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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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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 www.gistpianocenter.com/clinics.

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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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