L E S S O N S : H A R P & P I A N O
With over 10 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.
Kristan teaches all ages, young and old, beginners and advanced. She focuses on the fundamentals of performance as well as catering to the student's own interests and needs. Her method includes but is not limited to working primarily through the Royal Conservatory of Music training program.
The best time to start lessons will be different for every child, but most will be ready between the ages of 5 to 9 years old, or even as young as age 3. Weekly lessons are recommended. Time length recommendation is 60 minutes, but depending how long a student can pay attention, enjoy the lesson, and how much they want to take on each week, 30 or 45 minute lessons are also an option.
It's recommended that beginners for harp start on a small lever harp. Kristan can help you easily & affordably find the perfect instrument for you to purchase or rent!
Kristan's teaching studio is located in Sudbury, and also teaches in-home private lessons for those wanting lessons in the comfort of their home. Kristan also offers online piano lessons. For those who are interested, please write her for more information.
Kristan's principal teachers include Jennifer Swartz and June Han, and has studied with notable teachers Nancy Allen, Deborah Hoffman, Judy Loman, Elizabeth Hainen, Heidi Krutzen and Frédérique Cambreling.
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
Teaching Assistant: Yale University: private harp lessons to undergraduate Yale students 2011-12
Harp Demos for High School & University Classes: including Mount Allison, Yale & McGill Universities 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
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"I learned so much"
“Thank you so much for a wonderful year of musical study. The lessons were the highlight of my week and I learned so much. You were always so patient and encouraging, finding good things to say about my playing, calmly explaining concepts until I understood them. Your self-evident breadth of knowledge and love of music, teaching and the harp combined to create fantastic first year of harp studies. Thank you!”