Simply Music works - one half of our students are adults and
most have never played before. They are mastering 30 to 50 songs
in pop, blues, jazz and classical styles in their first year,learning how to
play any style, anywhere, arranging and composing their own pieces,
and they are becoming self-generating musicians who will enjoy the
piano for a lifetime.
How do our students achieve these amazing results?
We delay the reading process about one year so that the student is
immediately immersed in the piano. Our students are playing real
music, with both hands, from their very first lessons. Our curriculum is
carefully designed and tested with many thousands of students and is
proven to develop the a full range of playing, reading and creative skills
far more effectively and in far less time than any other method.
1540 Wakarusa Drive, Suite SE Lawrence, KS 66047
Recitals? What recitals? We have The Keys of Joy! Piano
Lounge! Most piano students fear recitals and they wish for a
low-stress way to enjoy the instrument by themselves or in the company
of their family or friends. Whether you would like to play solo or with an
ensemble, we have the place for you: The Keys of Joy! Piano Lounge!
We turn off the house lights and let the table candles (LEDs, actually, for
safety) and a few low-wattage floor lamps set the mood. The
performance area has the Steinway grand, the Tyros digital arranger
and room for drums, singers and instrumentalists. A large digital display
is mounted on the wall between the pianos so that we can show the
words for the songs that are played; the audience can sing along or do
karaoke! Our first jam featured the piano, Tyros, violin, ukelele, flute,
guitar, trumpet and sax, all provided by students and our instructors.
Future jams will include drums and vocalists and all sorts of other cool
stuff. All of the pictures that you see on this page were taken at our first
Jam Night. The images are bright but the actual lighting was very low.
Some of our adult students had never played in front of anyone before
and they had a great time playing for their families and friends! If you
are curious about our unusual and fun way of doing things feel free to
drop in on one of our Piano Jams. We hope to see you there!
“At 83 years of age, this wonderful program has given
my life a dimension that has brought me much joy and
satisfaction. It is so fulfilling to sit down at the piano
and play. The experience of Simply Music has helped
me to cope with stress, and even sadness. I have been
most fortunate and blessed to have had the experience
of Simply Music.”
Sara Larmer Meuse