About Us

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Our Story

KeyBox Studio in Gilbert, AZ opened in the summer of 2017, and quickly became the fastest growing music studio in the area. We believe music helps to develop confidence, determination, a valuable work ethic and the ability to overcome anxiety and other challenges. We believe music is an important key to success and we love helping kids to become the best they can be!

At KeyBox Studio, students are taught by experienced, kind and caring teachers who are dedicated to making music lessons a positive experience each week. Our lessons are likely different than anything you experienced as a kid! We invite to you come and see why!

Our Approach

At KeyBox, we are committed to a legacy of learning and teaching. We aspire to teach in a way that music will benefit the lives of others for many generations to come. In our lessons, we invite promising and advanced students to come and assist us in passing on the gift of music to our younger students. All of our assistants have been students of ours and are now inspiring other students to work hard and not give up! One day, those younger students can become teachers too! We hope you will enjoy this video celebrating four generations of teachers and students at the piano.

Our Approach

Student growth and success is our top priority!

  • At KeyBox, we recognize the benefits of learning an instrument go far beyond just the notes they will play.  Our music teachers are focused on:
  • Building confidence and self-esteem
  • Helping students overcome anxiety
  • Helping students overcome perfectionism
  • Teaching perseverance and hard work

Music should bring joy! (For PARENTS and students.)

  • We take the fight out of practice. We find it most effective to focus on progress during the lesson while keeping a positive relationship with music at home. Therefore:
    • We do not have set practice requirements but will work with each student to develop a routine that fits their needs and skill level.
    • We recognize some students are regimented and enjoy daily practice, others use music as a weekly recreational or exploratory activity. Wherever you are, we can’t wait to see what YOU can do!

Years Experience

Students Influenced

Notes Played

Years Experience

Students Influenced

Notes Played

Tiffani Smith

Music Instructor

 

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Tiffani Strong Smith was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she began studying piano at the age of 5, with Norene Emerson. In the sixth grade she found her passion as a collaborative pianist when she was asked to accompany the 5th and 6th grade choir. She went on to accompany Junior High, High School and collegiate choirs, instrumentalists and vocalists and continues to do so today.

Tiffani began teaching at a young age and has enjoyed teaching students of all ages for over 30 years. Tiffani is passionate about teaching students with varying skill and commitment levels. She has a niche for meeting students where they are, giving them encouragement to move forward, and ultimately helping them to reach their musical goals and individual skill levels.

Tiffani currently lives in Gilbert, Arizona. She is married to Timothy Smith and they have two beautiful daughters, Jezzica and Mikayla, and a wonderful new son-in-law, Jordan. Her dogs, Higley and Tilly, miss greeting students at their home each day, but Tiffani is happy to be at the Key Box Studio!

Tiffani Smith

Instructor

Tiffani Strong Smith was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she began studying piano at the age of 5, with Norene Emerson. In the sixth grade she found her passion as a collaborative pianist when she was asked to accompany the 5th and 6th grade choir. She went on to accompany Junior High, High School and collegiate choirs, instrumentalists and vocalists and continues to do so today.

Tiffani began teaching at a young age and has enjoyed teaching students of all ages for over 30 years. Tiffani is passionate about teaching students with varying skill and commitment levels. She has a niche for meeting students where they are, giving them encouragement to move forward, and ultimately helping them to reach their musical goals and individual skill levels.

Tiffani currently lives in Gilbert, Arizona. She is married to Timothy Smith and they have two beautiful daughters, Jezzica and Mikayla, and a wonderful new son-in-law, Jordan. Her dogs, Higley and Tilly, miss greeting students at their home each day, but Tiffani is happy to be at the Key Box Studio!

Julie

Instructor

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Julie was raised in southern San Diego and attended a Performing Arts High School. Her musical education continued at Brigham Young University, where she studied dance and music. While at BYU, Julie started her 30-year teaching career to help pay for college expenses. Through multiple moves with her family, Julie has since influenced students in Austin, Denver and now Gilbert. Julie loves teaching children and adults of varying skill levels and continues to share her talents with many school, church and community choirs and performers. Students say that her favorite quote is “Playing slow and right is better than playing fast and wrong”.

Chrisitne

Little Keys Preschool Instructor

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Christine is the fabulous creator and instructor of Little Keys! Here’s a little more about her:

Christine Jardine has loved music for as long as she can remember. Growing up in the Seattle area, her father was a piano technician and she loved seeing the gorgeous pianos coming in and out of their garage for work. At 6 years old she began taking piano lessons from Debbie Dean who taught her until she was 13. In 2000 she began attending BYU-Idaho as a music education major and received her Bachelors Degree in 2004.

Teaching music is one of her joys in life and she loves seeing students become aware of their own abilities and develop a love for music as well.

Christine is very excited to be teaching Little Keys and hopes that this program will help get little fingers excited to learn the piano someday!

Sara Rollins

Voice Instructor

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Sara Rollins is a passionate pianist, vocalist and music teacher. Her love for music began at the young age of 6, when she began to take private piano and voice lessons. This love increased through high school and eventually inspired her to pursue music as a career at Southern Utah University, where she is currently finishing up a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music. At SUU, Sara participated in many regional and state competitions where she consistently received superior scores. Sara looks forward to sharing her love for music and inspiriting others to follow their dreams.

Milan Bhattacharya

Piano Instructor

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Milan was born in Chandler, Arizona, and has lived in Chandler his entire life. He’s been playing piano for about 13 years and now enjoys teaching.

Milan currently attends ASU and is a junior in the medicinal biochemistry program. As you may have guessed from his major, Milan plans to go to medical school after he finishes at ASU, and eventually become a doctor.

Outside of practicing and teaching piano he is also in the ASU Philharmonic, where he plays the violin, and is an officer for the ASU Wing Chun Kung Fu Club. As an Eagle Scout, he also spends a lot of time in the outdoors, and likes to go on hikes (especially at night), along with fishing, and backpacking, when he has the chance.

Ryan Roubison

Guitar/Ukulele Instructor

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Ryan Roubison is a classical guitarist based in Phoenix, Arizona. He has been an
active musician in the valley for nearly a decade, specializing in a range of musical
styles from classical, to folk, and contemporary art music. He spends much of his time
teaching, performing, composing, and arranging. As a multi-instrumentalist, he
specializes in teaching guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, and the Irish pennywhistle. Ryan is
currently an instructor at the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, where he
teaches guitar and a variety of folk instruments. He is a current teaching assistant at
Arizona State University, where he aides in running the classical guitar program under
Professor Kim.

As of February 2020, Ryan Roubison was elected by the Friends of St. Patrick Centre,
to serve as Arizona’s Young Cultural Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland. In the
summer of 2020, he will take part in a residency at the St. Patrick Cathedral in Dublin,
and will work closely with the Irish Parliament on various projects aimed at fostering
positive relations between the U.S.A, Ireland, and the UK. As a representative of
Arizona in Ireland, his goal is to promote recognition of the arts in the lives of all
people, across all borders.

Ryan holds a Bachelor’s in classical guitar performance from Arizona State University,
and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in classical guitar at ASU.