Category Archives: Print Music

It’s Never Too Late to Learn to Play Piano!

When thinking about beginning piano lessons you may envision an elementary aged child plunking out Hot Cross Buns. In all actuality, however, more adults are beginning – and returning to – piano lessons than ever before!

Gist Piano Academy, located at Gist Piano Center at Harrodsburg Rd and Man O’War in Lexington, is offering two new group piano classes for adult students in Gist’s new Roland digital piano lab:

  • Piano Fun for Adult Beginners (no prerequisite required!)
    • Tuesdays, 10:15-11:15am, first class Tuesday, March 5, 2013piano fun for adult
  • I Used to Play Piano (for those who regret quitting!)
    • Thursdays, 2:30-3:30pm, first class Thursday, March 7, 2013


Piano Fun for Adult Beginners is a group piano class that serves as an introduction to the piano. By the end of the course, students will be able to read music from the grand staff, identify and interpret basic rhythmic notation, demonstrate beginning piano technique, and play simple pieces hands separately and together.



I Used to Play Piano is a course designed for adults who have had piano instruction at some point in their lives, can read music (even if they are a bit rusty) and who wish to brush away the cobwebs and further advance the skills they developed in the past.

I Used To Play Piano

I Used To Play Piano


Classes take place in a group piano lab, which provides a relaxed learning environment. The group piano conferencing system enables students to hear only their individual piano and the instructor’s piano (and not the other students in the class). So if there is concern about others hearing a wrong note or two, then worry no more!

If you are interested in experiencing the way a group piano lab works with a conferencing system, visit Gist Piano Academy’s Open House on Tuesday, February 26th, from 2:30-3:30pm or call (859) 254-8492 to schedule an individual appointment for a tour of the piano lab.



Bringing a wealth of music teaching experience to Gist Piano Academy, Dr. Richerson teaches group piano and individual piano lessons at Gist Piano Academy.  In addition to teaching courses at Louisiana State University, Florida State University, and the University of South Carolina, Dr. Richerson also has over twelve years of experience teaching private piano and group classes to students of all ages and levels.

Gist Piano Academy instructor, Dr. Nan Richerson

Gist Piano Academy instructor, Dr. Nan Richerson


Creepy Sounds and Frightening Songs

Can it be fall already? It’s one of our favorite times of year at Gist Piano Center because we are getting ready for the most frightening event of the year – Halloweekend!  Every year we welcome ghosts, goblins, and more to perform at the spookiest recital of the year and one cannot play spooky songs without spooky music!

We are stocked full of the ghoulish and frightening pieces that will make your little witch or monster a very happy performer.

Don’t fear!  Here is some of the terrifying music that you can find at Gist!

Halloween Favorites – This is a compilation of “Seventeen Mysteriously Spooky and Fantastically Haunting Arrangements,” that include such songs as the Monster Mash, This is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Thriller, and other spooktacular pieces.




The Halloween Songbook – Containing “16 spooky songs of the season,” you are bound to find one of your favorite fearsome songs in this book.  Favorites include the Theme from “Jaws,” the Funeral March of a Marionette, and The Munsters Theme!





Halloween Spooktacular – For the more experienced player, you can find 37 of the “Gravest Hits” in this collection.  Find arrangements of anything and everything terrifying,  from  Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Bach to…..Who you gonna call??? Ghostbusters!


We also have a wide variety of pieces for those worrisome ghouls, such as The Witch Who Lost Her Broom by Carol Klose, Watch Out for the Witch’s Cat! by Timothy Brown, Greedy Goblins by Elizabeth Greenleaf, Things That Go Bump in the Night by Melody Bober, and others too scary to mention!

Grab your broom, get your candy ready, and find your most terrifying music in time for Halloween, before it disappears!

For more information on Halloweekend at Gist, look here….if you dare!


Meet Dr. E.L. Lancaster from Alfred!

The Summer is winding down and – for many Kentucky piano teachers – “Back to School” season means the return to rigorous Fall teaching schedules.  However, Summer isn’t quite over at Gist Piano Center.  That’s right.  After a crazy season of EIGHT piano teacher clinics, we’re gearing up for our ninth – and final – program featuring Dr. E.L. Lancaster from Alfred Publishing Company.

Join us in Louisville on Thursday, August 9 (9am) and meet one of the Piano Industry’s education icons in this up-close and personal discussion with Dr. Lancaster.  Better yet – stay after the clinic and enjoy a light lunch, door prizes and the opportunity to save up to 40% OFF your Fall music purchases!  This is one piano clinic you can’t afford to miss!

Based on his extensive teaching experience with students of all ages, from young to college-level pianists, E.L. Lancaster will share valuable insights into teaching techniques and materials for working with a wide-range of students with varied interests. You’ll find tips for working with busy teens, developing a strong technical foundation and choosing the perfect repertoire for study and performance.

Topics will include:

  • Teaching composition
  • Creative ways to teach Hannon
  • One-hand music for injured students
  • Using popular music to teach
  • How to teach teens with limited practice time and busy schedules

Dr. Lancaster had this to say about his 2012 Nationwide Piano Education Tour:  “It’s a chance to share ideas with colleagues and to recharge the teaching batteries in a fun, interactive way,” says Lancaster. “I personally like to use the workshop venue as a way to start planning for fall teaching. It may inspire me to expand my offerings in the studio – incorporating new teaching topics. I also like to plan music for students including fresh, new music that appeals to both of us!”

No matter what method you use, this program will give you valuable tools to aid in your studio teaching – not to mention a tremendous discount on your print music for the Fall.  R.S.V.P. to  You’ll be glad you took the time to attend!


Kevin Olson comes to Kentucky!

Join Dr. Olson in a teacher training session. Get the results that you and your students want!

During the summer months, we at Gist have the pleasure of welcoming teachers into our store for various workshops on teaching and music. On August 2nd and 3rd, we are excited to welcome Dr. Kevin Olson, from the FJH Music Company to our Lexington and Louisville locations.

An active teacher, pianist, composer, and clinician, Dr. Olson maintains a large piano studio and is on the piano faculty at Utah State University and directs the Utah State Youth Conservatory for pre-college students. Throughout his career, he has written more than 100 books and solos for piano students. All of these works have been inspired to meet the needs of his own students.

During the workshop, Dr. Olson makes “it a priority that my workshops are fun, educational, and I hope that teachers will leave energized with new and creative ideas and materials for their studios.”
Throughout the workshop, Dr. Olson will focus on a variety of topics and introduce a variety teaching techniques, books, and songs.


Some of the topics to be covered include –
– The needs of the beginning student, from children through adults.
– Introducing the brand new series, co-authored by Dr. Olson and his wife, Piano Made Fun for the Young, which integrates singing and movement while introducing the piano.
– Demonstrating some teaching approaches from the Succeeding at the Piano series by Helen Marlais, and introducing Grade 3 of this series.
– The Perfect Start, which supplements the students’ piano studies “by reinforcing note reading in a clear, systematic, slower-paced way.”
– Making students solid sight readers. Dr. Olson will introduce the newest addition to The Sight Reading & Rhythm Every Day series, Starter Book A.
– Improvisation and composition skills. “We’ll discuss the process of motivation in the piano studio, and how finding the right piece can keep a student’ interest high, while not sacrificing lasting artistic development.”

Join Dr. Olson this August, in Kentucky!
Gist Piano Center – Lexington, August 2, 2012 at 9:30am
Gist Piano Center – Louisville, August 3, 2012 at 9:30am

Dr. Olson’s workshop are free and each attendee will receive free music from FJH music, special in-store discounts, and a light lunch so they can spend time asking questions and getting to know Dr. Olson. To RSVP, visit


Workshop: “Creative Tips for Teaching” with Mona Rejino

Mona Rejino

An accomplished pianist and teacher, Mona Rejino is co-author of the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library and Adult Piano Method.

Throughout the summer, we are excited to be able to offer several workshops for piano teachers and aspiring piano teachers! Beginning in June, we will be offering a workshop titled “Creative Tips for Teaching.” This workshop will be presented by composer and arranger, Mona Rejino, brought to us by Hal Leonard Publishingas part of their 2012 Hal Leonard Piano Workshop Tour.

During the workshop, Ms. Rejino will discuss practical and creative teaching tips to use with your students. With Ms. Rejino, you will discover new teaching strategies that are effective and produce lasting results with today’s students.

Many of you may be familiar of Ms. Rejino’s popular works, from the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library and Adult Piano Method series, to her compositions such as Nocturne, Pagoda Bells, and Feelin’ Happy. And you will also recognize some of her arrangements of popular pieces, such as Let It Be, Love Song, or I Will Always Love You.

An accomplished pianist, composer, and teacher, Ms. Rejino received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music at West Texas State University, followed by her Master of Music in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas, studying with Joseph Banowetz. While not composing and arranging music, Ms. Rejino operates an independent piano studio in Carollton, Texas. Ms. Rejino’s teaching philosophy is focused around “nurturing a love and life-long appreciation of music for each individual student.”

Join us for this inspiring and educational workshop in Louisville on Thursday, June 28th or in Lexington on Friday, June 29th. On both days, registration begins at 9:00am, with the workshop starting at 9:30am. Free music will be available for every attendee, as well as door prizes! Refreshments will also be available as well as a special workshop day discount for attendees.

For more information or to sign up, click here.