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.
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.
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.
Currently private and shared lessons are conducted on Wednesday & Thursday afternoons until early evening.
Duration: 25 – 55 minutes
Cost: $35 - $70
Lesson Materials - Foundation - Development - Special - Supplemental - Extension
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
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
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
Private or shared lessons as above
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)
• 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
• 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
• 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.
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.
Up to 4 students per class
2 students - 35 minutes
3 students - 45 minutes
4 students - 55 minutes