Christina Esser

Christina E.

Pasadena, CA

About Christina E.

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Christina teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: March 2015
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

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.
I graduated with high honors from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2014 with a degree in music receiving both music and academic scholarships. I have performed a wide variety of roles with the university's Opera Scenes program, private showcases, and main staged productions. I was also the featured soprano soloist with the Santa Ynez Master Chorale and Orchestra for their Spring concert.

*I will drive to you for lessons being I don't have sufficient studio space. The only requirement I have is that a piano be present for scales and learning music.

Photos and Videos

Max Reger "Zwei Mäuschen"

Experience

Singer

Nov 2014 - Apr 2015
Cafe Italia

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 Spoken

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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24 Reviews on Christina E.

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Kaylynn serna Sep 27, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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.
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Jaidyn J. Sep 14, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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!
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Tessa Sep 11, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
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!
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Adam K. Sep 9, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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.
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Theresa Jul 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Thoughtful, patient, and flexible to the needs of the student!
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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.
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Leah Apr 27, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
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!
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