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Let’s Get Digital: A Piano Lesson for Piano Teachers

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Music Education now includes smart phones, tablets and digital equipment.

Technology is as familiar to today’s piano students as the unique arrangement of black and white keys is to pianists. In fact, studies show that digital pianos are outselling their acoustic (upright) cousins at a rate of six-to-one Worldwide. That means that more and more piano students are beginning their journey with technology and – as a “cool” piano teacher – it’s critical that you speak that language well!

You know that technology can help you and your students, but where do you begin? Digital pianos, tablets, MIDI files, apps – there are many options, but how do you find the best solution for you?

Roland's Laura Zaruta is a piano educator and clinician.

Roland’s Laura Zaruta is a piano educator and clinician.

Join us for a hands-on practice session where we all become students again! Sit at a piano with your tablet and smart phone, and experience a lesson from the perspective of a modern piano student. Watch how fun and productive technology can be as we work through a basic lesson plan together. You’ll see the real-life applications for many of these simple technologies and you’re guaranteed to find at least a few things that are perfect for your studio.

Don’t miss this interactive workshop with Piano Educator, Roland Clinician and Lifetime Student, Laura Zaruta. Admission for this program is free, but since everyone will be at a piano we ask that you RSVP to Heather Hamilton by Saturday, February 27.

Let’s get digital together! See you there!

Louisville:  “Leap Day” Monday, February 29, 2016 (10am – 1pm)
Lexington:  Tuesday, March 1, 2016 (10am – 1pm)

Gist will serve a light lunch following the workshop.

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Gist Piano Center Discontinues DVD Recording Service

For the past several years, we have had the privilege of recording thousands of student performances as part of our Partners In Education Recital DVD program.  It has been our honor to preserve these memories for our PIE Families over the years and we are grateful for each and every one.

As technology changes, however, different media come and go (see image below).  …and just like the items listed below, DVDs have moved past their prime.

Walkman-iPod
 

Thus, due to the changing face of visual media, we have decided to discontinue our recital DVD service (effective immediately).  We thank you all for your years of talent and enthusiasm!

Stay tuned for further updates on new benefits coming to PIE Teachers and their families in 2016!

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Technology in Teaching – A Workshop for Piano Teachers

Ellen Gonzales from Roland Digital Pianos

Ellen Gonzales from Roland is a noted educator, clinician and technology specialist who travels around the Nation helping teachers and universities integrate technology into their studios and classrooms.

In our last blog, you learned about a new lineup of Roland Digital Pianos that use Bluetooth technology instead of WIFI because of it’s ease and increased reliability.  Now, due in part to this major technological change, educators are able to access an entire WORLD of musical learning apps to aid in learning.  These apps will help you attract new students, build enthusiasm for different types of music and help you better control your students’ at-home practice.  You won’t believe the difference they can make!

In this followup session, Ellen Gonzales from Roland will demonstrate a host of apps that help you hone in on specific challenges your students face.  You’ll learn about apps that include play-a-long material for better musicality, apps that can provide you with practice reports and help you see what is going on at home, and apps that can help your students develop a love for scales!  Better yet, it’s EASY and most of the apps are FREE!

Bring your tablet to Gist Piano Center Lexington on Wednesday, November 11, and you will learn everything you need to know about these new technologies and about how they can change your students’ lives.  FREE Sessions begin at 11am and 3pm.  Gist will service some light refreshments so you can enjoy learning!

Roland Digital Piano with Bluetooth

Roland’s new line of HP and LX digital pianos now feature Bluetooth technology, a hybrid action, modeled piano sound and a 10-Year Parts and Labor Warranty.

If you live in Louisville, bring your tablet to Gist Piano Center Louisville on Thursday,

November 12 and we’ll load you up with great information and PROVEN teaching tips!  This FREE session begins at 10am.  Enjoy some light refreshments with us afterwards!

We’re still getting cards and emails from teachers who attended our last event.  If you came last time, come again and learn even more.  If not, DO NOT MISS this life-changing workshop!  We’ll see you there!

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Chocolate Party and Roland Announcement!

Open to the Public

Roland Digital PianoYou’re invited to join us for a MAJOR Music Industry announcement from Legendary Piano Builder, Roland Corporation.  A Roland representative will be onhand to announce how Roland is partnering with other industry legends, including Hal-Leonard, Alfred, Sheet Music Direct and more to change everything we know about the Piano Industry.  You won’t want to miss this historic event!

Chocolate PartyTo celebrate this announcement, Gist Piano Center and Roland are joining forces with famous Louisville-based chocolatier, Cellar Door Chocolates, who will setup a full chocolate buffet – FREE for event attendees!  Gist Piano Center will also offer champagne and sodas to age-appropriate guests throughout the evening.

Finally, Gist Piano Center will introduce the all-new FastTrack program and demonstrate some exciting new things coming to Kentucky this Fall!  Here are the dates and times:

  • Monday, October 12:  6-8pm (Louisville):  Roland Launch Event (Open to Public)
  • Tuesday, October 13:  10am-Noon (Lexington):  Piano Teacher’s Event with Roland
  • Tuesday, October 13:  6-8pm (Lexington):  Roland Launch Event (Open to Public)
  • Wednesday, October 14:  10am – Noon (Louisville):  Piano Teacher’s Event with Roland

Piano Teachers

Join us for an unforgettable session JUST for you on Tuesday, October 13 (10am – Noon) in Lexington and Wednesday, October 14 (10am – Noon) in Louisville.  Piano Educator, Clinician and Roland Education Consultant, Laura Zaruta, will be here to show you how this new announcement from Roland, Hal-Leonard, Alfred and Sheet Music Direct can change the way you teach!  You’ll learn about incredible new apps, exciting technologies, our new FastTrack program and more!  This meeting will thrill you to the core!  Don’t be left behind.  Make time to be here and see how “This changes EVERYTHING!”

Roland LX-7 Digital PianoAlso, bring your smart phone and tablet.  We’ll be suggesting a TON of new music apps that will make your life easier and we’ll even help you see how EASY some of this new stuff is to use!

RSVP to Heather Hamilton (for the Lexington meeting) or James Harding (for the Louisville one).

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Calling all Gists!

It is with great personal delight that I announce the implementation of a brand-new phone system at Gist Piano Center. We now have a new, digital system that will allow us to better service our customers’ needs and to more quickly distribute calls between our stores. However, as a result, a few things have changed. Here’s what you need to know:

From now on, when you call Gist, instead of Lisa’s happy voice (or Heather’s), you will get our new automated attendant. I know, I know! You’re not happy about that. …but, trust me, this will make your life easier. Now, with just the touch of a single button, you can go to the department you need WITHOUT having to explain everything to Lisa (or Heather) first. It saves you time and Lisa (or Heather) can get more work done! Everybody wins. …and, just because I am a nice guy, here are the new menu options:

1 – Service Department (for Tuning, Moving, Repair and Rental Services)
2 – Sales Department (for Pianos, Digital Pianos, Keyboards, Player Systems and Accessories only)
3 – Restoration, Estimates, Appraisals and Estate Documentation
4 – Print Music and Piano Lessons only
5 – Accounting
6 – Sell Your Piano To Gist
7 – Marketing, Advertising and Philanthropic Inquiries only
8 – Recital Questions
9 – Store Hours and General Information
* – Information about Careers at Gist

NOTE – There is no “Option 0.” If you press “0,” the system will get confused. Also, if you know someone’s extension (Mine is 200, Lisa’s is 300 and Heather’s is 400), then you can dial that at any time.

This new system gives us the ability to get our messages on the fly too. Leave a voicemail for any one of us and the audio file shows up in our email. We can get back to you immediately.

This may be an adjustment for some of you who are used to the old system, but I promise you’ll love the new system once you get used to it. It’s saving everyone a ton of time. Thanks for your patience and we’ll talk to you soon!

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