The studio 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 2014. About
one-half of our students are adults aged 18 and up. The other half consists of children aged 6 to
17. Paige was our office manager, but she married this past August and moved to Kansas City.
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 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 three years
ago. He now has 80 songs in his active playlist and he says that "If I can learn to play the piano,
We would love to meet you and answer your questions! If you would like to know more, Evan has
office hours between 2 and 3 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, and between 3 and 4 pm on
Thursdays and Fridays. He will be happy to answer your questions and assess your readiness for
piano during any of those periods!
1540 Wakarusa Drive, Suite SE Lawrence, KS 66047