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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…

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

It’s All About Playing Recently I was in Los Angeles and had an opportunity to attend a concert. The band was called Dukes of September, and it featured three men: Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs, each of whom are Grammy Award winning artists.…

Polly Watkins Interview on ‘Dr Sarmast’s Music School’ with Gordon Harvey

A sad marker of Afghanistan’s tragic history is that for decades music has been suppressed and even, until recently, almost completely banned. But then, after the overthrow of the Taliban, Melbourne-based music professor Dr Ahmad Sarmast braved combat zone conditions to return to his native…

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

A World Where Everyone Plays… Really! As we continue to grow much is changing at Simply Music. We recently launched Play-a-Story, Lyndel Kennedy’s wonderful piano improvisation program (for 4 to 6 year olds). In addition, we have just announced the pending launch of Simply Music…

From Neil Moore

This is a longer post than usual, so please be a little patient with me. I have so much to be appreciative of. Last Sunday was the 10-year anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11. I spent much of the day reflecting on what life…