The Playground

The Simply Music blog

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 methodology.

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From Neil Moore

I’m sitting here at home looking out of my window. It’s a beautiful morning and it’s very quiet. I’m thinking about what has happened this year. So far, I’ve traveled throughout the USA. I’ve been to Germany and Canada, and next week I head off…

From Neil Moore

Do we reap what we sow? I’ve been thinking about this and want to talk about a recent experience. A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a 17 year-old young woman called Maira Ramirez. Maira asked if I would be willing to…

From Neil Moore

I’m excited about this forthcoming year. It’s shaping up to be like no other. A couple of weeks ago, the entire Simply Music staff, from Australia and the USA, gathered in Sacramento, locked ourselves away for the best part of a week, and undertook a…

Accordion Master Patricia Bartell Interview with Neil Moore

Patricia Bartell is a pioneer in the study of classical accordion, international championship winner and judge, and now co-developer with Neil Moore of the brand new Hohner-certified Simply Music Accordion program. Here she talks with Neil about her multi-instrumental background, how she stumbled on Simply…

A Note of Thanks – Neil Moore

What an amazing year 2012 has been. So much has happened in the world of Simply Music. As the year comes to a close, I am reflecting on how much I appreciate not merely what has been accomplished but more so, the devotion, dedication and…

A Team Effort – from Neil Moore

  Some of my earliest memories are centered around the piano. I have an older sister and three older brothers, the eldest being only 7 years older than me. As each of the boys turned 7 years old we began piano lessons. It was one…

From Neil Moore

In the last edition of The Playground I wrote about the impact and possibility of creating a “whole-of-life” program – whereby students of any age, prenatal through to elders, could have access to a developmentally appropriate music education program. The completeness of providing something such…

From Neil Moore

  In January of this year my first grandchild was born. His name is Jack and he was named in honor of my father who passed away last year. Baby Jack’s birth was very complicated and he spent the first few weeks of his life…

From Neil Moore

Hi all, 2011 is shaping up to be an extraordinary year. Here’s an edited snapshot of some of what is going on: So far, we have seen the release of ‘A World Where Everyone Plays’, Bernadette Ashby’s compilation of stories that focus on the impact…

Dr. Karl Paulnack’s Welcoming Address

Recently a colleague reminded me of a letter that I sent out to all of our teachers in early 2009. The letter is a transcript of a Welcome Address delivered to freshmen at Boston Conservatory. The address was presented by Karl Paulnack, pianist and Director…