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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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How Often Should I Have My Piano Tuned?

This article is the second article in a series on piano service.  Before you read on, we recommend reading “What Causes a Piano to Go Out of Tune.” 

 

Easily the most popular question my acoustic piano clients ask me is how often they should tune their new or used piano.  Understandably, folks who spent the money to purchase a quality instrument want to make sure the value of their investment won’t diminish due to neglect or their own lack of experience.  It’s no different from a first-time car buyer asking the dealership how often (s)he should change the new car’s oil.  Most people understand the importance of protecting their investments.  Unfortunately, while it’s considered common knowledge that a car requires an oil change every 3000 miles, most people have absolutely no idea how often they should tune their piano. Continue reading

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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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