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Breakthroughs in creativity for humanity

Creating a world where everyone plays.

About Simply Music

We’re a world-leader and pioneer in the field of playing-based music education. We’re interested in developing programs and projects that fundamentally impact populations of people. Basically, we focus on causing breakthroughs in creativity for humanity. Below you can check out our team and affiliates, as well as the very exciting projects that we’re immersed in. If you like what we’re up to and the idea that music can play a new role in bringing creativity and self-expression to the world resonates with you then feel free to subscribe to our blog, follow us on social media, drop us an email and stay connected.

How Simply Music Began

From his earliest years, Neil Moore, the Founder of Simply Music and creator of the Simply Music Piano Program, heard music and pictured it in his mind in terms of shapes and patterns. This relationship to music became the basis of his entire approach to learning and playing piano. As an adult and a coach to traditional piano teachers he had an opportunity to teach a young blind boy to play. Using his unique approach to music Neil taught the boy through shapes and patterns and subsequently discovered that his ‘playing-based’ approach could transform how quickly all piano students, of all ages, could learn to play. Thus began the foundation of what has become the world’s largest playing-based music education institution.


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The Simply Music Team

The ones who make it all happen.

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Neil Moore

Founder & Executive Director

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.

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Mary K Ferreter

Assistant Executive Director

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.

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Gordon Harvey

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.

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Robin Keehn

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.

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Stacie Davison

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.

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Caroline Schmidli

Australian Manager

I grew up on a farm in the county of Devon, England and after doing an exchange program and meeting my future husband, moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1994. My background is varied, but one which has ultimately given me all the skills and experience to finally work with Simply Music; having worked in the care industry with the elderly, children and mentally disabled young adults, then moving into corporate administration, running my own music business with Mini Maestros and teaching piano.The performing arts are a big part of my life.

I have acted in numerous theatre productions and even dabbled in film and television. Musically I have been gifted with the ability to play a number of instruments. Of course, piano is one of my main instruments and I played trombone in the British Legion Band for several years. However, the instrument I feel the most affinity with is the Irish whistle. I have started a Celtic band and attend sessions where rooms are filled with an eclectic mix of people and instruments all playing with such joy and a sense of community; something that resonates with the culture of Simply Music.

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Gretta Dunn

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.

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Stephanie Iadanza

Art Director/Senior Designer

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.

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Jose Rivera

Junior Designer

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.

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Anthony Valera

Senior Web Developer

I grew up around technology, building computers and simple websites at 13. Out of high-school, I began developing front-end and expanding my engineering knowledge. At Simply Music, I manage the administration and development of our websites. As tech department lead, I ensure that our programs, websites, and servers, follow current web trends and work efficiently, both on the front end and back end.

In my free time I’m a full-time student, work on personal projects, and spend time with friends and family. I’m currently working with React and trying to diversify my programming knowledge.

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Dwight Chesbro

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.

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Laurie Richards

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.

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Cheri Schulzke

Editor

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.


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Projects

Dedicated and committed to continuously contributing to:

Simply Music Gateway

Simply Music Gateway

In partnership with Karen Nisenson, a world leader in Special Needs education, we’ve created a brilliant Adaptive Piano Curriculum for children with any special needs – including sensory processing disorders and Autism spectrum.We think we can make an extraordinary global impact with this project, and we’re especially excited about making this program available to every special needs family in the world.

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Piano X Challenge

Piano X Challenge

We’ve partnered with HeroX, the world leader in incentive challenges, and we’re offering a million dollar prize to anybody who can create a virtual piano that’s viewed and played entirely through wearable eyeglasses. We’re looking to globally transform portability and, in conjunction with our revolutionary piano education program, create a breakthrough in bringing music into the hearts and hands of populations of people throughout the world. The accessibility and portability of the Piano X Challenge, in conjunction with the Simply Music methodology, creates a breakthrough in creative expression that offers an entirely new possibility of musical self-expression across the world.

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We support Music & Memory

Dedicated and committed to continuously contributing to those in need.

What is Music & Memory?

Music & Memory is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly through digital music technology. This program vastly improves quality of life to those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges by helping them reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.

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Ways to help

No one wants to end up alone and isolated in their late years of life. It’s hard to see a loved one suffer with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Help ease those in need with the gift of music. Your contribution will help expand Music & Memory’s proven program of personalized music to reach more individuals struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other forms of cognitive and physical impairment.


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Affiliate Program

Check out our affiliate program that promise an extraordinary
musical experience for your child.

Music Rhapsody

The world, more so than ever before, needs creative thinkers who inspire possibilities. The younger that children are immersed in music, the better prepared and developed their minds are to contribute to the new technological world we’re living in. The Music Rhapsody program, developed by world-renowned educator Lynn Kleiner, lays an extraordinary foundation that nourishes and nurtures the creativity and self-expression of every child. This beautiful music-making program, starting from birth through age 5, is designed to transition seamlessly into the Simply Music Piano Program.

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The Playground

The Simply Music Blog: Music, Technology, Interviews,
Audio Production, Songwriting & More!

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