Beginning Piano: Private Lessons

The Simply Music Piano Method provides students a playing based approach to learning how to play the piano for a lifetime of music. The Simply Music method teaches students through patterns, shapes and structures to play 35-50 songs, including classical, blues and accompaniments, typically within the first year of the program. The Simply Music method teaches piano in steps which happen so easily that students do not even recognize the amount of learning that they accomplish in a very short period of time. Students do not even begin to “read” music until the 2nd or 3rd year. Simply Music provides students with nine Foundational Levels and nine Developmental Levels as well as composition, arrangement and accompaniment opportunities. This program was initially created for students with learning disabilities but is definitely challenging for all ages. (Adults are welcome to register for classes too!) Simply Music really gives students the ENTIRE PACKAGE and prepares students to be life-long musicians! Mrs. G. is fabulous at motivating students, bringing them together as a team and just makes making music FUN!   

Format of Zoom Simply Music Lessons with Mrs. G.:

  1.  Review/Questions
  2.  Learn new material
  3.  Questions
  4.  Homework - Watch assigned Simply Music videos, Practice on their own and with Simply Music Audio Files
  5.  To turn in homework - students will need to video themselves playing or send in an audio file and upload photos of any visual homework.

It is best if students have access to a webcam that is able to show them playing the piano during class, but it isn’t required.


  • REGISTER

  • Prerequisites: None.
    Instructor:
    Amy Gillispie, B.S.
    musicarch.clrc@icloud.com
    Age Level:  8 years - adult
    Tuition per Semester: $450
    Early Registration Discount (before June 1): 10% off!
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    Class Meets: 
    Students need to arrange time by contacting Mrs. Gillispie (musicarch.clrc@icloud.com)
    Classes will begin after September 6. 

    Click Here to see the 2021-22 Class Schedule

Fall '21 - Spring '22 Registration is Open!

Beginning Piano--Group Lessons

 

Part 1 -- Fall '20 Only

Prerequisites: None
Instructor:
Amy Gillispie, B.S.
musicarch.clrc@icloud.com
Age Level:  8 years - adult
Tuition per Semester: $250;
Early Registration (before June 1): $225

Minimum Enrollment: 3 students
Maximum Enrollment: 12
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Class Meets:
Wednesdays, 9:00 – 9:55 AM Pacific (note special start date of 23 September)
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Click Here to see the 2020-21 Class Schedule

 

Part 2 -- Spring '21 Only

Prerequisites: Beginning Piano: Part One
Instructor:
Amy Gillispie, B.S.
musicarch.clrc@icloud.com
Age Level:  8 years - adult
Tuition per Semester: $250;
Early Registration (before June 1): $225

Minimum Enrollment: 3 students
Maximum Enrollment: 12
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Class Meets:
Wednesdays, 9:00 – 9:55 AM Pacific (note special start date of 27 January '21)
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Click Here to see the 2020-21 Class Schedule

 

Amy Gillispie, B.S.

Amy Gillispie and her husband, Father Robert, began homeschooling their nine children in 1999.   Amy was graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S.  in Architecture, did her Master’s work in Liturgical Architecture, played the organ for her church at twelve years old, danced in a ballet/jazz company, worked as a photographer/developer, directs musicals, is a COPE certified health coach, a registered IEW teacher and a licensed Simply Music Piano Instructor.  She wrote her own architecture curriculum and began teaching architecture courses to students from around the world when she created her business, Building Brilliant Minds, in 2009.  “Architecture” and “Music/Piano” continue to hold her heart because the possibilities are intertwined and infinite.    Mrs. G’s Architecture and Piano courses may be taken online during the arranged Zoom classes or privately.   For more information,  email Mrs. G.  at  musicarch.clrc@icloud.com , or visit her website at www.buildingbrilliantmindsonline.com .

Required Materials:

"Simply Music" materials: $40  (not included in tuition). These should be purchased through the instructor: musicarch.clrc@icloud.com