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Kierstyn S.
Phoenix, Arizona
Focus on popular music
About Kierstyn S.

Kierstyn St. John is a pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer who possesses a repertoire of more than 1,000 memorized songs in every genre from classical to jazz to contemporary/pop. She has played piano for twenty three years, and has been extensively classically and jazz trained, studying everything from Rachmaninoff to Bill Evans to Billy Joel and all that's in between! She has also played guitar, bass, and alto saxophone for fifteen years and drums for twenty years. Since high school, Kierstyn has played thousands of gigs including weddings, memorials, official ASU events, private parties, hotels, restaurants, large festivals, and church fairs. She was the principal pianist for Northminster Presbyterian Church for four years, the worship director at Roosevelt Community Church, piano teacher in residence at Sunshine Acres Children's home, the keyboardist in the dance band Uncorked, and the pianist in the ASU Latin Jazz Combo. Kierstyn now gigs regularly with her own jazz pop duo, Zoetic, who has more than 8,000 combined followers on social platforms. Kierstyn graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor's of Music in Composition at Arizona State University. She has studied with James DeMars, Jody Rockmaker, and Rodney Rogers. Since attending college, she has been commissioned by Ironwood and Imagine Prep high schools, The ASU Barrett Choir, The Phoenix Art Museum, Brelby Theatre, and The ASU Art Museum. In 2014, she won the statewide Four Seasons Women's Composers Competition, and her string quintet "The Monarch" was performed in September by their professional orchestra. In 2016, her score for the Brelby Theatre premiere “Poseidon's Regret” received a nomination for an ariZoni Award. In 2022, her original song "Worth It" made it to the semi-finals in the world's largest songwriting competition, ISC. Kierstyn has also taught over 150 students to play piano, guitar, drums, and more over the past ten years. She keeps the students engaged by teaching them the songs and pieces they've always wanted to learn! She can teach classical music, jazz music, and popular music, and she often mixes them to give the student a well-rounded music education that is also fun and engaging!

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since

Teaching since 2012

Education

Bachelors of Music (Composition)

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Teaches ages 3+

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Kierstyn S.
Phoenix, Arizona
Focus on popular music
About Kierstyn S.

Kierstyn St. John is a pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer who possesses a repertoire of more than 1,000 memorized songs in every genre from classical to jazz to contemporary/pop. She has played piano for twenty three years, and has been extensively classically and jazz trained, studying everything from Rachmaninoff to Bill Evans to Billy Joel and all that's in between! She has also played guitar, bass, and alto saxophone for fifteen years and drums for twenty years. Since high school, Kierstyn has played thousands of gigs including weddings, memorials, official ASU events, private parties, hotels, restaurants, large festivals, and church fairs. She was the principal pianist for Northminster Presbyterian Church for four years, the worship director at Roosevelt Community Church, piano teacher in residence at Sunshine Acres Children's home, the keyboardist in the dance band Uncorked, and the pianist in the ASU Latin Jazz Combo. Kierstyn now gigs regularly with her own jazz pop duo, Zoetic, who has more than 8,000 combined followers on social platforms. Kierstyn graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor's of Music in Composition at Arizona State University. She has studied with James DeMars, Jody Rockmaker, and Rodney Rogers. Since attending college, she has been commissioned by Ironwood and Imagine Prep high schools, The ASU Barrett Choir, The Phoenix Art Museum, Brelby Theatre, and The ASU Art Museum. In 2014, she won the statewide Four Seasons Women's Composers Competition, and her string quintet "The Monarch" was performed in September by their professional orchestra. In 2016, her score for the Brelby Theatre premiere “Poseidon's Regret” received a nomination for an ariZoni Award. In 2022, her original song "Worth It" made it to the semi-finals in the world's largest songwriting competition, ISC. Kierstyn has also taught over 150 students to play piano, guitar, drums, and more over the past ten years. She keeps the students engaged by teaching them the songs and pieces they've always wanted to learn! She can teach classical music, jazz music, and popular music, and she often mixes them to give the student a well-rounded music education that is also fun and engaging!

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since

Teaching since 2012

Education

Bachelors of Music (Composition)

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 3+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

Has background check

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Teacher's Studio

Kierstyn is very knowledgeable and very easy to understand and work with.

Posted Jul 20, 2018
Student's home

Very well trained piano teacher. Was able to teach the kids in a meaningful way that hooked them on learning the piano.

Posted Sep 13, 2017
Teacher's Studio

Kierstyn had the incredibly unique ability to teach me every single song I wanted to learn while still teaching a range of classical, jazz, and pop fundamentals all along the way. I couldn't recommend her more.

Posted Sep 10, 2017
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Founder, songwriter/producer, keyboardist
Oct 2018 - Present
Zoetic
Zoetic is a jazz pop duo with more than 8,000 combined followers on social platforms. They gig several times per month playing both originals and covers all over the valley.
Private Instrument Instructor
Jan 2012 - Present
Self-Employed
I have taught private piano/guitar/drum lessons to over 150 students during the past eight years.
Keyboardist
Jun 2020 - Nov 2021
Uncorked the Band
Six piece dance band which gigged several times a month, both publicly and privately, all over the valley.
Piano and Guitar Instructor
Aug 2016 - May 2018
Sunshine Acres Children's Home
Pianist in Residence
Feb 2014 - May 2017
Northminster Presbyterian Church
Bachelors of Music (Composition)
Aug 2013 - May 2017
Arizona State University
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Semifinalist (for song "Worth It)
Mar 2022
International Songwriting Competition
ariZoni Award (Nomination)
Sep 2016
ariZoni Board of Directors
Statewide Women's Composer Competition
Mar 2015
Four Seasons String Orchestra
Superior rating
Aug 2010
National Federation of Music Clubs
BMI
May 2014
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.
Music Teachers National Association
May 2014
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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