Christina Esser

Christina E.

Pasadena, CA
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About

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

Teaching since:
March 2015

My name is Christina and I am very passionate about the vocal arts, specifically Opera. Opera was a surprise in my life that I discovered in college. It moved me to a point where I knew it was what I wanted to pursue. Though singing classically takes great patience, discipline, and perseverance, that 5 minutes on stage projecting pure vocal freedom and expression make it well worth it. The classical technique can provide a great foundation to healthy singing, which can ensure a long vocal life.
Along side opera, I believe basic knowledge in piano is extremely beneficial in improving musicality and an understanding of each piece. Piano greatly improves sight reading and ones ability to learn music quickly and efficiently. It can allow one to develop an understanding of harmony and context within each unique piece of music.
I have recently started teaching and would love to help and guide those interested in music, specifically classical voice, opera, musical theater, and piano. I would love to share the great joy it brings me with others and pass down what I have learned over the years. I have completed courses in music pedagogy and education alongside my degree, and believe in shaping my lessons around each individual's learning style so that each student may continue to grow while having fun.

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Experience

Substitute Soloist
Jun 2016 - Present
Ninth Church

Leads church hymns and performs a solo during each service.

Soprano soloist
May 2013 - Jun 2014
Santa Ynez Master Chorale and Orchestra

Featured soloist with the Santa Ynez Master Chorale and Orchestra

Church Cantor
Oct 2012 - Sep 2013
St. Mark's Catholic Church

Leads church service in hymns and responses

Education

Music
Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
University of California Santa Barbara
Music
Sep 2011 - Jun 2014
University of California Santa Barbara

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
German
Professional Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Kuel Scholarship
Sep 2013
University of California Santa Barbara
Ridlee Tree Scholarship
Sep 2011
University of California Santa Barbara
Music Talent Scholarship
Sep 2010
University of Redlands
Music Talent Scholarship
Sep 2009
University of Redlands

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50 Reviews

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Kiana Jul 27, 2017
Singing · Online

A great first lesson. She was very knowledgeable and I feel like I learned a lot!

Cristian Jul 26, 2017
Singing · In studio

Great

Philip Jul 13, 2017
Singing · In home

Christina is very upbeat and patient and tries hard to motivate her students.

Sacha B. Jun 24, 2017
Singing · Online

Our 10 year old daughter Indigo has been taking lessons with Christina for about 9 months. We are stopping for the summer as life is too busy, but Christina has taken Indigo's voice from one that mimics whatever she hears, and trained her to sing with her own voice in the most pure way. She just performed at her school talent show and was the star, thanks to Christina's encouragement, expertise and understanding of how a child's voice should develop have helped my daughter find her voice and shine xx

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Kristina Jun 20, 2017
Singing · In studio

Christina is the best! I took singing lessons from her last year on a whim because it's someThing I had always wanted to try. She is a wealth of knowledge and every time I went to her was so impressed to hear my singing improve every week thanks to the clear cut direction she would provide to me. She has a wonderful personality and Id recommend her to anyone looking for musical training.
Christina, you sound amazing in your video on here singing opera- simply earth shattering and powerful sound! Still working on breaking the sound barrier over here haha

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Karen S. May 3, 2017
Singing · Online

Christina was the best!

Sacha B. Apr 25, 2017
Singing · Online

Allie Apr 20, 2017
Opera Voice · In home

Amazing person and teacher, a teacher who can handle any student in any level or age or knowledge. She is extremely prepared which is why i would say she is probably the smartest and knowledgeable vocal teacher on takelessons. Christina is pacient, kind, motivates and will get you where you want to be.

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Rachel A. Feb 7, 2017
Classical Piano · Online

My daughter loves Christina, very kind and patient and encouraging. Highly recommend!!!!!

Skyler Feb 2, 2017
Singing · Online

Daughter really enjoyed her 1st lesson! Christina's style and experience are a great fit!

Josh Jan 25, 2017
Vocal Training · Online

For a long time I had difficulty singing but Christina has done a great job of helping me improve my voice. She's able to explain concepts in a way I understand and I've made significant process while working with her. I highly recommend Christina to anyone looking for a great vocal teacher!

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mary munger Jan 25, 2017
Piano · Online

Christina is a great teacher. She is patient and kind but maintains high expectations. My daughter appreciates her cheerfulness and willingness to let her pursue her own musical interests. I highly recommend her.

Leah Dec 18, 2016
Piano · Online

Carolina B. Dec 6, 2016
Singing · Online

Ashley Nov 16, 2016
Singing · Online

Cecelia Nov 6, 2016
Singing · Online

Christina rocks!!!! She helped me find my voice. I'm an older (some could say senior 😀) student. I never had any formal training. In one lesson she had me singing 100 times better. Surprisingly, I'm getting even better as the lessons progress. I started out watching Videos online which helped me, but at some point you need a professional to hear your voice.
I am the cantor at church, so I am so thankful for Christina and her focused direction. I think the congregation is thankful for her as well 😀. Love you Christina and thanks for helping me find my voice.

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Lily Nov 4, 2016
Vocal Training · Online

Phineas J. Nov 1, 2016
Singing · In studio

This was my 5 year old son's very first time taking singing lessons and we couldn't be more pleased! Christina didn't force him into it when he started out shy, rather found a song he loved and started singing it herself until he felt comfortable chiming in. So great! We're so excited for next week!!

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Indigo B. Nov 1, 2016
Singing · Online

Christina was lovely with my 10 year old daughter. She was encouraging, yet kept her persevering to get out of bad habits to reach the best vocal range. First lesson and we were worried about doing it online, but it was absolutely perfect. xx

Rowan H. Oct 27, 2016
Singing · In studio

Christina is a truly wonderful vocal coach. She's not only knowledgeable and competent as a teacher, but she's very personable and warm which inspires excitement for learning and honing your instrument. Her teaching style creates a relaxed, but useful experience. She's sensitive to working with the specificities of your voice and style/genre while also creating a healthy foundation of classical training. I highly recommend Christina for any singer!

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Rowan H. Oct 27, 2016
Singing · In studio

Christina is a truly wonderful vocal coach. She's not only knowledgeable and competent as a teacher, but she's very personable and warm which inspires excitement for learning and honing your instrument. Her teaching style creates a relaxed, but useful experience. She's sensitive to working with the specificities of your voice and style/genre while also creating a healthy foundation of classical training. I highly recommend Christina for any singer!

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Krista R. Oct 26, 2016
Singing · Online

Singing lessons with Christina are fun and she is helping me gain confidence!
She has a great way of explaining vocal techniques and she is professional and upbeat!

Karen S. Oct 26, 2016
Singing · Online

it was awesome !!!

Kim guessferd Oct 21, 2016
Singing · Online

I love her she so amazing!!!!!!!!!!:)

Elianna H. Oct 5, 2016
Singing · Online

Wonderful first class my granddaughter loves the Christina!

Genevieve Oct 3, 2016
Piano · In studio

Christina is a wonderful teacher for my 11 year old son. She is incredibly enthusiastic and very supportive. My son really enjoys taking lessons with her and has already shown great progress in a short amount of time. She is a kid at heart, and has made a good connection with him. Christina is also very professional with all aspects of scheduling and communication. I highly recommend her.

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Kaylynn serna Sep 27, 2016
Singing · Online

Christina is a great teacher. She is patient, enthusiastic and fun to learn from. I feel more confident singing then when i started and very helpful giving advise on songs that will help me learn and be better. I finished the 5 lessons and looking forward to my next lesson.

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Heidi L. Sep 22, 2016
Piano · Online

I was a little intimidated by the concept of online classes as this was new to me but Christina made me feel at ease. She was energetic and encouraging. Looking forward to my next lesson.

Jaidyn J. Sep 14, 2016
Singing · Online

We're very pleased with Christina!:) She has a wonderful personality. She's warm hearted, enthusiastic and engaging with her lesson. She's very thorough with her directions and easy to follow. You can tell she has a passion for teaching. My daughter was super excited about her experience and is looking forward to the next lesson:) Thank you Christina!:)

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Kendra Sep 12, 2016
Singing · Online

Christina is great. The first lesson my daughter learned a lot! Although she's been taking lessons for over a year, there was a lot that Christina taught her that she didn't know. She's also fun! Thank you!

Tessa Sep 11, 2016
Singing · In studio

Great experience overall! Never had a singing coach before and in a couple lessons I've come a long way. She always fills the time completely and has really pushed me!

Adam K. Sep 9, 2016
Singing · Online

Only one lesson so far but can't wait for the next one with Christina! She does an excellent job of distilling complex ideas to simple metaphors and visuals that help you make connections that make sense to you.

Great energy and beautiful voice too.

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Glenn M. Jul 31, 2016
Piano · In home

Christina has been great. My 2 children really enjoy the lessons. Despite initially being reluctant and tentative to begin lessons, they now have fun learning.

Theresa Jul 5, 2016
Piano · In home

Thoughtful, patient, and flexible to the needs of the student!

vincent May 18, 2016
Vocal Training · Online

my granddaughter tally is very happy with Christina.she has had five voice lessons and we just signed up for six more,we also signed up for six piano lessons with Christina.

Leah Apr 27, 2016
Piano · Online

Christina has been a wonderful piano teacher for my eight-year-old daughter, who is just beginning. Christina is efficient, patient, and very encouraging. My daughter says she has learned so much in just a few lessons. Thank you, Christina!

Brock Apr 25, 2016
Singing · Online

She got me excited and motivated to try my best with singing.

Nanette K. Apr 18, 2016
Classical Piano · In home

Christina is great! We love her. We are so happy that she is teaching us. My six year old and I are both taking lessons from her.

Angelo A. Apr 2, 2016
Singing · In studio

Really helpful and friendly, made my first singing lesson experience really enjoyable.

Synden Mar 24, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio

Christina is so nice and helpful!! She's encouraging and patient--wonderful teacher!!

Brendan Mar 19, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

Christina has helped push me in the direction of my passion! Her enthusiasm and love for music has helped me so much. She has been so helpful and patient with my vocal training and is very good at articulating what she wants from you as a performer. Highly recommended by myself as a new performer to the industry!

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Lisa K. Feb 5, 2016
Piano · In home

Christina is great, very knowledgeable with a positive and fun attitude.

Jade J. Jan 29, 2016
Piano · In home

She is very energetic and encouraging. My 10 year old daughter has been happy with her and I can tell that her piano skills are improving.

Kumar Dec 23, 2015
Classical Piano · In home

Christina has been working with my 6-year-old, who is a beginner. She has been great, and my son is always happy to see her and is enjoying learning.

Bethany S. Nov 18, 2015
Opera Voice ·

I highly recommend my colleague and friend Christina as a musician and teacher. Her style of teaching is quite effective because she is passionate, knowledgeable, talented, and quite fun and friendly. Because she has been so dedicated to honing her own craft (She practices and works incredibly hard), she can break down and clarify technique in a way that is informative, relatable, and inspiring.

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Travis H. Nov 14, 2015
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I've known Christina for many years, and she is one of the most passionate people I have ever met when it comes to music, she is truly dedicated to her craft. She has such a strong ability to inspire others through her bright and cheerful personality, I highly recommend her for lessons!

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Anne C. Nov 14, 2015
Vocal Training ·

I've had the great opportunity of knowing Christina while studying in Santa Barbara. I have never met anyone with more passion for music. After recently having a voice lesson with her, I can say that her passion has only increased since graduating from UCSB. Her enthusiasm and respect for the craft is refreshing and inspiring. She is very quick to adapt her teaching style to match her students' needs. If you're considering taking lessons with Christina, know that you will be in good hands.

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Adrian Nov 10, 2015
Classical Piano ·

Working with Christina has been nothing short of a delight. Really accommodating, easy to work with, and on top of that, fun and positive. She brings great energy to anything and everything she does, and always works incredibly hard. It's heartwarming finding someone who can bring such a delightful exuberance to the table.

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Trever Oct 31, 2015
Classical Piano · In home

I had two piano instructors before Christina and neither were nearly as good. She has a great way of explaining things that keeps the process simple, yet effective. She's also the only piano teacher I've had that kept the whole learning process fun. I was able to learn a lot from her I would definitely recommend contacting her and setting up an appointment!

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Jessie M. May 4, 2015
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I've worked with Christina for years and she has always been an incredible colleague with so much talent. I can honestly say I've never seen anyone with so much passion and dedication to music as Christina. She matches her passion and talent in patience and kindness. You rarely see her without a smile on her face that is bound to inspire her students. I highly reccommend her as a music teacher!

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