What Makes a Digital Piano Different From a Piano Keyboard?

On the surface, a digital piano might seem similar to a piano keyboard. The two instruments both work with many of the standards you’d get out of a traditional piano. But there are many things about a digital piano that make it different from a piano keyboard. Much of this entails the layouts of the two units, but there are many other things worth exploring just as well. (by Lucia)

A Better Series of Keys

The keys that you will get out of a digital piano will be the same as what you’d get out of a traditional piano. That is, you will have 88 keys on your instrument. The layout works well if you’re used to working with classical pianos and you want an instrument that works as close to a regular piano as possible. Each key links to a sound tone that is produced based on how hard you press something.

Don’t forget that having 88 keys ensures you can cover all six octaves that the piano can support. A smaller keyboard model would only come with around 40 to 60 keys. You might get four or five octaves produced out of one of these units. While you could attempt to adjust the digital sound settings to generate that missing sixth one, the trial and error of trying to make it sound that way can be a waste of your time.

Sound Modification Is Important

A digital piano may come with various modification qualities. While a keyboard would come with presets and sound effects, your digital piano will come with a basic piano tone instead. But you can change that tone around to your liking. You can produce numerous effects with your instrument from reverb to delay to some extra percussion notes. But the basic piano sound that comes with the model is the most important point that you will use.

The ways how you can control the sounds will vary. In some cases, you might use foot pedals like what a traditional model offers. In other cases, you’ll find some buttons near the keys that help you adjust the settings. A small display screen that identifies the controls you’re putting in helps as well.

Speaker Support

The most significant concern that comes with a piano keyboard is that you might have a tough time figuring out if the sounds you’re producing are worthwhile. You might need to get an outside speaker attached to the keyboard to make it work.

The problem can be avoided with a digital piano. The unit will come with speakers built into its body. The large size of the speakers ensures that you’ll produce rich sounds similar to what a traditional piano can create.

Still, you would have to ensure the piano is secured to a proper electric outlet. The large design of the instrument might make it hard for you to get this ready in some spots as well.

You could also connect your digital piano to a computer provided that you have a MIDI interface. While the piano keyboard may come with the same MIDI interface, there are no real guarantees that your keyboard will use the same control setup that a digital model supports.

Who Can Use This?

Anyone can use a digital piano. This may also work well among children who are learning how to play the piano and need a model that is a little more forgiving based on how well the person presses the keys. Either way, the design of the piano makes it much easier for anyone to use than a piano keyboard that might require precise instructions for use.

Have Fun With Your Digital Piano

You’ll discover when you start playing with a digital piano that it is one of the most outstanding types of instruments that you can play. You will enjoy playing along with different tones and functions with an appealing digital instrument.

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Information Packet
The admission procedure begins with a request for information about the school.

Parent Tours
Parents attend a school tour where they can observe the children at work in the classrooms, learn about the Montessori philosophy on which the school is based, and about the parent cooperative aspect of the school. The Elementary Workshop Open Houses are held in November and February.

Parents send a completed application and the $100 non-refundable application fee.

Student Visit or Interview
Prospective Students are invited to the Elementary Workshop for an interview. Older children (5-10) are often asked to come into the classroom for a 1/2 day’s visit. After the interview/visit, parents are informed promptly of their children’s acceptance.

Criteria for Acceptance
Children are accepted on a first come first served basis, so long as there is a place available. We do not screen children through academic testing, however, we do make an effort to make sure we can truly meet any special needs children might have. If we cannot, we try to help parents find an alternative placement. Children applying mid-year will be considered as space is available. Children are accepted into our school without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed or national origin.

Enrollment Contract
Once a child has been accepted, parents sign the enrollment contract which holds a place for the child. This contract must be accompanied by a $400 non-refundable tuition deposit.

Applications for scholarships must be made at the time of signing the enrollment contract. The deadline for scholarships is March 15

Early Applications
Re-enrollment of current students takes place in early February. The school holds Open Houses in November and February. Most new enrollments take place before April 1 and the 3 and 4 year old spaces fill quickly.

Note: The Elementary Workshop includes grades Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 6. To
be admitted to the school children must be 2 1/2 years old by September 1.


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The children of the school are very young and it is important for them to have quick and easy access to their parents. Our central downtown location makes it easy for most parents to come quickly when their children are ill or distressed. EWMS parents often stop in for lunch, drive for field trips, or rearrange their schedules so they can work in the classroom one morning on a regular basis.

One of Delaware’s last surviving large school buildings from the mid-19th century, the Elementary Workshop building is on the National Register of Historic Places.


From North of Wilmington: From I-95 south take the 4th Street Exit Turn left on to 4th Street Follow 4th Street past McDonald’s past Del Tech Community College and the Public Safety Bldg. (4th & Walnut) Pine Street will be three streets up turn left on to Pine Street Elementary Workshop is on your right at 502 Pine Street. Parking is available in front of the school and church. If that is full, you may park on 5th Street in front of the playground by driving around the block (3 right turns).


There are many aspects of the Elementary Workshop Montessori School that make us special. First and foremost, we are a Parent Co-op. Our families pitch in on everything from painting to fundraising. Parents help out on projects, in the classrooms, and library, and on field trips. Having Moms, Dads, and other significant adults play such an important role in their school helps children learn the value of education, and keeps the school and home connection strong.

Children at EWMS wear slippers during their work time. This keeps them comfortable as they work, keeps the school quieter so they can work, and keeps it cleaner so they can work in a beautiful environment.“Elementary Workshop Montessori School”的图片搜索结果

Most Fridays the entire school body congregates for an assembly. Assembly topics vary from Pedestrian Safety to show cats to judo. Guest speakers have included visitors from foreign countries, experts in carving, and students from the school sharing their work and projects. Assemblies are an opportunity to share a song and learn something all together.

At the end of May and just into June, the children in EII pack up and go to Cape Henlopen for three days of classes at the Nature Center, and lots of time cooking together, spending time at the beach, and generally bonding before the long summer break. The children in EI spend one night at Cape Henlopen at the end of the week after the EII group returns.

Our school celebrates holidays from a traditional and ethnic perspective rather than a religious one. To enhance our educational program, we welcome parents and children to share their celebrations with their classes. Typically our holiday celebrations are observed through special food, stories, songs, and art projects. We seek to avoid the over-commercialization of holidays and focus instead on their true meaning and the sharing with others. We invite our parents and siblings to dress up and join us on Halloween Morning, for example, when we have a parade in the neighborhood, followed by a celebratory circle at which we can see each other’s costumes, and then booths staffed by parents and students for everything from donuts-on-a-string to hand painting. It’s a fun way to learn about and participate in a traditional American children’s celebration.


EWMS History and Philosophy

The Elementary Workshop Montessori School is accredited by both the American Montessori Society and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

In the Beginning

Since its founding by Lillian A. Shah and Penny Contractor in 1971, the Elementary Workshop Montessori School has grown from a small class of 28 students housed in St. Mary’s rectory to abo

“Elementary Workshop Montessori School”的图片搜索结果ut 75 children using the spacious and well-equipped three-story building we show off with pride. The present school is

the result of the work and love of many parents, teachers, friends, board members, and students who have planned, carried, painted, collected, and created the ELEMENTARY WORKSHOP MONTESSORI SCHOOL. EWMS is our school in a way few other schools can be – ours because our dreams and frustrations, our work and laughter, our pride and our hearts are built into every inch of it.

Vision Statement


The Elementary Workshop Montessori School’s vision is to develop life-long learners who:
Are self-directe

Can live confidently in a continuously changing world

Are armed with knowledge and problem-solving skills

Are able to address new challenges with true creativity

Are caring and sensitive toward others

Will honor their obligations as world citizens

Guiding Principles

We are guided by the Montessori philosophy and methods to:

Free the child’s potential for self-development through increasingly complex sensory, motor, and intellectual activities;

Stimulate the child’s development through individual tasks and communal activities in a multi-age environment;

Guide each child’s learning based on a child’s innate readiness for physical, mental, emotional, and social development;

Provide an environment that protects the learning process, promotes creativity, encourages self-discipline, and prepares the child for abstract intellectual decisions.
We foster close connections between the learning environment and home. Parent involvement is achieved through informal education, parent-staff cooperation, patent participation in Elementary Workshop activities, and by encouraging the use of Montessori methods at home.“Elementary Workshop Montessori School”的图片搜索结果
We advocate educational excellence, employing an experienced, highly trained, sensitive and responsive staff. We respect the high calling of working with children and give full support to our staff.
We openly seek and honor ethnic, cultural, religious, and economic diversity in the life of the Elementary Workshop family and in the global nature of the environment.
We offer a safe and comfortable learning environment at a location easily accessible to diverse populations in the surrounding urban and suburban communities.

EWMS Purpose and Philosophy

The purpose of the Elementary Workshop Montessori School is to provide the highest quality education in a diverse, cohesive academic environment. In the Montessori tradition we foster each child’s joy in learning and enable each child’s fullest development.

Young children have an intense desire to learn and they have unusual ability to absorb and learn from their environment. The school must foster what is natural, unique, and authentic in children. Since the best preparation for being a happy and useful adult is to live fully as a child, the school must be a community where children can exist first and foremost as children and not as future adults.“Elementary Workshop Montessori School”的图片搜索结果

At the Elementary Workshop Montessori School we assume the responsibility for finding the most effective ways to teach young children. This requires us to understand them, to know what is of vital interest to them, and to be aware of their many different ways of learning. It also means that we like them and always view them in a positive light. If quality education is to become a priority, it is important to provide good models, and over the years the Elementary Workshop Montessori School has gained recognition as an outstanding educational and teacher training center. Children are educated well here. They are at ease. As they explore and learn and make mistakes, their dignity remains intact. Pleasant and childlike, they grow and bloom in this extraordinarily right place we have made for them.