L E S S O N S :   H A R P   &   P I A N O

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"of the highest quality"

“​​Our home is filled with the joyous sound of music, thanks to Kristan's private and personalized virtual piano lessons. Kristan's professionalism and skills as a musician and as a teacher are of the highest quality. We have learned so much and have enjoyed every minute!”

-  Julie and sons, piano students

About.

With over 12 years of private teaching experience, Kristan is passionate about imparting the knowledge and mentorship she has received in her training to aspiring musicians. Along with her private studio teaching, Kristan is often invited to schools and other music studios to present masterclasses, giving private and group lessons, as well as ensemble coachings. 

Teaching Philosophy.

Kristan teaches both piano and harp to all ages, from complete beginners to advanced. She focuses on the fundamentals of performance with proper technique and ear training, as well as catering to the student's own interests and needs. Kristan aims to help students achieve their musical goals, to help guide them to becoming a versatile and well-rounded musician, and to instill a lifelong appreciation of music along the way! 

 

Method.

Kristan's method includes working primarily through the Royal Conservatory of Music training program, using the below books as guides through lessons. This will be supplemented by other exercises, etudes, pieces, as well as ear training:

Beginner youth piano: Hal Leonard Piano Lessons & Theory Workbooks

Beginner adult piano: Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course

Beginner youth harp: Plucky Bunny's Harp Adventures Book

Beginner adult harp: First Harp Book by Betty Paret

​Safe lessons during COVID-19

​Until it is safe to do so again in-person, Kristan's entire teaching studio is currently online.

Kristan has since acquired students from all over Canada and the USA. She is currently accepting new students from all over the world, no matter if they have the intension to keep their lessons online or switch to in-person when safe again.

Debunking the myth: The time it takes to learn a new instrument or its difficulty is not hindered by online teaching. Just as much work can be accomplished in online lessons. The speed students learn their instrument will depend greatly on how much they are able to practice outside of their lesson time. If you have any concerns or questions regarding online teaching, please contact Kristan directly and she'd be happy to answer any questions. 

Youth Students.

The best time to start lessons will be different for every child, but most will be ready to begin piano between age 5 to 7, and harp between age 7 to 9.

 

Adult Students.

Always wanted to learn but never had the time until now? Never taken music lessons before? It is never too late to start learning an instrument! And there is no requirement of previous musical training to learn either harp or piano. 

Lesson Length.

Weekly lessons are recommended to see progress. Time length recommendation for beginners is 45 or 60 minutes for adults, and 30 minutes for young children. 

Instrument Choices.

For harp students, it's recommended that beginners start on a small lever harp of no less than 27 strings, which are very affordable to rent or buy pre-owned! If the harp does not have levers, that is fine for beginning but students tend to outgrow the harp quickly. Kristan can offer advice to help find you the perfect instrument. For piano students, it's recommend you purchase/rent a weighted-keyed, touch-sensitive electric keyboard/piano or acoustic piano.

 

In-Studio, In-House & Online Lessons.

Kristan's teaching studio is located in New Sudbury, and teaches in-house for those wanting lessons in the comfort of their home. Kristan also offers online lessons all over the world, using the wonderful technology of Zoom, which is a free and easy to use app. All the student would need is a device that has a camera and a working internet connection. Online lessons are just as effective as in-person lessons, but may not work best for young children below the age 7. 

Meet-and-Greet.

Before long-term commitment, Kristan offers a meet-and-greet for incoming students: a short meeting to get to know each other, talk about your goals, how lessons are run, camera position (for online students), walk through the Studio Policy, and answer any questions you may have. Commitment is month by month. Music lessons are exempt from HST/GST. Please write Kristan for a copy of her Studio Policy, her Online Lesson guide, rates, and availability.

Teachers Kristan Studied Under.

Piano: Mariette Lavoie, Roger Lord

Harp: Jennifer Swartz, June Han, Nancy Allen, Deborah Hoffman, Judy Loman, Elizabeth Hainen, Heidi Krutzen, Frédérique Cambreling, Dorothy Brzezicki.

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Teaching Resume.

The Cambrian Academy of Music: private piano teacher 2019

Lippert Music Centre, Toronto: private piano teacher 2018

Bannockburn Montessori School, Toronto: private piano teacher 2016-2018

Harp Teacher: private studio and in-house teaching 2008-present

Piano Teacher: private studio and in-house teaching 2008-present

Invited Harp Teacher, Halifax: private lessons and group classes 2014, 2016

Invited Harp Teacher, Ottawa: private lessons and group classes 2016

Forest Hill Music Academy: private piano teacher 2015-2016

Teaching Assistant, Yale University: private harp lessons to undergraduate Yale students 2011-12

Harp Demos for High School & University Classes: Mount Allison, Yale University, McGill University 2005-present

 

Kristan holds her Grade 9 RCM in Piano, and holds a B.Mus., M.M., and G.D.P.P. in Harp Performance from McGill & Yale Universities.

Ontario Music Festival Provincials, Harp 2019