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About Theresa & Dan Shykind


The People


Theresa Shykind has been in music all her life. She earned a Bachelors of Music degree, concentrating in education, and a Masters of Arts in Studio Composition. She began her career as a sales associate at Sam Ash Music in New York City, and went on to teach courses for primary, secondary and college music curriculum, as well as manage a Performing Arts Center, and a recording studio. Theresa has been teaching for the past 20 years, and is the former President of the Frederick County Music Teachers Association, as well as the former head of the IB (International Baccalaureate) music program at Baltimore's famed City College High School. Additionally, she was in sales management for the largest Piano retailer in the United States. Theresa believes that the connection between instrument and artist is a personal one, and loves to match people with particular pianos.


Dan Shykind has extensive experience in the music business. He began his industry career in management for (at the time) the largest Piano retailer in the United States. Dan was quickly promoted to Director of the E-Commerce division, and then to Vice President and Regional Manager, with responsibility for over $15 Million in revenue.


After leaving the industry, Dan further honed his executive management skills as the Director of Retail Operations for a large, iconic chain of wilderness/outdoor outfitters, and finally as an Operations Executive for a $6 Billion dollar retail company before returning to the music industry and starting Downtown Piano Works with Theresa.


Dan is actively involved in the community, having served on the Board of Directors of the Weinberg Center for the Arts, (Secretary and 2nd VP) the Advisory Board of the Frederick Gorilla magazine, the Board of Directors (Treasurer) of New Spire Arts, The Mount Vernon Virtuosi, and the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.


The Location



Downtown Piano Works occupies a noted 1800's era building on Frederick's historic Market Street. On October 4th, 1862, during the second year of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln gave a speech in front of the building. 


(Downtown Piano Works building pictured on left, circa 1862 in Harper's Weekly)


The plaster walls and 15-foot high tray ceilings of our historic building produce excellent acoustics in the store. These acoustics, coupled with the expert tuning, voicing and regulation of our technicians, make for a world-class playing and listening experience.


Additionally, we are fanatics when it comes to the care and preparation of our instruments. We precisely control, monitor and record the temperature and humidity levels of the store to provide the best possible conditions for our (and your) pianos!


At Downtown Piano Works we take pride in offering "exquisite instruments, expert advice." Come hear what people are talking about!