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September 17, 2012
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Tahoe Music Institute | A dynamic approach to learning in new fall classes

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Tahoe Music Institute announced its 2012 fall schedule, including new jazz improvisation and youth choir classes in addition to group and private lessons. The local company has struck a chord with musicians of all ages around Lake Tahoe, creating small ensembles lead by knowledgeable instructors and taking the typical music lesson experience to a new level.

Whether picking up a new instrument, developing vocal skills, learning to improv or diving into a new musical style or theory, Tahoe Music Institute students get the most out of their learning with performance-based instruction. TMI creates small ensembles that come together in a supportive atmosphere to work toward two recitals or community performances. This performance-based instruction builds confidence and exposes students to ideas outside of the typical music lesson norm. TMI musicians and instructors have performed at events around Lake Tahoe ranging from holiday treelightings to improv jazz concerts at local restaurants. Tahoe Music Institute founder and executive director Shauna Righellis takes a proactive approach to inspiring her students. “My goal is to create a school of music where students are motivated to perform, not just provide lessons,” said Righellis. She and her team of educators continue to influence the Lake Tahoe community’s inspiration and creativity with this approach to learning.

Righellis, who launched Tahoe Music Institute in 2010, is in the position of tooting her own horn (or any of the other many instruments she plays). Her background is deeply rooted in music, holding both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education. After teaching music in public schools as well as adult lessons, she channeled her craft into an opportunity for aspiring Lake Tahoe musicians to learn. Righellis uses science-based methodologies in her teaching and stays on the cutting edge of music education research. She also serves as a board of directors member for the California Music Educators Association North Section, of which most private teachers are not a part.

To book a class or learn more, tune into or call 530-581-0618.

About TMI

Tahoe Music Institute, 2810 Lake Forest Road, Tahoe City, offers various music classes and performance-based learning. Instruments currently taught in both private and group classes include piano, bass, guitar, mandolin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn and tuba as well as choir and voice.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Sep 17, 2012 01:53PM Published Sep 17, 2012 01:48PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.