- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a full-time musician and singer-songwriter (Christopher the Conquered). My music has been featured in Billboard and Paste Magazine, and my songs have over half a million plays online.
I do not teach classical piano. Classical training is absolutely wonderful if that's what the student is interested in, but many students give up because of the high learning curve and regret it later on in life. I hear this from people at my shows all the time. My approach is to teach basic music theory in the context of songs that the student wants to learn to play. The goal is to get the student playing the song he/she wants as quickly as possible, as this tends to make learners a lot more excited about the potential of sticking with it. Starting by learning pop/rock/indie/country songs that the student knows and loves gets them hooked early on to playing, then they will stick with learning more difficult material because they understand the pay-off is worth it. I've used this method with court-appointed youth, many with attention issues, to great effect.
For in-person lessons, I have a recording rig that I can use to record students who are ready to share what they've learned, whether it be with friends/family (a great gift) or with the world by uploading the songs online.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 8+
- Teaching since:
I am a pianist and singer-songwriter. I recently moved to Denver, Colorado from Des Moines, Iowa. I make a living full-time as a musician, and give piano, vocal, and songwriting lessons in my free time.
I have worked in an official capacity for the non-profit ArtForce Iowa, teaching piano, voice, and songwriting to court-appointed youth. I have also taught piano to adults, and lead an annual songwriting course at the University of Iowa's Young Writer's Workshop.
My main musical project is called Christopher the Conquered. You can look it up online to hear samples of my work and to watch videos of my live performances. My music has appeared in films and commercials as well.
For in-person lessons, I have a portable recording rig that I can use to record students who are ready to share what they've learned, whether it be with friends/family (a great gift) or with the world by uploading the songs online.
Performed over 1000 shows. Over half a million plays of my songs online.
Words on Christopher the Conquered:
“The real deal" Ryan Adams
"Impressive" Consequence of Sound
"Raw, emotional" Alternative Press
"Compelling, interesting, funny" ABC News
“Listen now” Paste
“Every song is catchy” Vice
Christopher was amazing and very patient with my six year old. I highly recommend him!