I was fortunate three years ago to attend the Kindermusik national convention held in Nashville, Tennessee. I went, not really knowing many people, but content to sit and learn and absorb as much as possible of the Kindermusik experience. What I didn’t realize was that it would be something totally new and different there that would shift my musical “paradigm” in ways I never could have anticipated.
I first met Lynn Frank and Karen Gibson, both Kindermusik educators, through our online KM Loop, made up of licensed Kindermusik educators. When a question was posed on the loop about beginning piano methods, they both brought up Simply Music – a piano method that I had never heard of. Having taught piano now for over 35 years, I’ve pretty much heard of most of them. This was something new.
Developed by Australian-born Neil Moore and based in Sacramento, California, it was something that they raved about – as teachers, as musicians, as pianists. They both mentioned how it freed not only their students from the written page, but also themselves. Intrigued, I began to look into it and attended their information workshop in Nashville.
I was so impressed with not only what I saw, but also heard there, that I began checking into Simply Music more closely via the internet, spending hours pouring over the website, viewing their videos, and following links to licensed Simply Music instructors. I also emailed these instructors, asking further questions about their decision to teach this method. After a week of investigation, emails and conversations, I took the plunge and signed up for training. I’ve never regretted it.
Simply Music is a revolutionary, Australian-developed piano and keyboard method that presents a breakthrough in music education. Students of all ages are playing great-sounding blues, contemporary, classical and accompaniment pieces – immediately – from their very first lessons. And they’re enjoying themselves tremendously in the process!
Simply Music sets a new standard in music education, and explores learning piano, playing piano, and teaching piano from a completely different perspective. It presents the possibility of a new era in music education, learning, and self-expression.
It is not the Suzuki method. It is not rote memorization. It is not a reading-based, traditional approach. It is simply – music – taught in such a way that even teachers, long trained in traditional piano methods, find themselves transformed not only in how they teach piano, but also in playing and composing piano pieces for themselves.
For your enjoyment, I present one of my beginning piano students, Alex, who is eight years old. He has been studying piano with me since mid-March of 2008, just five (5) months ago, using Simply Music. He has not had any previous formal piano or music study of any kind. The piece he is playing is called “Alma Mater Blues” and is the final piece of the Level I Foundation book of Simply Music. Enjoy! 🙂
There will be a *FREE* Information Session about Simply Music on Tuesday, August 26th, at Zion Baptist Church in Covington, Georgia, beginning at 7PM. Interested in learning more about Simply Music and playing the piano? Come join us! Questions? Email us at info at masterworks studio dot com or call 404-395-5247.