Christina Cruder

Christina C.

Akron, OH

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About

Christina delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 2005

I teach music lessons to both kids and adults of all playing levels and all styles including Classical and Jazz.

Experience

Assistant Principle Clarinetist
Jan 2012 - Present
Suncoast Symphony

Music Teacher
Jan 2012 - Present
Universal Rock School

Musician
Jan 2005 - Present
Freelance Performer

Performing at various venues including: the Maffey Theater, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Straz Center, Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, and Carnegie Hall.

Performed with artists such as Il Divo, Supertramp, Indigo Girls, and Celtic Thunder.

Performed with the Nebraska Theatre Caravan's National Tour of A Christmas Carol, 8 O'Clock Theatre and Freefall Theatre.

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Music Teacher
Jan 2012 - Aug 2014
Chosen Chord

Musician
Nov 2013 - Dec 2013
Nebraska Theatre Caravan

Education

Masters Degree of Music
Aug 2009 - May 2011
Carnegie Mellon University
Bachelors of Music
Aug 2005 - May 2009
University of Florida

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Carnegie Mellon Teaching Fellowship
Aug 2009
Carnegie Mellon University
John Amott Clarinet Award
May 2009
Mitchell Estrin

Affiliations

National Flute Association
Jun 2013

The National Flute Association, founded in 1972, is the largest flute organization in the world. Approximately 5,000 members from more than 50 countries join together in person, online, at conventions, informally and in forums, through publications and classrooms, in performance, in friendship and collegiality. Guided by its goals to encourage a higher standard of artistic excellence for the flute, its performers, and its literature, members include leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz and world music performers, teachers, adult amateurs, and students of all ages.

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Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Sep 2007

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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International Clarinet Association
Jan 2006

The International Clarinet Association is a community of clarinetists and clarinet enthusiasts that supports projects that will benefit clarinet performance; provides opportunities for the exchange of ideas, materials, and information among its members; fosters the composition, publication, recording, and distribution of music for the clarinet; encourages the research and manufacture of a more definitive clarinet; avoids commercialism in any form while encouraging communication and cooperation among clarinetists and the music industry; and encourages and promotes the performance and teaching of a wide variety of repertoire for the clarinet.

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Congratulations! All my students who performed in the recital.

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16 Reviews

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Maahi J. Apr 26, 2017
Piano · In home

For starters Christina came in 7 mins late (6:37) but promptly took her hands off the piano at 7:00 Pm stating, 30 mins done.
She made no effort to introduce herself to our 6 year old or get to know her atall.
She just sat down and started talking about this is a note,half note and the piano has groups of 2 and 3.
What does a half note mean to a 6 year old who is brand new to piano?
The lesson was absolutely drag and boring with my child just copying what she did.
Totally disappointing. Need a new instructor.

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Nicholas Jan 24, 2017
Saxophone · In home

Christina is very patient and helps her new students fully enjoy taking lessons. My grandson was very excited for his first lesson and very happy with the teacher and the lesson and is looking forward to his next lesson with her. Thank you Christina!

Geri

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Milton Jan 5, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

Great Job!

Joan A. Oct 28, 2016
Flute · In home

Thank you for pointing out the issue with my air flow and the opportunities
for workshops.
Remember to let me know about when you play in the jazz group as well.

Thank you,

Joan

Rylie Sep 7, 2016
Clarinet · In home

Christina was wonderful with my 11 year old for her first lesson! My daughter is brand new at learning to play the clarinet. She walked in knowing two notes, she walked out playing a couple of simple songs! Christina pulled her own clarinet and played along with my daughter, this made it so much easier to learn as well as fun. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that lessons continue to go this well.

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Lori D. Jul 1, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Excellent lesson!

Jerald K. Jun 8, 2016
Piano · In home

First lesson ever. Christina is personable and shows she will work at the pace you need her to for your skill level. Looking forward to future lessons.

Bill May 16, 2016
Piano · In studio

Good first lesson!

Alexandra M. Feb 23, 2016
Piano · In studio

Instructor is clearly knowledgeable in music however, not skilled at assessing the best starting point for the student. Could be better if slowed the pace, and took the time to confirm that the student is absorbing what is being taught. Would be a great tutor for assisting in understanding, or reviewing what is being taught elsewhere. Not so much as an instructor for a beginner.

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Jim D. Feb 4, 2016
Piano · In home

Christina is pleasant, very knowledgeable, and knows how to teach! (My four stars in the other review was preliminary after only a lesson or two.)

Debra Bowen Dec 7, 2015
Piano · In studio

Christina is so very patient! She is helping me very much!

Jim D. Nov 20, 2015
Piano · In home

Christina obviously knows her stuff and how to communicate. I look forward to future lessons.

Nikki W. Aug 11, 2015
Piano · In studio

Christina is a highly skilled musician who invests of herself into the lives of her students. She has worked to incorporate my daughter's love of jazz music into her piano lessons, while educating my daughter about other music styles and broadening her interests at the same time. Christina's attention to detail has enabled my daughter to fine-tune her piano skills in problem areas.

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Cissy B. May 14, 2015
Piano · In home

Christina and I were a good fit. I was reluctant to find a teacher on line, but she turned out to be a pleasant surprise. She's easy to work with, she's patient and her instructional explanations are a monumental plus. I think this will be a long lasting relationship....I highly recommend this young lady.

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Patricia R. Nov 24, 2014
· In home

Christina is an excellent teacher. She is very detailed when
explaining how to play a song in the correct time signature.
I like the fact that she does not move forward until I have
learned where my problem areas are; for example timing.
I would highly recommend Christina as a piano teacher.

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Patricia R. Nov 5, 2014
Piano · In home

Christina is a very detailed, experienced teacher. I am happy to have
her as a piano teacher.

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