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The Formula for Success

However long you’ve been taking Simply Music piano lessons, it’s probably safe to say that you’ve achieved far more than what you could have in the same amount of time with other methods. Maybe you’ve even achieved far more than you imagined you could.  …

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A World Where Everyone Plays by Bernadette Ashby – Book Review

The Simply Music message is simple: We want the whole world to know that they are “musical”. And what better way to share that message than through stories. Stories about: A blind person’s journey in becoming a Simply Music teacher An autistic child’s ability to…

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Simply Music Student – Teruko Bowen

Imagine a culture where people of all ages easily and readily acquire and maintain music as a lifelong companion… This has been a dream come true for a student commencing her musical journey at the age of 71. Teruko Bowen arrived to live in Perth,…

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Learn Don’t Stop Believin’

The Glee phenomenon has been one of the biggest musical stories of recent times. This runaway television success has spearheaded a rediscovery of songs you can really sing, and has reminded many people that a memorable melody and well-sung harmonies can be one of the…

In the Key of Genius: The Extraordinary Life of Derek Paravicini by Adam Ockelford – Book Review

Derek Paravicini is one of those individuals who open our minds to the world of what’s possible, just by being naturally himself. He was born very premature, and as a result grew up with an array of disabilities, including blindness, learning difficulties and autism. But,…

From Neil Moore

Welcome to another edition of The Playground. Our intention with this periodical is to provide you with updates, insights, information and education that you will find valuable, interesting and worthy of your time. Ultimately, our commitment is to support you in both developing and connecting…

Jazz Pianist Taylor Eigsti Interview with Neil Moore

Taylor Eigsti is a New York based pianist and composer. In 2006, he received two GRAMMY nominations for Best Jazz Solo and Best Instrumental Composition after releasing “Lucky to Be Me” (Concord Jazz). Regarded by many as a child prodigy, Taylor began studying piano at the age…

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Simply Music Teacher – Jy Gronner

When your teacher has been a choir accompanist, singer, classically-trained pianist, conductor, classical piano teacher, singing coach, guitarist, violist, flautist, trumpeter and Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown College alumnus, you know your musical voyage will be an adventure. Jy initially learned piano…

A New Kind Of Piano

The piano’s exact birth date is lost in the haze of history. All we know is that it was invented by the Italian harpsichord maker Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700. He developed his new music machine to overcome the limitations of the keyboard instruments…

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Learn “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones

This song hit the radio in 2003 and I loved it. My kids couldn’t believe that Dad would even listen to something that played on ‘their’ radio stations. My son Paul bought a compilation album of hits of ’02-’03 and I immediately ‘borrowed’ it to…