Anybody Can Play

Anybody Can Play: About Us

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Anybody Can Play began nearly 40 years ago by Karla Hastings.  From the beginning she targeted the young learner which was not being done by very many at the time.  When the Irvine Study later published the benefits derived from early applied music she said it was like reading about her own background because she, unlike most of her generation, was exposed to very early applied music training and was in fact performing in public when she was three-years-old.  She always enjoyed math, sciences and languages in addition to her life-long love of music.

Intrigued with the learning process, Karla read Dr. Maria Montessori's books, Dr. Suzuki's books and others, and coupled with the memory of the way she learned to play and read as a young child developed a successful piano and violin curriculum for young children.  She had studio programs as well as pre-school programs in her area, then set up a pre-school piano program in the US and Canada for a major piano company in the late 1980's.  At that time she was using the latest technology for teaching back then - would you believe, audio cassette tapes!  She has continued her interest in available technology over the years and how best to use it.  

Mrs. Hastings is a conservatory trained musician who plays several instruments, was graduated summa cum laude (in languages) and is married with 5 children and many grandchildren.


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