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Meet Dr. E.L. Lancaster from Alfred!

The Summer is winding down and – for many Kentucky piano teachers – “Back to School” season means the return to rigorous Fall teaching schedules.  However, Summer isn’t quite over at Gist Piano Center.  That’s right.  After a crazy season of EIGHT piano teacher clinics, we’re gearing up for our ninth – and final – program featuring Dr. E.L. Lancaster from Alfred Publishing Company.

Join us in Louisville on Thursday, August 9 (9am) and meet one of the Piano Industry’s education icons in this up-close and personal discussion with Dr. Lancaster.  Better yet – stay after the clinic and enjoy a light lunch, door prizes and the opportunity to save up to 40% OFF your Fall music purchases!  This is one piano clinic you can’t afford to miss!

Based on his extensive teaching experience with students of all ages, from young to college-level pianists, E.L. Lancaster will share valuable insights into teaching techniques and materials for working with a wide-range of students with varied interests. You’ll find tips for working with busy teens, developing a strong technical foundation and choosing the perfect repertoire for study and performance.

Topics will include:

  • Teaching composition
  • Creative ways to teach Hannon
  • One-hand music for injured students
  • Using popular music to teach
  • How to teach teens with limited practice time and busy schedules

Dr. Lancaster had this to say about his 2012 Nationwide Piano Education Tour:  “It’s a chance to share ideas with colleagues and to recharge the teaching batteries in a fun, interactive way,” says Lancaster. “I personally like to use the workshop venue as a way to start planning for fall teaching. It may inspire me to expand my offerings in the studio – incorporating new teaching topics. I also like to plan music for students including fresh, new music that appeals to both of us!”

No matter what method you use, this program will give you valuable tools to aid in your studio teaching – not to mention a tremendous discount on your print music for the Fall.  R.S.V.P. to www.gistpianocenter.com/clinics.  You’ll be glad you took the time to attend!

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Something Spooky This Way Comes

Halloween Piano Students

The Search Begins…

In October of 2009, several piano students disappeared at Gist Piano Center while performing a recital.  A year later, their concert footage was found.  Undeterred by this terrifying setback, several more piano students attended a recital at Gist in October of 2010.  They too disappeared.  The only record of their horrific experience came from a digital camcorder that happened to record the entire event.  After hours of work, experts were able to salvage two minutes and 56 seconds of video from that recital.  Determined to find these missing students, authorities at Gist posted this haunting video online – hoping that someone would know where these students had gone.  You can still see that video >here< – but beware.  Once you do, you may never sleep soundly again.

Now, exactly one year later, students are gathering in record numbers to search the Haunted Steinway Halls in Louisville and Lexington – looking for some sign of their missing comrades and exploring all of their various music theories.

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