The Simply Music program temporarily delays the music reading process, and begins by teaching unique 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 establish a ‘hands-on’ and personal ‘feeling’ for the instrument as they build a play-list that includes popular, classical, blues and jazz styles. Simply Music’s students, from their very beginnings, also develop the ability to play complex chords and modern accompaniments.
The Structure of the Simply Music program
Although the Simply Music curriculum unfolds over 6 to 10 years, and remembering the variables that affect your individual rate of progress, here is a broad outline of the Simply Music program covering your first 3-year period:
• 35 to 50 pieces of various musical genres
• Develop the basics of accompaniment performance
• Establish a strong foundation of playing
• Prepare for the introduction of music writing and reading, as well as music composition
• 25 to 40 pieces of various musical genres
• Develop a stronger foundation of blues and jazz
• Develop a stronger foundation of classical and contemporary music
• Develop a broader experience of accompaniment performance
• Develop a foundation of music reading, writing and composition
• 15 to 30 pieces of various musical genres
• Expand accompaniment performance and music composition
• Develop a more complex classical and popular foundation
• Develop more complex blues and jazz foundation
• Develop the basics of improvisation and arrangement
• Expand the foundation and understanding of music theory and its practical application
In subsequent years, the students along with the teacher tend to shape the trend and direction of the learning content according to preferences, biases, the breadth of foundation that has been established, and the particular skill sets and strengths that the student has acquired. This allows for students to be self-generative and experience being more responsible for their own learning.
The following chart illustrates how the entire Simply Music program would typically unfold and includes all of the supplemental programs.