In 2016, a major part of being a gigging musician is traveling with your instrument.

For musicians with smaller instruments, such as the harmonica, traveling is no problem. Simply place it in your pocket and you are good to go anywhere with musical creation at your fingertips.

Medium-sized instruments, like the guitar, are somewhat of a hassle to travel with due to their size, but are also typically lightweight, so the traveling still somewhat tolerable.

But for musicians with large and heavy instruments, such as drums or a digital keyboard, traveling can be a nightmare. 

My thesis explores the full experience of the modern-day keyboardist and provides a more convenient solution for traveling with their full-size instrument, while considering important aspects of the keyboard such as the number of keys, size of the keys, and resistance (or feel) of the keys when played.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Keyboards (Music)--Design; Human engineering

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Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


Stan Rickel

Advisor/Committee Member

Dan Harel

Advisor/Committee Member

Alex Lobos


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at ML549 .M34 2017


RIT – Main Campus

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