Simply Music~Free Information Sessions

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Simply Music has students playing contemporary, classical, blues, gospel and accompaniment pieces – right from their very first lessons even if they’ve had no musical experience.  Kindermusik graduates delight in this method because it is taught in groups and is fun!   The goal of this method is to have music as a life-long companion.

Simply Music at the Kindermusik of Cambridge studio started in January 2014 and is led by recently-licensed Simply Music Instructor, Bethany Gibbons, who feels “very excited to be able to further grow the love of music beyond Kindermusik. What a wonderful opportunity it is to be able to offer Simply Music where many families are already comfortable coming for classes each week. Simply Music is a natural next step for our Kindermusik grads and their older family members.”

At our Waterloo location, classes are taught by Pat Murray who has been a Kindermusik teacher for over 20 years and is now a Certified Simply Music Instructor.  She first heard about the method from a colleague and after researching it herself, she decided to take the training.  Her first classes started in Sept. of 2012.  “The method is so remarkable and is a new way to make piano accessible for everyone,” says Pat.

There are free information sessions coming up in order to learn more about the program, as follows:

Kindermusik of Cambridge:

Sat. June 13, 1:00 p.m.
Tues. June 16, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday June 18, 6:30 p.m.
Contact Bethany at 519-740-0423 or bethanysmusicstudio@bell.net for more information or to reserve your spot.

Contemporary School of Dance (Waterloo):

Fri. June 5th, 7:30 pm
Contact Pat at 519-497-6614 or harmonypianostudio@live.ca for more information or to reserve your spot.

If you can’t make any of the above dates or locations, listed above, they will be happy to provide info over the phone. You may also like to visit the Simply Music website at www.simplymusicinstitution.com.

How does Simply Music work?

Traditional piano lessons require students to learn how to read music as the means of learning how to play.  This removes the natural connection between the student and instrument – and commonly, it removes all the fun, too.  Expecting students to read music before they have learned to play is like expecting toddlers to read before they learn to talk!

In stark contrast to traditional methods, Simply Music temporarily delays music-reading and introduces a revolutionary, ‘playing-based’ approach – a vast array of unique concepts that unfold directly onto the keyboard and produce unprecedented results.  The ‘hands-on’ nature of the program and the immediate results that are produced actively dispel the notion that learning to play means enduring years of lessons, boring practice sessions and relentless hours of drills.

There are four distinguishing features that separate Simply Music from other, traditional programs:

  1. The quantity of music that students learn
  2. The quality of music that students immediately learn to play
  3. The speed of progress
  4. The ease with which students experience the process

Who can benefit from learning with the Simply Music Program?

  • Children (Age 7 & Up), Teens, Adults and Seniors
  • Total beginners
  • Students with prior experience
  • People with special needs, including cognitive delays and physical limitations
  • People who believe they are not musical

Here’s what Simply Music parents have to say about the program:

I work as a dance accompanist at Contemporary School of Dance.  Both my sons have been in Kindermusik programs since they were babies.  My oldest son, Sam, is taking Simply Music piano lessons with Pat Murray, a Certified Simply Music teacher.  He has had 30 lessons since January 2013, and can now play (without ever using sheet music) songs such as “Chester’s Samba” (using harmonic and melodic minor scales), “Ode to Joy”, and the progressively complex “Alma Mater Blues”.  He is also able to play accompaniment to songs such as “Auld Lang Syne” and “Amazing Grace” in multiple keys from merely a lead sheet… this is truly an amazing skill that will last a lifetime.  The best part of the Simply Music program is that in all these months of lessons, Sam has practiced the piano both at home and while visiting relatives without argument or frustration. Typically one needs only mention, “it’s time to play the piano” and he’s at the keys. Simply Music is awesome!” Jeni Poetzsch

Our almost 7-year old son Oliver is loving the Simply Music class.  He was in one-on-one lessons last year with a very nice teacher but it wasn’t a good match for his age group.  The format of Simply Music is better for young children because it’s a group lesson where they can have fun with their peers and get used to playing in front of one another as well as the parents.  He’s made tremendous progress in just a few weeks.  He plays quite advanced songs with both hands and, most important, he looks forward to practicing and even just plays on his own for fun without us having to make him.  And the bonus is that my husband and I are learning everything along with Oliver so it’s “3 for the price of 1.”  Veronica Kopcik

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