Christoffer Schunk

Christoffer S.

Los Angeles, CA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
I like to use the Hal Leonard method book for ukulele. You will learn how to read music, play chords, fingerpick, and most importantly learn the songs you love to listen to! Ukulele is one of the most fun and light-hearted instruments and is great for playing all the old classics.
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Christoffer teaches



Christoffer delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 2005

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

I'm currently only taking students that can commit to weekly lessons. I no longer allow 24-hr cancellations, which is a policy Takelessons promotes, but I don't find it useful for the teacher or the student. If you'll be out of town, I allow 4 cancellations per year. I also take off these dates: July 4, Thanksgiving/Black Friday, and December 24 - January 1. If you need to reschedule for another reason, I will try to find another time during that week for your lesson, but if it's an exceptionally busy week I may not be able to find a time-slot. You will still be obligated to pay for the lesson.

*** 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 very hard. 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.

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Jun 2005 - Present
Self Employed

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

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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


Jul 2010
Language Culture Coaching

I am certified to teach English as a second language.


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
Resident Composer for the Black House Collective
Mar 2015
Black House Collective
Featured Composer in SEAMUS conference
Mar 2014
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
Winner of UCSB Orchestra Composition Competition
Feb 2010
UC Santa Barbara
Best Original Score
Feb 2010
Santa Barbara Digital Film Festival


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.

Photos & Videos

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

Film by Predicate Group
Photo by Christoffer S.

Photo by Christoffer S.

Photo by Christoffer S.

Photo by Christoffer S.


19 Reviews

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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.

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.

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!

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!

Jo Jan 29, 2016
Accordion · In studio

Very patient teacher. Made good points about technique. Looking forward to next lesson

Jason Miller Jul 23, 2015
Piano · In home

Good start to re-engaging the piano.

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!

Sheri M. Apr 15, 2015
Accordion · Online

Christoffer has been a terrific instructor - I'm amazed at how quickly he has me playing.

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.

John E. Jun 24, 2014
Composition · In studio

Chris is a great teacher. I worked with him at CalArts. He has a highly diverse range of skills as an instrumentalist and composer. He works in various musical styles fluently (from film scoring, songwriting, instrumental and vocal writing, to electronic music). A friendly and pleasant teacher to work with—he is very good at meeting the student at his/her level and helping them with their own individual artistic goals/needs. I highly recommend him as a teacher to anyone wanting to develop their musical skills.

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Andre N. May 30, 2014
Accordion · In studio

Chris knows his stuff about music for sure. He is a very nice and friendly guy, and chill. He works around your schedule and musical wants. I decided to try and learn the accordion, and started with absolutely no experience. Within 2 months (7 lessons or so) I was crankin' that thing like a pro.

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Larry S. Feb 12, 2014
Ukulele ·

it's all great

Christopher S. is highly knowledgeable, patient and easy to grasp as a teacher. He knows his stuff! I would recommend him to anyone interested in learning how to play the uke or any other instrument.

Lauren F. Dec 11, 2013
Piano ·


I took lessons with Chris for about a year while at Calarts. I've dabbled around with piano but I definitely wasn't very good and Chris taught me the proper techniques in a fun and comfortable environment. I highly recommend him as a teacher! Thanks Chris!

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Burt S. Dec 9, 2013
Piano ·

Great Teacher and Musician

Met Chris in college and have known him since. He has knowledge and experience playing and writing music in a bunch of different styles. Very creative and fun personality all around. Great dude. Take lessons with him you won't regret it.

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Daniel W. Dec 2, 2013
Piano ·

unpretentious intuitive guy

i had the opportunity to work with chris on a concert\theater piece that he wrote and co-directed called "Kingdoms." for the better part of a school year chris 'taught' me and four others the piece and i was allowed a valuable glimpse of qualities most would look for in a teacher - chris had a knack for simplifying complex material and engaging us over the occasionally grueling rehearsals. also i will say he was never late and basically never annoyed with the group's fluctuating schedule. like i said - unpretentious, intuitive, smarty-pants - overall nice guy and good teacher.

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Shahin K. Nov 30, 2013
Songwriting ·

Chris is a knowledgeable musician and great teacher!

Chris is a great musician who is versed in numerous different styles. Having met whilst studying Music in College, we proceeded to play together in many ensembles and I have often turned to him when in need of a helping hand or critiquing ear. He is a great tutor, musician and friend.

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Evan S. Nov 29, 2013
Piano ·

Great teacher and piano player!

Lesson are fun and I learn a lot. Cool songs! He's a very knowledgeable teacher and explains things very clearly.

Zach K. Nov 27, 2013
Accordion ·

Fantastic teacher

Very good teacher! Chris is very skilled with the accordion and has lots of patience for beginners! Lessons are held in the garage, which has been adapted into his studio. It could be cleaner feeling, but it's also nice because i don't feel like my practice is bothering anyone. My favorite thing about Chris's teaching style is that he always incorporates 10-15 mins of improvisation once we have gone through the new songs and notes each lesson. As difficult as this is as a beginning player, starting this early definitely helps build confidence in my ability to play melodichly . Overall, Chris is a fantastic teacher whom I would recommend to Beginers and advanced musicians alike

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