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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.”

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The Harpsichord Makes a Digital Comeback

Today’s digital technology is giving classical instruments unparalleled exposure to increasingly younger generations of musicians.  In fact, with modern sampling technology, some instruments (like the Roland C-30 Digitall Harpsichord) can so closely replicate the authentic sound of a traditional harpsichord that the human ear can’t tell the difference.  As a result, music educators all over the world are delighting their students with authenticity – many for the very first time.

1765 Blanchet French double harpsichord 1765 Blanchet French double harpsichord on display in the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

1765 Blanchet French double harpsichord 1765 Blanchet French double harpsichord on display in the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

Imagine.  What would “The Well Tempered Clavier” have sounded like when Bach wrote it?  How different would Mozart’s early works sound if performed on harpsichord instead of piano?  How did the piano’s development change the way Western Music was written?  These topics and more – traditionally very difficult to teach without a 7’ harpsichord in your studio – are now returning to private piano lessons…thanks to Roland.

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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.


Workshop: “Creative Tips for Teaching” with Mona Rejino

Mona Rejino

An accomplished pianist and teacher, Mona Rejino is co-author of the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library and Adult Piano Method.

Throughout the summer, we are excited to be able to offer several workshops for piano teachers and aspiring piano teachers! Beginning in June, we will be offering a workshop titled “Creative Tips for Teaching.” This workshop will be presented by composer and arranger, Mona Rejino, brought to us by Hal Leonard Publishingas part of their 2012 Hal Leonard Piano Workshop Tour.

During the workshop, Ms. Rejino will discuss practical and creative teaching tips to use with your students. With Ms. Rejino, you will discover new teaching strategies that are effective and produce lasting results with today’s students.

Many of you may be familiar of Ms. Rejino’s popular works, from the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library and Adult Piano Method series, to her compositions such as Nocturne, Pagoda Bells, and Feelin’ Happy. And you will also recognize some of her arrangements of popular pieces, such as Let It Be, Love Song, or I Will Always Love You.

An accomplished pianist, composer, and teacher, Ms. Rejino received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music at West Texas State University, followed by her Master of Music in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas, studying with Joseph Banowetz. While not composing and arranging music, Ms. Rejino operates an independent piano studio in Carollton, Texas. Ms. Rejino’s teaching philosophy is focused around “nurturing a love and life-long appreciation of music for each individual student.”

Join us for this inspiring and educational workshop in Louisville on Thursday, June 28th or in Lexington on Friday, June 29th. On both days, registration begins at 9:00am, with the workshop starting at 9:30am. Free music will be available for every attendee, as well as door prizes! Refreshments will also be available as well as a special workshop day discount for attendees.

For more information or to sign up, click here.