There are so many options when it comes to extra-curricular activities these days – choosing what’s right – and will be most beneficial – for your child can feel overwhelming. I get it – because I’ve been there, and had to make the same decisions. 

My name is Rhonda Hanson, a certified music educator, children’s yoga teacher, and mom to an eight-year-old musical yogini – and owner of Set the Tone. 

As both a parent and an educator, I’ve learned that one of the best things you can do for a child is introduce them to music at a young age. It has so many benefits, including helping to develop critical thinking, problem solving, and social skills, as well as learning in all other areas. Not to mention it’s a lot of fun for younger children and rewarding for the older ones. 

And the perfect complement to music? Yoga . It’s active yet focused, and helps children improve their physical awareness, balance, and stress management, which is so important in today’s fast-paced, highly-scheduled world. 

Either is wonderful on its own, but combined yoga and music set the foundation for a lifetime of joy and satisfaction – which is what we aim to provide for your child through our classes.


Set the Tone is a creative space in the Upper Beach area of Toronto, where children can discover and learn both yoga and music.

Classes run Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays out of a beautiful home-based space at Kingston Road and Victoria Park. They are creative, engaging, and lots of fun.

I began teaching music 21 years ago on beautiful Cape Breton Island. I loved it, but was experiencing some serious physical pain (playing the piano while turning awkwardly to direct students will do that!)

In my search for relief, I discovered the practice of yoga, which alleviated my discomfort and, over the years, has been the catalyst to create and live the life of my dreams. In 2010, I became a certified yoga teacher.

Since moving to Toronto in 2000, I’ve been a teacher with the TDSB. Shortly after I became a parent, I switched to part-time teaching, which allowed me more time with my daughter – and the perfect opportunity to pursue another dream of mine: Set the Tone! I absolutely love the magic that happens in this space and consider myself so lucky to be able to share my love for music and yoga with children. 

When I’m not teaching, creating music or practicing yoga myself, you’ll find me riding bikes with my family, madly playing word games with friends, or working on my green thumb in the garden.

"Yoga is almost like music in a way; there’s no end to it.” -Sting