- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a songwriter and arrange my own charts for the Scotts Valley High School Band. I have taken several college songwriting courses and have passed all theory courses offered at San Jose State University. I currently run my own Soundcloud, and write my own background music for my YouTube Channel. I am currently in two bands that gig around the Bay Area, and have lots of experience with presenting music to an audience.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- August 2009
Chris has been teaching private lessons since 2009 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and online. Chris has helped students make premier bands, excel in school, win state competitions, and win auditions to highly competitive youth symphonies.
Chris received his education and training at San Jose State University, and the Naval School of Music. Chris currently plays professionally for the United States Marine Corps Band, and is finish his Bachelors in Music Education and Jazz Studies. As an expert in his field, Chris ensures new students achieve their personal and musical goals. Chris's lessons are personalized, flexible, and ensure standards are met with knowledge from some of the worlds greatest musicians. Chris also has experience teaching students with special needs.
Contact me by pressing the green button to the right and we can discuss in detail what you want from a music instructor and how I can accommodate your musical goals.
I have taught with TakeLessons.com for 3 years, and was selected to debut and test their Skype program, and have had great success.
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Incredibly patient, supportive, and knowledgeable.
Chris taught one lesson to my son, then he cancelled the following week's lesson and never returned numerous phone calls, emails, and text messages. He didn't respond, then the following week at our next scheduled instruction he called me 30 mins before the lesson asking if he could move the date.
Needless to say, it was very unprofessional of him, and we intended to end our relationship with him as my son's instructor.
The thing got worse when he proceeded to schedule my son for a weekly reoccurring lesson for the next year. I've had to manually cancel each lesson, at least until Jan 2015.
I would strongly warn you against signing up with Chris if you expect an instructor who is reliable and responsive to your communications. I'm sorry it didn't work out, but the other problem is that this was my son's first experience to music lessons, so it was a bad first experience.
We're giving 3 out of 5 stars since that seems fair. With regards to the lessons themselves, Chris certainly met our expectations with our son's violin lessons. However, with regards to communications and scheduling, it could have been much better. More than once my son was waiting on Skype after receiving the "You have upcoming lessons" email from TakeLessons. Chris needs to learn how to cancel the lessons ahead of time. He rarely responded to emails (was trying to get him to stop showing our email openly to all his other students, really needs to learn how to use BCC). He never returned phone calls. Due to the canceled lessons, our TakeLesson pay date came prematurely, and since I waited until our son's paid lessons were completed before paying for new ones, we got dropped from the schedule and lost our time slot. Too many frustrations led to finding a new teacher.Show More
Great teacher, especially for kids!
My two boys -- ages 8 & 10 -- needed just the right teacher to begin learning the piano, and I'm so glad we started with Chris. He related to them right away, just sat down and started working with them and within seconds they were playing. He interwove fun with learning seamlessly. The boys looked forward to their lessons with him. Thank you, Chris!!
My kids have been taking music lessons from Chris for several months now and they love it. As a parent, I appreciate Chris' method in teaching younger kids. Last fall my son started playing the saxophone in middle school band, and Chris helped him to quickly get over the beginners learning curve and get confident and ready for his first few concerts. A few months later my son auditioned for and got accepted into the school's jazz band, again with the help of Chris who encouraged him beyond what he thought he can do. In addition, Chris has added smart music assignments to his classes to complement my son's school curriculum. My daughter started playing the piano at age 6, and Chris has been gently nudging her along by playing age-appropriate songs, and teaching her sight-reading and theory on the side. Chris is very enthusiastic about music, and his passion can be easily seen by his students.
During the summer break Chris offered for his students to meet up once a week in his studio to play in a band, something that my kids are looking forward to doing too.
What I Love About This Teacher:
Fun, Encouraging, Patient, Friendly, Reliable, Sensitive, Positive
Chris is great a tutor. He help my son to understand how to play trumpet. My son is really enjoying his class.
So far, so great! The boys are loving their lessons, are motivated to learn, and are happily playing and practicing their instruments. We are all very happy with your teaching thus far! Thanks!
Mrs Lauri Pastrone
Chris is a wonderful teacher and has my son really enjoying the trumpet. We are thrilled.