Published: 30th August 2022
Kelly Parsons from Access, Wellbeing and Equity says the pianos are a creative way to reignite campus culture and inspire social connection through music.
“The popularity of the pianos has far exceeded our expectations. There are so many talented musicians in the community who are choosing to share their skills. It’s been a hugely successful initiative," Kelly said.
Funded through the 2021 VC Small Steps of Innovation and SSAF (student services and amenities fee), staff and students can now enjoy public pianos at four locations – the Vet Pavillion, Geoffrey Bolton Library entrance and in Building 460 corridor on the South Street campus, and in the alfresco area at Mandurah.
Each piano is decorated to reflect themes relevant to the University. The Vet Pavillion’s piano, decorated by Student Wellbeing and Equity Ambassador, Oakley Hands, focuses on nature, encouraging the community to ‘grow with the flow’.
Earlier this year, a pulse survey revealed that people were loving the pianos, with one person saying they felt they were being serenaded each evening on their way home.
“To hear that people’s spirits are lifted when they hear the music is very rewarding," enthused Kelly.
The Vet School and the Guild will co-sponsor a small afternoon tea to launch the piano, with some special performances by staff virtuosos expected to entertain attendees.