Christa Haxthausen

Christa H.

North Hollywood, CA
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About

Christa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 7+

Teaching since:
February 2009

Hi, my name is Christa! I am a voice and piano teacher with a background in songwriting and classical piano. I embrace an intuitive and holistic approach to teaching, learning and discovering the uniqueness of your own style in a fun learning environment.

I studied voice and songwriting at Berklee College of Music and have been playing and teaching music to adults and children for several years. I bring a relaxed and holistic and also disciplined approach to my lessons, incorporating warmups and exercises, and song performance and interpretation into each lesson, providing you with tools and strategies for you to take away from each lesson.

Voice lesson skills might include: breath management and support, pitch control, ear training, music reading skills and various other topics as well.

Piano lesson skills might include note-reading, sight-reading, music theory, time and rhythm, finger technique, music interpretation and more.

Lessons are always tailored to your learning goals and musical interests!

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Experience

Voice and Piano Instructor
Sep 2015 - Present
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Sep 2015 - Present
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Sep 2015 - Present
Bloom School of Music and Dance

I currently teach piano and voice at Bloom School of Music and Dance in Eagle Rock. Bloom celebrates a unique "outside the box" approach to music instruction and learning while incorporating a strong foundation of the essentials, giving each student the tools to make, create, play and interpret any style of music they wish.

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Voice and Piano Instructor
Feb 2009 - Present
Independent

I have been teaching voice and piano for several years across New York City, Austin and Los Angeles. My students range widely in age and proficiency level, from 5 years old to 50 years old, from wee little beginners to professional musicians.

I bring a relaxed and holistic yet disciplined approach to my lessons, incorporating warmups, exercises, song performance and interpretation into each lesson, and tailoring each lesson to each student’s goals and interests. In addition to vocal or piano technique, we often work on other areas such as ear training, sight-reading, music theory, music reading skills, self-accompaniment skills, etc.

I strive to help my students work towards their own musical self-sufficiency, and I encourage them to explore and uncover their own style of playing and singing. I enjoy facilitating their process in myriad ways from helping them choose and transcribe a pop song, to fleshing out their own arrangement of the song in chord voicings, to improvising their own riffs and vocal runs. It never ceases to be a delight to see my students’ excitement as they discover their own voice and ability to understand and make their own music.

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Education

Artist Diploma, Voice, Songwriting
May 2000 - May 2002
Berklee College of Music
Piano
May 1995 - Sep 1997
Mannes College of Music
Bachelor's Degree, Psychology
Sep 1993 - May 1995
Barnard College, Columbia University
Piano
Jan 1990 - Aug 1993
Longy School of Music

10 Reviews

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Carvon Futrell Jun 11, 2017
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Great coach

Rebecca Samson Feb 28, 2017
Piano ·

Christa is a great teacher. She is warm and friendly and very knowledgeable. My six year old loves her!

Cailey Fleming Feb 24, 2017
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Christa is amazing, she's fun & she really helped my daughter with her specific needs!!!

Nick Milodragovich Jan 16, 2017
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She's great. Met me at my level (not the best) and had me singing better than I ever have. Thanks!

Esther Lee Dec 10, 2016
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Great teacher. Just one 30 minute lesson and she already helped me so much! Definitely going to be continuing lessons!

Sarah Strazi May 25, 2016
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I've had a blast working with Christa! I had only taken a handful of lessons before coming to her and she helped me to feel confident and right at home! You'll love her! :)

Shadley Grei Apr 29, 2016
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I am having a great time learning with Christa. It has been years since I have worked with a professional coach so it's nice to work with someone that makes it so comfortable to push beyond my comfort zone.

Kelsey Oliver Apr 2, 2016
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I loved my first lesson with Christa, it was fun and engaging, and I think I'm going to learn a lot from her. I will definitely be scheduling more lessons with her!

Patricia Perez Jan 25, 2016
Piano ·

Christa is a joy as a teacher. She is warm, flexible and a professional in the theories she teaches. Though we are only allotted 30 minutes, I still am learning so much! After many many years from piano playing, she has already given me the confidence that I can do this again. From a more conventional way of being taught piano as a child, she has introduced new ways of learning. Am truly grateful we were connected.

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Geoff Prather Nov 2, 2015
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Christa is an excellent teacher that makes the experience fun and rewarding.

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