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Save 35% at Christmas in July

[Lexington – 7/26-8/2]  Deck the Halls and light up the lights!  It’s Christmas in July at Gist Piano Center Lexington!

That’s right!  We’re offering UNBELIEVABLE savings on all in-store print music, piano accessories, gift items and more as part of our “Christmas in July” celebration.  Save 35% on all in-stock (non-piano) items for ONE WEEK ONLY!

Also, save BIG on pianos as part of our Red Tag Summer Clearance Sale – happening at the same time!  All of our pianos (new and used) are on sale.  You can even save BIG MONEY on digital pianos, player systems and keyboards!

OH, the weather outside is delightful!  We’ve planned for your arrival!  Everything on sale must go!   Save some dough!  Save some dough!  Save some dough!

Fall is right around the corner.  Stock up now and SAVE!

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Print Music FIRE SALE at Gist Piano Center Louisville

After its TREMENDOUSLY successful debut in Lexington, Gist Piano Center is bringing back it’s PRINT MUSIC FIRE SALE for ONE DAY ONLY – and this time, it’s coming to Louisville!

ALL piano teachers are welcome!  Just come in and grab one of our paper bags, STUFF if FULL of music and pay only $5.00 for the entire thing! EVERYTHING in the store counts (except for lessons series books)! …and you won’t believe all the great stuff we’re bringing in from Lexington to enhance our selection!  We’ll have books from The Celebration Series, classical music from Alfred, Schirmer and more, supplemental lesson books (all major publishers), pop music, movie music, sacred music, hymns, the Faber Supplemental Piano Library, scale books, theory books – and MUCH, MUCH more!

Every teacher who attends the event will get a FREE manuscript book and the occasional surprise gift from “the back room!”  You won’t want to miss this!

The Print Music Fire Sale will be Saturday, February 11 from 10am – 5pm – ONLY at Gist Piano Center Louisville.

…and while you’re here, don’t forget to fill out the 2017 Teaching Materials Survey so we can make sure we ALWAYS have the books you need!

We’ll see you there!

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Get 44% OFF Print Music at Gist!

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

A few weeks ago, our servers were severely damaged by a nasty computer virus and we have to re-enter ALL of our inventory into new software.  This is an especially big problem for us in the print music department.  Who wants to enter all of those books into the new system?!

So, to help reduce our January work load, we are blowing out all in-stock music books, sheet music, lessons materials and software for an incredible 44% OFF!

Stop in now and get the BIGGEST discount we’ve ever offered on print music!  …and better yet – some clearance items are at an even bigger special:  Buy One (at regular price), Get One FREE!

Get in quickly and get your music at HUGE savings – while they’re still in stock!

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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 www.gistpianocenter.com/clinics.  You’ll be glad you took the time to attend!

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The Evolution of Theory

I often tell prospective music students that music is a two-part discipline. To truly become proficient at any instrument, music students not only have to develop the athletic skills associated with playing that instrument (finger independence and strength, breathing and proper posture to name a few), but they also have to understand the language of music (how to read, write and even think in musical notation). This musical language – called “Music Theory” by teachers – is an ever-expanding library of “rules” and “best-practices” that our musical history has given us and it forms the foundation for every student’s understanding of music as a whole. Thus, it’s critical that we find a way to motivate the Video Game Generation to study Music Theory with some of the same enthusiasm they bring to their Xbox.

In the Age of Instant Gratification, it seems harder and harder to keep a music student’s attention. Also, as music is removed for our schools, private music teachers find that they have less and less time in their 30-minute lessons to cover basic concepts that used to be “common knowledge” to beginning students. …so how do we find time in only 30 minutes a week to help our students unlock the power of the musical language? (Imagine trying to study Latin in only 30 minutes a week!)

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