Anybody Can Play: About Us
EZ in PRESCHOOL
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.
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.