Conducting, Keyboard, Music, Music Theory, Piano, Singing
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
Virtual / Online
Music forever changed Takenya Battle’s world the moment she took her first piano lesson in the 4th grade. Takenya spent her childhood and teenage years singing her way to state level competitions and played her way through several churches and bands. By the time Takenya attended college at Florida A&M University, on a full academic scholarship, she had already given numerous school performances in various choirs. While there in Tallahassee, FL, Takenya was afforded a stellar education in drumming, woodwinds, and strings, even though classical piano and classical voice were her primary instruments of study. College semesters often entailed singing and performing in Italian, French, and German. Negro spirituals and English songs were also required learning. The semester wasn’t complete without accompanying someone and performing a piece by Chopin, Haydn, Beethoven, or Rachmaninoff.
After graduating cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Takenya began her 14-year tenure as a Dallas music educator. There she taught well over 11,000 students to love and appreciate music in varied forms. Students wonderfully sang in Latin, French, and German, created their own instruments from scratch, and grew to be able to aurally identify music over 300 years old with great ease and finesse. While teaching in Dallas, “Protect the Earth”, a song Takenya wrote for Earth Day, was sung by over 7 combined school choirs. She maintains her State Board of Education certificate as an all-level music instructor.
As a consummate learner, Takenya is currently pursuing a Master Certificate in Music Production and Technology from Berklee College of Music Online, earning straight A’s, and is expected to graduate in the summer of 2017. During her studies, Takenya has written and produced music for high-profile podcasts and business owners.
Also, serving our country as an Active Duty Reservist, Takenya uses her musical skills and specialized training to serve in a hospital environment- even when no formal hospital may exist. Blessed with three children who came through her and three children who came to her, Takenya and her husband, James, live and work in Temple, TX.
My Musical Education Background
Takenya is a cum laude graduate of Florida A&M University's highly acclaimed Music Department. She attended FAMU on a full academic scholarship and holds a B.S. in Music Education. Takenya is a classically trained vocalist and pianist who is very familiar with many diverse genres of music. She is currently enrolled at Berklee College of Music Online pursuing a Master Certificate in Music Production and Technology.
Genres and Subjects Taught
Music Production using Logic, Reason, and Garage Band
Confidence building vocal and piano instruction in the style of your choosing
Monthly tuition rates are based on 10 months of lessons that are prorated over 12 months. This allows you to budget accordingly with no surprises or counting of how many lessons you have left before it's time to purchase more lessons.
30 Minute Voice or Piano Lesson- $125/month
45 Minute Voice or Piano Lesson- $175/month
60 Minute Voice or Piano Lesson- $195/month
***$20 Vocal or Piano Tune-Up (Trial Lesson) is required as an assessment of skills***
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
Toddlers (ages 3-5), Youth (ages 6-17), and Adults (ages 18+) who are exploring music, curious to see how well they can be, or eager to revisit a skill of days gone by are encouraged to take lessons with Kenya's Keys, LLC.
My Certifications and Awards
Certified All-Level Music Educator by the State Board for Educator Certification in Texas
Song Leader Emeritus, Theta Nu Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women, Inc
My Musical Influences
Raised in the Southern Baptist church, trained in the traditions of the Classic and Romantic era, and an avid R&B fan, Takenya has great love and appreciation for many types of music.
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