Chresten Hyde
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Chresten Hyde

Chresten H.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a music teacher (Guitar, Piano and Drums) for over 10 years, I understand the fear many students have of music theory - it's a vast and imposing subject! But it doesn't have to be.

I teach all levels of theory in harmony, melodic construction, composition (jazz and contemporary pop/rock/r&b) as well as rhythm. I always ground the concepts we study in real life applications, I don't waste too much time on unnecessarily tedious or vague concepts. I believe music theory should serve a function not just make you sound smart! I love helping students demystify advanced concepts like modes, extended harmony, creating melodies, advanced rhythms, polyrhythms and subdivisions - and I love watching students gain the confidence and appreciation that comes with study of music theory.

If you study with me, you can expect to be challenged to grow every lesson but always supported and never rushed or intimidated by new ideas.

About Chresten H.

I have been a performing musician for almost 20 years and teaching for over 10 years. I consider myself a multi-instrumentalist, my first instruments were the drumset and piano and I began studying guitar in my teens.

My love of music has led me to study a wide range of subjects, but my primary teaching these days is focused in intermediate classical music or rock/pop/jazz styles. I tend to help steer students towards a learning path based on their goals and experience. I strongly believe that there is no single path to becoming a good musician, so I've worked hard to be flexible in how and what I teach. I'm just as comfortable teaching Bach and Beethoven as I am teaching The Beatles and Foo Fighters.

One thing that is common among all my lesson is a strong foundation of music fundamentals: sight reading, rhythm, basic theory. I focus on building skills that will last a lifetime in addition to learning your favorite songs. Students who build a solid foundation learn much faster and retain much better!

Lessons are fast paced but thorough and always friendly and encouraging. I use a wide variety of materials, method books and play-along tracks - I have also written two instructional drum books which I use frequently with my drum students.

I love empowering new students, watching them grow and develop their love of music - hope to hear from you soon!


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5 Reviews
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Chresten has been an excellent teacher to our daughter! He's very patient and helpful and he always pushes her to try her hardest!

Posted Jun 7, 2021
Angela Viscido
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Chresten is a fun and informative teacher. The pace is a little faster but challenged me to move forward. Patient and takes the time to go over any questions asked. Very thorough. Thank you.

Posted May 14, 2021
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Really nice class on topics I was aware of but not particularly experienced at... Chresten was fast but not too fast....he explained things over and over, aive us time to sample it, and then gave us pieces to practice on!

Posted May 11, 2021
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Chresten is a great music teacher. He’s been instructing my now 11 year old for 2 years. He is very patient, very flexible in meeting my son’s needs and always very pleasant. I recommend him highly.

Posted May 11, 2021
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Chresten is a very thorough and knowledgeable teacher. His background as a multi-instrumentalist really shines when he explains musical concepts, he has more than one way of making something clear! Very well versed in technical skills, techniques and exercises that will support your learning and give you a solid foundation upon which you can frolic later ))) HIghly recommend this instructor.

Posted May 11, 2021

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Music Teacher
Jan 2011 - Present

Self Employed

Private music teacher: drums, guitar, piano and group lessons. In person, at schools, and online. All ages and all skill levels.

Performing Musician
Jan 2008 - Present


I have worked as a freelance performer with many groups across the US. I've toured and recorded for over 15 years in many styles; Rock, pop, jazz, hip hop, R&B.


Certified Tutor
Feb 2020

National Tutoring Association

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