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Kris S.
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About Kris S.

As a life-long student of music I know how overwhelming the subject can be. In my classical piano roots no one taught me how music really worked or how to write. After ten years of study I became highly proficient at reading the notes on the page and moving my fingers to play them, but I hit a wall when it came to truly expressing myself on the instrument. That’s a frustrating point to reach. To get over that barrier I jammed with as many other musicians as I could find. I studied topics like music theory, songwriting, and recording. I practiced and experimented constantly, discovering a vast ocean of artists and styles. In the process I eventually found myself able to play authentically and uninhibited, the way I had always wanted. The happiness I found in true creative expression finally clued me in to what music and art is all about, and I’d like to help you learn this skill as well. I offer affordable remote video lessons online through Skype and Zoom. Beyond piano and it’s related skills, lesson topics I can cover with you can include: songwriting, music theory, recording, production, synthesizers, beginner voice training, and more!

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Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 2014

Education

Bachelor's of Arts in Music and Psychology

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Teaches ages 8+

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Speaks English

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Kris S.
Teaches Online
Student Favorite
Student Favorite
Find ways to give voice to the emotions you're feeling
Student Favorite
Student Favorite
Learn what makes a good song work. We'll find out how to write songs that capture the emotions you feel.
About Kris S.

As a life-long student of music I know how overwhelming the subject can be. In my classical piano roots no one taught me how music really worked or how to write. After ten years of study I became highly proficient at reading the notes on the page and moving my fingers to play them, but I hit a wall when it came to truly expressing myself on the instrument. That’s a frustrating point to reach. To get over that barrier I jammed with as many other musicians as I could find. I studied topics like music theory, songwriting, and recording. I practiced and experimented constantly, discovering a vast ocean of artists and styles. In the process I eventually found myself able to play authentically and uninhibited, the way I had always wanted. The happiness I found in true creative expression finally clued me in to what music and art is all about, and I’d like to help you learn this skill as well. I offer affordable remote video lessons online through Skype and Zoom. Beyond piano and it’s related skills, lesson topics I can cover with you can include: songwriting, music theory, recording, production, synthesizers, beginner voice training, and more!

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2014

Education

Bachelor's of Arts in Music and Psychology

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 8+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

Has background check

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I feel so lucky to have discovered Kris on TakeLessons. Every lesson begins with him checking in on my progress in a variety of different areas and every lesson ends with notes of our session and different areas for me to practice before our next session. There's always a great mix of homework types that Kris lets you explore in a way that is organic and fun for how you want to learn. He will work with YOU to help find the lessons that inspire you to keep practicing and staying engaged. We also spend a decent amount of time on music theory and composition, so I feel like I'm actually learning the instrument and not just following patterns. Lastly, Kris has a high level of empathy and is great at encouraging his students. He always makes me feel good about the progress I'm making while still challenging me to be better. I can't recommend Kris enough.

Posted Feb 10, 2021
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Kris is great .. always positive and upbeat. Clearly is masterful at understanding music theory and its applications to the piano. Working at a rapid pace and after just 3 lessons, I feel like I understand the piano. I would say that my understanding of some music theory (as a guitarist) helps me keep up with Kris, but he is a great listener and pauses when necessary.

Posted Nov 18, 2020
Online

Amazing instructor. I've come so far from working with him.

Posted Oct 18, 2020
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Pianist
May 2018 - Present
Pianist
Project is based around neo-classical piano compositions
Solo Artist
Apr 2014 - Present
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This solo project is an evolving environment for me to grow as a musician in. Indie, bedroom pop/dream pop singer-songwriter that I record and perform under. Vocals are something of a new foray for me, but I really enjoy exploring sound collages (such as on the Galactic Goodness album) and personal songwriting as a way of processing (such as on the latest Kris Abyss demo releases).
Keyboardist
Jan 2018 - Mar 2019
Bug Séance
Bug Séance was a fun band I got to be a part of last year
Keyboardist and Song Writer
Sep 2010 - Jun 2014
Predella (band)
This was an original alternative rock band in which I played keyboards, synthesizers, piano, and helped write our songs as well as manage the band.
Music Direcctor
Sep 2009 - Oct 2013
St. Joseph's Parish
Here I worked as a music director for a choir at a local church, leading the congregation in song each weekend at multiple masses. I played piano and organ, and helped teach the choir new songs.
Bachelor's of Arts in Music and Psychology
Aug 2008 - Aug 2012
University of Connecticut
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency

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Instructor details
Songwriting
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$40
50 minutes
$50
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30