Karen DerrahGuelph, ON, Canada
Karen Derrah's Piano Studio
I have been teaching Simply Music Piano for 13 years. Teaching Simply Music has both broadened and deepened my natural musical ability – a natural ability that everyone has, even you! I am passionate about getting people of all ages playing piano.
Music has played a large part in my life for as long as I can remember. I enjoyed having a piano in my home from an early age and I started formal traditional lessons at the age of 9 years. I completed my grade 8 examination with the Royal Conservatory of Music after 8 years of lessons. Unfortunately, my final years of lessons were focused on so few songs that when I stopped lessons, it was difficult to recall how to play anything but my most recent pieces and even these left my hands over the years.
Indeed, before I found Simply Music, I had become one of the many people with an unused piano in their house. I would occasionally approach the piano and try to work out a favourite classical piece, but this quickly lost my interest.
With Simply Music, I found not only a desire to play again but also the ability to improvise and compose on the piano, things that I could not do when taking traditional lessons. Because Simply Music is a playing-based approach, I feel more connected to the piano when I play than to a page – even when I’m reading music!