My musical career began when I signed up for violin lessons at my elementary school at age 9. Though my parents had their doubts I would continue after the first year, I was an enthusiastic student. When I hit middle school though, I lost interest in my violin (in Simply Music® we call this a “valley” experience) and was lost and bewildered in my junior high orchestra class. An experienced violinist in my orchestra class became my violin friend and weekend teacher and that small gesture renewed my interest. I began playing in the Youth Orchestra and from there I kept moving up. I eventually took lessons from the concert master of our local symphony orchestra and when I was 16, I auditioned and was accepted as a member in the symphony orchestra in our community. After high school I began college as a music major and graduated from California State University, Sacramento with my BA in music performance.
Some benchmarks that I achieved along the way are attendance at Pacific Music Camp (summer music program) at University of Pacific in Stockton, winner of the Press Democrat Etude scholarship award in Santa Rosa, member of the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra and playing in that orchestra with Itzak Pearlman as soloist. This last benchmark I remember vividly.
Fast forward to years later to when I found Simply Music®. As I was raising my children in Concord, I taught both violin and traditional piano students. I was introduced to Simply Music® in 2006 and was immediately impressed by how easy it was to learn and memorize songs (memorization was very much a struggle for me in piano!). I loved the many supplementary programs that Simply Music® offered to its students: composition, arranging, composing, blues and improvisation, accompaniment and jazz. What a difference from the traditional way of learning piano! Song after song was easily accessed and to my joy, I could memorize everything without a glitch! I converted all my students from traditional to Simply Music® without ever looking back. In 2013, my teaching status changed from certified to advanced teacher of Simply Music®.
My home studio is in Concord where I live with my husband, Ted, and our miniature American Eskimo/Spaniel, Bella. I have two grown children who live in Concord. My husband and I enjoy gardening, cooking organic food recipes and taking trips to the mountains and beach.
“It is a night and day difference between the desire to practice pre-gdb (Ginny Blair) and now. Not a squeal! And she's happy to sit down and play for guests! You can quote me on this! You chose a good method to use. And you are great - Grace really likes you. So do I.”
After spending a couple of years learning to read notes, I became very frustrated, because it wasn't easy for me to remember songs and I was barely able to play a song without the music in front of me. With the Simply Music Program I've now memorized over 20 songs an can play them anytime and anywhere. This is a fun program and I totally recommend it for all ages! Ginny is a wonderful instructor and she has the patience of a Saint!"
"I was thrilled to find this approach to teaching piano. My kids are engaged in the way that a mom dreams about. No more fighting about practice or continuing lessons. They love it and are becoming so confident in their ability. This program sets them up for success. Their self-esteem benefits when they play for friends and family. They want to practice because they can have success in ways that usually take years. If you have a kid who wants to practice and will sit and play just for fun; you have a winning program. We love Ginny! She is a great teacher; very patient and flexible. Thank you Ginny!
~Audra Cabote, mother or Mirra and Brent~
"Ginny Blair is quite simply a magician! Since our daughter Viviana started taking piano lessons in December of 2012, her love of music has grown exponentially and her natural musical ability has flourished. Along with her ever-increasing ability and passion for learning, her repertoire now includes well over 30 songs and arrangements that she proudly plays for friends and family. We also can't say enough about the Simply Music program, which encourages learning by making it fun and easy to master the basics and build a foundation upon which a lifetime of music will flourish. The pride we feel as parents as we witness the development of our young musician is a testament to Ginny's talent for inspiring her students (and their parents) and also to her patience, kind heart and delightful teaching techniques that never cease to amaze!"
~Mel Bearns - Father of Viviana (age 8)~
"My four year old daughter and I loved taking Play-a-Story with Ginny. It was perfect because she had fun and enjoyed the stories while she was learning chords and techniques. Now she is five years old and starting Simply Music, and she is really enjoying learning the songs. She still loves to improvise and make up her own songs every time she is at the piano. This is the opposite of how I learned piano as a kid, and it's fantastic."
~Marie Rivello Avila~