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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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Summer Piano Camps at Gist Piano Academy!

During the past year, we opened the Gist Piano Academy (GPA) in Lexington and  we have had the pleasure of seeing many students come in every day for piano lessons. It’s been great to see so many kids and adults learning about piano and music!

While summer is the time to start to kick back and relax, it’s also the time to experience and learn all sorts of new things that you maybe don’t have the opportunity to do during the school year!

At GPA, we will be offering four different classes for both beginning and experienced piano students at the beginning of this summer. Taught by GPA instructor, Dr. Victoria Tsangari, students will have the opportunity to learn everything from playing their first notes on the piano to composing and premiering their first composition.

Before joining the faculty at Gist Piano Academy, Dr. Tsangari taught at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Tsangari teaches this student to play his first song on the piano!

Dr. Tsangari teaches this student to play his first song on the piano!

and served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano and Theory at Kentucky State University, where she taught studio and group piano, music theory and aural skills. In addition, she has 14 years of experience teaching private piano lessons to children and adults in the US and in Europe. Dr. Tsangari’s goals are to help students develop their technique and musicianship to their full potential, to help them grow as independent musicians and to fuel their love for music so they continue to play and to support music throughout their lives.

Piano Camp is for students who have studied piano for at least one year with an instructor. Piano Camp will strengthen students’ musical skills and renew their excitement for music making through fun activities and games. Activities will include duet and ensemble performance using a Roland keyboard lab, music theory, improvisation, ear training, sight-reading, and music history. The class will culminate in a recital at Gist Piano Center.

Piano Camp for Beginners is for anyone interested in learning the piano. Now’s your chance! This two-week class provides students who have not studied music previously with an introduction to making music at the piano. Students get their first taste of solo and ensemble playing using our Roland keyboard lab, and learn about music notation, music theory, ear training, and improvisation through fun activities and games. At the end of the beginning piano camp, students will make their piano debut during a performance at Gist!

Composition and Improvisation for Piano is another opportunity for those who have already studied piano for a year to enhance their musical skills by composing and learning to improvise! The first week in this two-week course will unlock students’ creativity with improvisation games, the introduction of various pedagogical tools, and guided composition sketches. The second week will be devoted to developing one or more compositions from start to finish, from inspiration to publication and premiere!

Sight Reading for piano students who want to improve their sight-reading ability and have fun doing it! Sight-reading is one of the most important skills for developing musicians to acquire. Not only it can help them learn their music faster, it can eventually lead to musical independence and improved overall musicianship.

Sound like fun to you? Download the  Summer Piano Camps information form here.  Contact Gist at (859) 854-2492 or email me at hhamilton@gistpianocenter.com for more details. Hurry! Space is limited and the deadline to register is May 18th!

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Something Spooky This Way Comes

Halloween Piano Students

The Search Begins…

In October of 2009, several piano students disappeared at Gist Piano Center while performing a recital.  A year later, their concert footage was found.  Undeterred by this terrifying setback, several more piano students attended a recital at Gist in October of 2010.  They too disappeared.  The only record of their horrific experience came from a digital camcorder that happened to record the entire event.  After hours of work, experts were able to salvage two minutes and 56 seconds of video from that recital.  Determined to find these missing students, authorities at Gist posted this haunting video online – hoping that someone would know where these students had gone.  You can still see that video >here< – but beware.  Once you do, you may never sleep soundly again.

Now, exactly one year later, students are gathering in record numbers to search the Haunted Steinway Halls in Louisville and Lexington – looking for some sign of their missing comrades and exploring all of their various music theories.

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Gist Installs Yamaha Piano Lab for JCPS

Students at Western Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky will begin the 2011-2012 school year with a Yamaha digital piano lab – thanks to another partnership between Jefferson County Public Schools and local piano experts at Gist Piano Center.  On Wednesday, August 17, representatives from Gist Piano Center and Jefferson County Public Schools assembled the 15-piano Yamaha digital piano lab for what turned out to be the first day of classes in the school year.  The pianos, which came from another JCPS school, were brought in, unboxed and inspected for missing components before assembly.

“We were lucky that they were so well packaged,” said Tim King of JCPS.  “We were only missing a few screws, some AC adaptors and a couple of stands.  Thankfully, we were able to set the pianos up just in time for classes.”

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Teaching Special Needs Students on Roland Digital Pianos

Roland RM-700 Digital Piano

The Roland RM-700

I have often said that people think there’s “nothing new under the sun” in the piano business.  We’re dealing with an instrument that is over 300 years old and has changed relatively little.  Most teachers, technicians and private owners have chosen their favorite brands years ago, firmly plugged their fingers into their ears and begun to hum loud enough to drown out any new information that might contradict their traditional view of the piano world.  For those of us who work with current piano information on a daily basis, this is extremely frustrating.

One of the biggest challenges I face as a piano expert is finding others in my community who understand the value of modern piano tools.  It’s not easy to find someone who will ask their students to play along with a CD, record a MIDI file or – gasp – practice their scales with a drum rhythm instead of a metronome.  However, I occasionally have the fortune of encountering one of these enlightened souls and I want to share her relatively unique story with you. Continue reading

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