Starting With Simply Music

I’ll never forget the first time I saw Simply Music in action. A friend’s sister and Simply Music Teacher invited me to a free information session. There, she played some of the songs one learns with Simply Music, and then she proceeded to demonstrate how she teaches one song. Having experienced many years of (quite arduous) traditional piano lessons as a child and teen, I was blown away! Playing piano really was far easier than having to read the notes before playing. Wow! She drew an image on her whiteboard, and in minutes, we were playing the right hand of a well-known song!OTJ

After that information session, I was hooked – I wanted, no, I needed to teach Simply Music piano. I needed people to see that they can play piano. I needed to be able to improvise on the piano and play anytime anywhere.

So, I did. I’ve been teaching Simply Music for almost 5 years, and I love how connected I now am to the piano – something I never thought possible. I love how easy it is to get my students playing.

Read the experiences of another Simply Music teacher who was a complete beginner when he started with Simply Music: http://simplymusic.com/coaching-building-confidence-as-a-beginner-with-simply-music/

Happy New Year!

Yes, happy new year – I haven’t posted since 2014!

I thought I’d share a bit more about my studio with you. I teach from my home in what would have been my dining room, but is now a lovely piano studio. I teach on Wednesdays (from 9 am to 9 pm) and on Thursday evenings (from 6 pm to 9 pm). I do have some time slots available on both days, so contact me if you’re interested.

I teach children as young as 4 years old, teens, adults and seniors. I recommend Play A Story for those ages 4 to 6 years and Simply Music for everyone 7 years of age and older. Simply Music piano lesson work for every age, but I find that children 6 and under prefer exploration to direction on the piano. Play A Story offers a bit of direction to guide their exploration.

All of my students compose and improvise. These are key elements to truly learning the piano. If this worries you, I can work with you to help you feel comfortable creating on the piano. I was there myself – even after many years of Royal Conservatory piano, I did not know how to improvise or compose, but within a year of Simply Music piano, I had shed my fears. If you ask me to play piano, I can just play and play and play 🙂

Enough about me. Tell me about you.

Season’s Greetings!

Happy December Holidays to you!

Here are a couple of great blog posts by Simply Music Teachers about playing piano for Christmas:

http://simplymusic.com/tis-season-playing/
http://simplymusic.com/learn-jingle-bells-on-piano/

Enjoy! If you have any questions about the above posts, feel free to contact me to find out more about lessons.

Lead Sheets

I learned piano when I was a kid – started lessons at age 9 but quit when I was 17 years old and became too distracted by volunteer and paid work (as well as teenage social life) to practice. In those 8 years of piano study, with 3 different piano teachers, I was never introduced to lead sheets. And that truly was a shame.

I now introduce my students to lead sheets within their first few months of lessons. Lead sheets give us the opportunity to accompany singers and to play in a band. Lead sheets also give us the freedom that I remember wanting when I was a young pianist who was only taught to play what I saw on the page.

Here’s some info:

http://simplymusic.com/coaching-lead-sheets/

And you can comment, call or email me if you want to find out more.

Playing Cats and Dogs

I have two cats, but only one of them is interested in the piano. My kitty Gandhi likes to sit on the top of the piano, especially when we are away from our home (our cat sitter regularly notes that Gandhi was sitting on top of the piano). Alas, neither kitty seems to be interested in playing. Definitely not as interested as this cat:

Some dogs love to play and sing at the piano too:

http://creativeartworksblog.wordpress.com/tag/107-5-amor-radio/

What about your pet?

Play a Story Class Starting Oct 1

I have a Play a Story class starting on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:15 pm. This class is piano lessons for children ages 4 to 6 years.

Play-a-Story is a musical journey in which you and your child travel through a storybook world. It uses the piano as its mode of travel, creating sounds, melodies, harmonies and rhythms to express the story. Literally, your child will create their own musical soundtrack on the piano, interpreting mood, colour and nuance as the story unfolds.

Contact me to find out more.

Want to Learn Piano? Come to my Free Information Session!

I teach the Simply Music method of piano. These are breakthrough piano lessons for ages 4 to 104!

Simply Music is a revolutionary, Australian-developed piano and keyboard method that offers a breakthrough in music education.

This unique approach has students of all ages playing great-sounding pop, blues, classical and accompaniment pieces – immediately – from their very first lessons.

Find out more by coming to a Free Information Session on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 6:30 pm at my home-based piano studio near Bayview and Sheppard. At the session, you will see how Simply Music is different from traditional piano lessons, hear the results achieved with this method, and learn how Simply Music was created.

To register, call or text me at 416-226-3401 or email me at karenderrah@gmail.com.

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