Category Archives: Piano Lessons

Technology in Teaching – A Workshop for Piano Teachers

Ellen Gonzales from Roland Digital Pianos

Ellen Gonzales from Roland is a noted educator, clinician and technology specialist who travels around the Nation helping teachers and universities integrate technology into their studios and classrooms.

In our last blog, you learned about a new lineup of Roland Digital Pianos that use Bluetooth technology instead of WIFI because of it’s ease and increased reliability.  Now, due in part to this major technological change, educators are able to access an entire WORLD of musical learning apps to aid in learning.  These apps will help you attract new students, build enthusiasm for different types of music and help you better control your students’ at-home practice.  You won’t believe the difference they can make!

In this followup session, Ellen Gonzales from Roland will demonstrate a host of apps that help you hone in on specific challenges your students face.  You’ll learn about apps that include play-a-long material for better musicality, apps that can provide you with practice reports and help you see what is going on at home, and apps that can help your students develop a love for scales!  Better yet, it’s EASY and most of the apps are FREE!

Bring your tablet to Gist Piano Center Lexington on Wednesday, November 11, and you will learn everything you need to know about these new technologies and about how they can change your students’ lives.  FREE Sessions begin at 11am and 3pm.  Gist will service some light refreshments so you can enjoy learning!

Roland Digital Piano with Bluetooth

Roland’s new line of HP and LX digital pianos now feature Bluetooth technology, a hybrid action, modeled piano sound and a 10-Year Parts and Labor Warranty.

If you live in Louisville, bring your tablet to Gist Piano Center Louisville on Thursday,

November 12 and we’ll load you up with great information and PROVEN teaching tips!  This FREE session begins at 10am.  Enjoy some light refreshments with us afterwards!

We’re still getting cards and emails from teachers who attended our last event.  If you came last time, come again and learn even more.  If not, DO NOT MISS this life-changing workshop!  We’ll see you there!

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Chocolate Party and Roland Announcement!

Open to the Public

Roland Digital PianoYou’re invited to join us for a MAJOR Music Industry announcement from Legendary Piano Builder, Roland Corporation.  A Roland representative will be onhand to announce how Roland is partnering with other industry legends, including Hal-Leonard, Alfred, Sheet Music Direct and more to change everything we know about the Piano Industry.  You won’t want to miss this historic event!

Chocolate PartyTo celebrate this announcement, Gist Piano Center and Roland are joining forces with famous Louisville-based chocolatier, Cellar Door Chocolates, who will setup a full chocolate buffet – FREE for event attendees!  Gist Piano Center will also offer champagne and sodas to age-appropriate guests throughout the evening.

Finally, Gist Piano Center will introduce the all-new FastTrack program and demonstrate some exciting new things coming to Kentucky this Fall!  Here are the dates and times:

  • Monday, October 12:  6-8pm (Louisville):  Roland Launch Event (Open to Public)
  • Tuesday, October 13:  10am-Noon (Lexington):  Piano Teacher’s Event with Roland
  • Tuesday, October 13:  6-8pm (Lexington):  Roland Launch Event (Open to Public)
  • Wednesday, October 14:  10am – Noon (Louisville):  Piano Teacher’s Event with Roland

Piano Teachers

Join us for an unforgettable session JUST for you on Tuesday, October 13 (10am – Noon) in Lexington and Wednesday, October 14 (10am – Noon) in Louisville.  Piano Educator, Clinician and Roland Education Consultant, Laura Zaruta, will be here to show you how this new announcement from Roland, Hal-Leonard, Alfred and Sheet Music Direct can change the way you teach!  You’ll learn about incredible new apps, exciting technologies, our new FastTrack program and more!  This meeting will thrill you to the core!  Don’t be left behind.  Make time to be here and see how “This changes EVERYTHING!”

Roland LX-7 Digital PianoAlso, bring your smart phone and tablet.  We’ll be suggesting a TON of new music apps that will make your life easier and we’ll even help you see how EASY some of this new stuff is to use!

RSVP to Heather Hamilton (for the Lexington meeting) or James Harding (for the Louisville one).

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New Faces at Gist Piano Center!

Our family is growing and we’d like to introduce you to our three newest faces.  Please join us in welcoming them to the Gist Piano Center family!

In Louisville


Darian Payne was part of our internship program with Bellarmine University and she has officially joined us as our Director of Public Relations.  A recent graduate of Bellarmine, she majored in  Music and Arts Administration with an emphasis on  Piano Pedagogy and Accompanying (with a minor in Business).  You’ll see her work on our YouTube Channel, on Facebook and in all of our media (and social media) outlets.  Darian also plays viola spends her free time with her two Chihuahuas,  Roxxi and Chilli.  Check out Darian’s FIRST YouTube video at Gist!

 

In Lexington

Lauren Hines
Lauren Hines has been a pianist for over 12 years.  A consummate artist, Lauren loves to paint and draw in her spare time.  She also has quite the zoo at home with a Chihuahua named “Taco Bell”, a rabbit named Ellie, and Vincent and Picasso – her two fish.  You can see Lauren part-time in our Lexington store and at the exciting PIE events coming up soon!

kate
Gist Piano Academy in Lexington is proud to welcome our newest piano teacher – Kate Sivy – to our Lexington studio!  Kate has been teaching piano for over 15 years.  She has a Bachelors in Piano Performance from Geneva College and a Masters in Piano Performance from Ohio State University.  Specializing in students from five on up, Kate is a fun person who loves to share the Magic of Making Music with her students.  Welcome, Kate!

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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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