Your former piano teacher might not approve, but thousands have learned the secret of how to play piano without reading music. If you’ve ever wondered how it’s done, mark Nov. 25 on your calendar. That’s when the Belle Plaine Community Education brings in Kris Simonson to teach the nationally renowned “How To Play Piano in Three Hours” workshop. It will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Simonson’s approach reveals how the pros play. He has extensive experience as a professional pianist and instructor.  Having taught piano privately for many years, Simonson will share piano players’ tricks of the trade.

For over 22 years this workshop has brought seldom taught and highly sought after information to more than 200,000 nationwide. 

“While the classical approach stresses discipline and precision in playing, this approach stresses enjoyment and getting great sounds early on,” Simonson says. “While precision is vital for classical music, this ‘pain free’ method is more suitable for pop music of all kinds, from Broadway to Rhythm and Blues.” 

Simonson’s class materials are accessible and practical, and allow a person with little or no experience to start on the road to – and eventually achieve – professional playing skills.  While knowing how to read the treble clef is a good foundation, many students take the workshop with no prior piano experience.

Students will learn how to use chords instead of traditional note-by-note music reading.  They’ll learn to use sheet music in an entirely new way that is extremely simple, and they’ll discover many of the magical shortcuts that the pros use to enhance their playing.

Simonson promises that after this workshop, each student will know how to play any pop tune with both hands using this system.

For more information on the cost of the class or to register, call Belle Plaine Community Education at 952-873-2411.