New England Heritage

Established in 1854, the Mason & Hamlin Piano Company was one of the original Boston piano manufacturers and a pioneer of the full-perimeter plate design. The Mason & Hamlin family ancestry dates back to the arrival of the Mayflower on Plymouth Rock in the 1600’s. Henry Mason’s father, Lowell Mason, became the first music teacher in American public schools and is known as the Father of American church music, and the Father of American public school music education. Lowell Mason was the co-founder of the Boston Academy of Music and later became the superintendent of the Boston school system.