Monthly Archives: April 2013

Summer Piano Camps at Gist Piano Academy!

During the past year, we opened the Gist Piano Academy (GPA) in Lexington and  we have had the pleasure of seeing many students come in every day for piano lessons. It’s been great to see so many kids and adults learning about piano and music!

While summer is the time to start to kick back and relax, it’s also the time to experience and learn all sorts of new things that you maybe don’t have the opportunity to do during the school year!

At GPA, we will be offering four different classes for both beginning and experienced piano students at the beginning of this summer. Taught by GPA instructor, Dr. Victoria Tsangari, students will have the opportunity to learn everything from playing their first notes on the piano to composing and premiering their first composition.

Before joining the faculty at Gist Piano Academy, Dr. Tsangari taught at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Tsangari teaches this student to play his first song on the piano!

Dr. Tsangari teaches this student to play his first song on the piano!

and served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano and Theory at Kentucky State University, where she taught studio and group piano, music theory and aural skills. In addition, she has 14 years of experience teaching private piano lessons to children and adults in the US and in Europe. Dr. Tsangari’s goals are to help students develop their technique and musicianship to their full potential, to help them grow as independent musicians and to fuel their love for music so they continue to play and to support music throughout their lives.

Piano Camp is for students who have studied piano for at least one year with an instructor. Piano Camp will strengthen students’ musical skills and renew their excitement for music making through fun activities and games. Activities will include duet and ensemble performance using a Roland keyboard lab, music theory, improvisation, ear training, sight-reading, and music history. The class will culminate in a recital at Gist Piano Center.

Piano Camp for Beginners is for anyone interested in learning the piano. Now’s your chance! This two-week class provides students who have not studied music previously with an introduction to making music at the piano. Students get their first taste of solo and ensemble playing using our Roland keyboard lab, and learn about music notation, music theory, ear training, and improvisation through fun activities and games. At the end of the beginning piano camp, students will make their piano debut during a performance at Gist!

Composition and Improvisation for Piano is another opportunity for those who have already studied piano for a year to enhance their musical skills by composing and learning to improvise! The first week in this two-week course will unlock students’ creativity with improvisation games, the introduction of various pedagogical tools, and guided composition sketches. The second week will be devoted to developing one or more compositions from start to finish, from inspiration to publication and premiere!

Sight Reading for piano students who want to improve their sight-reading ability and have fun doing it! Sight-reading is one of the most important skills for developing musicians to acquire. Not only it can help them learn their music faster, it can eventually lead to musical independence and improved overall musicianship.

Sound like fun to you? Download the  Summer Piano Camps information form here.  Contact Gist at (859) 854-2492 or email me at hhamilton@gistpianocenter.com for more details. Hurry! Space is limited and the deadline to register is May 18th!

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Gist Piano Academy Thanks Music Institute of Lexington for Hard Work

We at Gist Piano Center and Gist Piano Academy of Lexington would like to express our sincere appreciation and congratulations to our friends at The Music Institute of Lexington.  In keeping with their mission to provide high quality music instruction to students all across Central Kentucky, The Music Institute of Lexington has brought countless families into the Lexington Music Community.  Through their tireless efforts, The Music Institute has enriched every family in the Blue Grass Community and, though we are saddened to hear of their upcoming closure, we look forward to supporting their faculty and students for many years to come.logo

As schools all across the United States cut funding for music education, it’s more critical than ever that local music stores work closely with the music teachers and students in their communities to ensure that the next generation of music makers has the education and resources they need to flourish.RMM

Through our Partners In Education program, we have had the privilege of supporting faculty and students from The Music Institute of Lexington and, as this new chapter in the Lexington Music Community unfolds, we look forward to growing those vital relationships.

We encourage you to join us in congratulating the faculty, the staff, the administration and the folks who supported The Music Institute of Lexington over these past several years.  Your efforts have made a difference in our home town and in the lives of hundreds of students.  Thank you for your hard work.  Our best wishes go with you.

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