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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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It’s Never Too Late to Learn to Play Piano!

When thinking about beginning piano lessons you may envision an elementary aged child plunking out Hot Cross Buns. In all actuality, however, more adults are beginning – and returning to – piano lessons than ever before!

Gist Piano Academy, located at Gist Piano Center at Harrodsburg Rd and Man O’War in Lexington, is offering two new group piano classes for adult students in Gist’s new Roland digital piano lab:

  • Piano Fun for Adult Beginners (no prerequisite required!)
    • Tuesdays, 10:15-11:15am, first class Tuesday, March 5, 2013piano fun for adult
  • I Used to Play Piano (for those who regret quitting!)
    • Thursdays, 2:30-3:30pm, first class Thursday, March 7, 2013

 

Piano Fun for Adult Beginners is a group piano class that serves as an introduction to the piano. By the end of the course, students will be able to read music from the grand staff, identify and interpret basic rhythmic notation, demonstrate beginning piano technique, and play simple pieces hands separately and together.

 

 

I Used to Play Piano is a course designed for adults who have had piano instruction at some point in their lives, can read music (even if they are a bit rusty) and who wish to brush away the cobwebs and further advance the skills they developed in the past.

I Used To Play Piano

I Used To Play Piano

 

Classes take place in a group piano lab, which provides a relaxed learning environment. The group piano conferencing system enables students to hear only their individual piano and the instructor’s piano (and not the other students in the class). So if there is concern about others hearing a wrong note or two, then worry no more!

If you are interested in experiencing the way a group piano lab works with a conferencing system, visit Gist Piano Academy’s Open House on Tuesday, February 26th, from 2:30-3:30pm or call (859) 254-8492 to schedule an individual appointment for a tour of the piano lab.

 

 

Bringing a wealth of music teaching experience to Gist Piano Academy, Dr. Richerson teaches group piano and individual piano lessons at Gist Piano Academy.  In addition to teaching courses at Louisiana State University, Florida State University, and the University of South Carolina, Dr. Richerson also has over twelve years of experience teaching private piano and group classes to students of all ages and levels.

Gist Piano Academy instructor, Dr. Nan Richerson

Gist Piano Academy instructor, Dr. Nan Richerson

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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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“Ask James” – Group Piano Lab

This time of year, I get a number of bid requests from local schools for digital piano labs. Teaching class piano has been a part of college curriculum for many years, but these days more and more of these bid requests are coming from secondary and even elementary schools. The actual bid proposal takes awhile to customize and explain (since we custom-fit digital piano labs for any size room or budget), but I thought you might enjoy a look at the possibilities…

Enjoy this brief video showing what one school in Texas did with their Roland digital piano lab and how it’s changed class piano forever…

-James

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