My child has taken lessons before. Will he have to start from the beginning?
Each person with previous traditional piano experience, who decides to enroll in Simply Music will start at level 1.
Here is why:
1. Students begin to learn a new "language" and a "new way of learning" - one that develops skills that will assist them in learning any subject area throughout their life.
2. Simply Music is like a musical lego kit and you need the foundational "bricks" to move ahead
3. Students gain more depth and breadth musically in Simply Music. Ex. Level one songs are further developed in Level 2 , and are turned into sophisticated arrangements or form the basis of a composition to build the student's music "language and communication" skills. Theoretical concepts are integrated through the pieces. Students will not lose musical ability! There is so much more to gain!
Are the lessons taught privately or in a group?
Simply Music lessons are primarily offered in shared lesson format. While shared lessons may on the surface seem impractical, the dynamic, interactive format of our lessons actually allows a powerful, effective experience via its application of multi-sensory, receptive and generative learning strategies. At the same time, they are fun and cost-effective and allow students the opportunity to experience playing for and learning from their peers. Students’ progress is accelerated in a shared lesson environment.
Do students learn to read music?
Yes! The reading process is delayed until the student has developed a confidence and breadth of experience in playing. If you think about the way we learned our first language, we began by learning to speak, developing a practical grasp of communication before the additional layers of complexity such as reading and writing were added. If you remove the complexity of deciphering the code on the page, you will be more free to establish a natural, musical relationship with the instrument, and will then be free to focus more fully on sourcing instructions from the page. Typically, this process begins towards the end of the first year of lessons.
Is there a contract or commitment?
No, continue lessons as long as you are enjoying the program. Lesson fees are due at the beginning of each month and 30 days cancellation notice is required. Keep in mind that students will experience the highest level of success if they begin with a mindset of having a long-term commitment to music lessons -- our goal is for students to have music as a lifelong companion.
Do I need a piano?
Students must have a piano or keyboard at home. An acoustic or digital piano (88 weighted keys and pedal) is best, however beginner students can start on keyboards.
What are the costs for books?
Simply Music provides Student Home Materials online. Students can print their books when needed.
Piano Foundation levels cost $35 each and they include a Reference Book, a Music Book, downloadable audio MP3s and videos. Students usually complete a level within 3-5 months (timing varies depending on the student). Periodically, supplemental materials will be necessary and the prices range from $15 to $25.
Only one set of materials is required per family.
What is the recommended age to start?