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Students who learn on a Roland digital piano learn up to 60% faster than students who learn on traditional pianos.

Piano takes on the 21st century with apps!

There’s an app for that!?! Learning how to play any instrument, especially piano, has changed a lot in recent years. Gone are the days where the only way to learn your notes was to use your rubber-banded flash cards, and learning to count with the monotonous click-click of your metronome was the only way to master new rhythms! Yup, there are apps for that – actually TONS of apps!

Let’s face it, kids these days (and some of us adults) love using our electronics. An iPad or tablet is often a requirement for kids to use in school. Therefore, it is not a huge leap to find that you can do so much musical learning in a fun and innovative way on your own wireless device. And another popular way to get information? You got it, social media! We have started a most excellent board on our Pinterest page for you to easily find some of the greatest apps to use with your piano, especially Roland pianos. You’ll find a few listed below, but keep checking out our Roland Piano Apps board as we add new apps all the time!

Rhythm CatRhythm Cat – Perfect for iOS and Android device, this app helps beginning piano students learn from day one! Students learn to count and develop their listening skills without even realizing they are actually doing the work!

 

 

Piano MaestroPiano Maestro – A personal favorite, Piano Maestro is a great resource for any piano student. From learning “classical” pieces, to One Direction, students have the opportunity to improve their rhythm skills and piano technique while learning and performing songs with fun musical accompaniments. It’s like playing with a band! Better yet, it’s free and can be used with any digital AND acoustic piano.

Sheet Music ReaderSheet Music Reader – You can be one of the “cool kids” and ditch the pile of books that you carry around with missing covers and torn pages. Now you can carry your music in your trusty iOS device with this great app. Scan your music and save to Sheet Music Reader, or purchase new music. You have a lot of options! You can even mark up the music as much as you want. Need to write in that pesky F# accidental? No problem. But what about turning pages? With your Roland HP-600 series piano (or later), connect your iPad via Bluetooth (yes, you read that correctly….Bluetooth!) to the piano and turn the pages with the push of a pedal. If you’re an Android user, check out the similar MobileSheets Pro app.digital-pianos-with-bluetooth

But wait, there’s more! Go visit our Pinterest page to find more great apps to use on your piano learning adventure (Yes, there is even a app for the very popular Piano Adventures series that is perfect for using with your Roland piano). Follow the Roland Piano Apps board to make sure you don’t miss out!

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Let’s Get Digital: A Piano Lesson for Piano Teachers

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Music Education now includes smart phones, tablets and digital equipment.

Technology is as familiar to today’s piano students as the unique arrangement of black and white keys is to pianists. In fact, studies show that digital pianos are outselling their acoustic (upright) cousins at a rate of six-to-one Worldwide. That means that more and more piano students are beginning their journey with technology and – as a “cool” piano teacher – it’s critical that you speak that language well!

You know that technology can help you and your students, but where do you begin? Digital pianos, tablets, MIDI files, apps – there are many options, but how do you find the best solution for you?

Roland's Laura Zaruta is a piano educator and clinician.

Roland’s Laura Zaruta is a piano educator and clinician.

Join us for a hands-on practice session where we all become students again! Sit at a piano with your tablet and smart phone, and experience a lesson from the perspective of a modern piano student. Watch how fun and productive technology can be as we work through a basic lesson plan together. You’ll see the real-life applications for many of these simple technologies and you’re guaranteed to find at least a few things that are perfect for your studio.

Don’t miss this interactive workshop with Piano Educator, Roland Clinician and Lifetime Student, Laura Zaruta. Admission for this program is free, but since everyone will be at a piano we ask that you RSVP to Heather Hamilton by Saturday, February 27.

Let’s get digital together! See you there!

Louisville:  “Leap Day” Monday, February 29, 2016 (10am – 1pm)
Lexington:  Tuesday, March 1, 2016 (10am – 1pm)

Gist will serve a light lunch following the workshop.

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Gist Piano Center Discontinues DVD Recording Service

For the past several years, we have had the privilege of recording thousands of student performances as part of our Partners In Education Recital DVD program.  It has been our honor to preserve these memories for our PIE Families over the years and we are grateful for each and every one.

As technology changes, however, different media come and go (see image below).  …and just like the items listed below, DVDs have moved past their prime.

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Thus, due to the changing face of visual media, we have decided to discontinue our recital DVD service (effective immediately).  We thank you all for your years of talent and enthusiasm!

Stay tuned for further updates on new benefits coming to PIE Teachers and their families in 2016!

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Special Edition Roland Pianos Available from Gist

roland-lx-7Just in time for the release of the new Star Wars:  The Force Awakens movie, Gist Piano Center has put together a pair of exciting Holiday packages with the popular LX-7 Roland Digital Piano.  Here’s a quick look at these exciting (limited edition) kits:

Star Wars Edition

Purchase a Roland LX-7 digital piano in Walnut, Black Satin or Polished Ebony between now and Christmas and you’ll get the following items FREE:

  • $700 Accessory Kit, including headphones, piano lamp, 4 music books, 55 song downloads, tons of apps, a piano bench, delivery and unlimited technical support.
  • Revel Poe’s X-Wing Fighter Model Kit star-wars-kit(complete with sound effects and opening/closing cockpit, wings)
  • First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter Model Kit (complete with sound effects, lighted cockpit and opening/closing hatch)
  • Storm Trooper USB Flash Drive (4 Gig for MIDI and audio files)
  • Star Wars Classic Peel and Stick Wall Decals (reusable and won’t harm walls or piano)
  • Star Wars Easy Piano Play-a-Long Piano Book (with audio files!)
  • 2 FREE Tickets to see the new Star Wars Movie (Opening December 18!)

Customize your piano with Star Wars decals or just enjoy playing along with the iconic Star Wars theme music.  Whatever your goals, this special edition package will make your Christmas one to remember!  …but hurry.  We only have a VERY limited number of these special edition packages and when they are gone – they are GONE FOREVER!  May the Force be with you!

Frozen Edition

Purchase a Roland LX-7 digital piano in Walnut, Black Satin or Polished Ebony between now and Christmas and you’ll get the following items FREE:

  • $700 Accessory Kit, including headphones, piano lamp, 4 music books, 55 song downloads, tons of apps, a piano bench, delivery and unlimited technical support.frozen-kit
  • 11″ TY Olaf Plush Toy with Hershey Bar
  • Frozen Olaf USB Flash Drive and Ink Pen (8 Gig for MIDI or audio files)
  • Frozen Play-a-Long Piano Book (with audio files!)
  • Crayola Frozen Color and Sticker Book
  • Disney Frozen Embossed Carry All Lunch Box
  • Frozen Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD Combo Pack (Full Theatrical Movie – Home Release)

Just like Olaf, Elsa and the gang, Roland digital pianos are immune to the cold!  Take home a Roland LX-7 and get a TON of fun gifts/stocking stuffers for your kids this Holiday Season… but hurry… get yours before they are gone forever!

Learn more about the Roland LX-7 Digital Piano Here:

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