• Piano

  • Voice

  • Ukulele

  • Guitar

  • Violin

  • Music Exploration

  • More!

We offer a student-led approach to learning, where we gear all of our music lessons and classes to each student's musical preferences, needs, age and abilities!

All of our community classes & music lessons are open to the general public!


Currently, all of our lessons and classes are currently being provided on-line via zoom so we are able to serve anyone living anywhere in New York State! 

All lessons and classes are provided by our amazing licensed

board certified music therapists!

Cost = $40 for 30 min one-on-one lesson!*

Sessions are FREE for kids battling cancer & their siblings thanks to our donors and foundation partners!

*Ask us about discounts if you have more than one person in your family participating!



Students who utilize Self Direction to pay for community classes or music lessons:

We offer direct billing for those who utilize self direction funds so there is no out of pocket expense for you up front! Contact us for more info!

Give us a call 315-363-6446, email us info@thekeysprogram.org

to REGISTER  today!

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BIG thanks!

We want to send extra BIG thanks to the following foundations, who have helped us to expand our music therapy outreach and have made these SMILES possible...

The Triad Foundation

The Tony Stewart Foundation

The Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives Foundation

The Jim & Juli Boeheim Foundation

The Shirley M. Aubrey Fund at the Central NY Community Foundation


The M & T Bank/ Partners Trust Charitable Fund at the The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties

The John Ben Snow Foundation

Adrienne Bornemann, LCAT, MS, MT-BC

Music Therapy

Adrienne has been making music and creating smiles at the KEYS Program since the Fall of 2018! She graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in May of 2008 with a degree in music education concentrating in flute; and graduated from Nazareth College with a Master of Science in Creative Arts Therapy, with a focus on music therapy in 2012.  She is a board certified music therapist and licensed creative arts therapist. For 6 years, she worked as a Music Therapist in the Rochester area working with all ages and abilities, in the individual and group settings, day programs and group homes. She has taught adaptive lessons in many instruments including; piano, flute, voice, guitar, trumpet, ukulele, percussion and more. When she got married in 2018, she relocated to the Utica/Rome area and joined the KEYS Program staff. She has been instrumental in developing and expanding the music program at KEYS, growing its outreach to include introducing new and creative music therapy programming for our KEYS kids, and expanding our outreach in the community to include serving special needs individuals, day programs and nursing homes.  Our students, sites and KEYS kids just LOVE making music, creating songs and sharing smiles with Adrienne!


Amanda Maestro-Scherer,


Music Therapist

Amanda was born and raised in Ithaca, New York and graduated in 2007 from the music therapy program at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2014. Amanda has worked in a variety of settings during her career, including pediatric hospitals, hospice care and in schools with children with special needs. Amanda loves working with children, teens and their families, and knows that music is a special way into the heart. She loves playing the guitar, singing and writing songs, and is so excited to make music with the KEYS kids and their families! 

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Meet our Staff!

Christina Stewart, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Christina is a newly board-certified music therapist, proudly receiving her certification in January 2020! She grew up in Victor, NY where she sang in her church choir, played piano and violin, and gave piano lessons to the neighborhood kids. After graduating high school she was accepted into Nazareth College's Music Therapy Program, focusing on fulfilling her true life's purpose. She completed her internship at the Hochstein School of Music in Rochester, NY and loved every minute of it. While at Hochstein she facilitated music therapy with individuals and groups from toddlers to older adults. She loves being a music therapist because she gets to work with people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds and empowers them through her favorite medium, music. Music has always been an integral part of Christina's life, and being able to find ways to use the creativity and the process of music to help others reach their goals is an incredible blessing in her life. Christina is eager to get creative in this new way of connecting with others and find creative approaches to engage, enhance, and empower! 

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Amber Ellis,


Music Therapist

Amber is a board certified music therapist with a Master’s Degree from SUNY New Paltz. She has experience working with various populations and their awesomely unique musical tastes! Music has been an integral part of her life from a very early age. While considering options for her future career at the end of high school she found that Music Therapy was the perfect union of her love of music and making a difference in the lives of others. She also shares her love of music through teaching piano, guitar and voice lessons as well as being a part of the Praise and Worship band at her church. Amber’s favorite part about being a Music Therapist is that every day she gets to create joy through music and there is nothing better than that!  

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