Crystal S.

Crystal S.

6 Reviews
Los Angeles, CA

About Crystal S.

Background check: Last verified 05/12/2014
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Crystal teaches: Males 5 to 18
Females 5 to 18
Teaching since: May 2003
Last sign in: 5 days ago
Average response time: Less than 1 hour

Overview

Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twenty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)

Photos and Videos

With original band The Honeysuckle Jones Revival at The Gig on Melrose.

Experience

Music Teacher Aug 2014 - Present
Ventura Charter School

I teach general music to elementary school students with an emphasis on the Orff Schulwerk approach.

Director of Little Wing May 2014 - Present
School of Rock

I operate School of Rock's early childhood program with its focus on rock and soul music. Ages 3-6.

Piano Teacher Jan 2014 - Present
The Hollywood Piano Company

I teach beginning through intermediate piano students.

Instructor/Course Designer Sep 2013 - Present
Shakespeare For Kids

I wrote and teach this innovative classroom course for grades K-12. Part theater workshop, part lecture/discussion and part role-playing game, Shakespeare For Kids immerses students in the life and times of Shakespeare and makes the words come to life, while helping students develop the soft skills necessary for workplace success.

Instructor/Co-Owner May 2013 - Present
S.N.A.P. Productions (Sing-Along Now And Play)

I co-founded this company which provides early childhood music education for ages 0-5. I design curriculum, teach Mommy and Me, daycare and pre-school classes, and provide party entertainment for kids.

Instructor/Curriculum Designer Feb 2010 - Mar 2011
Rock the Classroom

Innovative music through literacy program for grades 3-6. I taught it and wrote new curriculum to state standards.

Performer Apr 2010 - Nov 2010
The Burning Opera LA

I provided vocals and shadow work, as well as playing piano and bass during this sold-out musical's Los Angeles run.

Performer Feb 2009 - Nov 2009
Louis and Keely: Live At the Sahara

I played the lead role of Keely Smith during this smash hit's 8-month run at Westwood's Geffen Playhouse, under the direction of Taylor Hackford.

Education

BA Acting Oct 1993 - May 1996
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Orff Schulwerk Level 1 Jul 2014
The University of Nevada Las Vegas

Awards

The Herb Alpert Award Jun 1991
The Herb Alpert Foundation

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association Jul 2014
MTNA

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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6 Reviews on Crystal S.

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Tamura H. Sep 29, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. Sep 29, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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Stacey N. Feb 13, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Wonderful person and excellent instruction

I have been taking lessons from Crystal for a few months now. I took lessons from others before I moved to the area, and I have had multiple new breakthroughs with Crystal. She is great at finding the language that allows me to understand adjustments, and is very patient and understanding. I was at ease from the first moment I met her. I highly recommend her to other adults looking to get into singing of any kind!
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berenice O. Aug 28, 2012
Piano
Verified Student
This product has great features and they are very friedly and helpful.

She is very friendly, even though, she is not always on time. She has a very positive attitude and teaches for the required time and not a minute more. I wish she take time to get to know her students in order to personalize her teaching. I also wish she would have some sort of constructive criticism rather than always say that my child "is doing good."
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SoniaL Apr 28, 2012
My lessons are going great. I love the one on one time I'm getting with my teacher. There are nothing, but positive vibes during lessons. I'm extremely happy with this class :)-Nikki.
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SmitaS Dec 11, 2011
Very good piano teacher; especially for kids

I apologize for sending my feedback late.Post returning to India I had some catch-up to do.Overall feedback for Ms Crystal is that she is a great piano teacher and Abhishek learnt a lot in the short time he was a student with her.Specific postive feedback for Ms Crystal include: 1) The objectives set with Ms Crystal upfront in focusing on theory and technique were met.2) She was able to engage Abhsihek he, used to read the book and talk about is lesons at the hotel room in LA, and listen to the CD.3) Abhsihsek made significant progress (his teacher in India is very happy with his progress) Unfortunately as already communicated upfront, our trip to La was only for a few weeks, so we had to discontinue lessons post Nov 14.Even though I could only attend one class of Abhishek with Ms Crystal I would like to share my thoughts on a possible opportunities for improvement:1) she is sometime too kind to the kid and gives too much leeway. She may need to be strciter with some kids to keep his attention focused on the work. Abhishek is a little difficult in terms of short attention span, so in his case, she could have been firmer with the child.Overall it was a great experience and I wish Ms Crystal luck and success in her field.Thanks,smita Sahatpure