“Simply Music redefines who is musical, and who is capable of teaching music.” Neil Moore,  founder of Simply Music

Keys of Joy! Studio was opened by Evan and his sister, Paige, in August 2011 with 12 students. Paige married in 2014 and now lives with her husband and her cat in Kansas City. Evan and his father, John are the studio's instructors.

 

We now help more than 60 students of all ages express their natural musicality.  We are the fastest growing piano studio in the area and about half our students are adults ages 18 and up; the other half are children ages 4 1/2 to 17.

Evan Hunter, Owner and Director, Instructor

Evan is not your typical piano teacher. Evan studied composition with the internationally renowned composer, James Barnes, and trumpet with Professor Stephen Leisring. Evan holds a bachelor's degree in music composition from the University of Kansas and he has played piano and trumpet since he was 12. He writes symphonic works for wind band and orchestra as well as pieces for small ensembles and choir. Evan has won the Claude T. Smith Award and the Lawner Prize for composition.

 

Evan tutors graduate students in music theory, writes music and arrangements for his church choir, and plays the trumpet for worship services. Some of Evan's compositions may be heard on SoundCloud here. One of these works, Pastorale, was played recently at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Overland Park and another composition, Majestic Overture, was played by the KU Symphony Orchestra at the Lied Center in Lawrence.

 

Evan loves to help students of all ages discover just how musical they really are.

John Hunter, Studio Manager, Instructor

John’s background is even less traditional than Evan's. John earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland where he focused on film and early childhood educational psychology. He studied early childhood educational psychology at the University of Maryland and taught Sunday School for young children in Maryland. John did master's work in instructional systems design for adult learners at George Washington University, has designed courses in employee management and supervision and performance appraisal and taught management and supervision at regional banks and technology companies in the Washington, DC area.  John has also managed municipal call center and customer support functions in London. Finally, John has designed, built and flown light aircraft. Most recently, John was Director of the Composite Materials Laboratory for the Department of Aerospace Engineering at KU from 2008 to 2016.

Under John's supervision, KU engineering students built large airborne radars that were installed on aircraft operated by NASA, NOAH and other organizations. These large systems survey the ice and snow covering Greenland and Antarctica and they study flora in the equatorial regions of our planet. John also helped design the new Composites Materials Laboratory which is part of M2SEC, the new Materials, Measurement and Sustainable Environment Center at the University of Kansas.

John has loved classical and pop music for many years and often wished that he could play his favorite tunes. John built and operated professional sound reinforcement systems for several churches and for his own enjoyment. He even tried to learn piano twice before, but failed both times. He had nearly given up when he heard of Simply Music.

 

Simply Music was a life-changing program. John began lessons seven years ago and he now has more than 100 songs of widely varying styles, including pop, classical, jazz, and even his own compositions in his active playlist. Simply Music has unlocked a gift that he didn’t even realize he possessed, and now John gets to show people of all ages and levels of experience how to unlock their innate musicality. John's students range from 4 1/2 to 75 years old and he is loves to say, “If I can do it, anyone can!”

A world - class facility

We built a new facility from the ground up for just one purpose: To enable you and yours to become musically expressed for a lifetime. To that end we operate a working piano lounge with seating for 55 people! Our students can play for friends, family and others who just happen to be in the lounge.

The lounge is equipped with a Steinway grand and digital instruments, has room for a small ensemble, and is equipped with state of the art Bose sound reinforcement systems. Our classrooms use modern digital pianos, HD video displays and Bose sound systems. There are no toy pianos in our studio!

No other studio in the area, outside of a university music department, provides the facility, equipment and outstanding methods that are offered at Keys of Joy!

We recently completed a major upgrade to the studio. Designed to support piano instruction and other musical activities that contribute to our students' enjoyment of learning how to play, our facility now includes a new classroom, a large piano lounge for learning and student performances, offices, new restrooms, and a spacious lobby and waiting area.

 

The studio is equipped with a Steinway grand, Yamaha digital pianos, large HD displays for instructional purposes, and Bose sound systems for musical events that are held in the piano lounge.

Piano lounge, looking toward the stage

Piano lounge, looking toward the lobby

Classroom 1 looking toward the lobby

Lobby looking toward the piano lounge. Offices and classroom to the right.

Lobby looking toward the far wall

Lobby looking toward the front windows

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FREE introductory session

Call us at 785-856-4400 or fill out this form and we will set up a fun, dynamic, and hands-on introduction to Simply Music. We'll show you how Neil Moore developed Simply Music, how it compares with traditional methods, and we'll demonstrate how it works. You or your kids will even learn how to play part of a song! Begin your journey into music today!

Keys of Joy! Studio 1540 Wakarusa Drive Suite SE Lawrence KS  66047 785-856-4400