Welcome to Keys of Joy! Studio

Play great-sounding music from your very first lessons
Learn 30-50 songs in your first year
Make the piano a companion for a lifetime

Come to one of our Free Piano Discovery Sessions and a mini lesson! Only a limited number of seats are available, so book your session today. Click the button, below, to book your no-cost Piano Discovery Session and Mini-Lesson.

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“My son and I are both so happy with Keys of Joy and the Simply Music program. After only three months of lessons, he can play 11 songs. He loves making up his own variations of the songs, and I hear him playing music several times a day. The teachers are kind and patient who make class fun!”

A. Woolverton

Hi! We are the teachers of Keys of Joy! Studio, and we’re glad you’re here. We use piano methods developed by Simply Music and Inner Musician, and these unique, playing-based approaches represent breakthroughs in music education. We are the only teachers in the area who can teach you to play 30 to 50 songs in your first year.

“This is a fabulous method! It’s fun and it makes sense! Our group is multigenerational with a variety of skill and experience. We have a great time and we are all learning SOOO much. The teacher is talented, kind and patient. I highly recommend the method and this studio!”

From ages 5 to 95, our students are playing it allBlues, Jazz, Classical, Pop, and Accompaniments, from their very first lessons. They improvise, compose their own music, and achieve results that are a quantum leap beyond what is possible with traditional lessons. Our students

  • Experience playing the piano as a natural self-expression,
  • Play a vast repertoire of great-sounding music,
  • Learn to teach themselves and progress on their own, and
  • Enjoy a highly positive experience, both in their lessons and when they practice at home.

This impressive growth places our students well on the way to making the piano a companion for a lifetime.

Some of our students are shown below, playing at a recent Open Mic Night, in the most beautiful and well-equipped studio in the region!

We offer in-person lessons Monday through Friday and new classes start frequently.

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Safety first..

To help keep you and yours safe in our studio, we have installed downdraft ventilation in all teaching and performance spaces, we run the HVAC fans continuously during teaching hours, and, we replace the air filters in our rooftop HVAC units four times a year, which is twice as often as usual. These steps substantially reduce the risk of catching colds or other airborne diseases and as of March 2022, there has not been a single case of COVID transmission within the studio.

Would you like to know more? Come to one of our Free Piano Discovery Sessions and a mini lesson! Only a limited number of seats are available, so book your session today. Click the button, below, to book your no-cost Piano Discovery Session and Mini-Lesson.

Need more reasons to learn piano? Check this out:

New research is pointing to music as the gateway to smarter kids.

While coding does allow for a great advantage when it comes to technology, it lacks many benefits that music provides. The argument to teach children code is that it helps them with their math and language skills. However, recent research carried out by MIT and published in the Journal of Neuroscience is now showing how powerful music can be on a child’s brain development.

According to the authors of the study, learning music during our early life makes the brain more connected, which in turn, makes their brains neurologically capable of many things, not just music.

“This study, among other studies, demonstrates how the human brain is shaped by experience,” explains co-author Lutz Jäncke to Inverse.

What they found in their study was that musical brains produce more structural and functional connections when compared to those who don’t learn music. And while music is one form of producing these connections, other research has shown that ballet, golf, and chess produce similar connections.

“The findings matter for any kind of expertise in all areas where one can improve through intensive, long-time training,” explained co-author Simon Leipold in a discussion with Inverse.

To carry out their study, the researchers had 103 professional musicians and 50 non-musicians go in for brain scans. Once the scans were taken, they were compared. What they found, was that the musicians all have “strikingly similar networks.’

Additionally, they had far more structural and functional connections than non-musicians, especially in the areas that were connected to speech and sound.

Another factor that played a major role was how early the musicians had begun learning music. “The earlier the musicians had started with musical practice, the stronger these connectivities,” Jäncke says.

Their takeaway was that early music training could help children to develop stronger neural pathways and, in turn, make them smarter. “If someone told me then about the possibility of changing the wiring of my brain, I might have spent more time practicing the piano and less time on the soccer field,” Leipold says.

And to be honest, I believe I would do the same! If you have a child, and you are wanting the best and most balanced life for them, based on this study, it seems music is the way to go.