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Lock in Your Lesson Schedule Months in Advance!  

Lock in Your Lesson Schedule Months in Advance! 

I have good news! You now have the option to schedule your weekly lesson days and times months in advance. Your monthly billing will remain the same - payment only one month at a time! 

Most students prefer to attend lessons on a regular weekly basis - same day of the week and same time of day. Previously, only 4-5 lessons could be scheduled in advance. 

Students can now use the “Recurring” option when scheduling lessons to secure dates and times up to 24 weeks in advance! To use this new feature, simply follow the guide below when scheduling your next set of lessons! 

Step 1: When scheduling your lesson, choose your preferred day & time and then select the new “Recurring” option.

Step 2: Choose the number of weeks you want to reserve in advance from the “Times to Repeat” drop down menu then click the “Add Recurring Times” button.

Step 3: Your lesson days & times are displayed. You can delete any of these if needed.

Step 4: Complete your scheduling process. Billing will continue on a monthly basis. No advance payment for additional weeks required!

Questions? Contact Michael at or 720-767-3627. Happy scheduling!!

50 Students! 

I am so excited to share that we've just enrolled our 50th student at Pickering Performing Arts & Entertainment! 

Here's a little trivia: 

· My closest students live across the street from my home studio 

· My most distant students live in Anchorage, Alaska 

· I have an equal number of piano vs. voice students, plus a growing number of music production students 

· My youngest student just turned 4 years old 

· My oldest student is a great grandfather 

· I love helping make dreams come true

What Is Tonara? 


Tonara is a new and exciting music app, created to transform the teaching, learning, practice, and performance of aspiring musicians worldwide. Tonara’s digital experience gives teachers and music students a platform to interact and engage in a whole new way. Here is a brief video overview.

Tonara’s goal is to make music education thrive.

It takes the best of traditional teaching - that is, the one-on-one interaction and learning experience - and blends it with the best help cutting-edge technology has to offer. With Tonara, students practice better, more often, and longer. Teachers build their digital studio, send home assignments to and chat with their students. Together, both enjoy a supportive, active, and flexible environment for promoting consistent, high-impact practice for all ages and levels. 

All Pickering Performing Arts & Entertainment students are already members of Tonara.

I've created accounts for all. Download the Tonara App from your preferred App Store. To access your account use the LOGIN option listed under “I already have an account” and enter your login details. (DO NOT use the option to set up a new account on Tonara, it will not be connected to me if you do.) I've emailed all current student's login credentials to each. If you do not have your login credentials please text 720-767-3627 to get you login credential.

Please watch this very helpful video explaining how the Tonara app works:


Assignments hold a critical part in the progress of music students. They help give students detailed instructions and practice goals to reach while in-between lessons. 

As such, Tonara includes a comprehensive Assignment module enabling teachers to send students practice assignments with different types of attachments (notes, recording, pieces, etc), directions, and guidance on how they should practice. Moreover, teachers are able to tailor each assignment to fit the needs of their student(s), edit assignments, and archive them upon need. 

Whether the goal is to practice the piece and receive a perfect score (‘Compare Recording’ assignment) or complete all required repetitions, students will be able to stay on track of their practice goals and teachers will be able to track their progress. Tracking their progress will give teachers the ability to create the most suitable and relevant lesson plan. 


Creating music is also about creating a community, and communication is the foundation for that. 

Communication is one of the keys to success. Tonara has created many ways for teachers, students, and parents to communicate with one another. Making music-practice fun doesn’t come on its own, and sometimes requires the assistance of rewards, stickers, and a community to encourage one another. That’s why Tonara invested in bringing a practice experience with unique stickers, a cool rewards system, and groups for teachers and students to talk with another for encouragement and share their accomplishments. 


The messaging module consists of one-to-one messaging (teacher-student, teacher-parent), group chats, and channels. 

Giving students and teachers the ability to communicate in-between lessons helps students better understand what they need to work on and gives teachers the confidence that their students are truly practicing at home. One-on-one messaging connects teachers and students, helping the student to find support, encouragement, and of course, share their accomplishments with their teacher right inside their private chat. Group messaging is mostly used by teachers with studios or music schools enabling them to communicate with their entire studio on assignments to work on, motivation, also enabling students to engage with their peers and ideas, opinion, and progress with one another. Channels, on the other hand, are a one-way type of communication used by teachers sending guidance to their students without the students being able to respond back. 

Support & Encouragement 

Students benefit from the support and encouragement they receive from their teachers and parents. 

When receiving support from their teachers, students feel empowered and motivated to continue in their practice and continue progressing to the next stages of their practice. Teachers always stay updated with how the students are progressing and are able to adjust their support whether it be to encourage them of being on the right path or guidance and adjustments. 


Rewards are a great way for teachers to encourage their students to practice in-between lessons. They serve as a way to show support and encouragement. 

For students, practicing their instruments at home isn’t always the most entertaining thing to do. So, to combat that we’ve introduced rewards that make practicing more fun and engaging with a gamification side. The more students practice the more they are able to reach higher XP levels, earn points, and climb the teacher’s studio leaderboard. As they reach higher XP levels, they unlock more stickers that they are able to share with one another, and of course with their teachers. The stickers are a great way to communicate between students and teachers. 


We all know that the more students practice, the better they play and the longer they stick with it to feel that incredible joy of creating music. 

As such, the student’s experience within Tonara is just as important to us as the teachers’ experience. Finding the motivation to sit down and practice music can be tedious and tiresome at times for kids. Tonara provides features and benefits for students that make practicing more engaging, interactive and also fun. 

With features that interact and engage with students, give students real-time feedback, and a level of gamification students are excited about their practice sessions. Overall, Tonara teachers report an increase of over 68% in average practice time since they have started using Tonara. 

For students, Tonara has a studio & global leaderboard that allows students to always check their standings, and the more they practice the more points they earn. I truly believe in making practice engaging and interactive. I believe in trying to help my students see the homework assignments, not as something boring which they need to do but rather a fun, interactive activity that they look forward to each day. 

As students continue to practice with Tonara, they are able to see their own growth and progression with statistics and all the fun rewards that they receive as they practice more and complete more assignments. 


As teachers continue to interact and engage with their students’ in-between lessons, students are more likely to practice at home. Teachers are able to send detailed assignments for their students as well as talk with them in their private chats to help with specific frustrations and of course share how proud they are of their progress. 

Listens & Get Feedback 

Once a student starts practicing with a ‘Compare Recording’ Assignment our patent AI technology will compare the students playing to the teacher's pre-recorded piece. In addition, Tonara will provide the student with real-time feedback on their fluency, pitch, rhythm, and tempo. They can then share their progress with their teacher, get feedback from them, and further improve until their next lesson. 


Enjoy practicing is an important step to ensure kids will continue to learn and improve. Gamification assists in getting kids more involved and excited around practicing. As students practice more, they are able to reach higher XP levels, earn more stickers, and gain more points & climb both their teachers' and global leaderboard. The more assignments students complete the higher they grow in the XP levels and the more stickers they unlock. The stickers are a great way for teachers and students to communicate with one another for encouragement, support, and help. During each practice session, students earn points based on their playing which allows them to reach higher standings in the global leaderboard. Tonara offers a studio leaderboard for each teacher’s studio where students can see where they stand with their classmates. They also offer a global leaderboard, so students can see where they stand with students from all across the globe.