Christine Hagan
Alexandria, VA
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Christine Hagan

Christine H.

Alexandria, VA
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Beginner, Intermediate
Are you a complete beginner, or are you looking to dust off the keys and pick up where you left off? With over five years of teaching experience and a lifetime of playing, I provide customized private lessons based on each student's skill, pace, and learning style. An age appropriate curriculum is chosen to maximize both learning and enjoyment. Students of all ages and abilities are welcome! During lessons, students will learn proper hand techniques, artistic expression, and music theory while mastering songs from classical, folk, jazz, and pop genres. If you're interested, send me a message!

About Christine H.

I have been teaching the piano since 2010 after graduating from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. My goal as a teacher is to provide students with the tools they need to succeed in their own musical journey, whether they pursue the piano for the rest of their lives, switch to other instruments, or decide to pursue other interests.

I started studying the piano when I was four and began participating in piano competitions in the 5th grade. When I was in 8th grade, I won first place in a concerto competition and was able perform my piece before a live audience, while accompanied by an orchestra. That opportunity helped me realize that I love sharing music with others, be they students, fellow musicians, or members of an audience. Throughout the years, I have pursued this love by playing the piano for/with friends and family, singing in choirs, and playing the violin in orchestras and ensembles. While attending the University of Maryland, I was a member of the Gamer Symphony Orchestra, where I sung with the choir and led the soprano and alto sections in rehearsal. Today, I also work as a piano accompanist and church musician, where I sing with the choir and play the violin, in addition to playing the piano.

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Ron H.
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Christine is a fantastic piano teacher! She made me feel comfortable and at ease with what was my first ever exposure to the piano. I didn't feel nervous or anxious. She gave me a good explanation of the basics and clearly communicated what I needed to know so I could perform the required actions. She gave me excellent feedback, correction, and encouragement. I'm very pleased to have her as my piano instructor!

Posted Apr 24, 2020
Evan G.
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We are so thankful for Christine! She is a gifted pianist and such a wonderful teacher. She’s friendly & patient, fun & positive, has a fantastic program for lessons, and is great with my 5 year old. We are so proud of his progress and thanks to Christine, he is really learning how to play the piano!

Posted Oct 22, 2019
Maeve &.
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Christine’s teaching style is just the right blend of fun, patience and structure. My daughters really enjoy taking lessons with her. They look forward to their weekly lessons and take time to practice in between. Christine is able to adapt her teaching style to each of their ability levels. We are very happy with our decision to work with Christine.

Posted Sep 18, 2019
Evan G.
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Christine provides a fun lesson for our 5-year that sustained his attention for 30 minutes. We look forward to more lessons!

Posted Aug 10, 2019
Diana
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Christine has been working with my daughter for a few months, and it has been a wonderful experience. She exudes patience and positivity. Her approach, which incorporates technique, theory and performance, are giving my daughter a well-rounded experience.. Most importantly, my daughter is having fun and is eager to play. Christine is highly recommended!

Posted Apr 3, 2019

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Experience

Piano Accompanist
Feb 2017 - Present

Self-employed

Accompanied violin and viola students on the piano during competitions and played the piano with a violinist in an original recording.

Church Musician
Jun 2014 - Present

Washington Street United Methodist Church

Performed solo and duet pieces on the piano during service preludes, offertory anthems, and postludes. Sung soprano with the choir during services, and accompanied the choir on the violin.

Piano Teacher
Sep 2010 - Present

Self-employed

Trained students in fundamental postures and techniques. Taught students to appreciate music through music theory and artistic expression.

Choral Section Leader and Music Arranger
Feb 2008 - May 2010

University of Maryland Gamer Symphony Orchestra

Led the soprano and alto sections of the choir in rehearsals. Made recordings of different parts to help singers learn the music. Arranged an a cappella piece for the choir to perform in concert. Sung soprano with the choir.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Aug 2006 - May 2010

University of Maryland, A. James Clark School of Engineering

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Mandarin Chinese

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Certificate of Merit for Excellence in the Arts, Music
May 2005

National Society of Arts and Letters

1st Place, Gertrude S. Brown Memorial Piano Concerto Competition
Jan 2002

Maryland State Music Teachers Association

Honorable Mention, Miriam S. Gottlieb Memorial Piano Competition
Apr 2001

Maryland State Music Teachers Association

3rd Place, Spring Festival: Piano Ensemble
Mar 2001

Maryland State Music Teachers Association

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