Category Archives: Just for Fun

Horses, Fairies, Birthdays, and More!

As teachers are starting to wind down their year of teaching, we have some great choices for fun summer pieces!

Happy Birthday to You! (HL00143602)

Happy Birthday to You! (HL00143602)

Happy Birthday to You – Words and Music by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill, arr. By Phillip Keveren
Hal Leonard – HL00143602
$3.99

Did you know that Happy Birthday was written by two sisters from Kentucky? This arrangement is an easily accessible version for the young pianist who has yet to start reading notes on the staff. A lyrical teacher accompaniment by Phillip Keveren is included.

 

I Love Horses – by Mary Leaf

I Love Horses (W9426)

I Love Horses (W9426)

FJH Company – W9427
$2.95

This is the perfect piece for the young pianist who loves horses! (and who doesn’t in Kentucky!?) Written for the early elementary pianist, this piece focuses around Middle C and includes fun lyrics about Clydesdales and Mustangs! A teacher accompaniment is also available.

 

 

Faerie Wings (W9427)

Faerie Wings (W9427)

Faerie Wings – by Mary Leaf
FJH Company – W9427
$2.95

Faerie Wings is a magical little piece for your younger students that sometimes show up to their lessons wearing fairy wings. A lyrical accompaniment and whimsical lyrics are included.

 

 

Over the Rain from The Wizard of Oz (HL00143604)

Over the Rain from The Wizard of Oz (HL00143604)

Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz – Words by E.Y. Harburg, Music by Harold Arlen, arr. By Phillip Keveren
Hal Leonard – HL00143604
$3.99

Over the Rainbow is the newest addition to Hal Leonard’s Showcase Solo Pops series. Written for an elementary level pianist (level 2), this brand new arrangement includes lyrics and a teacher’s accompaniment by Phillip Keveren.

 

Order your music now from Gist Piano Center!

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Piano Duets That Celebrate Latin American Styles

Alfred Publishing has recently released a collection of Latin American piano duets. This is a

The Música Latina para Dos series by Wynn-Anne Rossi introduces students to the rhythms, styles, and musical characteristics of Latin American music.

The Música Latina para Dos series by Wynn-Anne Rossi introduces students to the rhythms, styles, and musical characteristics of Latin American music.

follow-up to Wynn-Anne Rossi’s Música Latina, a collection of Latin American solos.

Música Latina para Dos is available in four different levels. Before each piece, the students are introduced to the rhythmic patterns in the piece, and also learn a little bit about the history and culture of the music they are playing. This is a collection of duets that your students will enjoy!

Place your order for this new set of duets at your favorite Gist location.

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Pop Piano Hits for All!

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

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

The Pop Piano Hits series is a great collection of the most popular downloaded songs for a beginner pianist. Each book contains 5 easy arrangements of songs that are popular on the radio and easily recognized by most kids and teenagers. All songs includes chord symbols, fingering, and lyrics so that your student can sing along. As they progress with their playing, performers can make things a little more interesting by adding their own special touch by following the chords!

There are currently five volumes available. Some of the artists featured include One Republic, Ed Sheeran, Phillip Phillips, Coldplay, Taylor Swift, and Bruno Mars. Each volume is reasonably priced at $9.99.

Stay with Me, Sing & More Hot Singles (00138067)
Call Me Maybe, Home & More Hot Singles (00121544)
Shake It Off, All About That Bass & More Hot Singles (00142734)
Get Lucky, Blurred Lines & More Hot Singles (00122334)
Ho Hey, Some Nights & More Hot Singles (00119861)

Visit your local Gist Piano Center to check out a copy or order your copies here.

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Gist Piano Center to Host Dr. Joseph Akins and Philip Wesley for PIE Appreciation Days

Dr. Joseph Akins

Based in Nashville, pianist-composer, Dr. Joseph Akins, blends his Southern roots with a variety of musical styles.

In appreciation for members of our renowned Partners In Education (PIE) program, Gist Piano Center will host a pair of master classes and concerts with noted Nashville musicians Dr. Joseph Akins and Philip Wesley. The events will take place at Gist Piano Center in Louisville on Friday, September 6th and at Gist Piano Center Lexington on Friday, September 7th.

At 5pm on each day, Akins and Wesley, will present a workshop on practice, performance, and creativity at the piano. At 7pm on each day, the duo will perform a lively piano concert. General admission for each event is $10, but PIE Members will receive FREE admission to all events. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Additional tickets may be available at the door if the shows do not sell out in advance. Continue reading

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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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