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Mel is a partner to Mark, Mum to 2 boys and devotee of all things 90’s from Melbourne, Australia. For Simply Music, she loves raising awareness and resources for Music & Memory, contributing to various projects and bringing you fresh content on The Playground every week!

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Music & Connection with Dr. Helen Shoemark

Imagine your brand new baby is seriously ill. You are in an intensive care unit sharing these vital days with all manner of doctors, nurses and specialists, and trying your best to bond with your child in a positive way. Well, music can make a…

Testing, Testing. Our Secret (now not so secret) iTunes/ iPod Drive & Exciting News to Share

In our most stealthiest of modes, the month of July saw 7 Simply Music teachers conduct an iPod/iTunes drive with the aim of not only collecting iTunes cards and iPods for Music & Memory, but also learning how we can inspire and resource people to…

Meet the Team – Daniel Kielman

Your full name: Daniel William Kielman When did you start and what is your role with Simply Music? I started at Simply Music in February 2012. I’m in charge of all of the video work that happens at Simply Music, which means a whole ton…

Keep on Rockin’ in a Kids World with Adam Pallozzi

“When I really fell in love with music was when I started playing with other people”. That remark pretty much sums up Adam Pallozzi’s journey, from getting bands together with mates, through discovering a passion for teaching music, to founding Junior Rockers, an innovative program…

Sing Us a Song, You’re the (Bronze) Piano Man… & Other Amazing Musical Sculptures

MUSIC, IN PERFORMANCE, IS A TYPE OF SCULPTURE. THE AIR IN THE PERFORMANCE IS SCULPTED INTO SOMETHING – Frank Zappa We took Frank literally and found images of some incredibly creative, amazing musical sculptures across the globe. Scroll your way from Brussels to Winnipeg, choose your favourite…

What Song Opens Your Memory Floodgates?

All it takes is a song. Not just any song though, THE song… The one that grabs your attention when you’ve had the radio on for hours but have to drop everything right now because it’s transported you back in time.  It might be your ‘wedding’…

Can You Tell Me How to Get, How to Get to (our favourite musicians on) Sesame Street?

Why should the grownups have all the good music? They have obviously asked themselves that question at Sesame Street, because over the decades Big Bird, Oscar, Elmo and their friends have played host to some very fine artists indeed. Sometimes revisiting the classics (take a…

Strange Musical Instruments? No. They’re Genius!

These are not the kind of instruments most of us have in our homes, but wouldn’t they be the best ever conversation starters?  A Zeusaphone in your backyard would definitely get a party started, and winding down with a Holophonor would have your friends asking for…

Keeping Up With the Joneses

Despite being mother and son,  Joanne and Scott Jones could hardly have taken more different musical paths. And yet Joanne’s strictly traditional, reading-based background and Scott’s eclectic, self-taught journey both led them into Simply Music teaching, one via classical music and choir accompaniment and the other…

Recycled Records are the New Home Furnishings

Do you think Emile Berliner would be happy with the future of his 1889 creation, the ‘lateral-cut disc record’? Its history has been a journey through size, shape, color and trend, and in this digital age of downloads and MP3 players, many wonder if there…