Neil Moore is the Founder and Executive Director of the Simply Music Institute of Learning & Education. He is also the creator of the Simply Music Piano Method. Neil was born in 1957 in Melbourne, Australia, and began studying piano at the age of 7. He has spent most of his life actively involved in ‘playing-based’ music learning.
Neil composes and arranges much of the music used throughout the Simply Music Piano Program. In addition to curriculum development, Neil’s most extensive field of focus has been the training and coaching of piano teachers. Currently, Neil guides the direction of the organization, advises on its executive operations and is the international spokesperson for the Simply Music Institute of Learning and Education.
Mary K Ferreter
Assistant to the Founder
I have been working alongside Neil Moore since January 1999. It was his vision and incredible integrity that inspired me to change careers to be a part of Simply Music. It has been a wonderful journey and I am excited to see what the future holds. I am one of the Simply Music Directors and on the Simply Music Council.
I have played many different roles during my tenure but I currently head up our philanthropic ventures, communications and oversee all administration. Supporting staff development, both personal and professional, and maintaining the Simply Music Culture within the organization are what I love to do. When not at work I’m either swing dancing or outside, riding my bike, hiking the Sierras, working in the garden or walking my dogs.
Director of Programs
I have taught piano since 1994 and have worked with Simply Music since its beginning in 1998 and, along with Kerry Hanley, launched the organization in Australia. Since then I’ve worked in many roles including management, teacher training and online development. As Director of Programs I am involved with developing curriculum content.
I am a member of the Simply Music Council and also edit and write for The Playground. I have been a musician most of my life. I play bass and keyboards and compose music with my bands Aquiline and Mediadogs and have written music for film and television.
Director of Development & Marketing
I’ve been an avid musician all my life. I studied Suzuki violin as a small child and took piano lessons from age 10 through college. I love playing piano with others and playing and touring with bands and choirs during my teenage years was awesome! In 1995 I became a Kindermusik Educator and began teaching traditional piano. Not satisfied with the piano experience for me or my students, I went looking and in 2003 I discovered Simply Music – and I’ve loved every minute teaching!
I’ve taught in my home, churches, and recreation centers, and I opened a large music and dance school in 2008. I began working at Simply Music in 2009 as the Director of Development, responsible for Teacher Training, outreach and program development. My passion is serving and supporting music teachers.
Teacher Services Manager
I began working at Simply Music in March of 2006. I have an administrative role and my job duties include banking, teacher status updates, payroll and inventory. I have a Master’s Degree in Psychology from CSU Sacramento. My twin sister, Stefanie, and my parents live in my hometown, Ventura, CA, and I visit as much as I can.
I have a green cheek conure named Gracie who I absolutely love and adore. When I am not playing with Gracie I enjoy running, camping, scrapbooking, makeup, sewing and listening to my favorite band, Incubus.
Teacher Services Manager
I have been working for Simply Music since 2011 after moving to Melbourne from country Victoria where I had been teaching. My role at Simply Music is in Teacher Services, which includes processing online orders, teacher enquiries, CSU’s and other day-to-day tasks. When I’m not at work I am a performing musician, a songwriter and a part-time teacher.
Art Director/Senior Project Manager
After graduating from the Art Institute of Philadelphia I developed my design skills, not only in print, but in various forms of creative media such as web, photo and video. Working with clients such as: Comcast, General Mills, Villanova University, Metanexus Institute and more has allowed me to be the detail-oriented, savvy and hard-working Designer that I am today.
I head the art department for Simply Music, ensuring the integrity of the brand within all aspects of the company; confirming each individual piece is visually communicated properly, and meets all company needs, regardless of format.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design from Sacramento State in 2011 I joined Simply Music as a graphic designer in July of 2012. As a graphic designer my role is to contribute to Simply Music’s global visual identity by maintaining consistency in the look and feel of all Simply Music programs with a clean, modern design approach.
When I am not working at Simply Music I spend my time working on various creative projects, reading (mostly science-fiction) and hiking around the hills of Northern California.
Web Developer & Support
I spend my time at Simply Music working to make our websites and online services the best they can be for students and teachers – and if something goes wrong I’m here to help field questions as part of our support team. I have always had a love for music, both as a musician and a fan, so having the opportunity to introduce this passion to people all over the world as part of Simply Music is a genuine pleasure.
Director of Teacher Support
I grew up in a family of musicians, surrounded by live classical and jazz music. I have played the piano as long as I can remember, as well as flute and a little guitar. For several years I played in a local cover band and currently enjoy playing contemporary Christian music in the worship ministry at my church. I began teaching Kindermusik and piano lessons when my children were young. Once I discovered Simply Music in 2003 my career path changed and my piano studio quickly grew to over 60 students.
Since then I have thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in this wonderful method and watching the transformation in my students as they find their musical voices. I love being involved on many levels, including teaching all ages, presenting at teacher conferences, hosting conference calls, coaching other teachers and contributing to the Simply Music curriculum. I am involved in various projects at an organizational level as well. As a parent of a son with special needs, Simply Music’s involvement in and commitment to reaching those with special circumstances are close to my heart.
As a child I loved to curl up with a good book, explore our neighborhood forest (western Oregon’s version of the empty lot) and play our tall, old upright piano. I’m not so different now. I earned a Bachelor’s in Music and a Master’s in English from Brigham Young University. I’ve sailed Tahoe and climbed Mt. Timpanogos with my husband, taught creative writing at a small private school, edited a women’s literary journal, homeschooled my four children and taught traditional piano lessons.
About 5 years ago I discovered Simply Music and never looked back. Besides teaching this amazing program, I help write and edit Simply Music training materials, website content and other online material.
As Neil’s oldest son, I have been around Simply Music since its very inception. I also used to be a Simply Music teacher in my late teens until my early twenties. I now work with Simply Music in Student & Teacher support, and as a Project Manager. I help oversee recording projects, production, and social media.
I am a father to two beautiful boys, Jack and Miles, I play the trumpet and I am a Certified Sommelier. When I’m not working, (which is very rarely!) I enjoy spending time with my boys, and enjoying a lovely glass of wine and a good meal in good company. I enjoy listening to a wide array of music; jazz, R&B, neo-soul, 90’s hip-hop, classical and funk. I attribute my deep love of music to my father.
Mark S. Meritt
A musician since preschool, I’ve written musicals and screenplays that agents represented and played piano on national TV, including once doing Name That Tune with Rosie O’Donnell! I’m the Musical Director of the Mopco Improv Theatre in New York State’s Capital Region, where I improvise background scores, songs, musicals and operas, teach improvised singing, and occasionally take to the stage as an actor. Through Songs By You, I use a facilitated songwriting process that I created to help people write original music and lyrics, whether or not they have any experience as musicians or songwriters. With Pop-Up Piano Bar, I play sing-alongs by request, which are totally joyful.
A Master Simply Music Piano Teacher, I enjoy teaching all ages both in person and online, contributing to the Simply Music curriculum, presenting at teacher conferences, delivering webinars, and I also provide project support at the organizational level.
Video Production Specialist
While studying Multimedia at Sierra College, I found my passion for video when I decided to take an Intro to Video Production class. Everything about the process fascinated me and I pursued my passion and got my Bachelor’s in Film Production at Sac State in 2015. Here at Simply Music I shoot and edit all in-house content as well as assist with maintaining our online video presence and distribution of videos. From creating original content to editing the old, my projects here are never boring!
In my free time I enjoy exploring any creative projects that pique my interest such as photography, lettering, drawing and crafting. I am also a lover of reading fantasy novels and playing racquetball!