We just moved at the end of last month. That was a feat. It was also an adventure. One thing we found out, the previous owners were willing to leave the piano that was in the house! This was exciting for everyone in the house. What was even more exciting was that we grabbed access to the Music & Creativity – Foundation Course from Simply Music to review. What great timing!
What It Is
Simply Music is an online program with videos lessons taught by Neil Moore. To use this program, you will need two things, a piano or a keyboard and a computer with internet.
The Music & Creativity – Foundation Course consists of 19 lessons plus a quick start for those who want to play yesterday!
Each lesson will contain the Lesson Content (videos), Reference Materials, and Lesson Content (soundtracks when you are working on learning to play songs).
Lesson One is all about the basics. These videos, while seemingly boring, were packed full of information for those who are beginners. I really appreciated how Neil went through all the basics and we got started with making sure we had all that we needed, the piano and my laptop to watch our lessons on.
Lesson Two was broken down into two learning strategies. These are actually sprinkled throughout the program. The first two that Neil introduced us to were to make sure we were learning slowly and to control the events. I loved that he told me and my kids to go slowly. This is a great part of this program, going at our own pace and going slowly when we need it.
Once you start Lesson Three, you start the first song, Dreams Come True. This is where we are right now. There are six parts to this lesson. We have been spending a lot of time mastering each part before we move onto the next. This is the part of a self-paced lesson that I am liking.
After we master this song, we have about 10 other songs that we will be working on. At the pace we are going, I can see this program taking us about 24 -30 weeks. I am assuming that when the kids and I get used to playing, the later lessons will move quicker. Either way, we have a great start at playing the piano!
How We Used It
We got access to this course before we started our move. I was able to preview the first couple of lessons, but it wasn’t fun without the piano in front of us. After finally moving in and being done with the unpacking, it was close to the end of the review period, so we are not as far as I had hoped, however, we are excited to keep learning!
We took the first two lessons and watched them together. Depending on the video and the length, we would do on average, one or two videos at a sitting. We set aside about 3-4 days a week to watch the videos. If you are not in the middle of a move, I am sure you could get through the first two lessons in a day or two and get started on your song a lot faster than we did!
Once we got to the first song, this is when time slowed down for us. We watched the video together. After that, we would each take some time, about 15-20 minutes, to practice each part. I refused to let any of us move on to the next part of the lesson until we had it mastered. Neil takes the time to break the song down into small chunks. As we learn and master one part, we can work on adding the next part. There is no way to get overwhelmed.
What We Thought
We love this program! The kids and I are able to each do it at our own pace. I never thought I would be playing the piano, but I am loving that fact that I am able to figure it out and enjoy it. Not only that but the same program that can teach me also teaches my 10 and 8-year-olds as well!
We don’t have to feel rushed, we can take our time, and we are told to do that. We are told to slow down and focus. I really appreciate a teacher taking the time to tell us that. It is not about how fast we can learn to play, it is making sure we know what we are doing.
Knowing that this program is broken down to help us, makes it fun for everyone. I am not a musically inclined person. I have issues knowing what notes are what, and I have had fear of not being able to allow my kids to learn how to play music without paying for a teacher. Neil is a great teacher, and in honor of their 20th anniversary, you can get this foundation course for free! What better way for a family to introduce learning how to play music at a price that fits every budget!