The Structure of the Simply Music Program
• 35 to 50 pieces of various musical genres;
• Develop the basics of accompaniment performance;
• Establish a strong foundation of playing;
• Prepare for the introduction of music writing and reading, as well as music composition.
• 25 to 40 pieces of various musical genres;
• Develop a stronger foundation of blues and jazz;
• Develop a stronger foundation of classical and contemporary music;
• Develop a broader experience of accompaniment performance;
• Develop a foundation of music reading, writing and composition;
• 15 to 30 pieces of various musical genres;
• Expand accompaniment performance and music composition;
• Develop a more complex classical and popular foundation;
• Develop more complex blues and jazz foundation;
• Develop the basics of improvisation and arrangement;
• Expand the foundation and understanding of music theory and its practical application.
In subsequent years, the students tend to shape the trend and direction of the learning content according to preferences,
biases, the breadth of foundation that has been established, and the particular skill sets and strengths that the student has
acquired. This allows for students to be self-generative and experience being more responsible for their own learning.
While there is no definitive point when Simply Music students begin the reading process, it begins in the first year, with the
sight-reading of chord symbols used in contemporary accompaniment. It is then more formally introduced after building a
solid repertoire of 35 to 50 pieces. The larger and more fluent the student’s repertoire, the easier it is to successfully
introduce the music reading process.
Our goal is to equip students with the ability to progress independently. Not only does this include building a vast
repertoire, but also having the ability to read and write music, compose, arrange, improvise as well as have an
understanding of foundational theory. As with all aspects of the Simply Music program, our approach to achieving this is
unique, and built around the ‘playing-based’ principles that students have been learning since their very first lessons.
The structure and progression of the Simply Music program is show below. The program is continually evolving and new
levels and skill sets are added as they are validated.
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