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It’s been a cold winter, but that has not stopped people from wanting Frozen!

Released in theaters November, Frozen is just now making its ways to our homes in film as well as music. Frozen tells the story of Anna, Kristoff, and a crazy snowman named Olaf who are on quest to find Elsa, Anna’s sister. “Let it Go” and “Who Wants to Build a Snowman” are two of the favorite pieces from the film. Children of ALL ages have been flocking to our stores to get their own copy of Frozen so that they can learn and perform their favorite songs from the film.

Frozen from Hal Leonard Publishing

Frozen from Hal Leonard Publishing

A few different versions of Frozen are currently available from Hal Leonard Publishing – with more to come!

Frozen (Piano/Vocal/Guitar) – 00124307 – $16.99
Frozen has been called one of Disney’s greatest musicals of all time – high praise indeed] This souvenir songbook features 11 songs as penned by up-and-coming songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez plus color artwork from Disney’s newest release. Songs include: For the First Time in Forever * Frozen Heart * In Summer * Let It Go * Love Is an Open Door * Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People * and more.

Frozen (Easy Piano) – 00125506 – $14.99
11 easy piano arrangements from the smash Disney animated feature featuring music from up-and-coming songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Songs: Do You Want to Build a Snowman? * Fixer Upper * For the First Time in Forever * For the First Time in Forever (Reprise) * Frozen Heart * Heimr Arnadalr * In Summer * Let It Go * Love Is an Open Door * Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People * Vuelie.

Gist Piano Academy student, Lydia Belcher, performs "Let it Go" with teacher Nathan Stites at Gist's Hollywood Nights!

Gist Piano Academy student, Lydia Belcher, performs “Let it Go” with teacher Nathan Stites at Gist’s Hollywood Nights!

Frozen (Big Note) – 00126105 – $12.99
Frozen (E-Z Play) – 00126895 – $9.99
Frozen, Tangled, and Enchanted – 0012896 – COMING SOON
Frozen, Vol. 128 (with Online Audio) – 00126480 – $14.99

Order your personal copy today.  CLICK HERE and enter promo code FROZENPIANO to receive 10% off your order!

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Gist Piano Center is currently a$RL9TDBGccepting resumes for a part-time position at our Lexington location.

This job opportunity will offer our new associate the opportunity to participate in off-site clinics, in-store workshops and special events. (S)he will also participate in providing press releases to local media, assist in maintaining print music inventories and coordinating with piano teachers in the Gist Piano Academy. Ideally, the interested candidate should have an interest in piano, music, and have prior sales experience.

Interested in joining the team?  Email a cover letter and resume in PDF form to Heather Hamilton at hhamilton@gistpianocenter.com.

A full job description can be found here.

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Gist Piano Academy Thanks Music Institute of Lexington for Hard Work

We at Gist Piano Center and Gist Piano Academy of Lexington would like to express our sincere appreciation and congratulations to our friends at The Music Institute of Lexington.  In keeping with their mission to provide high quality music instruction to students all across Central Kentucky, The Music Institute of Lexington has brought countless families into the Lexington Music Community.  Through their tireless efforts, The Music Institute has enriched every family in the Blue Grass Community and, though we are saddened to hear of their upcoming closure, we look forward to supporting their faculty and students for many years to come.logo

As schools all across the United States cut funding for music education, it’s more critical than ever that local music stores work closely with the music teachers and students in their communities to ensure that the next generation of music makers has the education and resources they need to flourish.RMM

Through our Partners In Education program, we have had the privilege of supporting faculty and students from The Music Institute of Lexington and, as this new chapter in the Lexington Music Community unfolds, we look forward to growing those vital relationships.

We encourage you to join us in congratulating the faculty, the staff, the administration and the folks who supported The Music Institute of Lexington over these past several years.  Your efforts have made a difference in our home town and in the lives of hundreds of students.  Thank you for your hard work.  Our best wishes go with you.

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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!

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The Latest in Piano Teaching Methods

As a clarinetist, I am often envious of all the different method, technique, and even performance books available to pianists. With everyone having different teaching and learning styles, it makes sense to have different method books available. And in that spirit, I would like to introduce you to a few new additions to two popular piano method book series.

At the beginning of March, Helen Marlais released the Grade 3 books for the Succeeding at the Piano series. A relatively new addition to the piano method “family,” (although Marlas is not), Grade 3 is a welcome addition to the series. Grade 4 is scheduled to be released sometime next year, and that will complete the series. From the FJH Music Company, “Grade 3 expands on the concepts introduced in earlier levels and teaches new ones, such as: new time signatures of 3/8, 6/8 and cut time; compound meter; triads and inversions; IV chord and I-IV-I cadence; I-IV-I-V7-I in C, G, and F Major; syncopation; intervals of a 7th and an octave; alberti bass; triplets; swing rhythm; chromaticism; and the three forms of the minor scale in the key A and D. Healthy technique resulting in tension-free playing, conventional and intervallic note reading, engaging music by six leading composers establish a passion for playing piano.”

Each level in the Succeeding at the Piano series includes a lesson, theory and activity, recital and Christmas book. As an extra, you can also get a sticker book and flash card friend set for each level. A teacher guide is available for the preparatory and grade one book.

The next new addition to the piano method family is the second edition of Level 2A and 4 of Faber Piano Adventures series. The second edition of these two levels follows the new editions of the Primer and Level 1 books. With additional pages and studies, both the Level 2A and 4 will expand upon the changes made in the previous levels and continue in a natural evolution (don’t worry, you can continue using first edition and second edition books together). Most exciting for Level 4 is the introduction of a Level 4 Technique and Artistry book. The aim of this book is to combine the real “secrets to virtuoso playing with the objective of artistic performance.” While all of Level 2A second edition books have been released (lesson, theory, technique and artistry, and performance) and are available in stores, the Level 4 Theory book will be released in July 2012. The Level 4 Theory book will be the last second edition book released for 2012.

A couple “extras.” Piano Adventures has also recently released a Primer Level Teacher’s Guide. This is an attractive book that includes a DVD with Nancy Faber demonstrating teaching techniques with students. Also, we now have updated PreTime and BigTime, Popular, Rock’n Roll, Jazz & Blues, and Kids’ Songs books. Stop by either Gist locations in Louisville and Lexington to see these exciting new additions to the Succeeding at the Piano and Piano Adventures series!

FJH Music introduces level 3 of the Succeeding at the Piano method series by Helen Marlais

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