Toni began teaching at MACSA in 2005 shortly after graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in 2005 and a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy in 2011. While attending UTSA as a graduate student, Toni taught Class Piano to undergraduate music majors in addition to maintaining a full studio at MACSA.
Toni began piano lessons at the age of thirteen in El Paso, Texas. She participated in many festivals and competitions, as well as the annual Texas Music Teachers Association’s (TMTA) statewide theory test. Upon graduating from high school, Toni continued her piano studies at UTSA with Dr. Kasandra Keeling.
As a former student affiliate member of TMTA, Toni continues the tradition by providing the same opportunities for her students. She requires all students to participate in taking the theory test, perform in two studio recitals, and perform in at least one festival or competition per school year. These requirements are set in place to track the progress of each student, similar to required sports practice in order to improve performance in games.
In addition to teaching, Toni has served on the board of both San Antonio Music Teachers Association (SAMTA) and Alliance Music Teachers Association. It is through these organizations that students are provided performance opportunities. In 2009, Toni became a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) through the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).