Private - Shared - Online

Simply Music Goals

The overriding goal of Simply Music is to create a culture where people of all ages easily and readily acquire and maintain music as a lifelong companion. Inside of this goal, there are specific goals that we focus on achieving for students:

  • Having the ability to play a huge repertoire covering classical, popular, blues, jazz and accompaniments

  • Experiencing playing as a natural self-expression

  • Having a highly positive, self-affirming experience with music learning

  • Developing the ability to self-generate and progress independently - this includes developing a strong foundation in music reading and theory

Lessons at Play Piano Now

What to expect

All students, no matter their previous experience, commence with Foundation Level 1. This level consists of 10 pieces that cover classics, blues, accompaniment and ballads. 

A major part of the learning process involves pieces being broken down into smaller sections using many unique ‘tools’ that are later used as a foundation to learn other songs in the Simply Music repertoire.  

Depending on the age and commitment of a student Foundation Level I can be completed in 10 - 20 lessons.
Learn more about being a Simply Music student here.

 

Learning Styles
Using a multi-sensory approach, several learning styles are utilized in lessons:

  • Learning patterns in the fingers before going to the piano (tactile learning) 

  • Processing song sections on a 'practice pad' with no sound (visual learning)

  • Listening for specific elements (aural learning)

  • Learning directly at the piano (combination of tactile, visual, and aural learning)

As they progress through the curriculum, students generate their own ideas and strategies for learning. 

Life Coaches

One of the reasons for the unprecedented success of our younger students is parental involvement. If the student is a child, a parent (or other coach) is required to attend and engage in every lesson. Often coaches choose to learn along with the student, creating a special bond through music and perhaps even fulfilling a lifelong dream for themselves to learn to play the piano.


Lesson Availability

Currently private and shared lessons are conducted on Wednesday & Thursday afternoons until early evening.

Private Lessons

Details
  • One-on-one instruction

  • Duration: 25 – 55 minutes

  • Cost: $35 - $70

Shared Lessons

 

Lesson Materials - Foundation - Development - Special - Supplemental - Extension   

Details

All materials are accessed digitally through the Simply Music website. The cost for each level is $35 and includes:

  • music for the pieces you will be learning

  • a reference and other documents designed to support the learning process

  • video through the Foundation levels so as you can review what you learnt in your lesson anytime

  • audio of the pieces you are learning

  • professionally produced play-along backing tracks

Online Lessons

Are available for :
  • Students anywhere in the world 

  • Students who don’t have access to a teacher nearby

  • Students who don’t have access to transport

  • Disabled students

  • Regular students who occasionally can’t get to their lesson

  • Fly in Fly out workers who wish to keep their lessons going while they’re away

  • Regular students who  are away on holidays and don’t want to miss out

Details
  • Private or shared lessons as above

Equipment Needs

In addition to the following suggestions, adequate internet speed for smooth video streaming is crucial.

Absolute minimum equipment:

• One laptop or tablet with built-in camera, set up in a manner which allows for easy maneuvering for different camera views (e.g. keyboard, face, practice pad)

Better:

• Two devices allowing for two different camera views without having to move a device. Depending on the videoconference platform used, this might necessitate toggling between views. The devices are typically set up as follows:

– A laptop, tablet or webcam positioned to show the teacher’s face/body

– A tablet, smartphone or webcam positioned directly above the keyboard so both

parties can easily see demonstrations on the piano; mounting equipment may need to be purchased

Best:

• Two devices as explained above

• Separate microphone positioned near the piano for greatly improved sound quality; this may require a boom stand or other mounting equipment

• Good quality webcam (although most built-in device cameras are fine)

– Search online for currently available options

– Some webcams include features such as zoom, pan and tilt controls, video and photo

capture, automatic light correction

Studio Setup

• Be aware that there is typically a slight time lag on both ends

• Lighting must be adequate for clear viewing. It may be necessary to close blinds and diffuse the lighting to reduce     glare on the keyboard. One way this can be accomplished is by pointing a lamp towards a wall or the ceiling.

• Test your equipment setup with a third party before using in a lesson environment to be sure that both video and audio are good quality.

Pre-lesson Instructions

1. Plan to connect 10 minutes prior to the start of your lesson time.

2. Go to the zoom app on your smart phone or tablet which will be mounted above the keyboard, and join the meeting room supplied by your teacher.

3. Tap ‘More’ on the device (3 dots) and select ‘Disconnect Audio’ (you will use audio on the other device).

4. Mount the phone or tablet above the keyboard and orient it so the keyboard appears right- side up.

5. Go to the zoom app (or website) from your second device and join the same meeting.

6. Position the second device on or near your piano/keyboard and position so your face

appears on the screen.

Details
  • Up to 4 students per class

  • 2 students - 35 minutes

  • 3 students - 45 minutes

  • 4 students - 55 minutes

  • Cost: $25