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For Immediate Release

January 31, 2013

Contact: Heather Hamilton, Director of Education
Telephone: (859) 254-8492 x400
Cell Phone: (309) 230-1408
Email: hhamilton@gistpianocenter.com

GIST PIANO CENTER AND ASBURY UNIVERSITY PARTNER TO CREATE NEW PIANO LEARNING LAB

WILMORE, Ky., January. 31 – Gist Piano Center is pleased to announce a new partnership with Asbury University to create a Roland HP Piano Learning Lab, the first of its kind in Kentucky.

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.

"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.”

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.

The Roland lab was installed in early January and Gist Piano Center is working closely with Asbury Faculty as they train and teach on the new equipment.

“We are thrilled to watch fine schools like Asbury University invest in the future of Kentucky music students. Considering our current economic climate, this kind of investment sends a clear message about Asbury’s commitment to providing their students with cutting-edge equipment and a World-Class music education,” said John Gist, President of Gist Piano Center.

Ninety-five percent of recent Asbury music graduates are employed in a musical profession or are pursuing a graduate degree and nearly 100 percent of Asbury’s music education majors are working as music educators. Roland digital pianos provide a uniquely realistic piano touch and sound that makes it easier for students to transfer the piano skills they learn in a digital lab on to the concert stage. The experience that Asbury’s students will have in their piano classes will aptly prepare them for finding employment as an accompanist, performer, or teacher.

Classes using the new Roland piano lab will be offered to music majors and non-majors, as well as classes offered to the surrounding community.

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GIST PIANO CENTER is Kentucky’s only local, family-owned, full-service piano firm and the area’s only authorized Roland Home Piano Representative. Now over 5000 square feet in size, the newly-expanded Gist Piano Center Lexington facility features a full print music department, piano accessories, piano lessons, a group piano lab and a brand new, 70-seat recital hall. For more information about Gist Piano Center, visit us online at www.gistpianocenter.com.

ROLAND CORPORATION is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With over 38 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit www.RolandUS.com.

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