Kristen K.

Kristen K.

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5 Reviews
Berkeley, CA

About Kristen K.

Kristen teaches: Males 5 and up
Females 5 and up
Teaching since: July 2006
Last sign in: Yesterday
Average response time: 28 hours

Overview

My name is Kristen K. and I am an accomplished violinist and teacher from Lexington, Kentucky. I began my musical studies at age 7 and quickly discovered my passion and love for music. As a young musician, I attended numerous summer music festivals, participated in the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. I was a winner of two concerto competitions, which gave me the opportunity to perform solos with the youth orchestra. I continued my studies at the University of Kentucky as a Violin Performance major and it was there that I discovered my love for teaching music! After completing my performance degree, I decided to also pursue a Bachelor’s in Music Education. During my college career, I served as a teaching assistant in the University of Kentucky String Project, I taught group and private lessons at several local middle and high schools, and also maintained my own private violin and viola studio. I was also awarded the McCracken Scholarship Award for Excellence in Music Education. The most rewarding part of teaching has been seeing my students continually improve and reach their goals!

In addition to teaching, I also am an avid performer. I have been a member of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra for 7 years and was a member of the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. I perform as a soloist, in chamber groups, and in orchestras regularly at various events and concerts. In the past few years I have attended international chamber music festivals in Prague, Czech Republic and in Lucca, Italy. I have also had the opportunity to perform with some of the world’s most renowned musicians including Itzhak Perlman, Midori, and Gil Shaham in additional to performing in the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and in Carnegie Hall in New York City. Studying music has provided me with many wonderful opportunities to learn and to grow. It is my goal to help students really love and enjoy playing music and develop the skills that allow us to share the magic of beautiful sound. Maintaining a high level of mastery as well as continuing to learn about the art of teaching are fundamentally equal and of highest priority for me. Through teaching music, I hope to inspire students and help them reach their potential.


*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is relaxed and understanding of where each student is at, while always maintaining a quick pace for learning new skills and always expecting the student to put forth their best effort. I am very encouraging and positive. I work with each student and his or her parents to determine short and long term goals and try to best provide the materials, instruction and motivation to achieve those goals!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, well lit, piano, music stands

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical music but I also teach bluegrass and fiddle. I particularly like the Suzuki Method for beginning to intermediate students, but when they become more advanced I begin to incorporate concertos and sonatas.

Education

Music Education Aug 2009 - May 2012
University of Kentucky
Violin Performance Aug 2005 - May 2009
University of Kentucky

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish Limited Proficiency
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Michelle F. July 17, 2014
Violin · In studio
I began as a COMPLETE beginner a year ago and strongly recommend Kristen to anyone seeking a patient, flexible, knowledgeable teacher who, through the violin both challenges and inspires growth and unique individual creative expression. Oh and, she plays like an angel...
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Kelsey F. July 9, 2014
Violin · In studio
I've had a great experience taking violin lessons with Kristen for the past year or so. I only wish I had started sooner! She is an excellent teacher: she is patient, answers all of my questions with ease, and clearly cares about her students. My lessons have been challenging but fun, and I am very happy with the progress I have made with her.
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Vera F. March 12, 2014
Violin
She is a great teacher and fantastic musician

My son had several teachers and she is the best. She is able to keep the lesson interesting and challenging while always remaining on a positive note. I now can really see the progress my son is making. It is a sheer pleasure and inspiration, hearing her play her own violin.
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Nicole V. December 28, 2013
Violin
Excellent teacher

Kristen is always on time and prepared for my daughters lessons. She knows how to engage my 7 year old and keep her learning while still making lessons fun. My daughter enjoys her lessons and has been progressing nicely. Kristen is very accomplished and skilled at teaching violin.
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Brittney H. January 28, 2013
Instructor is very personable and gears lessons towards individual.

The instructor is great at making you feel comfortable and gives a lot of encouragement. She is flexible with lessons gearing them towards individual skill, goals, and age. Excellent instructor!