Now playing: Ballade No. 4 in F minor - Chopin
Performed by Tanya Vegvary Plescia

Sacramento Piano Conservatory
School of Music


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Tanya Plescia - Tanya Plescia holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Piano Performance, is a member of the Music Teachers Association of California and the Pi Kappa Lambda National Association, and has taught piano lessons since 1988. She taught for sixteen years in Sacramento at the Pease Conservatory of Music. Tanya taught class piano and piano pedagogy at California State University Sacramento. Ms. Plescia teaches group classes which are offered by age group through a fabulous program which Ms. Plescia has built through her extensive experience teaching privately and with her own children. The group classes are a perfect blend of ear training, rhythm ensembles, practical theory, composition, movement, singing, games, keyboard repertoire and technique, and a lot of fun! Tanya’s students have participated and placed highly in competition and recital. As a member of the MTAC, her students enjoy the privilege and honor of participation in California’s highest level of music workshops, recital, adjudicated events and competitions. Pianists from Tanya’s studio are invited to perform in annual local occasions, as well as state level events. These concerts are in addition to regular bi-annual studio recitals. Ms. Plescia also has a vibrant concertizing and composing career, where she enjoys traveling around the world to share her music. To read more about Ms. Plescia’s concert career and current calendar of events and performances, please visit:
Ken Billeci - Ken Billeci has been an active music educator and performer in Sacramento and throughout Northern CA for the past 30 years. Ken holds an A.A. in music from American River College, and he also studied classical guitar at California State University under Professor Richard Savino. Ken played guitar in the stage bands at both colleges, where he developed his skills in jazz chart reading and jazz improvisation. The jazz idiom, popular music styles, and piano studies became points of his interest, and local jazz guitar teachers Henry Robinette, Don Neary, and Michael Musillami were important inspirations. Ken spent 20 years teaching guitar at Jack’s House of Music, all the while performing in various bands locally. For the ten piece horn band “On Air,” he was lead guitarist and also arranged numerous horn charts. In 2006, Ken released a CD of original instrumental jazz compositions with his band, “Funky Brain” (don’t laugh!). While all members of the group on this CD (available on iTunes) are stellar musicians, Ken was especially pleased to have the nationally recognized drummer and clinician Mike Johnston behind the kit, who just recently graced the cover of “Modern Drummer” magazine. Ken was rhythm guitarist for the Django Reinhardt inspired gypsy jazz group, “Jazz Gitan,” for five years, playing hundreds of dates throughout Northern California. Ken enjoys bringing the wonderful world of music to his students, and he teaches guitar, piano, bass, and ukulele. Ken Billeci, Guitarist
Kevin Branson - As long as Kevin can remember, music has been his one true love. There are stories from before Kevin can remember of him being a small child who was not well behaved, except during music time at school. It was only natural that years later when Kevin started college, he picked music as his major. He graduated from Sac State in Spring 2015 with his B.A. in Music. Since then he has been largely involved with community theatre in Sacramento, performing in several shows, and even music directing and vocal directing at times. While he pursues a career in performance, Kevin is thrilled to have the opportunity to enrich his life through teaching both voice and piano.
Billy Maerdian - Billy Maerdian began playing drums at the age of 12 and has since been active in many occupations of the music industry including performing, teaching, recording, managing, composing, roadie, and more. Throughout high school he picked up other instruments on the side such as guitar and piano to further develop his musicianship skills. After performing with rock bands in the greater Sacramento region in 2010 and competing in multiple Battle of the Bands, Billy decided to pursue a degree in music and fulfill his lifelong passion. For the past five years he has studied percussion alongside the drumset and has played with multiple jazz combos, concert bands, and miscellaneous ensembles. Outside of school he has spent the last year drumming for the Runaway Stage Productions Orchestra in musicals such as Seussical the Musical, Addams Family, and Catch Me If You Can. Currently Billy is finishing his B.A. Music degree (with a concentration in jazz drumming) at California State University, Sacramento.
Margie Curler - Margie Curler has actively taught music lessons for over 20 years. Margie recently completed studies for her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from California State University, Sacramento and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Boston Conservatory. She has been a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. She studied piano with Thomas Hulse at the Pease Conservatory of Music. Margie’s voice students have earned such musical achievements as: performances on Broadway, roles with San Francisco Playhouse, and the Elly Award for Leading Female (Musicals). Her piano students have successfully played in recitals, church services, and the MTAC Certificate of Merit evaluation. Margie has performed extensively throughout Sacramento, the Bay Area, and Boston. She has recently expanded her professional performing experience by singing and acting with the critically acclaimed Davis Shakespeare Festival. Margie loves to see students engaged in musical growth and enjoyment.

Teaching Opportunities
Are you a piano teacher in the Sacramento, CA area?
Are you good with all ages of students?
Are you interested in joining a dynamic teaching environment?

You may have what it takes to be a faculty member at the Sacramento Piano Conservatory!

Please contact Tanya at 916-538-3357 to start your new career!

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