“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 5 to 17.
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’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 did master's work in instructional systems design for adult learners at George Washington University. He taught management and supervision at regional banks and technology companies in the Washington, DC area before bringing his family to Kansas in the late nineties. John has also managed customer support functions in London, designed light aircraft, and most recently was Director of the Composite Materials Laboratory for the Department of Aerospace Engineering at KU.
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 wants to show people of all ages and levels of experience how to unlock their innate musicality. As he loves to say, “If I can do it, anyone can!”
Play in a world - class facility
This is not just another piano studio. 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 the first phase of 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 lobby.
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.
The next phase is now under construction. This phase will add another sound-isolated classroom, a coffee sales area, and an expanded lobby. The drawing below shows the existing space (top half of drawing) and the spaces that are now under construction. The pictures show the rooms that are in use at this time.
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
Keys of Joy! Studio 1540 Wakarusa Drive Suite SE Lawrence KS 66047 785-856-4400