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Gordon is a busy father of two, musician and Simply Music stalwart from Melbourne, Australia. He is a composer and performer of eclectic music with his band Aquiline, a Simply Music Master Teacher, member of the Simply Music Council, blogger and tireless contributor to The Playground, long-time friend of Neil Moore, and even longer-time music tragic.

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Watching Music Change the World

You probably don’t need any convincing that music is a powerful force for good. These inspiring documentaries demonstrate how much and in how many ways across the globe extraordinary people are using music to make a positive change in the world. Alive Inside If you’re…

Fresh Perspectives for a New Year

Maybe you’re not the type of person for new year’s resolutions. I mean, wasn’t 2015 crazy enough without trying to do even more with yourself? That said, generating a fresh perspective from time to time can make those inevitable valleys and plateaus look a little greener.…

Reading Music, Part Two – Learning At the Best Time, In the Best Way

  Many people have the misconception that the Simply Music program doesn’t teach music reading, but as you may have gathered in my recent article asking how important is it to read music?, we consider music-reading a valuable and wonderful tool.  However, that doesn’t mean that…

Reading Music, Part One – Required or Redundant?

It was interesting to read a recent article by educator Robbie Gennet suggesting that sheet music may not be necessary in music education. Just as enlightening, if not more so, was the reaction in the comments section, a lot of it quite hostile, which prompted…

10 Tips to Making the Most of Yourself & Your Practice

  Your Simply Music teacher will tell you that the real learning occurs more at home than in the lesson. As Neil Moore puts it, coming to a lesson is like a chef going to the market to buy his ingredients – of course that’s…

What Would You See if You Heard Music in Colour?

  Music & colour. Of course they have things in common – they can be beautiful, they can trigger memories – but there are other more intriguing connections reported by some people.   Isaac Newton was inspired by music to add to the rainbow. According…

Portrait of an Artist – Christine Sullivan

We all know musicians are special people – they are typically deep thinkers and observers of the world, as well as being passionate and generous. In our recent exploration of jazz, one of the artists we spoke to was so magnanimous and insightful in her…

Conversing with the Creators of Simply Music Gateway

  “We’re dealing very much with fully developed minds, but what we’re missing is that gateway, that opportunity, to walk down that path and create a new connection.” – Neil Moore   Simply Music Founder Neil Moore and Arts for Healing Founder Karen Nisenson talk…

Game Changers – Women Shaping the World of Music

International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th March each year, so this week, we’re showcasing ten influential women musicians who have shone a light for all others who follow. Billie Holiday Scratch any jazz singer today and you’ll find a layer of Billie Holiday…

‘Tis the Season to be Playing

Usually at this time of year in The Playground, we like to provide some playing projects for festive season songs. This time around, we thought we could continue the conversation about sharing your music by discussing some of the ways you might find yourself playing…