Christiaan Smith
New York, NY
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Christiaan Smith

Christiaan S.

New York, NY
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Profile-location-home Student's Home
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Profile-location-home Student's Home
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've produced 100+ tracks using Ableton and my plugin library including Nexus, Serum, Sylenth, UAD, DadaLife, and Native Instruments.

About Christiaan S.

Christiaan's students have sung at Madison Square Garden, and secured Master's degrees at NYU and London's Royal Central School. Christiaan's teaching style blends the joy and play of music with discipline through exercises, physiology, Alexander Technique, text analysis, and acting to achieve your greatest musical dreams.

Christiaan played Gaston in the Broadway tour of Beauty and the Beast. He has three opera degrees and has worked with opera legends Marilyn Horne and Jake Heggie. He works with Lady Gaga's teacher, he arranged his own recital of pop songs at Carnegie Hall, he has written and recorded in Nashville and the U.K, and his latest project, a big band album titled, "Come Fly With Us," is available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Reviews

Write a Review
5.0
28 Reviews
5
100%
4
0%
3
0%
2
0%
1
0%
George D.
Profile-location-online Online

WOW! Seriously, he's that good.

Before I started my lessons with Christiaan I would blow my voice out during extended singing sessions and knew I needed to find a vocal coach with the expertise to help me to prevent permanent damage. He quickly identified my strengths and weaknesses and gave me many tools and techniques I never even thought I'd be capable of.

Christiaan has an amazing teaching style and always brings positive energy to each lesson. He knows how to offer constructive criticism in a gentle way that makes you excited to want to do better.

I'm much more motivated and confident as a singer-songwriter as a result of these lessons and I can't thank him enough for bringing that element to my life.

Posted Jul 2, 2020
Jerry H.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I took classes with Christiaan for about a year and a half. He is a really experienced singer, and his lessons were amazing!
We worked together for a grad school audition for vocal performance. I would not have got the offer without Christiaan. He was super helpful, patient, and really helped me become a better singer/performer! Definitely recommend his lessons!

Posted Feb 18, 2020
Sarathi ..
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I just had my first lesson with Christiaan. He was amazing. Gentle, very positive, and really good at observing and figuring out my strengths and weaknesses. He's also inspired me to learn with his love of music and thoughtful approach.

Posted Jun 23, 2019
Daniel
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I was blown away by his knowledge and assessment of the skills I should prioritize. My mind was blown several times. Excellent pedagogy and very personable!

Posted Jun 19, 2019
Emily
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I've had a great experience taking lessons with Christiaan! I've had about 10 lessons total now. As someone who doesn't have a background singing, I was definitely a bit nervous going into it, but that didn't last long -- Christiaan's friendly and extremely talented. I especially appreciate that he provides context about posture, history, anatomy, etc. and that he took time early on to learn about my goals. Last but not least, I'm happy with my results so far!

Posted Nov 25, 2018
Maya Baramidze
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

My daughter is taking vocal lessons with Christiaan for about a few months.
It is amazing how much she grew throughout this period not only in singing but also in acting and stage appearance. He is a great instructor working on every little detail to make sure that my daughter could understand every aspect of what she was working on. if anyone is looking for a teacher who is kind and patient and professional, I would recommend Christiaan.

Posted Aug 30, 2018
Luca F.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Christiaan is a very nice and competent vocal trainer.
He’s patient and it doesn’t get frustrated easily.
The time flies when I work with him and I definitely saw improvements just after 5 lessons.
It really makes you want to keep studying and working hard!
Thanks prof!
Luca

Posted Jun 25, 2018
Allana ..
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Best singing instructor I’ve ever had! Over the years it’s been hard to find a balance of a good learning experience and comfortability when taking lessons. One or the other was always lacking, but not with Christiaan! I learn so much AND have a good time. I feel myself improving and getting more confident each lesson.

Posted Apr 10, 2018
William
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Great, thanks a lot! got somewhere!

Posted Mar 25, 2018
Elena Z.
Profile-location-online Online

Posted Mar 18, 2018
Courtney
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Christiaan has been working on his own music for quite some time and his knowledge of various musical genres to reference and borrow from for influences and ideas is so vast based on his long background in music. What is refreshing about working with him is he is open to so many forms of music. As he states it, " music is music". it provides a fresh approach. I am very pleased with this expanded viewpoint.

Posted Mar 9, 2018
Richard
Profile-location-online Online

Posted Mar 8, 2018
Richard
Profile-location-online Online

Posted Mar 8, 2018
Paul
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I was a little nervous but he put me at ease. He allowed me to go at my own pace. I would definitely recommend him.

Posted Mar 1, 2018
David
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Christiaan is the real deal in terms of singing, with capabilities in multiple genres (opera, Broadway, popular, etc). Very knowledgeable and easygoing style. I really enjoy learning from him!

Posted Feb 26, 2018
Henry
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Best Instructor Ever. Although, by default, because in truth he's the only instructor I've ever had. Took the leap to get some training in an effort to dazzle my fiance at our wedding coming up this summer. Was I apprehensive? Sure! Was I skeptical? Absolutely! Was I intimidated? Perhaps. Were any of these fears justified?? Not at all!!! Christiaan has been warm, welcoming, and most importantly a great coach. I have felt that I've improved quite a bit considering I've only had two lessons so far. I can only imagine the results after all five. I might even opt for five more. That being said, he certainly will NOT disappoint. Anyone who has a passion for vocal art or motivated to up their level, I highly recommend you put the excuses aside, and hit this dude up. He knows what he's doing, and his accomplishments speak for themselves.

Posted Feb 26, 2018
Benny
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Nice and patient teacher! I highly recommend him!

Posted Feb 26, 2018
Dara
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Christiaan is great! Very encouraging, patient and knowledgeable. I'm looking forward to my continued lessons with him.

Posted Feb 25, 2018
Mariemilia. Carvallo
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Hi guys, does someone have Christians number ?

Posted Feb 23, 2018
Summer ..
Profile-location-online Online

Awesome lesson and can't wait for the next one

Posted Feb 20, 2018
Isac S.
Profile-location-online Online

Posted Feb 10, 2018
Kate N.
Profile-location-online Online

So far, so good! Christiaan is friendly and supportive and encouraging. Not to mention, an awesome singer himself. Looking forward to future lessons!

Posted Feb 6, 2018
Brett
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Thank you Christiaan for sharing your expertise. Your breathing techniques, workouts and discipline really helped me. Your background knowledge is terrific. You are among the best teachers and communicators I have had to advance my style. I am so appreciative.

Posted Dec 19, 2017
Gian
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Christiaan was so helpful and knowledgeable about Ableton software. He helped me navigate and load new sounds, as well as work on some original music with such ease. He has an amazing grasp of music composition that strengthens the what one can do with this software. i really gained a lot from my lesson.

Posted Dec 8, 2017
Jan
Profile-location-online Online

I have always enjoyed singing and never had formal training. Christiaan is a patient and encouraging instructor. I learned so much about control and breathing in a short time. He has such extensive knowledge to share.

Posted Dec 6, 2017
Jessica
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Christiaan is an awesome instructor. He guides me through the most informative and productive lessons! Highly recommend him to anyone looking to improve at any level!

Posted Dec 6, 2017
Mikaela
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Loving the opera lessons, Christiaan!

Posted Dec 5, 2017
Tamia
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Christiaan came to our apartment and really helped my son get ready for audition season

Posted Dec 5, 2017

Photos & Videos

8 Photos & Videos

Experience

Gaston
Aug 2015 - Jul 2016

Beauty and the Beast National Tour

Performed all 326 of 326 shows as Gaston.

Education

Certificate of Opera Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2012

Boston University Opera Institute

MM - Voice
Aug 2008 - Jun 2010

Indiana University-Bloomington Jacobs School of Music

BM - Voice Performance
Aug 2004 - May 2008

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Languages

Czech

Professional Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

German

Professional Proficiency

German Latin

Professional Proficiency

Italian

Professional Proficiency

Italian Latin

Professional Proficiency

Russian

Limited Proficiency

Yiddish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Phyllis Curtain Award
Aug 2011

Boston University Opera Institute

Nora Sands Award
Mar 2009

Orpheus Vocal Competition

Affiliations

Actors' Equity Association
Jan 2017
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.
American Guild of Musical Artists
Jan 2012
An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.

Let Our Student Counselors Help You

We can match you with the perfect teacher and take care of all your scheduling needs.
Reserve Your Spot
Ableton
change subject
  • {{ subject.value }}
{{ (view.locations.length > 1) ? 'Select a ' : '' }} Lesson Location
Other lesson locations may be too far away. show all
Christiaan's Availability
Mo
Tu
We
Th
Fri
Sa
Su
Mornings
{{ time }}
Afternoons
{{ time }}
Evenings
{{ time }}
Time Zone:
Christiaan's {{ (view.location && view.location.isStudio) ? 'Studio' : '' }} {{ (view.location && view.location.isTravel) ? 'In-Home' : '' }} {{ (view.location && view.location.isOnline) ? 'Online' : '' }} Lesson Pricing
{{ rate.duration }} minutes
${{ rate.rate }}
{{ view.loadingText }}
100% Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Try the first lesson and if you’re not satisfied we'll refund any unused lessons.

Recently Viewed