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The 3 Keys to Benefitting from Composing & Improvising, Part 1: The Why & How

Credit: Fabrizio Paterlini – The Art of the Piano Creating your own original music is one of the most beneficial aspects of studying an instrument and being a musician, even if you’re not especially interested in becoming a composer or a songwriter, and even if…

Recording Yourself, Part One – The Benefits

In the old days, music was an ephemeral thing – if you weren’t there at the performance, it was gone forever. Nowadays if you wanted to, you could chronicle your every moment at the instrument via video or audio and share it instantly with the…

Creative Coaching – Performance

We’re excited to launch the Creative Coaching Series, programs designed for both students and teachers to deepen and broaden the music learning experience. The first title, from our Director of Programs Gordon Harvey, looks at the sometimes scary prospect of performing for others. In this…

A Classical Musician Ventures into Improvisation

I’m just learning to take baby steps into improvisation. And I have a secret to tell you. But first, let me tell you where I’m coming from and what my personal experience with music has been. I’m a classically trained musician, fortunate enough to have…

Developing Your Musical Expression [Part Two]

Connection, Awareness & Practice   If you’re not telling a story with your playing, not conveying an emotion, you might even say it’s not music at all. Last month Simply Music Senior Teacher Laurie Richards wrote about the importance of musical expression. That article was…

Breaking Down and Getting Back Up Again – A Story of Perseverance

Most of you will know Robin Keehn – in fact, most of you will have been impacted directly or indirectly by Robin’s enormous contribution to everything we do, fuelled by her unstoppable drive to be the best teacher/coach/manager/developer she can be, and her equally unstoppable…

Developing Your Musical Expression [Part One]

Playing the Music, Not the Instrument Long-time Simply Music Teacher and respected contributor to the music education community Laurie Richards is a believer in the communicative power of music, but only when we really think about just what it is that we want the song to…

Giving Yourself Permission & Not Judging the Result – Per Bristow

Per Bristow has built a worldwide following with an online program that helps people discover their voice. For him, singing is a pathway to self-discovery. Through his work, Per addresses deeper issues, like the connection between fear of performance and fear in our relationships, and…

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.…

Keep your piano close and this collection of helpful posts closer

The holidays are fast approaching! This may mean quite a long break for both teachers and students. Whether that’s a scary thought for you or a time you use to spread your creative wings, this group of helpful posts from our archives is sure to keep…