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.
Taj Costa - Taj Costa is a Master Level piano teacher at Sacramento Piano Conservatory. He has studied piano since he was five years old, and he will complete his Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance this year at the Sacramento State School of Music. Taj studied in Japan following high school, has performed in New York, Japan, and across the U.S. Mr. Costa has 14 years of Suzuki piano experience and teaches fluently in both the Suzuki method and traditional music theory, and can blend both methods. Mr. Costa continues to actively perform and collaborate with other musicians. He is passionate about his teaching and nurturing the growth of his students’ musical development.

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