In January of 2011, I wrote a blog called “Finding the Ultimate Worship Keyboard” hoping that my experience as both a worship leader and a professional piano consultant would help other Music Ministers better navigate the confusing waters of piano (and keyboard) retail. To my surprise, that blog quickly exploded into the most read – and one of the most commented upon – blogs in Gist history. Now, over six years later, new technologies and considerations have given me reason to revisit this topic and (perhaps) expand upon it. As always, it is my sincere hope that my experiences will help you find the worship tool that best fits your needs and those of your ministry. I am sure some folks will disagree with my conclusions, but (God willing) the meat of these discussions will nourish all of us! Thank you for reading and God bless!
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!
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!
- Taylor Swift
- Justin Bieber
- Shawn Mendes
- Ed Sheeran
- Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
- Finding Dory
- The Muppets
- La La Land
- Sesame Street
- Pirates of the Carribean
- Star Wars
- 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!
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!
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!
Gist Piano Center and the SMC Corporation, US are proud to announce a new partnership between Gist and the Seiler Piano Company. This partnership gives Louisville and surrounding area residents their first-ever access to the legendary line of Seiler pianos.
Since 1849, the Seiler family has been handcrafting World-class pianos in Kitzingen Germany. Considered by many to the be finest pianos made in the World, these limited-production instruments have (until recently) only been available to the European Piano Market. However, in 2008, the SMC Corporation purchased the Seiler company, the factory and even the forest from which Seiler pianos get much of their wood. Now, not only are Seiler pianos coming to America in a big way, but they are also taking the Internet by storm.
Here are just a few examples:
- “Problem” by Ariana Grande (video)
- “All of Me” by John Legend (video)
- “Demons” by Imagine Dragons (video)
These incredible instruments now come in three distinct lines. The handcrafted German Seiler models remain at the very height of piano building. For the most discerning pianists, these instruments offer unparalleled performance and beauty. For serious players, teachers and universities, the Edward Seiler line is derived from the most popular German models and handcrafted in Indonesia – bringing the World-class quality of Seiler pianos to an entirely new (and more budget-conscious) clientele. Johannes Seiler pianos also feature World-class German engineering at an attractive price for all budget ranges.
Together, the three lines of Seiler pianos give Louisville-area residents their first taste of German engineering at its best with a European tonal flair. They are a definite delight to the senses – as well as an affordable option for any home.
Come in and explore the all-new Seiler pianos at Gist Piano Center and join us in wishing Seiler a warm “willkommen” to Louisville!
…and, for more information on Seiler pianos, watch this fantastic video!