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News and Events at Gist Piano Center

For Immediate Release

August 21, 2017

Contact: James Harding, Director of Sales and Marketing
Telephone: (502) 451-1831 x200
Cell Phone: (502) 235-1519

Gist Piano Center and YPAS Partner on Piano Learning Lab

LOUISVILLE, Ky., August 21 – This year, students at Louisville’s Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS) are benefitting from a brand new, state-of-the-art Roland digital piano lab – courtesy of a new partnership between “The Producers” (a non-profit organization supporting YPAS) and Gist Piano Center.

With this new Roland digital piano lab, students will be able to utilize the latest interactive software and “play-a-long” materials, which studies show can accelerate learning as much as 60%. “We set out to find the highest quality digital instruments available,” said Matilda Ertz, Class Piano Teacher at YPAS. “We carefully selected instruments that replicate the complexities and richness of an acoustic grand piano – both in tone and in touch. Now YPAS students will benefit from the opportunity to practice their intermediate and advanced repertoire on instruments with great musical and technical sensitivity – regardless of the quality or condition of their home pianos. We are so thankful for the generosity of The Producers in funding these important learning tools.”

Each of the fifteen new Roland HP-605 digital pianos is compatible with a myriad of FREE Bluetooth apps that give students the ability to practice with digital flashcards, record and mix their own music, and take advantage of instant assessment tools as they play along with music background files. Active study with interactive pianos like these has been shown to increase ACT and SAT scores by as much as 20%.

The Roland lab was installed in late July and Gist Piano Center is working closely with Louisville’s Youth Performing Arts School as they train and teach on the new equipment.

“These incredible new pianos are going to give YPAS students a rich and rewarding experience that they will have for the rest of their lives,” said Producers President, Crystal Schiess. “The music programs at YPAS are some of the best in the state and we are proud to help provide the best equipment to support these programs.”

The new learning lab also comes with an exclusive 10-year parts and labor warranty from Roland.

“Not only are these instruments the very pinnacle of performance technology, they are also some of the most durable education equipment on the market,” said James Harding, Director of Sales and Marketing at Gist Piano Center. “This kind of investment sends a clear message about The Producer’s commitment to providing generations of Louisville-area students with top-notch learning tools and a World-Class music education.”

YPAS Administrators, Producers Officers and Representatives from Gist Piano Center will unveil the new piano lab on Wednesday, August 23 at 11:30pm with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Members of the press are invited to attend.

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THE PRODUCERS is an active parent organization that provides support both financially and physically to the education of the amazing YPAS students and their teachers. Meetings are held monthly to organize activates that enhance student success at YPAS. The Producers also raises funds to provide scholarships to YPAS seniors whose parents or guardians have been Producers members. Substantial programmatic and material support for classroom learning and productions is also provided by The Producers. For more information about The Producers, visit

GIST PIANO CENTER began in 1971 as a small piano repair shop on Preston Highway in Louisville. Today, Gist Piano Center is Kentucky’s only local, family-owned, full-service piano firm and the area’s only authorized representative for Roland Digital Pianos. A full refinishing, repair, and rebuilding service center, Gist services nearly 4000 Kentuckiana pianos per year. Gist is also the exclusive piano service provider for such iconic organizations as The Kentucky Opera, the Kentucky Center for the Arts, and the Lexington Philharmonic. Gist also provides recital facilities and a full print music department to educators across Kentucky and online at

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

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