Piano Lessons

Simply Music Piano programs

Music Programs

Reno Tahoe Piano Lessons exclusively teaches the Australian-developed Simply Music method. Simply Music is the largest playing-based music education institution in the world.

I also especially like teaching adults and seniors. I have many students in their 60′s 70′s and 80′s.

Class times and levels are posted on the calendar.

I offer several of Simply Music’s unique and innovative programs.  Please read the information below to find the program that best suits your needs:

Programs:

Simply Music Foundation Program:

From the very beginning, this innovative system has you playing a huge variety of music including composing, improvising, arranging, playing accompaniment, classical, blues and jazz, understanding and reading music, all done through the lens of Simply Music’s unique, ‘playing-based’ approach.

Simply Music Piano is very effectively delivered in the shared lesson format.  Lessons vary from 30 to 50 minutes and range from two to six students matched according to their age and skill level.  In certain circumstances I also teach 25-minute individual lessons.

  • LEARN MORE in just six months than if you had taken 2 to 3 years of a Traditional Reading Based program.
  • READING MUSIC is TEMPORARILY Delayed while students develop a strong foundation of playing and a huge repertoire of music.  When students go on to learn how to read music it is easy and fun, because they now know how to play.
  • THINK ABOUT THIS…we all got to speak for YEARS before ever having a spelling lesson, In FACT if we used the method that music has used for over two centuries now and applied it to language, we would say…FROM NOW ON, all toddlers must learn to Read and Spell as a means of learning how to SPEAK!.. Well, that is just preposterous and illogical.  Yet that has been the APPROACH for over three hundred years.

Play-a-Story:

Before ever being told how and what to play, young children have a free and unselfconscious musicality. Imagine your child beginning her life’s musical journey by exploring her own musical stories, discovering beauty without judgment, through guided improvisation.

Children are given the tools and guided through a ‘story-book’ world in which they tell the story the way they see it and express their own feelings and emotions on the piano.  This program is really the perfect way to begin playing piano and is a natural progression into Simply Music Piano lessons.

Fun, interactive shared lessons cater for three to six students.  The program is designed for 4-6-year-olds.

Special Work Shops:

Improvisation:

Improvisation is something we do daily and naturally, every time we speak.  In this class I teach students how to use language as a short-cut to playing great sounding music from their very first class!  It is fun and easy.

When I learned how to do this I was simply amazed at how much good sounding music I could produce with so little.  It  actually made me a little mad…I said to my teacher…”you mean to tell me, that something I’ve wanted to do my whole life (to play freely on the piano) I’ve been doing my whole Life!”  I was drawing reference to speaking in my own language.

Holiday Christmas Songs Work Shop:

Grandparents and parents! Spend some quality time with your grandchildren over the holiday months learning to play Christmas carols, duets, and other fun songs.  Course will begin in October and run for four weeks. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED!