FREE Introductory Sessions on the second Saturday of every month! Call 785-856-4400 to reserve your place!
We're so glad that you're here. We love helping our students express themselves through music! We opened our doors in 2011 with 12 students; now, more than 50 students from ages 7 to 70 are learning to play the piano at Keys of Joy! We are adding more students every month; we are also adding more classrooms, a performance area, and a coffee house!
Everyone can be musically expressed and everyone can learn to play the piano. Even students who have tried and failed with traditional methods are learning to play with Simply Music .Our students are are playing a wide variety of music from their very first lessons.
You don't need hours of tedious drills and scales and boring songs in your daily practice. With 15 to 20 minutes of well-designed practice, 5 to 6 days per week, you will be a competent and versatile pianist.
It's simple and it's fun! Beginning students easily and naturally establish a hands-on and personal relationship with the piano. They build a playlist that includes popular, classical, blues, and jazz pieces - a broad repertoire they can play anytime, anywhere.
Students who complete the Simply Music program become competent, self-generating musicians who can play any genre, play with or without sheet music, accompany others, and create their own arrangements and compositions. They acquire every tool they need to create music for the rest of their lives.
We offer FREE introductory sessions at the studio at 11 AM on the second Saturday of every month. These sessions last about an hour and they are an excellent hands-on opportunity to learn how Simply Music works! You will learn about the differences between Simply Music's playing based approach and traditional piano lessons and you will even learn part of a song. We hope to see you soon!.
Evan Hunter, Studio Director and Certified Instructor
Joy Lyle, Studio Manager and Certified Instructor
"I'm just waiting for my granddaughter to be old enough. She's always listening to me play and I'm just waiting until she's old enough so she can start!"
Debbie Quirarte, Lawrence
"Quotes from my kids last night -
Ethan: "I love piano lessons."
Connor: "I am gifted in music."
"I promise you those two comments never came out of my mouth during my seven years of traditional lessons."
Doug Russell, parent, Omaha, Nebraska
Keys of Joy! was opened by Evan and his sister, Paige, in August 2011 with 12 students. We now teach more than 50 students and expect to be teaching nearly 80 by the end of 2015. About half our students are adults ages 18 and up; the other half are children ages 6 to 17. Paige married this past August and she lives with her husband in Kansas City.
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Evan Hunter, Director
Joy Lyle, Instructor
John Hunter, Manager
Evan holds a bachelor's degree in music composition from the University of Kansas. He writes symphonic works for wind band and orchestra as well as pieces for small ensembles and choir. He has won the Claude T. Smith award and the Lawner Prize for composition.
Evan tutors graduate students in music theory, writes music and arrangements for his church choir, and plays the trumpet for worship services. He also plans to form an orchestra for his church. Some of Evan's compositions may be heard on SoundCloud here. Pastorale was played recently at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Overland Park and Majestic Overture was played by the KU Symphony Orchestra at the Lied Center in Lawrence.
Joy Lyle is the newest member of our team. Joy earned a bachelor's degree from Olivet Nazarene University where she double majored in youth ministry and philosophy of religion and minored in piano performance. Joy has played the piano for 14 years and she was very active in school plays, vocal
and flute choirs, and marching band while at the university and in high school.
Joy is a certified camp counselor and outdoor education facilitator who loves children of all ages. Joy is very relational and she loves to invest in people. Come in and say Hi!
John supervises business operations and is responsible for facility acquisition, design, maintenance, signage, and equipment. John looks for new opportunities to help the studio reach and even exceed its growth objectives.
John tried to learn piano twice before and failed both times - traditional lessons were
slow and boring. He had nearly given up when he heard of Simply Music and began lessons 3 years ago. He now has 80 songs in his active playlist and says, "If I can learn to play the piano, anyone can!"
Keys of Joy! Studio 1540 Wakarusa Drive Suite SE Lawrence KS 66047 785-856-4400