TTTV049: Simply Music with Neil Moore - Creative Music Education

TTTV049: Simply Music with Neil Moore

By Tim Topham | Creativity

Jul 15

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Neil Moore didn’t follow the traditional path to piano teaching. He never read music in his own piano lessons.

So when he had the opportunity to teach a visually impaired student, he wondered how he could teach him the way he learned. He started to explore teaching using patterns, and gradually developed the Simply Music program.

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There are now Simply Music teachers all over the world teaching using this playing first approach. Teaching reading is delayed in favour of getting students creating great music right from the start. Simply Music is extremely pattern based, and I see a lot of parallels between it and the Music Learning Theory ideas.

If you want to see a completely different approach to music education, take a listen to today’s podcast to find out the how and why of Simply Music.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The journey that lead Neil to create the Simply Music program
  • How Simply Music gives students a playing rich experience
  • How the teacher licensing works
  • What Simply Music can do for piano teachers
  • The use of rote and pattern based learning in Simply Music
  • How Simply Music approaches chord teaching
  • Why Neil wants to create a “whole of life” music program

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What appeals to you about the Simply Music program?

Did anything about this style of teaching strike a chord with you? Was there an aspect of Simply Music that surprised you?

Do you teach some things in a similar way to Neil?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.


About the Author

Best-known for his blogging and teaching, Tim is also a well-respected presenter, performer and accompanist based in Melbourne, Australia. You can check him out on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

  • MaryBeth says:

    Okay – so I’m totally listening to this series out of order. Oh well. I really enjoyed hearing this interview. I had one student come to an interview with me who had lessons with Simply Music. I didn’t end up taking her on. Their goals for their daughter (learn to read music – and basically do nothing else) and her goals: keep doing what she’s doing, didn’t align. at all. It would have been a nightmare scenario. I was quite impressed with how musically she played for how short a time she’d been playing.

    AND – I’m SO excited that you’re going to be doing a month on teaching special needs. This is an area close to my heart. I, and 2 of my brothers, took piano lessons. My oldest brother, with many physical and mental disabilities, so badly wanted to take piano lessons too, but there was no one to teach him. I always did what I could, but felt so inadequate. I’ve studied a bit about teaching special needs, and it’s definitely an area I may pursue more in the future! So can’t wait for this one!

    • Tim Topham says:

      Hey Mary Beth! Thanks for your comments. I’m just about to start recording the podcasts for next month – I’m really looking forward to sharing more great ideas. Sad to hear about your brother – I think times have changed now 🙂

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