Teacher Training Program
Join the global community of Simply Music Teachers
To become a member of the Simply Music Teacher community there is a one-time, low-cost Initial Teacher Training Fee of $950*. Other costs vary depending on how quickly you and/or your students move through the curriculum as well as the size of your studio (see the teacher brochure (PDF) for full details on costs).
We provide you with everything you need to get started and successfully teach our program. It's a simple equation – our promise is to astound you with value that is far beyond the cost.
* International pricing note: for those living outside of the USA, we are happy to create a pricing structure that aligns with your country's currency-value and cost-of-living.
What you get
Access training resources and tools for Simply Music Teachers
Simply Music Teacher Intranet
The Simply Music Teacher Intranet is the hub of the Simply Music Teacher community – it's where everything happens. Here is where you access all of your Teacher Training Materials, support materials, map profile, account details, and so much more. You'll be provided with everything listed below, all through the Simply Music Teacher Intranet.
- 24/7 online access to detailed streaming video training that presents every step of every song for years of lessons
- Streaming audio recordings of each of the songs your students will be learning
- Downloadable reference materials (i.e. clues, diagrams, and instruction on key concepts)
This is huge! Right from the beginning you'll have access to a vast library filled with a plethora of resources.
Here you can access audio and/or video recordings of trainings, workshops, and conference calls that focus on a variety of topics.
Business & studio support
We aim to make everything as simple as possible. Some studios use complicated hi-tech systems or apps, and if that's not for you, you'll benefit from our easy to learn and effective systems.
These include pre-made record forms for inquiries, attendence, payments, and much more.
Every active Simply Music Teacher gets a customizable map profile on our Locator Map where students can find teachers near them.
You can also take advantage of our student and teacher linking features which allow teachers to support their students and assist with their progress.
Simply Music Communications
Simply Music Communications (SMCs) are email messages that help keep you in sync with Simply Music. SMCs are how we inform you of changes, updates, events, and any other news about what's going on in the Simply Music Teacher community.
Since 1998, we've followed the Simply Music Teacher community everywhere they gather to join discussions and answer questions from teachers all over the world.
We've also assembled these discussions into a massive, searchable database of shared knowledge and experience. Think of it as our own personal Simply Music Wikipedia – we call it Simpedia.
Student Home Materials
Every student you teach has access to an extraordinary support system. With a Simply Music Student Intranet account, they can purchase and access the full catalog of online digital Student Home Materials (SHMs). SHMs are a critical component in the student's learning experience and consist of audio, video, and printable reference materials.
These materials are brilliant and powerful, providing a unique level of support to your Simply Music Piano students. Where relevant, a Teacher's Edition of the SHMs is included as part of each component of the Teacher Training Materials.
How it works
All human beings, without exception, are deeply and naturally musical
In this video Neil Moore talks about the Simply Music Piano program, giving an overview of essential elements and providing context for the more detailed video segments that follow. We recommend you watch the following videos in the order that they are laid out.
Let's talk about a famous classical piece by Beethoven and give you a taste of how we break the melody of this song into a simple "Melody Diagram" that will have you instantly remember how to play it. We'll also show you the left hand so that you can sit down after this video and begin playing it yourself.
Here, Neil will show you a brilliantly simple way to learn every major and minor chord, in every key, in just a few minutes and just based on three simple shapes. Take what you learn here and teach it to your students. Just this alone will open up a new world of possibility for your students.
Blues is one of the exciting genres that our students get to explore from their earliest lessons. With a basic 12 Bar Blues in their hands, students can take their Blues experience to the next level with Blues Scale Improvisations. In this video Neil presents the concept of 'Mapping' and then applies it to the Blues Scale.
Very often, teachers and students say that it can be a real challenge to learn how to bring both hands together onto the piano. In this video, Neil will show you how the Simply Music Piano method uses 'Rhythm Diagrams' to completely transform how quickly and easily it can be done.
In the Simply Music Piano Program we delay introducing music reading until the student has a repertoire of 30 to 40 songs or so. This begins somewhere around the second year of lessons. When we do introduce music reading we use our own unique approach.
In this video, Neil talks about why music reading is delayed, the benefits of first developing a playing-based relationship with the instrument, as well as how the Simply Music Reading Program uses a Generative Approach.
A new way to teach piano
The cost to become a Simply Music Teacher is remarkably low. Our promise is that you will be astounded by the value of what you are being provided with in comparison to what it costs to be a member of the Simply Music Teacher community. Our Initial Teacher Training Program establishes context, gives you the fundamentals of the program, expands and develops your ability to understand and talk about Simply Music, and comprehensively prepares you, in a matter of weeks, to successfully teach Foundation Level 1 to your students.
After you enroll in our Teacher Training Program you'll be given immediate online access to the Initial Teacher Training Program (including all of the relevant Teacher Training Materials), the Teacher Library and our Teacher Community. If you wish, you can begin your training immediately! Of course, the beauty of having access to a 24/7 online training program means you can do your training whenever you want to, wherever you want to. You can progress as quickly or as slowly as you wish – all you need is Internet access.