Christian Russell
Tulsa, OK
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Christian Russell

Christian R.

Tulsa, OK
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I started teaching Piano in 2008 and have worked with over 100 students of all ages. I offer lessons from 2 studios located in Tulsa and Broken Arrow. To help students become well rounded musicians I teach from a variety of books and programs by companies like Alfred, KJOS, Hal Leonard, song books, to individual pieces from music notes. I also create, print, and email custom lessons created on a program in my Mac.
I use Yamaha and Korg digital pianos and JBL speakers.
It usually takes around 2 - 3 months for a beginner to get up to speed and start playing full songs. It's my goal to help each student become the musician they desire to be. My philosophy is to teach my students to be smart musicians. It does you no good if you can play a song but don't know what you are actually doing. So, I teach students to be smart musicians in case they decide to write their own music or join a band.
I have not won a Grammy yet, but I have had people use my bands demo music in some commercial videos online and my lead guitarist Brian Gresh played on American Idol with Queen and toured with them for 2 years. We are working on recording an Album and the sky is the limit.

About Christian R.

Music is my passion. I've been playing music since I was a child but didn't get serious with it until I was 14, that's when I got my first electric guitar. So, from then on I've been playing and studying music for over 16 years. I play and teach guitar, piano, drums, and bass guitar. Aside from taking years of private lessons with a number of teachers I also studied music and audio engineering in college. I'm constantly learning more. I keep my chops up by practicing and reading books by other professionals and songwriters. So, I have an arsenal of books and musical knowledge. When I'm not teaching I spend most of my time writing and recording my original solo music. I have a rock band that I've been playing with for over a decade. We are currently in the studio recording our first professional album.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a very patient teacher. I understand that not everyone learns the same way so I specialize in breaking things down and making music as simple as it can be for each kind of student. I don't use just one method, I pull from my arsenal of acquired knowledge, books, and my own studies. I keep lessons fun and interesting. A normal lesson with me would consist of two parts the first 30 minutes we would focus on learning and practicing warm ups, exercises, licks, notes, scales, chords, arpeggios, timing, rudiments, dynamics, ear training, theory, technique, etc. And the second half we would work on a song or jam together. Depending on the age and level of student, after spending six months studying with me you will be a rock star! LOL. Well, you may not have a recording contract, but you will have gained a volume of knowledge and taken your playing up a few levels. It's all about how much time and practice you put in and how much you want it. Every student has there own pace and desire so I do my part to help them become the best that they want to be.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio: drum set, practice pad, piano and keyboard, guitar amps, chairs, parents can sit in on lesson.

Broken Arrow Music Studio: drum set, guitar amp, piano, and lobby room for parents.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in working with beginner to advanced level students. I teach all styles of music.


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32 Reviews
Wilma M.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I enjoyed learning from Christian today. I am 70 years old and did not feel out of place. He made me comfortable and he is very knowledgeable about how to go about teaching. He was very polite and patient with me and was able to go over things and explain professionally in a manner that did not insult my intelligence. He seems dedicated to teaching and does it very well .
I highly recommend this man to anyone that wants to learn how to play the Piano.

Posted Aug 31, 2021
Wade J.
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Christian has been top-notch in every way I could hope for. His communication prior to and after the lesson has been stellar, taking time to prep me then follow up with thorough, well written tips and details. (It's clear that he values the student's time as much as his own, and seeks to make the experience individualized and worthwhile for those he teaches.) The lesson itself was spot-on, being well balanced in both fun and degree of challenge. Feel very fortunate to have found him!

Posted Jul 28, 2021
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Christian easily connects with my teenage son. He is professional while at the same time relaxed and easy-going. He stresses the importance of learning the basics but there is no high pressure. He strives to teach music that is interesting to my son and that challenges him. He does a great job of explaining things. We are happy we chose Christian as our teacher.

Posted Jul 27, 2021
Keverett H.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

He is a great teacher and very patient. He provides material if requested to practice at home. Great teacher and very knowledgeable!

Posted Jul 7, 2021
Charlie S.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Christian was very careful as I knew nothing about music. He explained the guitar’s basic function in language that I can understand. I am more enthusiastic about playing than I thought possible.

Posted Jan 15, 2021
Braylon C.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

A great instructor. Very patient with my son who has never touched a piano before. Very knowledgeable about all types of music and different instruments. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for lessons.

Posted Nov 1, 2020
Emmett S.
Profile-location-online Online

My son Emmett is always excited to spend time with Christian! Each lesson is well organized and they cover a lot of material focusing both on skills and fun items. Technology part of things can be challenging but Christian each weeks puts the time in to make the experience better for all of us. We are having a wonderful time and learning a lot.

Posted Sep 28, 2020
Ozzy S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My son really enjoyed his time with Christian. He was really blown away by his knowledge. Thanks christian

Posted Feb 19, 2020
Lori L.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Christian is super cool, relaxed and patient. He cares about you learning to be able to understand music as well as your instrument. He wants you to have fun and learn to play the music you want to play!!!

Posted Jan 31, 2020
Tim R.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Christian is an excellent teacher. He listens to what I'm interested in and makes the lessons enjoyable. I would highly recommend.

Posted Mar 7, 2019
Bailey H.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Christain is a great instructor. He is very, very patient with our 8 year old daughter. She likes going because of him. He has a lot of knowledge and knows how to relate to her. We really appreciate him. Thanks Christain!

Posted Aug 30, 2018
Michael L.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Excellent! He is working with me on exactly what I was wanting to learn.

Posted Oct 31, 2017
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I needed some lessons in music theory and got what I needed. Christian knows his stuff and was very helpful in explaining some new info to me. I've got lots of homework.

Posted Oct 17, 2017
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Very nice and patient instructor. Would highly recommend.

Posted Sep 4, 2017
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Informative, patient teacher, time well spent! !!!

Posted Mar 31, 2017
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Jackson had a great first lesson. He really liked it!

Posted Jan 5, 2017
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

My daughter enjoyed her first lesson very much! She was excited to get home and practice what she just learned.

Posted Dec 5, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My 13 year old daughter has already learned a lot from Christian. He is really good with her and has many suggestions for her to work on at home.

Posted Oct 28, 2016
Ye-Lin C.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Very patience teacher
Very good experience teacher

Posted Oct 26, 2016
Thatcher M.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

My 17 year old son had his first piano lesson with Christian on 9/1/16. Christian was polite and knowledgable and worked very well with my son. My son is looking forward to his next lesson!!

Posted Sep 2, 2016
Tim V.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Is very patient with me starting new at piano. He keeps it interesting but not overwhelming and is obviously an experienced instructor that knows how to progress new students without it being frustrating.

Posted Aug 1, 2016
Keenan L.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Very good experience. Looking forward to the next lesson.

Posted Jul 8, 2016
Earl Jensen
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Christian has helped me through the basics all the way to beginner-intermediate stages of playing very rapidly. He has tuned each lesson difficulty after seeing weekly progress to fit my skill level and avoid "stale" lessons.

I will continue to use Christian as a great source for learning musical theory and technique.

Posted Apr 2, 2016
Mary V.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Christian is as good as gold! I loved how patient and calm he was with my fast paced grand daughter and she loved working with him. I would highly recommend working with him! Thank you so much Christian.

Posted Mar 3, 2016
Lexie D.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Lexie enjoyed your lesson and looks forward to meeting you again.

Posted Feb 27, 2016
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

A little more than were used to paying but this instructor went over some on time to complete the lesson and help my daughter. Very nice, you can tell he actually cares about his students.

Posted Feb 14, 2016
Jeffers J.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Instructor was very patient, encouraging, knowledgeable, and professional.

Posted Nov 9, 2015
Elisha V.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Elisha really is excited about her first piano lesson. She liked everything including the teacher, Christian. We were all very impressed!!!

Posted Nov 4, 2015
Matilda O.
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Great experience

Posted Oct 6, 2015
Randi S.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Great experience!

Posted Oct 6, 2015
Kennith S.

Home studios are not always the best atmosphere.

I have learned more from Christian in 3 lessons than I did from my previous instuctor in a year. Christian is very focused and seems committed to the task at hand.He keeps it fun and interesting and at the same time challenging.

Posted Feb 8, 2013
Mark R.

Good Piano Teacher

He is very patient, working at the level of the student. He is considerate and not pushy but gives encouragement on any effort shown. He does not merely teach songs. I appreciate his background and understanding of music theory which is the foundation for any good teacher. He does very well in sharing that understanding, even to a young person. I definitely recommend him.

Posted Dec 21, 2012


Apr 2018 - Present

Metro Christian Acadamy

I've always been a private music teacher from three studio locations in Oklahoma and two online companies but in 2018 Metro Christian school contacted me to teach a group guitar program at their school and I proudly accepted the offer. It's been fun and now I can say that I'm an official teacher, since I teach for a private school along side my own private studios.


Aug 2011 - Present

New York Institute of Photography

Music, Audio Engineering, Culinary Arts, and Photography
Aug 2005 - Jan 2012




Fluent / Native Proficiency


Aug 2017

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Aug 2017

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