Instrumental Story Tellers

In Instrumental Story Tellers your child will discover his or her own interpretive voice through improvisation, movement and collaborative story telling.  Instrumental Story Tellers is sure to ignite your child's creativity and passion for self-expression. 


Developed and taught by internationally acclaimed pianist and recording artist, Tanya Bannister, and veteran opera singer, Madeline Bender, Instrumental Story Tellers is a performance class that combines singing, and instrumental playing with story telling, movement, and theatrical improvisation. This playful, yet substantive program helps children discover the joy of self expression and collaborative music making.

Each child works on group and/or solo pieces on their chosen instrument (which also includes voice).  The group collaborates to create stories which help them find a deeper connection with the music.  Instrumental Story Tellers culminates in a fun, enchanting showcase encompassing instrumental, vocal and theatrical performance.

In Instrumental Story Tellers, your children will develop their music literacy skills and musicianship with guidance from world-class musicians. This revolutionary, multidisciplinary approach to the study of music is designed to bring out your child's best performing and authentic self-expression.


  • Designed for children in grades 3-5

  • Children of all levels are welcome

  • This program is designed to support young instrumentalists who are taking private lessons as well as young singers who wish to sharpen their skills

  • Class size is limited

Instrumental Story Tellers TEACHER

Tanya Bannister is a world class concert pianist, teacher, and recording artist.  As a mother of a school age child, and a passionate educator, she firmly believes that children should be encouraged to find their expressive voices from the very beginning of their training.