“I believe in helping students to find the desire within themselves to study and progress in their musical endeavors. When a student is inspired, they will act on their own volition instead of feeling compelled by an outside force. “
Mrs. Ronda -
When I began your class,
I think I knew the challenges you’d make me face.
You gave me motivation to pursue the best,
And to reject the common place.
Your thinking really opened my mind,
With wisdom, style and grace you made me see,
That what I’d chose to seek I’d surely find.
I thank you for everything you’ve done.
What you taught me,
I will not outgrow.
Your kind attention touched my mind and soul
In many ways that you will never know.
I will remember you my whole life.
I wish all the teachers I have had
Were just like you.
You inspired me,
And gave me motivation.
Thank you Ronda.
I say this with all my heart.
You are truly an inspiration.
I someday hope to be like you.
Written for Ronda by a student after a completing a musical production.
“…her work with both elementary and secondary, as well as post-secondary, students is exemplary….She knows techniques, musicianship, phrasing, nuance, and is personable and resourceful while being at once reliable and energetic.”David Hensley, DMAProfessor of MusicPorterville CollegeCSU Fresno “Ronda displays a kind demeanor that draws students and teachers alike to her.”Jack Brooks,Chair, Division of Fine ArtsLon Morris College
“Ronda combines natural intellectual skill and curiosity with a high level of educational training and diligence. “Laura Basini, Ph.D.Professor of Music HistoryCalifornia State University, Sacramento
Quotes about Ronda’s Teaching
“Ms. Winter is always willing to listen to any questions you have on course work. She is always there to help and gives you and the class the feeling that she really wants you to do well in her class. She makes it clear that if you do the work, you will do well. She is a very good teacher; one of the best teachers I’ve had here.”
--From a class evaluation
“I can say that Ronda is one of the finest music teachers there is. She has a knowledge and grasp of teaching music to the highest caliber.”Tim J. Bonnar, MMMusic Educator
“Ronda is innovative in her methods for presenting information and assessing student work.”Mary TidwellChair, Department of MusicLon Morris College
“Her high level of performance skills seemed to inspire many of her students and caused a subtle change in the level of expectations within the music department.”D.R. Potter, Ph.D.Vice President for Academic Affairs (retired)Lon Morris College
Courses Ronda has taught
K-12 EducationK-6 Classroom Music4-6 Beginning Band7-8 Middle School Band7-8 Middle School Choir9-12 High School Chorus9-12 High School Band
Private LessonsFluteClarinetSaxophoneOboeTrumpetFrench HornTromboneBaritone
American Popular Music
Courses for Music Majors:
Applied Flute for Majors
Applied Flute for Non-Majors/Minors
Applied Clarinet for Majors
Applied Woodwinds for Non-Majors/Minors
Applied Percussion for Majors
Applied Percussion for Non-Majors/Minors
Applied Brass for Non-Majors/Minors
Applied Strings for Non-Majors/Minors