Tuesday, August 6, 2019

2019 Calendar

2019 Calendar

March:  Mini Recitals/Group Classes (Students Only)
March 6, 6-7 pm – Piano, Primer A and B and Early Grade 1 students
March 13, 6-7 pm-Piano, Late Grade 1 and Grade 2 and above students
March 20, 6-7 pm-All Voice Students
March 27, 6-7 pm-All Violin Students
April 3, 6-7 pm-All Guitar and Ukulele Students

Spring Break:  No Lessons April 15-19

Spring Recital:  Sunday June 9, 2:30 pm, Carlton Senior Living, 6915 Elk Grove Blvd. Elk Grove 95758

Summer Break: No Lessons July 1-5

Fall: TBD

Winter Recital: Sunday December 15, 2:30 pm, Carlton Senior Living, 6915 Elk Grove Blvd. Elk Grove 95758

Winter Break:  December 23 – January 3

Monday, March 12, 2018


Assistant Music Producer Program
Do you want to learn to produce music performances?

Assistant Music Producers will learn:
Leadership skills – greet students and families and direct other students where to sit, where to put their instruments, when it is their turn to perform
Organizing skills – put together performance schedules and carry them out on the day of the performance
Performance Tech skills – tune instruments, adjust mics and volume

Must be 12 years or older
Must attend lessons and practice regularly
Must attend each recital, arrive early for set up and leave late after tear down
Follow recital dress code:  dress pants and shirts (or a dress for ladies)

Job Descriptions:
Assistant Greeter – Greet families and students.  Roll out the carpet and help get chairs for the audience.  Direct students where to put instruments and where to sit.
Assistant Tuner – Help other students tune their guitars, ukuleles and help Ms. Tonya tune violins.
Assistant Strings Director – Direct strings students to get their instruments ready for their parts in the recital.  Keep them quiet while other students are performing.  Direct them when to stay quiet and when it’s okay to go back to their seats.
Assistant Tech #1 Adjust mics, music stands and chairs in between students.  Help students open books and put them on stands or on piano.
Assistant Tech #2 – Cue the music for each student and adjust the volume for music and mics.
Assistant Program Director- Help Ms. Tonya carry out the recital program schedule.  Prep students to when it is their turn, check names off the list after students have their turn, and help Ms. Tonya direct the other assistants.

This is a great learning opportunity and will look awesome on your resume!

Sign up with Ms. Tonya to become an A.M.P. today!

Monday, January 29, 2018

2018 Calendar

Strings, Keys and Melodies
2018 Calendar

Recital:  Saturday, March 3, 2:00 p.m. at
The Commons, 9564 Sabrina Lane, Elk Grove 95758

Spring Break:  No Lessons March 26-30

Recital:  Sunday, May 6, 2:30 p.m. at
Carlton Senior Living, 6915 Elk Grove Blvd. Elk Grove 95758

Summer Break:  No Lessons July 2 – 6

Recital:  Saturday, August 4, 2:00 p.m. at
ACC Greenhaven Terrace, 1180 Corporate Way, Sacramento 95831

Recital:  Saturday, October 6, 2:00 p.m. at
The Commons, 9564 Sabrina Lane, Elk Grove, 95758

Recital:  Sunday, December 2, 2:30 p.m. at
Carlton Senior Living, 6915 Elk Grove Blvd. Elk Grove 95758

Winter Break:  No Lessons December 24 – January 4

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Our Year of Music 2017

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

Last summer, we had a fun incentive program called Summer Bingo.  The students made bingos as they completed different musical activities such as practicing at home, putting on mini-concerts for family, listening to certain composers on YouTube, and composing their own songs.

In August, we had our Summer Recital at Camden Springs Retirement Home.  We had a great turn out even though it was the middle of summer!  And the students played beautifully!

As the school year began in September, we took the time to get to know one another with a “Music Friend” sheet that had space for listing our favorite things plus a musical goal.  It’s so important for all students to know why they are playing an instrument and where they want to be in a few months.

In October we held our Fall Recital at a new retirement home, The Commons.  The home has a beautiful grand piano that was a great experience to play!  Recitals give our students a chance to play for other people as well as an incentive to perfect their pieces.

In November we continued to have our regular lessons and worked on note reading, rhythm counting and clapping, and interval naming.

We held our Winter Recital in December at The Carlton Senior Living.  Our students did another outstanding job! Most of the pieces were Christmas songs, which our audience loved.  

For the New Year in January we all wrote out 3 new musical goals for the next semester.  Some of the goals included practicing every day, composing their own pieces, learning a certain number of songs or just enjoying music more!  We will be going over those goals this week to see how many we completed!

In March we played our recital to a packed house at The Meadows.  The students played their music while many people listened from all the way outside the doorway!

In April, we voted for the Spring Recital’s theme.  Pop and Rock won and everyone began picking and choosing their favorite songs.  It was fun and a great learning experience to get out of our regular books to try something different and maybe a bit harder than usual!

This Sunday, May 7, we held our Spring Recital at Camden Springs.  The students did another fantastic job playing their Pop and Rock songs!  I was so impressed with how well everyone played, their rhythm was super!  The crowd really enjoyed the selection of songs.

This week, I will also be leading the Spring Fling at Jessie Baker Elementary School, a school for students with special needs.  I have taught Music and Movement classes at Jessie Baker twice a week this school year (for a total of 5 years now).  Each class gets to choose their special song.  Then I teach them dance moves and we work on it all year long.  They get to show off their dances at the Spring Fling.  This performance is very special to them, the teachers and me!

This summer, we will continue to have our regular lessons working on learning new songs, practicing reading music, naming intervals, recognizing rhythms, memorizing scales, arpeggios and chords, plus other music theory.  We will learn these by playing songs as well as playing fun games and activities.  

This year, I have continued my music education by expanding my instrument knowledge! My instruments now include:  piano, voice, violin, guitar, ukulele, pennywhistle and the electric guitar.  I have purchased a large amount of new music for all of those instruments for me and my students.  I have also been taking music courses through The Great Courses by music professor Robert Greenberg, a wonderful professor who has taught at UC Berkeley as well as the San Francisco Conservatory and other great Universities.

I love music, learning new music and musical instruments and teaching my students to love music too!  I look forward to another great year of music with all of you!

Ms. Tonya

Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 Calendar

Strings, Keys and Melodies 
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