FAQs

  What ages do you teach? Am I too old to start music lessons?

Beginning or starting over?  It’s never too late to start. I teach students from ages 18 to 80 (and above).

It’s a common misconception that music lessons are exclusively for young children. If you’re feeling tentative or shy about going back to school as an adult, realize that choosing to grow and expand yourself in a new direction is one of the most mature, responsible, and “adult” decisions you can make.

My specialty is making music lessons accessible to everyone in their busy 21st Century lives. I don’t demand hours and hours of practice, recitals, competitions, or exams because I want you to make music for your own reasons. If it’s fun and rewarding, and challenging in a positive way, you will spend however much time you can practicing without me setting some arbitrary goal.

You really have no idea just how much music lessons will enhance your life and well-being. Don’t assume that it is just a “leisure activity” or underestimate its importance. Although piano lessons can be relaxing, fun, and challenging in a good way, the benefits you will reap go well beyond learning that song you always wanted to play.

  I've taken lessons before. Will I learn anything new?

Perhaps you’ve taken some piano lessons in the past, but stopped because the experience was not a good one.  Maybe you’re still playing, but just don’t feel like you are getting anywhere with your current teacher or method.  Now is your chance to take advantage of a new, revolutionary approach to playing the piano which will have you playing amazing, mature-sounding songs with both hands immediately, from your very first lessons.  Find out more.

  What kind of music will I be learning?

The lessons will include:

* Music in a variety of styles – classical, contemporary, blues

* Accompaniment – playing chords and rhythm while someone else provides the melody by singing or playing another instrument.

* Improvisation and Composition – in a supportive environment, students will learn to create their own music at the piano.

In the beginning, all students follow the same curriculum.  As you get further into the lessons, you will be able to start selecting your own songs to learn, in addition to the music from the program.

  Do you offer online lessons? How do online lessons work?

Yes, I do offer online lessons.  Virtual piano lessons don’t require an entire suite of tools to get going.  In fact, you probably already have everything you need.  This setup requires a slightly different approach to more basic video conferencing.  I’ll show you how to overcome the hurdles.

  Do I need to buy a piano or is a keyboard okay?

You will need an instrument to practice on, but a keyboard is just fine.  You can find out more about beginner keyboard recommendations here.

  How much is tuition for Simply Music piano lessons?

This link has more information about determining the value of different types of piano lessons and also contains a link to the Financial Policies page.

  What is your musical background?

My name is Cara Morgan and I have a Bachelor of Educational Studies in Music from the University of Missouri. I am also a licensed Simply Music Piano Teacher. I’ve been playing piano since I was very young and I really do consider the piano the love of my life. I also play flute and some of my favorite moments have involved playing both instruments for musical theatre productions (sometimes in the same show).

I really think that music is wonderful world and it’s one that I love exploring with my students. My goal as a piano teacher is to help my students experience the same joy and satisfaction I’ve experienced through a lifetime of playing the piano.