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FIS PowerPoint

For easier reference, here is my FIS PowerPoint presentation… Since so many people are asking for this, I’m going to go ahead and post a downloadable version of my FIS PowerPoint presentation here. There are a few caveats you should be aware of: 1) This…

Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter

I have a 10 yr old girl student at level one – we’re coming up to Fur Elise and she wanted to learn to play piano so she could play Harry Potters theme. She has now with the help of internet video and her mother…

Olympic Songs

Chariots of Fire seems to be a theme song at the Olympics and not too difficult. It is a good time to introduce this piece to students while it is popular. Has anyone heard any other theme songs at the Olympics? I wonder if you…

Ideas to Teach Happy Birthday

Hi everyone. I’ve had two students request to learn the Happy Birthday song. Any suggestions…SM method? I briefly came up with one but wondering if anyone else has a tried and true version to share? So easy and fun. I do not tell them what…

How Far Can one Learn with Simply Music – AMEB Standards

This week I was asked the question, “How far does the Simply Music program take students, in comparison to AMEB (Australian Music Examination Board) or Trinity standards?” Does anyone know the answer to the question? As a new teacher, I actually didn’t know, and I…

Competitions and Exams

Just wanted to share with you a happy Simply Music experience. I have been teaching SM for about 3 years now. This year I entered 2 of my students in the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. Unfortunately, the piano section has preset boundaries as to what can be…

Preparing for Accreditation

The recent flux of accreditations (in Perth alone) has brought to my attention the fact that my year of being “licensed” is drawing to a close and I’d best get a move on with recording students. This I’ve done, and wow have I learned a…

Embodied Music Cognition

EMBODIED MUSIC COGNITION Has anyone else heard of this fascinating new field of research related to Embodied Cognition Psychology? I am finding the topic extremely groundbreaking, especially related to -Simply Music’s unique multi-layered approach, -the importance of teaching in groups, -and now the challenges of…