Christoffer Schunk

Christoffer S.

Los Angeles, CA

About Christoffer S.

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Christoffer teaches: Ages 3 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: May 2005
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Overview

Perform - Create - Build a solid foundation in music while gaining confidence, leadership, and flexibility.

*** Bio ***
I have an MFA in Music Composition and Piano Performance from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Music Composition from UC Santa Barbara. I began piano at the age of 7 and composition at age 15. Teaching has always been important to me. I started providing lessons in high school and learned that giving musical knowledge is just as important as acquiring the skills it takes to be a musician. Studying with me will help you become a well-rounded musician with the ability to play the type of music you want to play.

Constantly composing, film scoring, and performing, I'm a very active musician that works with classical musicians, rock musicians, and everything in between. I teach a variety of instruments and will cater lessons to your styles and interests. I'm also a recording artist and work with music software such as Ableton Live, Native Instruments, and Sibelius. I would love to teach you how to compose and record your own music in whichever genre you prefer.

*** Lesson Details ***
Many of my students have studied music in the past, but weren't able to keep the passion. I pride myself as a very enthusiastic teacher that works hard at making lessons fun and interesting for any age and background. All of my students (from 3 years old to 60 years old) enjoy music and practice harder than ever. You will be provided with a solid foundation in theory, aural skills, technique, and creativity, giving you the ability to carve your own path in music. You will learn the correct way to play your instrument and develop the intuition to command it expressively.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My North Hollywood studio is a private garage turned into a studio. It has 2 desks, a full-size Yamaha keyboard, ukulele, accordion, didgeridoo, guitar, electric bass, chairs, music stand, laptop, and a printer.

My Mar Vista studio is a private room in a house with a semi-concert grand Steinway piano and everything else included in the North Hollywood studio.

Photos and Videos

This is the score I composed to an animation by Kyu Ri Park.

Experience

Music Teacher
Aug 2015 - Present
Rhodes School of Music

Music Teacher
Jun 2005 - Present
Self Employed

I started teaching piano lessons in 2005 and have expanded to composition, accordion, ukulele, guitar, didgeridoo, and music recording.

Music Teacher
Aug 2013 - Jun 2016
Fun Music School

Private music lessons

Piano Teacher
Nov 2013 - Jun 2015
Barnsdall Art Park

Class piano for ages 7-11

Music Teacher
Aug 2013 - Oct 2014
Hollywood Academy of Music

Private music lessons

English Teacher
Jun 2011 - Dec 2013
EC English

Teaching Assistant
Sep 2012 - May 2013
California Institute of the Arts

TA for musicianship skills

Piano Teacher
Oct 2011 - May 2012
West Creek Academy

Piano teacher for grades K-3

English Teacher
Nov 2010 - May 2011
Glossa School of Languages

I taught English lessons in a classroom environment and in private settings.

Education

MFA Music Composition and Piano Performance
Sep 2011 - May 2013
California Institute of the Arts
BA Music Composition
Aug 2006 - Jun 2010
UC Santa Barbara

Certifications

TESL
Jul 2010
Language Culture Coaching

I am certified to teach English as a second language.

Awards

Featured Composer for the Forum Wallis Festival
May 2016
Ars Electronica
Featured Composer for the R33 II:Harmadik Ember Festival
Nov 2015
Conceptual Soundproductions Budapest
Featured Composer at MUSLAB
Oct 2015
MUSLAB
Resident Composer for the Black House Collective
Mar 2015
Black House Collective
Featured Composer in SEAMUS conference
Mar 2014
SEAMUS
Featured Composer on I Care If You Listen - Winter Mixtape
Jan 2014
I Care If You Listen
Composer for Iron Composer Competition
Aug 2013
Iron Composer
Santa Clarita Master Chorale Commission Winner
Mar 2013
Santa Clarita Master Chorale
CalArts Student Council Project Proposal Grant
Jan 2013
California Institute of the Arts
The Herb Alpert School of Music Fund
Sep 2012
California Institute of the Arts
Honorable Mention for Electro-Acoustic Music
Mar 2010
Corwin Awards
Best Original Score
Feb 2010
Santa Barbara Digital Film Festival
Winner of UCSB Orchestra Composition Competition
Feb 2010
UC Santa Barbara

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
May 2009

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

19 Reviews on Christoffer S.

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Dea Vise Dec 10, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
I've been studying ukulele with Chris for a year and a half now. I went from absolutely no background in music to really being able to play the instrument pretty quickly. Chris has the patience of Job and a real ability to explain music and playing technique in a way that is incredibly easy to understand. I learn something new every week and he can teach as quickly or as slowly as I want to learn that week. If he can teach me to play, he can teach you to play!
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Nicholas N. Dec 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson. Looking forward to the next.
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Miranda S. Jul 27, 2016
· Accordion · In studio
I've learned SO much, even after my first lesson with Christoffer. He's exceedingly patient and encouraging and always finds a way to explain things in a way that make sense. Can't recommend more highly.
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Matthew A. Jul 20, 2016
· Accordion · Online
Loved the energy and enthusiasm Christoffer brought! My 9 year old was really nervous but hasn't stopped talking about the lesson over an hour later!
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rosette Feb 4, 2016
· Accordion · In home
My first lesson with Christoffer went by so fast! We were having a lot of fun and he challenged me in all the right ways. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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Jo Jan 29, 2016
· Accordion · In studio
Very patient teacher. Made good points about technique. Looking forward to next lesson
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Jason Miller Jul 23, 2015
· Piano · In home
Good start to re-engaging the piano.
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Dea Vise Jul 9, 2015
· Ukulele · In studio
Chris is an amazing instructor! I left there feeling more confident about playing than I have ever felt before and am excited to continue classes!
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Sheri M. Apr 15, 2015
· Accordion · Online
Christoffer has been a terrific instructor - I'm amazed at how quickly he has me playing.
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Katherine C. Apr 14, 2015
· Accordion · Online
Great lesson. This was my first time putting on an accordion in over 30 years and Christoffer had me reading music by the end of my first 30 minute lesson.
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