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The keys that pull the kids

November 6, 2014

Matthew Flanders, a freshman electrical engineering major, plays the piano in the staircase in between classes– Photo by Brian Blakely

Matthew Flanders, a freshman electrical engineering major, plays the piano in the staircase in between classes– Photo by Brian Blakely

ELLIE MOSLANDER

Associate Multimedia Editor

 

This fall quarter, music has filled the campus; it can be heard in the quad and through the walkways outside as students walk to class.

 

Surprisingly, the music is found coming from a piano crammed into a staircase outside of the Student Center.

 

As Tech students walk to and from class, they may stop to hear fellow students play and sing.

 

The piano seems to have brought a new atmosphere to the campus which did not exist in the past.

 

Thad Williams, a senior sociology major, stops to play the piano and sing in between classes.

 

“I like it because everybody can hear the piano,” Williams said. “Everyone just comes and listens, smiling. That’s what I like to see –  people smiling.”

 

Ndi Gwan, a sophomore computer information systems major, plays the piano in the staircase– Photo by Brian Blakely

Ndi Gwan, a sophomore computer information systems major, plays the piano in the staircase– Photo by Brian Blakely

He said many people have stopped to hear him play. He has even seen people tear up and get emotional from some of the songs he plays.

 

“All of my songs that I write have something to do with something going on in life, something that happened to me and other people can relate to,” Williams said.

 

He said he has met many fellow pianists and musicians because of the piano.

 

He said there are four or five of them and they sit around and play and listen to each other’s music.

 

“Music is a bond,” Williams said. “You’re going to make friends. If you know how to sing and play, if you know how to just play or just sing, you’re going to make friends no matter what; because people walk around here every day.”

 

He said when he is playing, people look over to see where the music is coming from.

 

“Some people might stop, some people might not,” Williams said, “Some people may be having a bad day and that music will uplift their day. Some people may be having a good day and it just makes their day even better.”

 

Ndi Gwan, a sophomore computer information systems major, has also been able to share his love for music with others through the piano.

 

“I think it’s good because a lot of people are out here and can hear it, so I can express myself to them,” he said. “But the fact that it’s outside is not good for the piano in the long run.”

 

Gwan said it’s one of the few pianos on campus, so why not play it? He likes the location because it’s shady and a lot of people walk by.

 

“People stop and listen and I think that’s really cool,” he said. “I think it increases the positivity around here.”

Matthew Flanders, a freshman electrical engineering major plays the piano under the staircase outside the Student Center–Photo by Brian Blakely

Matthew Flanders, a freshman electrical engineering major plays the piano under the staircase outside the Student Center–Photo by Brian Blakely

 

Elizabeth Nguyen, a senior animal science major, recently stopped to listen to the music amidst her busy day.

 

“I think it’s really awesome, personally,” she said.  “While I like it being so open to the public, I don’t like that the piano itself is probably being hurt by nature.”

 

Matthew Flanders, a freshman electrical engineering major, first discovered the piano during orientation over the summer.

 

“I like the piano being in the staircase because the walls amplify the sound,” he said.

 

Flanders is interested in creating a piano/music club in the future so students can continue to share their passion for music with each other.

 

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