Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 Calendar

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2017 Calendar

Recital:  Saturday, March 4, 2:30 pm at
The Meadows, 9325 East Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove

Spring Break – No Lessons- April 10-14

Recital:  Sunday, May 7, 2:00 pm at
Camden Springs, 8476 Sheldon Rd, Elk Grove

Summer Break – No Lessons – July 3 – 7

Recital: Saturday, August 5, 2 pm at
ACC Greenhaven Terrace, 1180 Corporate Way, Sacramento, 95831

Recital: Saturday, October 7, 2:30 pm at
The Commons, 9564 Sabrina Lane, Elk Grove, 95758

Recital:  Sunday, December 3, 2 pm at
Carlton Senior Living, 6915 Elk Grove Blvd. Elk Grove

Winter Break – No Lessons – December 25 – January 5

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fall Calendar 2016

Fall Calendar 2016

Fall Recital – Saturday, October 22, 2:30 pm (please arrive at 2:15 for tuning) at

The Commons, 9564 Sabrina Lane, Elk Grove, 95758

Thanksgiving Break – Thursday November 24 and Friday November 25.  We will reschedule Thursday and Friday students.  Lessons will be as usual on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of that week!

Winter Recital – Sunday, December 4, 2:30 pm (please arrive at 2:15 for tuning) at

Carlton Senior Living Elk Grove, 6915 Elk Grove Blvd. Elk Grove, 95758

Winter Break – December 17- January 1 (no lessons). Lessons will resume January 2, 2017.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

An Exciting Year of Learning at Strings, Keys and Melodies

We have had another great year at Strings, Keys and Melodies!

Last Summer, we had several summer camps including Mind Craft - music theory games and Dancing with the Stars-a week of choreography and dance.  We had a fun time learning and getting to know our fellow musicians.

In September we began our monthly incentive program.  Each month we kept track of
Composing and Improvising
Learning New Songs,
New Scales, Arpeggios and Chords,
Listening challenges,
Memorized songs,
Rhythm cups and Boomwhackers,
Ear training,
Review Pieces,
Performing for others,
Naming and playing notes.
Every time a student completed 6 challenges they would get their name on the "completed list" for that month and received a prize from the prize box!

In October we held our first recital at The Meadows. The first recital of the year was a great success!

In December we held our recital at Camden Springs.  The students did a great job composing and improvising Christmas and Winter inspired songs!

In January, each student wrote out the goals they wanted to complete this semester.  It is exciting to check them off and see what they have accomplished!

In April we had another recital at The Meadows.  Many people complimented our students on how they are improving and doing such a great job!

In May we will have our Spring Recital on the 21st at Camden Springs.  Our theme for this recital is  
azz, Blues and Ragtime.  It will be great!

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my private students, I taught Music and Movement Classes at Jessie Baker School in Elk Grove.  The students at Jessie Baker range in age from 5 - 21 years old and have special needs.  They love music and treat me like a rock star!  In April, we had our Spring Fling.  Each class chose a popular song.  Then we put together dances and costumes to these songs which they performed for the entire school plus friends and family!

In June, I will be the guest at an annual banquet where I will be leading and teaching 
songs and activities with Boomwhackers! Our students love Boomwhackers and I am excited to share these instruments with adults too!  We will be doing songs but also rhythm activities that I plan on sharing with our students over the summer.

This summer, our students will continue to learn music theory with hands on games.  We will continue to work on composing and improvising.  We will also be focusing on rhythm cups and boomwhackers.

As a teacher, I will continue to look for new and exciting music teaching ideas, games and songs.  I have several books that I plan on reading, including Intelligent Music Teaching. And I will continue to read and interact with other music teachers through blogs and other media. I have also been expanding my instrument collection to include autoharp, violin, ukulele and pennywhistle in addition to my piano, guitar and singing!

Thank you for being a part of our music family!  I love making music together! 

Ms. Tonya

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Spring Calendar 2016

Saturday, February 20, 2 pmPerformance at Windsor Elk Grove Care and Rehabilitation Center,
9461 Batey Ave., Elk Grove, 95624

Saturday, April 9, 2 pm: Performance at The Meadows Assisted Living,
9325 East Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove, 95624

Spring Break – No Lessons- March 20 - 26

Spring Recital, Saturday, May 21, 2 pmPerformance at Camden Springs Retirement Home, 8476 Sheldon Rd. Elk Grove, 95624

Monday, August 10, 2015

New Group Classes! Plus Fall 2015 Calendar!

Fall Calendar 2015
Strings, Keys and Melodies

New Group Classes!
Dancing Like a Star – Explore dancing and moving to the music in order to become better musicians. 1 hr/wk $70/month
Choose between Tuesdays 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm OR Thursdays 4 pm – 5 pm

Sweet Melodies Choir – Learn proper singing and perform with a group.  Our choir will prepare special songs to sing at recitals and other settings! 1 hr/wk $70/month
Thursdays 5 pm – 6 pm

Recitals - Save these dates!
October 24, 2 pm at The Meadows Assisted Living, 9325 East Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove, 95624

December 12, 2 pm at Camden Springs, 8476 Sheldon Rd. Elk Grove, 95624

Labor Day, September 7 – Monday students will be rescheduled during the week.

Thanksgiving – November 26, 27 – All Thursday and Friday students will be rescheduled.  Lessons will be held as scheduled Monday – Wednesday.

Winter Break – December 19 – January 3.  Lessons will resume January 4.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Students at Strings, Keys, and Melodies Complete the Sentence, "This Year I..."

A few weeks ago, I had my students think about what they had accomplished this year in their music classes.  I gave them a paper with the words "This year I..." written on it along with a stick figure.  Each of them took the time to think about what they had learned and accomplished this past year.  Then they colored the stick figure to make it look like themselves.

I taped the pictures on my front door.  The students and I love reading what everyone wrote and looking at their self portraits.  I wanted to share this with parents and readers so that you can enjoy what they came up with too!  

I am very proud of my students.  We really worked hard this year and made a lot of great music!

Monday, April 27, 2015

FAQ About the Extra Special Summer Classes and Why Our Students Should Be a Part of It All!

This Summer, we will be holding some pretty special Summer Classes that all of our students should attend!

During our regular half hour lessons, we learn to play music games, do ear training, practice rhythms, go over musical symbols, learn new scales and arpeggios, review old songs, learn new songs, compose.....We cover so much!  

But to help everyone really grasp these important concepts, we are going to spend time this summer practicing music theory concepts, rhythms and beats, and composing in fun, exciting ways.  And the best part...We are going to do it together with our friends!

FAQ # 1  Will there still be regular music lessons?
Yes!  Rachel and I will still be teaching our regular lessons throughout the summer.  These classes are in addition to our regular lessons.

#2 What will the classes cover?
In June, we will be teaching the class Mind Craft, which will focus on playing music theory, ear training, note reading and rhythm games to help us really remember all of those important concepts.  Everyone could use practice reading notes!

In July, we will be Dancing with the Stars!  This class will focus on exploring music with our whole bodies as we do choreographed dances to current pop songs as well as a few classical pieces.  We will learn a new dance routine at each class.  This will help our students grasp rhythm and beat which is extremely important for musicians!!

In August, we will be Musical Ninja Warriors as we train ourselves to compose and create original songs and lyrics.  Every creative musician needs to explore creating new sounds and combinations of tones and rhythms.  

#3 When will these classes be held?
Every Wednesday morning from 10 am to 12 pm in June, July and August.

#4 What is the tuition?
Well, the more classes that you sign up for the more you save!
1 session is $80 per student
Choose any 2 sessions and it is $155 per student
Choose all 3 sessions and the tuition is $230 per student.
Remember this is for 2 hours of musical instruction every week!

#5 Can we invite our friends and family?
Yes, definitely!  These classes are intended for students up to about 12 years old. No prior musical experience necessary.  Please tell your friends and family about these classes!

Let me know if you have any questions!
Ms. Tonya