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Yamaha Partners With Quincy Jones' Playground Sessions

Yamaha has partnered with Playground Sessions, an award-winning interactive keyboard software co-created by music legend Quincy Jones, to include a free trial version of Playground Sessions software program in the latest edition of its Yamaha Survival Kit.

The Yamaha Survival Kit is a keyboard add-on pack designed to enrich players’ experiences with their new instruments. People who purchase Survival Kits, which also provide power adapter, foot switch/pedal and stereo headphone accessories, as well as 1-year warranty extensions, can use the Playground Sessions software to learn to play their favorite music with their computer right away. Additionally, anyone who buys the software from can purchase Yamaha keyboards and the software together at a special price.

"Playground Sessions is a turnkey way for a beginning player to instantly interact with their new keyboard as soon as it arrives in their home. The ability to learn popular songs from their favorite artists is a strong incentive," said John Shalhoup, chief marketing director, Yamaha Corp. of America. "Yamaha sees this partnership as a natural fit, as we both strongly believe in the power of playing music, and are committed to finding innovative ways to get more people playing."

Playground Sessions is an innovative music software program that teaches users how to play the piano and keyboard using popular songs, gaming elements, and social connectivity. Adaptable for all skill levels, Playground Sessions’ iTunes-like library features songs from artists, such as The Beatles, Beyoncé, Queen and Alicia Keys. Users follow interactive video tutorials taught by YouTube piano sensation David Sides.