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Our Piano Program

Every human being, without exception, is deeply, naturally musical

Playing-based Education

In the same way that we all learn to speak years before we learn to read and spell, Simply Music Piano temporarily delays music reading and immerses students in the experience of immediately playing great-sounding music. We do this so successfully by introducing students to an array of unique playing-based concepts that unfold directly onto the keyboard. The result of this is that students quickly, easily and naturally are playing a solid foundation of 35 to 50 beautiful pieces, and this is typically acquired over the first year or so of lessons. Thereafter, our unique approach to music reading is introduced. We love that our students become strong readers and we love our unique approach of how we teach students to read. We also love the fact that we don’t introduce reading from the very beginning – it’s the future of music education, and it’s a far more natural approach.
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Fundamental Goals

The Simply Music Piano Method is designed to maximize the likelihood of students acquiring and retaining music as a lifelong companion. Our program is designed so that students:
  • Experience playing as a natural self-expression
  • Play a broad repertoire that includes classical, contemporary, blues, jazz, accompaniments and more…
  • Learn to “self-generate”, i.e., progress independently as musicians, and have a strong foundation in music reading and theory
  • Have a highly positive, self-affirming experience

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The Curriculum

The Simply Music Piano Curriculum unfolds over 6-10 years, depending on your individual rate of progress.

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Year One

  • Learn 35-50 great sounding pieces in various musical genres
  • Begin to acquire a grasp of the fundamental tools that underscore the Simply Music Piano method
  • Develop the basics of accompaniment performance, composition and improvisation
  • Prepare to begin music writing and reading

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Year Two

  • Learn another 25-40 pieces of various musical genres
  • Continue to develop and expand your understanding and use of Simply Music tools and strategies
  • Gain a foundation of music reading and writing
  • Build a stronger understanding of accompaniment, blues and jazz pieces
  • Further develop improvisation and composition

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Year Three

  • Learn another 25-40 pieces of various musical genres
  • Further develop your use and understanding of Simply Music tools, strategies and concepts
  • Expand the foundation and understanding of music reading
  • Broaden accompaniment performance abilities
  • Develop a more complex repertoire of diverse musical genres
  • Establish an understanding of music theory and its practical application

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Years Four +

  • Further expand students’ repertoire
  • Develop a self-generative capacity in playing, reading, composition and improvisation
  • Develop more fluency with Simply Music tools, strategies, concepts and approaches
  • Explore individual musical interests
  • More deeply explore expression and technique in playing
  • Expand and broaden knowledge of music theory

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Being a Simply Music Student

What you get with your student account
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The Student Intranet

As a Simply Music Piano student, your teacher will ask you to create an online account in the Simply Music Student Intranet. Doing this is an essential and required component of your lessons and overall experience. It’s here in the Student Intranet where you’ll purchase access to your Simply Music Piano Student Home Materials (SHMs). The SHMs are a collection of videos, audio files and reference PDFs that are used in class and/or at home and are a critical support tool designed to assist your learning of the songs, tools and strategies that your teacher will present during your regular piano lessons.
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What does it cost?

Regardless of whether you are in Private or Shared Lessons, Simply Music Teachers are entirely independent and determine their own fee structure. Contact your local Simply Music Piano Teacher to inquire about their fees. Student Home Materials (SHMs) are a required part of your learning experience and these are acquired from time to time as directed by your teacher. Here is a quick overview of the cost of Simply Music SHMs*:
  • Foundation Level SHMs (Levels 1-9) – $35 per level
  • Special Program SHMs (8 Core Curriculum levels) – $15 to $35 per level
  • Development Level SHMs (Levels 10-18) – $8 to $12 per level
  • Supplemental Program SHMs (Optional) – $10 to $25 per level
All digital SHMs, once purchased, will reside in your account on the Student Intranet, where you can access them 24/7 – anywhere and anytime as long as you have an internet connection.

* Please note: For those living outside of the USA, we are happy to create a pricing structure that algins with your country’s currency-value and cost-of-living.

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Need to Find a Teacher?

If you’re looking to start Simply Music Piano lessons, the first step is to find a teacher. You can search our global Teacher Locator Map to see if there are any teachers in your area. If there are no Simply Music Teachers in your area you may consider looking for a Simply Music Teacher who offers online lessons. Locate a Teacher