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'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.

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

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

​"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!" - Chaya

"Our daughter showed an early interest in the harp and although we were unfamiliar with the instrument, we met Kristan and never looked back. Kristan is an amazingly accomplished harpist who brings passion and energy into her teaching. She is friendly, engaging and makes her lessons challenging yet fun. She truly is a gift! Our daughter’s talent has grown tremendously thanks to Kristan. We look forward to many more years with her." - Lorraine

"Kristan’s patience and constant attention to details while teaching helps me improve my skills and strengthen my technique. Going to class and playing for people has always been scary for me, but ever since I started my classes with her, I’m no longer afraid of playing in front of strangers. She is responsive to my needs and flexible with scheduling, has a great passion and interested in my learning, and pushes me to my maximum capacity, which helps me push through and get better every day." - Ghazal

"When my son was about 7 years old, Kristan became his first piano teacher. My energetic boy could hardly sit still in his classroom for 5 minutes, but he listened carefully whenever Kristan was teaching. It’s been a year and half, every week, my son is looking forward to his piano lesson; and every day, he practices for next lesson. It seems that he is encouraged and inspired by the beauty of music; and I could tell that in his eyes, Kristan represents a true artist." - Eva

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