One of the many benefits of the Simply Music Piano program is that students have access to a whole variety of multimedia resources. This not only makes learning music more fun, but more effective and more motivating as the entire experience of music becomes layered and multi-dimensional. As great as the piano is by itself, I am wanting to equip students with the ability to take their lessons well beyond that.
Going Beyond the Piano
In the studio lesson environment, you will often see me interacting with my digital piano, my iPad and a bluetooth speaker, which allows me to quickly cue backing tracks, change voices, play the Simply Music audio tracks, soundtracks, and reference musical examples via YouTube, Spotify, and other online resources.
Fully utilizing such resources provides a much richer and more fulfilling experience compared to just playing music on a laptop, iPad, or phone speakers; and I’d love for students and families to duplicate that experience at home as much as possible.
How to Use This Page
This page is a resource for students and their families who are wanting to do just that (take the studio lesson environment home…or anywhere). Below, I’ve provided a detailed guide to the overall setup of devices, media, and music players (as well as the music listening experience in general). Whether you have extensive or very limited experience with the various technological tools available, I believe you will find something of value here.
Please watch the video tutorial first, then scroll down to browse more detailed information and link to further resources.
Home Audio Setup
What you will need, and how to set up your practice space in a way that allows quick and easy access to various media (video, audio, and soundtracks).
Info on how to use apps and software that will allow you to stream media via an internet connection (Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music, etc.), as well as some recommendation on cloud-based storage.
Downloading & Offline Music Library Management
Info on how to use apps and software that will allow you to download media and store it on your computer or mobile device (with or without iTunes).
A Note About Photos & Videos
Most of this page is dedicated to managing audio. However, video and photos can play a role in both the studio and home environment (we live in a multimedia world).