Two representatives from Yamaha brought the new instrument to college to get the opinions of those on the Music and Music Technology courses.
“We are not allowed to say anything about the piece of equipment, but I can say it was different to anything I’ve seen before and used the latest technology,” said Priestley Tutor Michael Grainger.
Yamaha Senior Planning Specialist Kevin MacManus was joined at Priestley by Nozomu Fujiwara who had flown in from Japan to work on the development of the new instrument.
Around 50 students gave their thoughts including David Hindle, who studies BTEC Music Technology.
“It was an eye-opening experience,” said the former Birchwood High pupil. “It felt like they really wanted to listen to what we had to say and there could even be a chance we could see some of our ideas in the final design.”
Priestley was chosen to take part due to its connections with Steinberg – a leading producer of music recording, arranging and editing software.
Last year the college was named one of only 16 training centres for Steinberg in the country and the company is wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation.
The partnership sees Steinberg accept feedback from Priestley on the products it produces for the education sector.
“It was an incredible experience for the students who used it to find out more about research and development, how to get into the industry and the importance of consumer feedback,” said Michael Grainger.