First-Year Piano Loan

Welcome First-Year Students!

The First-Year Piano Loan, made possible by a generous donor, seeks to enrich the musical lives of first-year students at Harvard College through the unique opportunity to have a piano placed in their dorm rooms. In collaboration with the First-Year Experience Office, Piano Technical Services, and the Office for the Arts, eleven Yamaha AvantGrand N2 hybrid pianos are available to first-year students for practice, for composition, or to simply entertain and socialize with other students.

About the Pianos

The Yamaha AvantGrand N2 is a hybrid piano, meaning that it is a sophisticated digital piano that contains a grand piano action. Thus, the piano provides the touch and feel of a grand piano but is encased in a cabinet the size of a small upright.


Eleven pianos are available through this program. All applicants must be a first-year student in residence. Although the program is open to all first-year students, preference will be given to pianists and composers.

Application Process

To be considered for the program, interested students are asked to complete, in its entirety, an application, which consists of the following:

  • Three short essays of no more than 250 words each, about one’s musical aspirations and background, as well as how the piano might be used.
  • Confirmation that the applicant has discussed with his/her roommates the implications of having the instrument in the suite.
  • Uploading a file or including a link to musical performance or compositions. (Optional)

Application Preview

If selected, a piano will be moved into the student’s dorm room and reside there from mid-September until mid-May. Applications will be available via the link below, beginning Monday, September 9, 2019 through Friday, September 13, 2019.

Click here to apply.

Caring for the Instrument

These pianos are valuable instruments and require a high level of care. Students are expected to treat them with respect and to follow the rules set out in the contract on the application. We ask that students use headphones when playing the piano to be in compliance with the noise policy stated in the contract. In order to use most standard headphones, students will likely need to purchase a headphone adapter as the headphone jack is a quarter inch.


If you have specific questions, you may contact Abby Cohen, Department Administrator and Academic Coordinator in the First-Year Experience Office or Mariana Quinn, Manager of Piano Technical Services.