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Halloweekend Signups Have Begun!

“Wood” you have the courage to explore The Dark Forest?

The Halloweekend LogoOver the past few weeks, nature has taken root in Gist Piano Center. The very buildings themselves seem to be under attack by a twisted and woody growth. Buried in the darkness, quiet voices seem to speak of an impending doom – a reckoning coming to Kentucky sometime around Halloween.

Signups for Halloweekend 2015 have just begun.  Click here to sign your students up today!

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Barry Manilow Donates NEW Yamaha Piano to PRP High School

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Gist Piano Center delivers the new Yamaha P22 Piano to PRP High School.

Students at Pleasure Ridge Park High School will have the opportunity to learn, practice and perform on a new Yamaha piano this school year, thanks to the Manilow Music Project and the help of local piano dealer Gist Piano Center. Youngsters at the high school and throughout the Jefferson County Public School District will also benefit from newly donated used music instruments, thanks to the unique initiative launched throughout the nation by pop superstar Barry Manilow.

The new upright piano, a Yamaha P22 model, was recently delivered to PRP High School by Gist Piano Center after being donated by Manilow. Manilow donated the piano to launch a music instrument drive to coincide with his ONE LAST TIME! tour stop earlier this year at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. After delivery, the staff of Gist Piano Center donated their time and expertise to install and tune the piano.

Barry Manilow is one of 3600 Yamaha Artists.

Barry Manilow is one of 3600 Yamaha Artists.

Over the past year, concertgoers who donated a new or gently used instrument to the local school district received two free tickets to Manilow’s ONE LAST TIME! concert. The instrument drive was sponsored by Manilow’s foundation, The Manilow Music Project. Manilow started The Manilow Music Project to provide musical instruments to high school and middle school students throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“I know firsthand how invaluable music education is,” said Manilow, whose unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing, with worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million.  “It is a privilege for me to help bring the gift of music to these kids.”

James Harding, President of Gist Music Center, which has locations in Louisville and Lexington, said he jumped at the chance to play a part in the donation from the Manilow Music Project.
“For the past 44 years, Gist Piano Center has worked closely with Jefferson County public schools and our industry partners to give music a future in Louisville,” Harding said. “This new partnership with the Manilow Music Project and Yamaha will help bring music to the lives of countless JCPS students and their families. We couldn’t be more proud to join with these industry icons and help to promote the magic of making music in Louisville.”

Phillip Jennings, Music Teacher at PRP, leads his group piano class.

Phillip Jennings, Music Teacher at PRP, leads his group piano class on the new Yamaha P22 donated by Manilow.

Gist Piano Center’s focus on music education has played an integral role in helping it grow from a small piano repair shop that opened in 1971 into the Midwest’s leading family-owned, full-service piano house. Today, Gist’s “Partners in Education” program, the largest piano network of its kind in the United States, features 115 teachers and more than 5,000 students.
The involvement in the Manilow Music Project is Gist Piano Center’s most recent effort to support music education in Jefferson County Public Schools, but part of a larger, ongoing commitment to the district. The Jefferson County school district has repeatedly chosen Gist Piano Center as their trusted piano source. In addition to selling Pleasure Ridge Park High School a number of pianos and digital pianos over the years, Harding has conducted a series of training sessions and master classes for JCPS educators, and has also sat on the JCPS Community Advisory Board for the JCPS Music Magnate Program, which frequently met at the high school.

“Music education is at the very core of our mission at Gist Piano Center, as it has been over the past four decades,” Harding said. “We strongly believe in the power of music in education, which is why we look for wonderful opportunities like this that allow even more students to learn, explore and benefit from music in their schools, and hopefully throughout their lives.”
More information on the Manilow Music Project can be found at www.manilowmusicproject.org.

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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!

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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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Gist Piano Center to Host Dr. Joseph Akins and Philip Wesley for PIE Appreciation Days

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Based in Nashville, pianist-composer, Dr. Joseph Akins, blends his Southern roots with a variety of musical styles.

In appreciation for members of our renowned Partners In Education (PIE) program, Gist Piano Center will host a pair of master classes and concerts with noted Nashville musicians Dr. Joseph Akins and Philip Wesley. The events will take place at Gist Piano Center in Louisville on Friday, September 6th and at Gist Piano Center Lexington on Friday, September 7th.

At 5pm on each day, Akins and Wesley, will present a workshop on practice, performance, and creativity at the piano. At 7pm on each day, the duo will perform a lively piano concert. General admission for each event is $10, but PIE Members will receive FREE admission to all events. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Additional tickets may be available at the door if the shows do not sell out in advance. Continue reading

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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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