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New Faces at Gist Piano Center!

Our family is growing and we’d like to introduce you to our three newest faces.  Please join us in welcoming them to the Gist Piano Center family!

In Louisville


Darian Payne was part of our internship program with Bellarmine University and she has officially joined us as our Director of Public Relations.  A recent graduate of Bellarmine, she majored in  Music and Arts Administration with an emphasis on  Piano Pedagogy and Accompanying (with a minor in Business).  You’ll see her work on our YouTube Channel, on Facebook and in all of our media (and social media) outlets.  Darian also plays viola spends her free time with her two Chihuahuas,  Roxxi and Chilli.  Check out Darian’s FIRST YouTube video at Gist!

 

In Lexington

Lauren Hines
Lauren Hines has been a pianist for over 12 years.  A consummate artist, Lauren loves to paint and draw in her spare time.  She also has quite the zoo at home with a Chihuahua named “Taco Bell”, a rabbit named Ellie, and Vincent and Picasso – her two fish.  You can see Lauren part-time in our Lexington store and at the exciting PIE events coming up soon!

kate
Gist Piano Academy in Lexington is proud to welcome our newest piano teacher – Kate Sivy – to our Lexington studio!  Kate has been teaching piano for over 15 years.  She has a Bachelors in Piano Performance from Geneva College and a Masters in Piano Performance from Ohio State University.  Specializing in students from five on up, Kate is a fun person who loves to share the Magic of Making Music with her students.  Welcome, Kate!

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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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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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Asbury University Partners with Gist Piano Center to Create New Roland Piano Lab

Students at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky are beginning their Spring, 2013 semester with a brand new Roland Digital Piano Lab – thanks to a partnership between Roland Corporation, US and the local piano experts at Gist Piano Center.

One of only two private schools in Kentucky with a nationally-accredited music program, Asbury University requires all of its music students to take keyboard proficiency classes. In addition to replacing old and failing lab equipment, the new Roland pianos will provide Asbury students and surrounding community members an opportunity to incorporate new technologies into their piano lessons.

Each of the nine new Roland pianos is compatible with a number of FREE iPad apps that give students the ability to practice with digital flashcards, record and mix their own music, and play with music background files at whatever speed is comfortable for them. The included lab conferencing system gives the instructor the ability to listen and coach each student individually, assign students to practice groups, or even create custom finger exercises that can be displayed on a SMART Board or printed as student handouts.

“Our new Roland digital keyboard lab is outstanding, and a definite improvement compared to the equipment of our former keyboard lab,” says Don Zent, Professor of Piano and Keyboard Studies Coordinator at Asbury University. “We are excited about the good sound, responsive touch, and solid workmanship of our new Roland pianos. We’re also excited about the opportunity to incorporate new learning tools like iPads, music training apps and SMART Boards into our curriculum.”

Take a look at Asbury University’s new Roland Learning Lab! Continue reading

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Roland Digital Pianos: SuperNATURAL Piano Sound

Probably the most common question I get online is “What the heck is so SuperNATURAL about Roland’s piano sound?” …and it’s a fair question! Since Roland invented the first digital piano in 1975, they have been known throughout the World as a leader in digital music technology. If they’re excited about a technology, then it must be something big!

Well, I decided that SuperNATURAL Piano was too intricate to describe in a text blog. Who’d want to read that anyway?! …so for all of you who’ve wondered but never asked – and, of course, for all of you who asked, here’s my latest video: “What is SuperNATURAL Piano by Roland?”

Enjoy!


…and check out the entire line of Roland SuperNATURAL digital pianos!

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