- Teaches students:
- Ages 13+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
A native of Seattle, Christine began her musical studies as a classically-trained trumpet player, receiving her Bachelor's in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University. Moving to Chicago and collaborating with jazz colleagues led her to pursuing a master’s degree in vocal jazz. She was accepted into one of the nation’s leading jazz institutions, the University of North Texas. There she focused on her new passion for singing, honing her skills in piano, songwriting, arranging, and improvisation.
When she isn't performing, Christine has enjoyed teaching piano, voice, trumpet, and theory to students of all ages at such academies as Dallas School of Music, Frisco School of Music, and most recently, Piano Power, based in Chicago. Her greatest passion is helping students find their personal connection to music, and helping them develop the technique and skills for self-expression. Whether through teaching self-accompanying, facilitating original composition, arranging music, or using existing songs, Christine leads her students to their goals in practical, attainable ways, by instilling creative and effective practice habits.
Christine specializes in contemporary vocal styles - jazz, pop, R&B and singer-songwriter, country and contemporary worship music and uses her extensive experience to teach technique, artistry and lyric interpretation in these styles.
Self-Managed studio of classical voice students, grades 9 to 12. Integrated Music Literacy and Sight reading Skills. Included Jazz, Pop and Musical Theatre Voice Technique and Jazz Improvisation.
Prepared all students to sing classical solos in Region Solo and Ensemble
Languages Coached: German, English, French and Italian
“Best Music School in Dallas” CBS DFW, D Magazine, Dallas Child Magazine
Taught Piano: Students age 5 to 60. Beginning skills to Pop and Jazz Skills and Style.
Voice: Adult students with a Jazz Focus, Adolescents in Jazz and Musical Theatre
Managed a private studio of 30 vocal students, ages 5-40. Taught voice in Pop, Country, Musical Theater, R&B, developing technique and style and interpretation. Prepared students for informal and assessed recitals.
JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.+ Read More