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What Causes a Piano to Go Out of Tune?

When you purchased your last car, you knew you’d have to maintain it.  You expected to fill it with gas on a weekly basis; you knew you’d have to wash it from time to time and you planned on an oil change every 3000 miles.  You also knew that – as your car aged – it would begin to wear out.  Over time, you’d have to put on some new tires; you’d have to replace the breaks and you’d have to swap the battery at some point.  From the beginning, you understood that such expenses were necessary to maintain your car’s performance and resale value.  Now imagine that your car was made out of wood.  How many more repairs and adjustments would you have expected to make? Continue reading

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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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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.

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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.

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