In Simply Music® the students learn through “clues”, (shapes, sentences, sequences, etc.). Songs are broken down to manageable parts to be learned each week. The Simply Music® program is not learning by rote and is not to be confused with the Suzuki method.
This approach is a “playing based” way of learning. Traditional piano lessons are “reading based”. It is a completely natural way of learning piano enabling the student to become articulate on the piano before note reading is introduced.
Expecting students to read music before they learn how to play the piano is like expecting children to read and spell before they have learned how to talk! In fact, we all talked for years before we learned how to read and spell. Beginning students, without having to focus on reading music, are free to relate directly to the piano in a creative way, learning to improvise and compose their own songs. Within months, they experience the freedom of creatively playing the piano and develop a deep connection with music as they build an extraordinary repertoire of contemporary, classical, blues, jazz and accompaniment pieces.
Simply Music® vs. Traditional Piano Lessons
Distinguishing features that separate Simply Music® from traditional piano lessons:
Please note the following goals for a Simply Music® student which are distinctly different than goals for a traditional piano student.