About the Simply Music Method
Simply Music is a remarkable, Australian-developed piano and keyboard program that offers a breakthrough in music education. This unique method has children, teens, adults and seniors, playing great sounding blues, classical, contemporary and accompaniment pieces – immediately – from their very first lessons.
This Simply Music approach focuses on the fun and sheer pleasure of playing music. The ‘hands-on’ nature of the program and the immediate results that are produced actively dispel the notion that learning to play means enduring years of lessons, boring practice sessions and relentless hours of drills.
How Simply Music Works
In reality, children learn to talk long before they learn to spell and read. Furthermore, we all learn to tie our shoelaces, brush our teeth, button up our shirt and thread a needle by doing those things, experiencing them directly and never by studying the ‘theory’ of the subject or referring to notes. In other words, we learn by doing.
Our ‘learn-by-playing’ approach is based on the premise that everybody, without exception, is musical. Life is musical, profoundly so. Our hearts beat to a steady ‘thump’ – that is rhythm, the foundation of all music. Walking is a highly rhythmical, graceful, musical act. Conversation is made up of spoken sentences and phrases of astonishing musical complexity, yet is easily and naturally available to us all. Our innate connection to music is precisely what gives us the ability to talk. The Simply Music program both draws on and ‘feeds’ the natural sense of music we all possess, and teaches students to play the piano by immersing them in the actual process of playing.
The Simply Music method is a ‘playing-based’ program, and begins by translating pieces of music into a unique series of simple concepts that unfold directly onto the keyboard. Beginning students, with no attention on having to read music, are free to relate directly to the piano. Within months, they easily and naturally establish a ‘hands-on’ and personal feeling’ for the instrument and build a Playlist that includes contemporary, classical, blues and jazz styles.
The bottom line is that students get to experience the absolute joy that comes from being able to immediately play a broad repertoire of great-sounding music.
After about 12 months of lessons, and with a repertoire of 35 to 50 pieces covering a broad range of musical styles, students go on to learn how to read music and understand more theory. Their ability to play piano so well provides a natural and ideal foundation.