The studio opened in August, 2011 with 12 students. We now teach more than 50 students and
expect to be teaching nearly 80 by the end of 2014. About one-half of our students are adults
aged 18 and up. The other half consists of children aged 6 to 17.
Owner and Instructor, Piano and Trumpet
Evan holds a bachelor's degree in music composition from the University of Kansas. Evan writes
symphonic works for wind band and orchestra and has won the Claude T. Smith award and the
Lawner Prize for composition. Evan tutors graduate students in music theory, sings in his church
choir and plays the trumpet for worship services. Evan is also forming 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 Leawood and Majestic Overture was played by the KU
Symphony Orchestra at the Lied Center in Lawrence.
Studio Manager and Instructor, Piano
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 in university and high school.
Joy is a certified camp counselor and outdoor education facilitator who loves children of all ages.
She is receiving her initial training in the Simply Music method and expects to begin teaching this
fall. Joy is very relational and she loves to invest in people. Come in and say Hi!
John manages the Composites Fabrication Laboratory for the Department of Aerospace
Engineering at KU where he supervises the fabrication of large, complex, airborne sensor
systems for NASA, NOAA, and other organizations. He has also designed experimental aircraft,
managed prototype aircraft fabrication, and managed a municipal call center in London, England,
where he designed customer service representative training systems and quality measurement
systems. John is an effective project and operations manager who interacts successfully with a
wide array of people every day.
As the studio business manager, John supervises business operations and marketing; he is also
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 three years
ago. He now has 80 songs in his active playlist and he says that "If I can learn to play the piano,
Would you like to know more?
We would love to meet you and answer your questions! The best way to determine whether
Simply Music is right for you and your student is to participate in one of our demonstrations. We
will teach you a song, assess your readiness for piano and provide all the details that you need to
make an informed decision. Call or write and we will set up a demonstration today!
1540 Wakarusa Drive, Suite SE Lawrence, KS 66047