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Emily Balga

Owner

My love for working with children started at a very young age. I was teaching music lessons at age 12 and opened my own Music Studio in 2011. While in college, I worked at Boys and Girls Club where I met my husband, Kyle. He had the same passion for working with kids and vision of creating a children's success center that I had. In 2017 we opened TNT Kidz Center and expanded beyond running other people's programs to bring our dream to life! We now have not only our Music Studio location, but a Childcare Center for Infants-High School. We offer Music, Dance, Martial Arts, Homeschool and Full Day Childcare. We love all of our students and are passionate about creating an atmosphere of success and growth for all of our staff and students! We believe in family inclusion and individual choice. We are here to support each family and student to reach their full potential! Come check us out!

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Kyle Balga

Owner

I have been working with children in many different roles for over 16 years now. I love challenging and supporting children along their journey to reach their full potential. I believe in todays world it is important to empower children from a young age with the tools to face and overcome adversity. I believe one of the best ways to do this is through activities such as Martial Arts, Music, Dance and Athletic training. The situations and life lessons learned on the mat, playing field or piano, can be directly applied to everyday life with amazing results. 

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Kenny Draper

Music & Homeschool Dept Lead

Kenny began playing music in the fifth grade on the drums- which he has played for over fifteen years now in a diverse range of settings: Jazz bands, Pit Orchestras, and various Rock/Pop acts. Since embarking on his musical journey, Kenny extended his experience beyond the realm of percussion into the land of saxophones, strings, and piano- performing as a member of the woodwind section in various wind and jazz ensembles. He as played guitar and keyboard instruments as an accompanist for recordings as well as live performances. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in music theory and composition from Sacramento State. He stays busy performing as a multi-instrumentalist in various ensembles in and outside of school. He enjoys assisting students in setting specific goals according to their personal musical interests and helping them cultivate the passion and tools necessary to reach them. The substance, purpose, and meaning that his own musical journey has added to his life is immeasurable, and he looks forward to helping you start your own!

 

Piano - Drums - Guitar - Ukulele - Theory & Technique

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Danielle Blankenship

Music Teacher

Danielle has been teaching with us since 2018. She has been a part of the music education community for many years, teaching all ages and levels. She is currently the Marching Band Director at Whitney High School and has been teaching at the high school level since 2017. Danielle strives to instill musical independency within her students, molding musicians who enjoy the process of improvement and crave creating music! She is currently obtaining her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education at California State University, Sacramento, with her emphasis in Piano.

Piano - Guitar - Base Guitar - Ukulele - Voice -Tuba 

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Kelly Bacon

Music Teacher

Kelly began studying music in elementary school, joining band and choir. Continuing on to play flute in high school, she picked up bass guitar in her school's jazz band. This led to professional gigs in theater pit orchestras, jazz combos, and accompanying choirs in the Stockton area. With experience playing many genres of music, Kelly's teaching philosophy is rooted in developing a love and appreciation for all genres. Since 2016, Kelly has seriously studied classical music. Kelly studied flute with Laurel Zucker and Dr. Cathie Apple at Sacramento State University, obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Flute Performance. On the Sacramento State campus, Kelly played principal flute in the University Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Outside of school, Kelly has enjoyed performances with the Azores Band of Escalon, the Stockton Concert Band, the Lodi Community Band, and the Modesto Community Band. Kelly hopes to perform with a professional symphony orchestra and continue to grow her teaching career.

Piano - Flute - Base Guitar

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Ryan Clark

Music Teacher

Ryan is a drummer based in Sacramento who is a graduate from the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music with a degree in Jazz Studies – Percussion. He also now holds a Masters degree in jazz performance from Sacramento State University. Ryan started drumming at the age of 11 with instruction from Monty Schmidt and Trent Teague and then attended Rio Americano High School where he had the honor of performing at prestigious festivals and attending jazz workshops across the states and around the world. Ryan has also taken jazz drumming instruction from Rick Lotter and Brian Kendrick. He has also had the honor of sharing the stage with great musicians such as Orrin Evans, Lewis Nash, Dave Douglas, Terrell Stafford, Pete Escovedo and his latin orchestra, and many others. Ryan frequently plays the vibraphone and has recorded a Christmas big band record on vibes with vocalist Carmen Bradford. Ryan has given private drum lessons at the Stockton School of Music and looks forward to sharing his passion for music and drums with his students at the TNT Kidz Center!

Drum set - Percussion - Piano

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Yuko Ray

Homeschool Teacher & Owner of Creativity Alive

I have been teaching school age children for over 20 years. It has been my pleasure to work with children who are full of imagination and creativity. During art lessons students learn to orchestrate colors, illuminations, depth of field and other techniques as they express their thoughts and images. These wonderful paintings and art work have their own stories and have become a form of speech to them and to us. 

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Maddison Blackwell

Kindergarten & Preschool Teacher

I have over 10 years of experience working with children of all ages from newborns to middle schoolers. I have my Associates degree in Elementary Education but, I am currently getting my Bachelors degree as well, at Sacramento State. I have always had a passion for working with Elementary aged students, I have worked in two different afterschool programs and summer camp programs for about 3 years. I have also been volunteering in Elementary classrooms for the past 6 years! I love seeing the kids smiley faces everyday and watching them grow throughout the years, I am so excited to watch and help your child grow and learn at TNT Kidz!

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Faith Stump

Homeschool Teacher

My Name is Faith. I am a homeschool teacher at TNT Kidz. I have over 10 years of experience working children and families in a variety of settings. My background includes teaching swim lessons, tutoring math and language arts and most recently working as a classroom teacher. I love arts and crafts, reading and anything that involves the outdoors! I am so excited to help your students learn and grow with TNT Kidz!