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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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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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