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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…

Simply Music Student – Ronen

Simply Music is all about music as a lifelong companion. Not necessarily a calling or a career or a life-force, but occurring in a way that our musicality becomes an everyday friend, a natural part of how we express ourselves in the world. Sometimes, though,…

From Neil Moore

Firstly, let me start by extending a heart-felt “welcome” to you. Thank you for taking some to check out this first edition of Simply Music’s newsletter, “The Playground”. This has been a project that has taken quite some time to bring to fruition, however, we…

Filmmaker Ben Niles Interview with Neil Moore

In this installment, Neil Moore talks with Ben Niles, the Director and Producer of the Award Winning documentary, “Note By Note – The Making of Steinway L1037.” This documentary follows the journey of a tree – from forest floor to concert hall floor, as a…

Simply Music Teacher – Kerry Hanley

  My name is Kerry Hanley (nee Halbert) and I am a Senior Associate Teacher and a Senior Teacher Trainer with Simply Music. I have had the privilege of working with Neil Moore since 1992, longer than anyone else in the Simply Music organization. I…

Simply Music Student – Wade Myers

“That was really good. Is there any way that I could buy the score for Constellation of Snow?” the mom asked after the student concert. She was a classically/traditionally trained musician. “Well, uh, no,” my girlfriend, another Simply Music Teacher, replied hesitantly. “That is his…

Learn I Dreamed A Dream

It was a tribute to the life-changing power of music (as well as the wonders of the internet) when the world was charmed by the story and the voice of Susan Boyle when she sang “I Dreamed a Dream” on Britain’s Got Talent and showed…