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It’s been a cold winter, but that has not stopped people from wanting Frozen!

Released in theaters November, Frozen is just now making its ways to our homes in film as well as music. Frozen tells the story of Anna, Kristoff, and a crazy snowman named Olaf who are on quest to find Elsa, Anna’s sister. “Let it Go” and “Who Wants to Build a Snowman” are two of the favorite pieces from the film. Children of ALL ages have been flocking to our stores to get their own copy of Frozen so that they can learn and perform their favorite songs from the film.

Frozen from Hal Leonard Publishing

Frozen from Hal Leonard Publishing

A few different versions of Frozen are currently available from Hal Leonard Publishing – with more to come!

Frozen (Piano/Vocal/Guitar) – 00124307 – $16.99
Frozen has been called one of Disney’s greatest musicals of all time – high praise indeed] This souvenir songbook features 11 songs as penned by up-and-coming songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez plus color artwork from Disney’s newest release. Songs include: For the First Time in Forever * Frozen Heart * In Summer * Let It Go * Love Is an Open Door * Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People * and more.

Frozen (Easy Piano) – 00125506 – $14.99
11 easy piano arrangements from the smash Disney animated feature featuring music from up-and-coming songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Songs: Do You Want to Build a Snowman? * Fixer Upper * For the First Time in Forever * For the First Time in Forever (Reprise) * Frozen Heart * Heimr Arnadalr * In Summer * Let It Go * Love Is an Open Door * Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People * Vuelie.

Gist Piano Academy student, Lydia Belcher, performs "Let it Go" with teacher Nathan Stites at Gist's Hollywood Nights!

Gist Piano Academy student, Lydia Belcher, performs “Let it Go” with teacher Nathan Stites at Gist’s Hollywood Nights!

Frozen (Big Note) – 00126105 – $12.99
Frozen (E-Z Play) – 00126895 – $9.99
Frozen, Tangled, and Enchanted – 0012896 – COMING SOON
Frozen, Vol. 128 (with Online Audio) – 00126480 – $14.99

Order your personal copy today.  CLICK HERE and enter promo code FROZENPIANO to receive 10% off your order!

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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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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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Creepy Sounds and Frightening Songs

Can it be fall already? It’s one of our favorite times of year at Gist Piano Center because we are getting ready for the most frightening event of the year – Halloweekend!  Every year we welcome ghosts, goblins, and more to perform at the spookiest recital of the year and one cannot play spooky songs without spooky music!

We are stocked full of the ghoulish and frightening pieces that will make your little witch or monster a very happy performer.

Don’t fear!  Here is some of the terrifying music that you can find at Gist!

Halloween Favorites – This is a compilation of “Seventeen Mysteriously Spooky and Fantastically Haunting Arrangements,” that include such songs as the Monster Mash, This is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Thriller, and other spooktacular pieces.

 

 

 

The Halloween Songbook – Containing “16 spooky songs of the season,” you are bound to find one of your favorite fearsome songs in this book.  Favorites include the Theme from “Jaws,” the Funeral March of a Marionette, and The Munsters Theme!

 

 

 

 

Halloween Spooktacular – For the more experienced player, you can find 37 of the “Gravest Hits” in this collection.  Find arrangements of anything and everything terrifying,  from  Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Bach to…..Who you gonna call??? Ghostbusters!

 

We also have a wide variety of pieces for those worrisome ghouls, such as The Witch Who Lost Her Broom by Carol Klose, Watch Out for the Witch’s Cat! by Timothy Brown, Greedy Goblins by Elizabeth Greenleaf, Things That Go Bump in the Night by Melody Bober, and others too scary to mention!

Grab your broom, get your candy ready, and find your most terrifying music in time for Halloween, before it disappears!

For more information on Halloweekend at Gist, look here….if you dare!

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