is part of the Keys to Imagination, LLC, family.  Keys to Imagination was founded in 2000 as a way to help teachers add technology to their studios and classrooms.  We are proud to have a great team of authors bringing you pedagogically sound content by a team of experts!

Dr. Deborah Brener

Are We There Yet? A Musical Journey Around the Globe

Dr. Deborah Brener has taught piano for the past 30 years in Southern California. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano performance and a Doctorate in music history (musicology). Her doctoral work concentrated on multicultural studies in teaching music and the blending of western and non-western teaching styles. Her introduction into cultures came during the time when large numbers of immigrants moved to southern California from Southeast Asia. This influenced her decision to concentrate on how music is taught in various cultures. She has published articles in music journals, including American Music Teacher, Piano and Keyboard, Clavier Companion, Montessori – Today’s Child and Piano Guild Notes and has presented lectures at many state and national conferences.

Dr. Brener has taught at Irvine Valley, Rancho Santiago, Coast Community, Golden West, Fullerton and Whittier Colleges.

Sally Ritchie

Whirligig Games

Sally has been instructing young children, teenagers, and adults for over 50 years. She presently has a studio in the public school system with over 50 private students per week. She plays a number of musical instruments and has opportunity to work with adults and children as organist, choir director, and music coordinator of her church.

After searching for years for tools to help her students learn necessary skills and still enjoy the process, she started developing her own games.  She holds a patent on a music education system including music games and accessories.

Michelle Sisler

Founder and Chief Manager

Michelle’s use of technology, creativity and presentations have gained her national recognition.  Along with teaching, Michelle is the founder of Keys to Imagination LLC, and  She is a favorite presenter and is frequently sought after for presentations across the nation.

Michelle serves on the technology committee for NCKP and MTNA, and has written articles for Clavier Companion and American Music Teacher.  She is an active author of technology curriculum, theory games, and motivation programs.