Sept. 26, 1:00 meet at Magic Flute to pick an instrument.
Oct. 3 Class begins
Dec. 17, 4:00 Winter concert
June 3, 4:00 Spring concert

Tonia Ganzhorn

Tonia Ganzhorn

Students ages 9 and up are invited to choose a wind instrument, either flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, or trombone.  (Please ask if you are interested in an instrument not listed.)  Students will learn the correct embouchure (shape of the mouth) for their instrument.  They will learn correct breathing techniques, how to read music, and basic music theory.  They will learn to play as an ensemble with their peers.

Each band member needs an instrument, Standards of Excellence, Book 1 for your instrument  ($10), and a foldable music stand ($12). Students may rent an instrument and purchase the book & stand at Magic Flute in San Rafael.  Reed instruments will need to purchase 2 to 3 reeds to start and more as needed.  If you have an older instrument from a parent or family member, please get a quick “checkup” from a professional at The Magic Flute or similar.  This will ensure the best experience for you!

My love of music began at age eight with piano lessons.  I played alto sax in junior high and high school, and I enjoyed bassoon in college.  I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Music Therapy at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.  I spent seven years as a Music Therapist for patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  I’ve been involved in worship band at my church for decades!  The majority of my time right now is spent homeschooling my two daughters while teaching piano lessons at my home.  One of my favorite things in the world is to make music with other people, and I’m looking forward to sharing music with you!  --Tonia Ganzhorn