Faber and Alfred Supplemental Materials Top the List at Gist

As a music educator for over 17 years, including running my own piano studio, I have often been up to my shoulders in music books. But, until recently, I never realized how many options there were for supplemental piano materials (outside of traditional method books).

We recently conducted a Materials Questionnaire among our piano teachers, both local and in-house, and were quite surprised at the results. This was especially true when it came to supplemental piano books and supplemental series.

One of the supplemental series that was highly rated – and is a personal favorite of mine – is Alfred’s Famous and Fun Collection. For each level, the series contains genres like pop, rock, classics, Christmas music, Jewish songs, and duets.

These colorful books give students a little extra enthusiasm to practice. Many of the books include songs that students have previously heard and the arrangements are entertaining and easy to learn. As an added bonus, the duet parts fit well with each piece and are fun to play. These books work nicely for both young students and adults.

Another popular supplemental series for both young students and adults is the Faber Pre-Time through Big-Time collection. Like the Famous and Fun books, the Faber series also includes books focused on pop, favorites, classics, jazz and blues, rock, hymns, Christmas music, and ragtime/marches.

These books are delightful as supplemental materials, especially if a student is already playing in the Faber Piano Adventures series. The books include a wide variety of songs with simple and enjoyable arrangements. For more variety, Faber also has the Faber Studio Collection which includes pieces from all the genres for each level.

Are you interested in more traditional supplemental material? A few classical books that topped the list were Hanon, Melodious Masterpieces, Classics for the Developing Pianist, Journey Through the Classics, specific composers like Bach and Debussy, and specific compositions such as sonatinas and inventions.

Whatever your supplemental materials preference, there is lots to choose from. And remember, if we don’t have it in the store, we can order it for you. You can also go to Gist’s website and Order Piano Takeout.

Best of luck in your material exploration!

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Gist Launches NEW “Rack and Roll” Print Music Program

Thanks to the incredible success of our Print Music Fire Sales last month, we’re proud to announce that we’ve invested THOUSANDS of dollars into a new program that will make finding piano music at Gist even more fun!

Gist Piano Center has partnered with Hal-Leonard (the World’s largest print music publishing company) to launch a new program called “Rack and Role!”  This new program will allow us to refresh our music throughout the year automatically – ensuring that you always have something new and exciting to explore at Gist Piano Center!

Better yet, we’ll have access to cutting-edge music by some of your favorites, like:

  • Taylor Swift
  • Justin Bieber
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Yiruma
  • Hamilton
  • Chicago
  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • Finding Dory
  • The Muppets
  • La La Land
  • Sesame Street
  • Pirates of the Carribean
  • Adele
  • Star Wars
  • Wicked
  • The Piano Guys
  • The Avengers
  • Journey Through the Classics
  • Faber Pre-Time – Big-Time Library
  • Schirmer Classical Portfolios
  • Faber Achievement Skill Sheets
  • …and MUCH, MUCH more!

Come in now and check out the HUNDREDS of new books in each of our stores!  …and, teachers, don’t forget to fill out a 2017 Teaching Materials Questionnaire so we can make sure we always have the stuff you need.

Gist Piano Center is your best source for Print Music both IN-STORE and ONLINE!  Don’t forget you can also order your favorite books from us ONLINE!  Here are the links you need:

As always, we thank you for your love and support.  Come “Rack and Roll” with us this Spring!

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Print Music FIRE SALE at Gist Piano Center Louisville

After its TREMENDOUSLY successful debut in Lexington, Gist Piano Center is bringing back it’s PRINT MUSIC FIRE SALE for ONE DAY ONLY – and this time, it’s coming to Louisville!

ALL piano teachers are welcome!  Just come in and grab one of our paper bags, STUFF if FULL of music and pay only $5.00 for the entire thing! EVERYTHING in the store counts (except for lessons series books)! …and you won’t believe all the great stuff we’re bringing in from Lexington to enhance our selection!  We’ll have books from The Celebration Series, classical music from Alfred, Schirmer and more, supplemental lesson books (all major publishers), pop music, movie music, sacred music, hymns, the Faber Supplemental Piano Library, scale books, theory books – and MUCH, MUCH more!

Every teacher who attends the event will get a FREE manuscript book and the occasional surprise gift from “the back room!”  You won’t want to miss this!

The Print Music Fire Sale will be Saturday, February 11 from 10am – 5pm – ONLY at Gist Piano Center Louisville.

…and while you’re here, don’t forget to fill out the 2017 Teaching Materials Survey so we can make sure we ALWAYS have the books you need!

We’ll see you there!

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Gist’s Louisville Store Remains Open During Road Work

[Update – 1/30/17]  Road work appears to have moved away from our store.  All directions to our building are currently open – despite some signs that still say “ROAD CLOSED.”  All roads are currently open (though they are a bit more bumpy than usual).  Please drive cautiously as always, but you should have no problems getting in and out of our store now!

[Update – 1/9/17]  Road work continues as MSD moves up and down our road.  Access to Gist is difficult, but still possible.  As of the end of this day, you will want to take the Taylor Ave. exit (Taylor Ave to Jackson Ave to Lincoln Ave) from Poplar Level to get to us.  See the map to the right for more info.

If you’re planning a trip to Gist Piano Center Louisville in the next few days, have no fear – despite appearances, we are still open and on our regular business hours schedule.

For the past few days, Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer Department (MSD) has been upgrading the sewer lines in our section of town and – as a result – have had to shut down sections of Lincoln Avenue.  Specifically, the path between our store and Wendys is currently closed.  The ONLY way to get in and out of our parking lot is to take the Frisch’s Big Boy exit from Poplar Level Road (between Frisch’s and Speedway) and drive to our store from there.

Just ignore the “Road Closed” signs.  They won’t block you from our driveway.

If you get stuck trying to find your way to us, just call us at 502-451-1831 (ext 200) and we’ll help you find our store.

MSD hopes to have the work completed in the next few days, but we thought you’d appreciate a little “heads up” ahead of time. 

We are still here and ready to serve you in 2017!  Happy New Year, Louisville!

PS – This is a tricky intersection – especially right now – so we made this map up for you to help clarify what we’re talking about.  Thank you – in advance – for your patience as the City does its work.

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Get 44% OFF Print Music at Gist!

The Pop Piano Hits series is a great collection of the most popular downloaded songs for a beginner pianist.

A few weeks ago, our servers were severely damaged by a nasty computer virus and we have to re-enter ALL of our inventory into new software.  This is an especially big problem for us in the print music department.  Who wants to enter all of those books into the new system?!

So, to help reduce our January work load, we are blowing out all in-stock music books, sheet music, lessons materials and software for an incredible 44% OFF!

Stop in now and get the BIGGEST discount we’ve ever offered on print music!  …and better yet – some clearance items are at an even bigger special:  Buy One (at regular price), Get One FREE!

Get in quickly and get your music at HUGE savings – while they’re still in stock!

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