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Students who learn on a Roland digital piano learn up to 60% faster than students who learn on traditional pianos.

Piano takes on the 21st century with apps!

There’s an app for that!?! Learning how to play any instrument, especially piano, has changed a lot in recent years. Gone are the days where the only way to learn your notes was to use your rubber-banded flash cards, and learning to count with the monotonous click-click of your metronome was the only way to master new rhythms! Yup, there are apps for that – actually TONS of apps!

Let’s face it, kids these days (and some of us adults) love using our electronics. An iPad or tablet is often a requirement for kids to use in school. Therefore, it is not a huge leap to find that you can do so much musical learning in a fun and innovative way on your own wireless device. And another popular way to get information? You got it, social media! We have started a most excellent board on our Pinterest page for you to easily find some of the greatest apps to use with your piano, especially Roland pianos. You’ll find a few listed below, but keep checking out our Roland Piano Apps board as we add new apps all the time!

Rhythm CatRhythm Cat – Perfect for iOS and Android device, this app helps beginning piano students learn from day one! Students learn to count and develop their listening skills without even realizing they are actually doing the work!

 

 

Piano MaestroPiano Maestro – A personal favorite, Piano Maestro is a great resource for any piano student. From learning “classical” pieces, to One Direction, students have the opportunity to improve their rhythm skills and piano technique while learning and performing songs with fun musical accompaniments. It’s like playing with a band! Better yet, it’s free and can be used with any digital AND acoustic piano.

Sheet Music ReaderSheet Music Reader – You can be one of the “cool kids” and ditch the pile of books that you carry around with missing covers and torn pages. Now you can carry your music in your trusty iOS device with this great app. Scan your music and save to Sheet Music Reader, or purchase new music. You have a lot of options! You can even mark up the music as much as you want. Need to write in that pesky F# accidental? No problem. But what about turning pages? With your Roland HP-600 series piano (or later), connect your iPad via Bluetooth (yes, you read that correctly….Bluetooth!) to the piano and turn the pages with the push of a pedal. If you’re an Android user, check out the similar MobileSheets Pro app.digital-pianos-with-bluetooth

But wait, there’s more! Go visit our Pinterest page to find more great apps to use on your piano learning adventure (Yes, there is even a app for the very popular Piano Adventures series that is perfect for using with your Roland piano). Follow the Roland Piano Apps board to make sure you don’t miss out!

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Roland Offers Special Financing For a Limited Time Only

approvedIf you have been thinking about a digital piano for your home, you won’t want to miss out on a new offer from Roland Digital Pianos.

Now through September 1, Roland is offering you a choice of three special financing offers, including a rare 12-Month SAME AS CASH special with no down payment required!

Click here for more information.

Now, you can take advantage of our Red Tag Summer Clearance Sale AND this rare financing offer from Roland.  …but hurry.  This offer is only good on in-stock pianos and for a limited time.  Don’t miss out on your chance to own a Roland!

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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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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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