About Simply Music
Neil Moore enthusiastically explains his unique method...
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.
The Simply Music method looks at music learning in a totally new light and pioneers a new direction in music education. It presents a philosophy and methodology that profoundly differs from the more common and traditional approaches that, although modernized over the years, are still based on fundamental principles that have remained largely unchanged for generations.
The 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.
Without a doubt there are a multitude of myths that surround music lessons. These include such things as, 'learning piano is hard,' or 'if you didn’t learn when you were young then you’ve lost the opportunity,' or 'it takes a special talent.' These are common misconceptions. In fact, everybody has the ability to express themselves musically. So how did these myths emerge in the first place?
The common and traditional entry into learning piano is a 'reading-based' approach. In other words, students are first taught the fundamentals of music-reading as the means of learning how to play. As a result, progress is commonly slow and frustrating, and many students never develop a love for the process.
Often, students never really acquire the ability to play the instrument, nor retain it as a life-long companion. We need to consider that teaching the basics of music-reading as a means of learning how to play, is like insisting that very young children first learn how to spell and read as a means of learning how to talk!
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'capproach 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.
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Simply Music students - children, teenagers, adults and seniors alike - are discovering that they have an ability to learn piano more easily and naturally than they thought possible.