Palisades Music School was founded by Jy Gronner, a conservatory-trained pianist, award-winning teacher, performer, and multi-instrumentalist. We offer year-round workshops, summer camps, and a growing array of weekly instrumental lessons, including piano, keyboard, guitar, 'ukulele, and voice. Though our dynamic faculty is a draw for many, we specialize in Simply Music, the revolutionary Australian-developed piano program that has children, teens, adults and seniors playing great-sounding classical, popular, blues, and accompaniment pieces immediately -- from their very first lessons!

I have seen a lot of music programs
over the years. Some were fun.
Some were clever. Some were thorough.
Here’s one that has it all.
In terms of presentation, effectiveness,
philosophy - you name it - there’s
nothing out there that compares at all.
— Mary Pride, Publisher, Practical Homeschool Magazine



The first step is for parents and adult students to attend a no-obligation Free Introductory Session. Children over the age of eight may attend (but are not required to attend).  At the Session, you will learn how we are obtaining our remarkable results, take part in a demonstration (learn a piece of music), and hear about the lesson structure, curriculum, fees, and scheduling.

The Free Introductory Session lasts one hour. We highly encourage both parents to attend the Session. There will be an opportunity to enroll in weekly lessons (though there is absolutely no obligation). 

Saturday, August 19 -- 2:00pm

Saturday, August 26 -- 2:00pm

Saturday, September 9 -- 2:00pm

Saturday, September 16 -- 2:00pm

Saturday, September 23 -- 2:00pm

My daughter is only 7 years old with no previous music knowledge.
Our experience has absolutely surpassed our expectations.
Recently she played a well-known song in front of 100 people
and she brought the house down.
— Marsha Goodstein, parent

Guitar, 'Ukulele, voice

For more information, call 310 454 1045.

It is such a joy to hear my daughter playing and singing at the top of her lungs!
— Jean Johnson, parent

About Simply Music

Simply Music is a revolutionary piano and keyboard program that offers a breakthrough in music education. This unique method has children, teens, adults and seniors playing great-sounding blues, classical, contemporary and accompaniment pieces – immediately – from their very first lessons. 

From the very beginning, this innovative system has you playing a huge variety of music, composing, improvising, arranging, playing accompaniment, classical, blues and jazz, understanding theory and reading music - all through the lens of Simply Music’s unique approach.

Listen to the creator of Simply Music, Neil Moore.



"... your system is one of the most superb I’ve encountered                                   in 30 years of adult education."

Michael Zeiler, adult student




Simply Music’s Fundamental Goal
Our Fundamental Goal is openly declared and distinct from traditional methods.  The content of our method and the standards of measure applied to our curriculum as a whole, are dictated by this goal:
To maximize the likelihood of students acquiring and retaining music as a lifelong companion.

                                                                     Simply Music’s Specific Goals
As a part of this Fundamental Goal, there are four Specific Goals around which our program and methodology are centered.  Our aim is for students to:

  • Experience their musicianship as a natural self-expression;
  • Play a vast repertoire covering a broad array of musical styles and genres;
  • Develop the ability to self-generate, i.e. the ability to progress independently.  This includes developing a foundation of music reading, writing, composition, improvisation, arrangement, structure and theory, etc.;
  • Have a highly positive, self-affirming experience throughout the music learning process.

Explore Simply Music.

Jy Gronner

Founder and Director, Piano

Jy Gronner began playing at age six and was trained in piano in Oxford, England, and piano and conducting at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In addition, Jy earned a Bachelor of Fun Arts at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown College.

As a Simply Music teacher, Jy has achieved Advanced Teacher status, was named International Teacher of the Month in 2010, authored a chapter in the book A World Where Everyone Plays, presents regularly at conferences, is a Simply Music-endorsed coach, and has co-authored organization-wide teacher training and student home materials.

Jy owned and operated a studio in Marin County for eight years before opening a second studio in Pacific Palisades, California, where she combines her skill as an experienced teacher of all ages with her passion for music.  She loves to be a regular witness to the almost ineffable joy experienced by students as they find new ways to express themselves emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Guy Clearwater

Piano, Music Production

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Guy Clearwater was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and was not only surrounded by music since his birth, but was raised on Simply Music:  Having started Simply Music piano lessons at age seven, he also plays drums and violin, produces music, and is an aspiring DJ.  
Guy holds the distinction of having become Simply Music's youngest teacher when he was certified at age sixteen. Now held in high esteem by the teacher community, and continuously growing in popularity among students, Guy possesses exceptional musical knowledge and a unique ability to communicate that knowledge. 
Guy’s passion is composing, improvising, and creating new arrangements of classical, contemporary, and blues pieces.  He loves making an active contribution to students’ discovery of their musical creativity.

Gaetano Grippo

Guitar, 'Ukulele


Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Gaetano “Guy” Grippo began his love affair with the guitar at the age of eleven.  By the time he reached high school, he was playing in bands and learning to feed his ever-evolving musical palate -- which grew to include various rock styles, blues, jazz, and more. 

An internship in his senior year of high school led him to discover a passion -- and innate knack -- as a teacher.  After graduating from the University of Maryland, Guy taught at a music school before relocating to Los Angeles to study at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, to perform, and to continue to develop his growing skills as an instructor.

Lucy Clearwater

Voice, ‘Ukulele, Guitar

Lucy Clearwater

With two musicians for parents, Lucy Clearwater has spent most of her life learning, composing, performing, and teaching music.

She has enjoyed success as an award-winning singer and songwriter (local "Idol” winner; California 1st place winner and USA second place winner (age 13): PTA's "Reflections" national songwriting contest), had numerous leading roles in professional-level musicals (including starring in a critically-acclaimed production of Les Miserables), and toured with an award-winning youth orchestra as a first violinist.

Lucy realized her natural ability to share her knowledge at a young age, formally beginning her teaching career at 13 years old.  She quickly became a sought-after instructor of voice, violin, ukulele, and guitar, eventually specializing in preparing students for auditions in musical theatre, contests, ensemble placements, etc.

Lucy recently relocated from the San Francisco area to pursue her career in LA as a singer-songwriter, recording artist, and teacher — continuing to grow her fan base and finish her first album.


We are conveniently located in downtown Pacific Palisades.
881 Alma Real Drive, Suite T-28
Pacific Palisades, California  90272

For more information, call 310 454 1045 or email info@palisadesmusicschool.com

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