Simply Music Piano Workshop  

January 20, 2011
Several teachers attended a "Simply Music" piano workshop in February at ESU 10. Simply Music is a hands-on playing-based approach to music. The Simply Music method is a revolutionary Australian developed program that teaches students to play music through simple shapes and patterns, before teaching them to read notes on a page! The workshop activities, when used in the classroom, teach groups of children how to play great-sounding songs on the piano, using both hands together, in one class period. This is a fun, natural and quick way to teach piano pieces to students. At the workshop teachers learned four songs, variations, arrangements, duets, and composition and improvisation exercises. Although primarily designed for music teachers, elementary teachers with an interest in music, as well as teachers who work with high ability and special education students might also find this method of teaching music beneficial.