About the Instructor and Studio
My name is Tonia Stoney and I am a native of Charleston, SC. Born into a family of local celebrity singers and musicians, I have been playing the piano since the age of 5. I own and operate Music Is For Me, LLC as my full-time job.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Youth Christian Counseling Ministries. I have over 20 years of experience teaching beginner and intermediate levels and place my students’ needs above my own. I am compassionate, easy going, creative, energetic, and fun. My passion and love for kids and music is contagious! I strongly believe that music strengthens the learning environment, develops insight, relieves stress, increases self-awareness, as well as maintains self-esteem. Music also encourages communication, community building, and interpersonal relationships.
I currently serve as the minister of music at my church and belong to several professional organizations. I am a member of the Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA), South Carolina Music Teacher Association (SCMTA), and Charleston Music Teacher Association (CMTA) chapter.
I want to use music to connect people to themselves and others in a positive way. My teaching philosophy is to stimulate my students by creating a positive and enthusiastic learning environment. I nurture and bring awareness of the beauty of music to my students in a way that is within their grasps. My favorite quote from Berthold Auerbach is, “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
Music Is For Me, LLC's studio is currently located in my home studio in North Charleston, SC.