Schoenhut® CHILDREN'S PIANOS & Other Musical Instruments
Schoenhut CHILDREN'S PIANOS & Other Musical Instruments - The art of music for your child!The Outstanding Toy Manufacturer Recognition of Excellence Award
Schoenhut toy pianos have delighted children, collectors, and professional musicians for decades. Since the company's founding in 1872 by Albert Schoenhut, the keyboard's magical overtones, hypnotic charm, and unique sound have matured from novelty to fine musical instruments. Unsurpassed in quality, pitch, and durability, each traditional model is still crafted entirely by hand and individually tuned. The unique chime-like notes of Schoenhut® toy pianos are produced by little hammers striking metal bars, versus conventional taut wires used in full-sized models. Schoenhut® toy pianos, designed for children and built to endure active play, are appropriate for young and old alike.
Juiliard-graduate Margaret Leng Tan, an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, is an ardent fan of Schoenhut®. "Anything you can play on the big piano, you can play even better on a toy," Ms. Tan told USA Today upon release of her CD "The Art of the Toy Piano" (Point Music). Margaret actually performs full concerts on Schoenhut Toy Pianos, often with one for each hand!
Studies show that children who are introduced to music at an early age benefit in many ways and perform better academically. Piano playing develops creativity, enhances motor skills, and promotes social interaction and self-esteem. Schoenhut's® patented Learning System, with its play-by-color teaching method, was developed to encourage basic music skills and make playing simple and fun. A removable color strip fits behind the keys to guide small fingers from chord to chord. The chart adapts perfectly to full-sized pianos because keys on Schoenhut® toy pianos are of corresponding width ~ thus teaching children proper "finger stretch" from the very beginning and making the transition to a large piano easy. Each toy piano has one to three octaves (depending on the model), compared with seven and a half on an adult piano.The Learning System Songbook contains a collection of familiar tunes.
Demonstrating their durability, longevity, and collectability, Schoenhut® vintage toy pianos are featured at a number of prestigious museums and galleries. One such exhibit at Strong Museum in Rochester, NY provides an overview of the company's rich and interesting heritage. For the finest quality toy pianos, complete customer satisfaction, and knowing your investment may become a treasured heirloom ~ the name you can trust......Schoenhut®!
The Parenting Seal of Approval
Teachers' Choice Award
Top Toy of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine
Excellent Product Winner from iParenting Media
NAMM Milestone Award for 135 Years of Service in the Music Products Industry
Dr. Toy Best Product Award Winner
We just can't thank you enough for the wonderful piano for our family! Samuel loved it (and still does) -- it is so much fun to see Amelia playing it! Every child that comes into our house goes directly to the piano too!
Amelia is 10 months. She first learned how to stand up at the keys of her piano. Amelia loves music and can frequently be found throughout the day pounding out a tune.
Albert Schoenhut (1848-1912) was born in Wurtenberg, Germany to a toy-making family. His father and grandfather made wooden dolls, rocking horses, and wagons. At a young age, Albert began making toy pianos in his home. The hammers on the early toy pianos struck a sounding bar made of glass instead of the strings used on real pianos. He later exchanged the glass bars for those made of metal, making the instruments more durable. Albert's toy pianos, more than just playthings, stayed in tune and were accompanied by sheet music to encourage children to play.
In 1866, John Dahl, a buyer for Wanamaker’s department store, heard of young Albert's talent and brought the 17-year old to Philadelphia where he worked as a repairman on glass sounding pieces in German toy pianos that had been damaged in shipping.
Albert struck out on his own in 1872, founding the Schoenhut® Piano Company. As his toy piano business grew, Albert added other instruments including a ukulele-banjo, xylophone, and glockenspiel. He also expanded his line to include dolls, circus figures, and toys.
By the time of Albert's death in 1912, Schoenhut Piano Company® was the largest toy company in America and the first in the United States to export toys to Germany. The business then passed through a succession of owners located in various parts of the United States. In 1984, Frank Trinca purchased the company. He continued manufacturing some of the toy piano models that had been designed by Albert in the early 1900's. Twelve years later, wanting help with new concepts and in expanding the business, he asked his brother and sister-in-law, Len and Renee Trinca of St. Augustine Beach, Florida, to become partners. Optimistic about the potential for Schoenhut with its excellent reputation and enamored with the small instruments, they jumped at the chance. Len and Renee acquired ownership in 1996. Four years later, they moved the entire contents of the factory from NY to a new facility in St. Augustine. Frank remains involved with the company as a consultant and also helps at trade shows (Toy Fair, NAMM, etc.).
Renee's and Len's dedication, the support of a superior staff, and the company's excellent reputation have kept Schoenhut in the forefront as the best-known, most prestigious manufacturer of its kind in the world.
Although Albert designed musical instruments with children in mind, the Schoenhut company delighted to discover that many professional musicians regard Schoenhut toy pianos as serious concert instruments. John Cage started the ball rolling in 1948 when he composed "Suite for Toy Piano." Since then, interest has skyrocketed. This trend gives a new perspective about Schoenhut and attests to the high quality of our products.
Our promise to you is 100% customer satisfaction. We are proud of Schoenhut's reputation for safe toys, high quality products and trademarks of the company since 1872.
Schoenhut® Piano Company, leader in the world of toy pianos, has been designing, manufacturing, and distributing toys since 1872. Schoenhut® hands-on musical instruments are educational, fun, and safe for children of all ages and abilities.
At each stage of product development, safety and quality are primary considerations.
There has never been a safety issue or recall of a Schoenhut product. We value Schoenhut's reputation for providing safe, high quality toys for children, along with our guarantee of complete customer satisfaction.