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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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Thank you for Tuning In!

There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.

Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.

Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons.

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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.

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Tim Topham has one mission in life: to stem the tide of children quitting music lessons by helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at timtopham.com and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, Californian Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.

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