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New Beginnings for Piano Students at Gist Piano Academy

We are happy to announce the addition of two new teachers to the faculty at Gist Piano Academy this Fall!

Nancy Stelter, GPA faculty

Nancy Stelter, GPA faculty

Nancy Stelter grew up in Pennsylvania and recently moved to Lexington from Rochester, New York. She has extensive experience in teaching, performing and accompanying in her home studio and at a variety of music schools, including: the Eastman School of Music Community Music School, Millikin University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Nancy uses an integrated approach, combining modern teaching methods, theory and classical repertoire. Her main emphasis is on developing strong music reading skills and expressive playing while having fun making music!   You can read more and see more of Nancy here. She is currently accepting private piano students as well as offering group classes for adults!

Beginning Piano Class for Adults – starts October 2nd at 11:15am (10 weeks)

Judith Chen Davis has spent many years of her life coaching her students through the Royal Conservatory of Music program and currently teaches piano at Campbellsville University. She believes that students should have a fun time learning the basics of music and it is her goal to create students who are proficient at the piano as well as life-long lovers of music. Judith’s students frequently receive Superior ratings at the Kentucky Music Teachers’ Association’s State Keyboard Festival and she has served KMTA as a Festival Clinician in 2012 and 2013.

Judith focuses both on the private piano experience and on group learning. In both programs, she offers a healthy dose of music theory and aural (or “ear”) training experience. She is currently accepting private piano students as well as offering group piano classes for adult beginners and an exciting class called “I Used to Play Piano” for adults who used to take piano lessons.

Beginning Piano Class for Adults – starts September 26th at 10:30am (11 weeks – first class is Free!)

I Used to Play Piano – starts September 25th at 6:00pm (11 weeks – first class is Free!)

 

Contact Gist Piano Academy at (859) 254-8492 x400 or hhamilton@gistpianocenter.com for more information about piano lessons!

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Gist Piano Center is currently a$RL9TDBGccepting resumes for a part-time position at our Lexington location.

This job opportunity will offer our new associate the opportunity to participate in off-site clinics, in-store workshops and special events. (S)he will also participate in providing press releases to local media, assist in maintaining print music inventories and coordinating with piano teachers in the Gist Piano Academy. Ideally, the interested candidate should have an interest in piano, music, and have prior sales experience.

Interested in joining the team?  Email a cover letter and resume in PDF form to Heather Hamilton at hhamilton@gistpianocenter.com.

A full job description can be found here.

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It’s Never Too Late to Learn to Play Piano!

When thinking about beginning piano lessons you may envision an elementary aged child plunking out Hot Cross Buns. In all actuality, however, more adults are beginning – and returning to – piano lessons than ever before!

Gist Piano Academy, located at Gist Piano Center at Harrodsburg Rd and Man O’War in Lexington, is offering two new group piano classes for adult students in Gist’s new Roland digital piano lab:

  • Piano Fun for Adult Beginners (no prerequisite required!)
    • Tuesdays, 10:15-11:15am, first class Tuesday, March 5, 2013piano fun for adult
  • I Used to Play Piano (for those who regret quitting!)
    • Thursdays, 2:30-3:30pm, first class Thursday, March 7, 2013

 

Piano Fun for Adult Beginners is a group piano class that serves as an introduction to the piano. By the end of the course, students will be able to read music from the grand staff, identify and interpret basic rhythmic notation, demonstrate beginning piano technique, and play simple pieces hands separately and together.

 

 

I Used to Play Piano is a course designed for adults who have had piano instruction at some point in their lives, can read music (even if they are a bit rusty) and who wish to brush away the cobwebs and further advance the skills they developed in the past.

I Used To Play Piano

I Used To Play Piano

 

Classes take place in a group piano lab, which provides a relaxed learning environment. The group piano conferencing system enables students to hear only their individual piano and the instructor’s piano (and not the other students in the class). So if there is concern about others hearing a wrong note or two, then worry no more!

If you are interested in experiencing the way a group piano lab works with a conferencing system, visit Gist Piano Academy’s Open House on Tuesday, February 26th, from 2:30-3:30pm or call (859) 254-8492 to schedule an individual appointment for a tour of the piano lab.

 

 

Bringing a wealth of music teaching experience to Gist Piano Academy, Dr. Richerson teaches group piano and individual piano lessons at Gist Piano Academy.  In addition to teaching courses at Louisiana State University, Florida State University, and the University of South Carolina, Dr. Richerson also has over twelve years of experience teaching private piano and group classes to students of all ages and levels.

Gist Piano Academy instructor, Dr. Nan Richerson

Gist Piano Academy instructor, Dr. Nan Richerson

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The Harpsichord Makes a Digital Comeback

Today’s digital technology is giving classical instruments unparalleled exposure to increasingly younger generations of musicians.  In fact, with modern sampling technology, some instruments (like the Roland C-30 Digitall Harpsichord) can so closely replicate the authentic sound of a traditional harpsichord that the human ear can’t tell the difference.  As a result, music educators all over the world are delighting their students with authenticity – many for the very first time.

1765 Blanchet French double harpsichord 1765 Blanchet French double harpsichord on display in the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

1765 Blanchet French double harpsichord 1765 Blanchet French double harpsichord on display in the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

Imagine.  What would “The Well Tempered Clavier” have sounded like when Bach wrote it?  How different would Mozart’s early works sound if performed on harpsichord instead of piano?  How did the piano’s development change the way Western Music was written?  These topics and more – traditionally very difficult to teach without a 7’ harpsichord in your studio – are now returning to private piano lessons…thanks to Roland.

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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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