Frequently Asked Questions
That is a great story! Let’s have the founder of Simply Music, Neil Moore, tell you himself, as you watch the video below.
No:) The use of The Better Practice App is included in you membership fee (tuition).
For the same reason we learned to speak long before we learned to read and spell. We want you to acquire the language of music first by immersing you in the process of playing immediately. When ready, we’ll introduce reading. By then you should have an intimate relationship with your piano and a repertoire of about 30 to 50 songs in different styles of music. And it’s fun! Sitting at the piano and playing songs is a lot more fun for most people than practicing scales and drills.
Whether it be your child or you as an adult, unless the student learned to play the Simply Music way, yes. You will learn something very new: a different way of thinking about music. We will establish a new foundation from which a new skill set will be built upon. You will be learning a new way of learning. Instead of looking at music as a linear, note by note progression, you will be looking at music in terms of sentences, shapes and patterns. In addition, we will be drawing from existing aural and visual skills and the natural sense of musicality that you already have, which all humans possess.
Yes, this method works regardless of whether someone has taken traditional lessons or not. If your child previously took traditional lessons, chances are that he/she will progress faster than average. The teacher will match the pace of the student.
Many! However, it boils down to two major approaches: traditional and non-traditional. For simplicity’s sake, any method that requires you to learn to read music first (in order to play) falls under the traditional approach. Any method that does not require you to learn to read first, but rather lets you play immediately, is considered non-traditional. Simply Music takes a non-traditional approach. The Simply Music Piano Method is the world’s largest playing based method. This is our preferred, and only, method to teach at Playing For Keeps Piano Studio.
Yes! Somewhere around the second or third year into the Simply Music program, when students have acquired between 30 to 50 songs in their active playlist (including different genres of music) we introduce the reading process.
No, although the ear will develop as a by-product of this method. Students learn strategies or learning clues. Each song has a specific set of easy to follow learning clues that allow students to play immediately without having to read music notation. Once the learning clues are mastered, students will be able to play these songs anytime, anywhere without having to rely on sheet music.
We choose not to list our tuition fees on our website for two reasons:
- Because we teach a very different method than most piano teachers, we believe that it’s in your best interest to check us out first before we give you our pricing. We’d like for you to “test drive” us before you decide. It only makes sense to find out about pricing after you know the value of what we do. You are more than welcome to attend one of our Free Introductory Sessions to find out more about us.
- If you’re price shopping for piano lessons, it’s really hard to compare us to any other piano studio in Temescal Valley since no one does what we do. It’s like comparing apples to oranges. At Playing For Keeps Piano Studio we pride ourselves on the value that we can bring to you.
Absolutely, adults appreciate this because of the play first approach to learning the piano. Most adults do not have the patience or inclination to go through the rigors of learning to read music in order to play! We help you bypass the reading part and get you straight to playing great sounding songs from the very beginning.
We have a 30 day cancellation policy. Just let us know 30 days in advance and you’re good to go.
No, we bill month to month. You can cancel anytime with 30 days written notice. However, if you prepay four months at a time, you can save some money on your tuition.
We generally accept students around six years of age for in studio lessons. For online lessons we accept students around 10 years of age. If you have a younger child and are interested in online lessons, we would be glad to do an assessment to see if that would work.