Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
Robin Thorpe Piano Studio offers piano lessons featuring the Simply Music method in Franklin, TN. Simply Music is a revolutionary, Australian-developed piano learning method that offers a breakthrough in Music education. This remarkable approach has students of all ages playing great-sounding contemporary, classical, gospel, blues and accompaniment pieces - immediately - from their very first lessons! Simply Music is based on the premise that all human beings are naturally musical.
In contrast to traditional methods, the Simply Music program uses an entirely new and far more natural approach, and focuses on the sheer fun of playing music. Traditional lessons, for the most part, require that students first learn to read music as the means of learning how to play. This 'read first, play later' approach is slow and frustrating, and far too many students never acquire the ability to play. In fact, many lose their desire to learn altogether.
Simply Music students learn to play first and read later. By delaying the reading process, beginning students are free to relate directly to the piano. Within a short time they easily and naturally begin to establish a 'hands-on' and personal 'feeling' for the instrument while building a play-list that includes many styles, as well as play chords and accompaniments. After building a repertoire of 30 to 50 pieces covering a broad range of musical styles, students go on to learn how to read music. Their ability to play effortlessly provides a powerful foundation for learning the more formal aspects of music education.
Robin invites you to contact her to learn more about this amazing program and to begin playing TODAY! Your musical journey is the journey of a lifetime, and Robin is carrying out the Simply Music mission.... creating A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE PLAYS!
My Musical Education Background
Robin Black Thorpe can not remember a point in her life where music was not a source of joy and inspiration. Growing up in the small town of Fort Payne, AL (home of the legendary country music band, ALABAMA and sock capitol of the world!) there really wasn’t much else to do but sit back and enjoy the music. Robin started playing the piano around the age of 4. Her entire family plays the piano including her grandmother who was church organist, her mother who is an avid organist and pianist, and her aunt who majored in music at Auburn University (WAR EAGLE!) and currently serves as organist to her church as well as an accompanist for Huntington College in Montgomery, AL. However, it took many years for Robin to develop the love that she currently has for music. She wrestled and threw many temper tantrums to get out of “practicing” the piano. But, she is glad that her parents stood their ground and insisted that she continue her lessons.
Robin attended Judson College for two years where she was selected as Outstanding Freshman Music Major and Outstanding Sophomore Music Major. But, it was at Belmont University that she really felt at home. Surrounded by all of the music and talent, Robin pursued a Bachelors of Liberal Studies Degree with a focus in Musical Theatre. Robin traveled from Tennessee to Florida and then to Arkansas with her husband as he pursued his career as a collegiate basketball coach, but never lost her love for theater and participated in shows everywhere she went. Favorite roles include “Val” in A Chorus Line and “Iola Stover” in Parade. But, her heart kept calling her back to Tennessee. Currently residing in Franklin, TN, she enjoys being close to Nashville with all the culture and art that it has to offer, taking in as many shows as possible and listening to all of the up and coming “Nashville Stars”. As an Accredited Teacher for Simply Music, Robin hopes to instill that love of music into all of her students, both young and old. This studio is her dream and passion and she wants others to realize their dreams. And, hopefully not pitch any temper tantrums through the learning “process”.
Genres and Subjects Taught
I teach piano using the Simply Music Piano Method.
Lesson rates vary depending on Shared or Private. Discounts are offered for multiple family members taking as well. Please call for a quote.
Materials = $50 per level, plus supplemental materials ranging from $15-30 needed 2-3 times/yr
*Private lessons are offered only at the teacher’s discretion.*
**Homeschool Discount is available for lessons scheduled
Mon. - Fri. before 3 pm**
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
Ages 6 to 106 (no, I don't have a student that age,
but bring me one and I promise I can teach them)!
For students younger than 6, special consideration
will be made depending on the student and the level
of parental assistance available.
My Certifications and Awards
Accredited Simply Music Teacher
My Musical Influences
Everyone and Everything MUSICAL! I Love Music!
Lessons with Nashville area Robin Thorpe Piano Studios are fun. Our group lessons allow me to interact with friends while learning fun songs. Many of the songs we learn are familiar like Fur Elise and Greensleeves. I've been playing for about 10 months.
After just 10 months of playing with this Nashville area instructor, I am playing Carol of the Bells, Jolly Old St Nic, Greensleeves, Scarborough Faire and other songs I never imagined.
“I can play songs and I’m only in Kindergarten! Ms. Robin taught me how to play!”
I like taking piano lessons with Mrs. Robin. It's fun. Come join us.
Piano lessons with Robin using the Simply Music methodology has been a family experience. We have enjoyed learning almost half a dozen songs and writing several compositions in the first three months. Having a common goal and activity has been a benefit for my two oldest children who ate having to learn to share, encourage, take suggestions, and triumph in each others successes. As well, it had been fun for me as I was not a successful piano student as a child... Getting frustrating and dropping out several times. We all look forward to Thursday's with Robin!
"About 8 months ago, as my Husband and I were shopping for a piano, we had the good fortune to meet Robin as she was giving a Simply Music lesson. If we hadn't met Robin on that day, our children were destined for traditional piano lessons. Fortunately, Robin had room for two more students and we started lessons. From the very beginning the children were taught to play with both hands. Eight months later, they have a long list of complex songs that they play with both hands and without the need to look at "sheet music". Additionally, as part of the program, both children have composed several original pieces, including lyrics! Their songs are hilarous. When they are in class Robin teaches music theory in such a way that the children don't even realize they are learning. Everything they do is incorporated into a fun and interactive environment. My one warning to anyone entering a Simply Music lesson: Leave all experience and thoughts based on traditional piano lessons at home! Simply Music is an incredible program and I feel very blessed that my children get to learn this way."