“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, John Hunter, Molly Cole, Alexandra Hernandez, and Nathalie Klasky, are the studio's instructors.
We now help more than 100 students of all ages express their natural musicality and we are the fastest growing piano studio in the region. In fact, we have enrolled 86 students in the first 8 months of this year! About 30% of our students are adults ages 18 and up; the rest are children ages 4 to 17.
Evan is not your typical piano teacher. Evan studied music 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 studied film and early childhood educational psychology. John designed and taught supervisory development classes for banks and technology companies and supervised call centers. Most recently, John was Director of the Composite Materials Laboratory for the Department of Aerospace Engineering at KU from 2008 to 2016.
John has loved classical and pop music for many years and often wished that he could play his favorite tunes. 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 express their innate musicality. John's students range from 4 1/2 to 75 years old and he loves to say, “If I can do it, anyone can!”
Molly Cole, Instructor, Simply Music Piano
Molly’s passion for music began early in her childhood. Both of her parents play instruments, her father sings, one of her siblings takes Simply Music piano, and music fills her home. Molly began classical piano lessons at age 7 and violin, at age 10. Like her father, she loves to sing and performs in musicals and competitions, and she has sung with church worship teams at every opportunity. Molly especially enjoys playing movie and show soundtracks and she loves to make her own arrangements of favorite songs.
Molly composes original songs and her own lyrics for current and new music, as well. Simply Music has taken Molly’s creativity in new directions and she is excited to help her students express their musical creativity.
Alexandra Hernandez, Instructor, Simply Music Piano
Alex is from Costa Rica and she has been involved in music and visual arts from childhood, thanks to her parents who consider musical expression fundamental. Alex started piano classes at a young age and she sang in various school groups. Her dad taught her guitar and she played and sang for church worship bands. After moving to Lawrence with her husband, she opened a studio for pet photography in Lawrence, which she calls Serké Studio.
Alex became one of John's piano students nearly two years ago and fell in love with piano and the atmosphere of our studio. She completed Simply Music teacher training in 2017 and is now teaching a rapidly growing list of students.
As a photographer, Alex loves to capture the curious, silly and joyful nature of children, and as a parent, she loves playing the piano, singing, dancing and just having fun with her daughter. She wants her students to express that same joy and spontaneity with music!
Nathalie Klasky, Instructor, Play a Story
Nathalie grew up in Baxter, Minnesota. Creative to her core, Nathalie loves to paint with acrylics and watercolors, she creates projects with wood, she dances, and she plays the piano.
Nathalie is a certified Speech Language Pathology Assistant and she worked as a special needs educational assistant in the Minnesota Public Schools. She loves working with children and she is highly regarded for her patient, loving approach and for her endlessly creative ways of helping them learn. Nathalie moved to Lawrence in August and she launched our first Play a Story group this September!
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 69 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!
Our classrooms use new Kawai acoustic 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!
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!
Lobby looking toward the far wall. Classoom 2 is to the right.
Lobby looking toward the front windows
Lobby looking toward the piano lounge. Offices and Classroom 1 to the right.
Classroom 1 looking toward the lobby
Piano lounge, looking toward the stage
Piano lounge, looking toward the lobby
Attend a Free Introductory Session
FREE Introductory Sessions are fun, dynamic, and hands-on introductions to Simply Music. We'll show you how Neil Moore developed Simply Music, how it compares with traditional methods, and we'll even teach you how to play a song!
Fill out the form on the home page and we will call you, or call us at 785-856-4400 to set up your Free Introductory Session. Begin your journey into music today!
Keys of Joy! Studio 1540 Wakarusa Drive Suite SE Lawrence KS 66047 785-856-4400