Chris Colton

Chris C.

New York, NY

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Chris delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2011

Born and raised in downtown Manhattan, I have studied music for over 15 years now. When I was about 8 years old I started studying classical piano, and to be perfectly honest, it was like pulling teeth to get me to play.
The repetitious nature of learning classical etude after etude wore down upon me at that young age and it was hard for me to focus on it.

Then I learned about the blues scale and picked up the electric guitar...
After starting to play some blues piano and studying with guitar player
Scott Sharrard of the Gregg Allman band, I started to really enjoy playing music.
I was also playing Trumpet in my middle school band (NYC Lab school) although the constant upkeep trumpet requires made it hard to study three instruments at once...

I proceeded to go to Laguardia High school where I decided to zero in on the piano, studying theory and piano technique extensively, and deciding to study jazz as well as classical music.
I began to compose my own tunes and study improvisation diligently, and ended up earning my Bachelor's degree from McGill University.
If you choose to study with me, I will guarantee that you will have fun and see music as more than just a sequence of abstract notes... you will learn how certain chord progressions imply certain emotional settings, and how to manipulate those progressions into creating a scene or narrative!

Now I have record my own jazz albums, and play keyboards in a rock band called "Caverns" based here in NYC.

Additionally, I am also fluent in Ableton and record my own electronic music which I am willing to teach, as it is an important skill in the 21st century music scene.
Thank you for your consideration!
-Chris

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Experience

Jazz Pianist
Jan 2012 - Present
Self Employed

Composer.
Teacher.
Arranger.

Actor
Mar 2013 - Sep 2017
C.E.S.D.

Commercial Acting Agency.

Model
Jan 2011 - Jun 2017
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Education

Jazz Piano Performance
Sep 2011 - Jun 2016
McGill University

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Standards.

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Synth Work.

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Concert

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Concert.

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Lesson.

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"Caverns" Rehearsal.

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Knitting factory rock gig... "Caverns"

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Loft Concert

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Bowery Ballroom Gig.
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