CD-ROM comes packed with practical tools for the music classroom.
FINALE NOTEPAD The gold standard in music notation software. When connected to a USB or MIDI keyboard, a music instructor can play notes into Finale Notepad as a visual aid, or Finale Notepad can play notes directly to the keyboard as an aural example. A Mac or PC can connect to a large class monitor or projector to have music seen and heard by the entire class.
STANDARD PIANO REPERTOIRE The Finale Notepad files are well-known piano classics. Simply open the desired file in Finale Notepad and press PLAY (spacebar) to start and stop playback of the piece. Students can follow the cursor, watch the notes and listen to Finale Notepad play the instructor's connected USB or MIDI keyboard as an aural and visual example of what certain pieces are supposed to sound like.
DIGITAL MUSIC NOTEBOOK DMN is essentially a digital sheet music viewer for downloading, playing, and printing music straight off the Internet. Literally thousands of titles are available. Files including lessons, guitar tablature, karaoke lyric files and more are there for your perusal and normally offered as a pay-per-song service. But as an LC4 lab owner you are given a coupon code for TWO free titles of your choice. With a projector or large LCD, use DMN as a visual aid for reviewing sheet music. Or even print a title for a student in your class.
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