Christopher Oill

Christopher O.

Tempe, AZ
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Christopher delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+

Teaching since:
2007

In all my work, I achieve high-quality results by striving for perfection, but remaining light-hearted and flexible. My flexibility allows each unique student to find their niche, and my light-heartedness makes learning fun! I give students many opportunities to share their unique progress; recently, some of my students performed in my Master’s degree lecture-recital, which included all original compositions.

Fun and flexibility are important, but so are credentials. I received a master’s degree in piano performance pedagogy at Arizona State University (ASU), and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and music education from the Crane School of Music at State University of New York Potsdam. Apart from degrees, in the past ten years alone, I have taught private lessons, piano masterclasses, ASU group piano classes, ASU Prep Program students, K-12 music ensembles, a collegiate jazz choir, college vocal students, and more. Currently, I work for the internationally renowned Faber Piano Adventures, arranging pop hits for the PreTime to BigTime Hits books.

As a member of Arizona State Music Teachers Association (ASMTA) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), I can offer students performance and competition opportunities, and I can participate in professional development activities. At organization conferences, I present frequently on music technology and innovative teaching. Recently, at the 2018 Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium, I placed in a “best idea” competition, and the organization invited me to repeat another presentation at the 2018 MTNA National Conference. Currently, I serve as the ASMTA Honors Recital Chair, organizing a competition which occurs during the ASMTA state conference.

As a musician, I am forever learning to be a “jack of all trades.” In my performances, I perform difficult classical piano works, sing Billboard Top 100 pop songs, feature guest student performances, and perform original compositions. Separately, I have placed in classical competitions, produced a Pop Song album for iTunes, played and sang with a variety of bands, and composed piano pieces for students of all levels.

If you are looking for a unique, quality education, then look no further! I'm very excited to begin a musical journey with you.

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Experience

Production Assistant
Sep 2015 - Present
Faber Piano Adventures

I help arrange music and MIDI accompaniments for Piano Adventures books.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2017 - May 2018
Arizona State University

Taught class piano courses to non-music major ASU students.

Piano Instructor
Aug 2016 - May 2018
ASU School of Music Prep Program

Taught private and group piano lessons.

2017 Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition Coordinator
Aug 2016 - May 2017
Arizona State University

Coordinated an international piano competition that ASU holds bi-annually.

Vocal Coach
Aug 2015 - May 2016
Freelance

Accompanied and taught vocal students from the University of Michigan School of Music.

Piano and Voice Instructor
Jan 2014 - Aug 2015
Music and Arts

Taught private piano and voice lessons.

Piano and Voice Instructor
Jan 2014 - Aug 2015
Costa Piano Shoppes

Taught private piano and voice lessons.

Education

M.M. Piano Performance Pedagogy
Aug 2016 - May 2018
Arizona State University
B.M. Piano Performance and Music Education
Aug 2009 - Dec 2013
The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

New York State K-12 Teaching Certification
Dec 2013
SUNY Potsdam, Crane School of Music

Awards

MTNA Special Presentation Invitation
Mar 2018
Music Teachers National Association
3rd Place "Best idea" Presentation Competition
Jan 2018
2018 MTNA Collegiate Chapters Symposium
Honors in Performance-Keyboard
Dec 2013
SUNY Potsdam, Crane School of Music
Elizabeth Panzner Shulman Award
Dec 2013
SUNY Potsdam, Crane School of Music
Rose L. Greenblatt Award
Dec 2013
SUNY Potsdam, Crane School of Music
Second Place, Crane School of Music Concerto Competition
Sep 2012
SUNY Potsdam, Crane School of Music

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Sep 2016

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Arizona State Music Teachers Association
Sep 2016

Arizona State Music Teachers Association is a professional, non-profit educational organization designed to enhance the professionalism, personal growth and career development of its members. We have local associations throughout Arizona and are affiliated with Music Teachers National Association.

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Photos & Videos

ASU Master's Pedagogy Recital

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Sylvan excited about Debussy!

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One of my students using a note learning app

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My home studio

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Winter recital 2018

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My student is playing Monster's Midnight March, by Nancy Faber. He played so well that he scared the dog!
I wrote a book for children called the Emoji Etudes, a student and I performed them!
This is me, playing my book, "Christmas-ish Music," in my home studio.
My Master's Degree Solo Piano Recital
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5 Reviews

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Susan Jan 2, 2019
Classical Piano · In home

Christopher is wonderful at adapting to each of our childrens' personalities and being patient and kind with them, while encouraging them with an expectation of success and appropriate practice. He helps our children love music.

Lavonne Dec 27, 2018
Piano · In home

My son, Jack who is now 11 has been taking piano lessons since he was 3, but was starting to plateau in his learning. About a year ago we switched instructors, and Chris has made a world of difference. Chris' lessons are challenging and fun. Even I can hear how much Jack has grown as a piano player since we made the switch. Chris is personable, professional and great with kids. I also love the fact that he holds recitals, which gives the kids a chance to showcase their hard work and talents. I highly recommend him for this age group. Also, you should hear him play the songs he composes himself! Very talented individual.

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Steve Dec 27, 2018
Piano · In studio

Chris Oill has both the imagination and classical training to teach students of all ages and abilities. He has shown himself to be versatile and adaptable. (Desirable qualities in a teacher/classical pianist.

Sam Dec 26, 2018
Piano ·

Mr. Oill is an outstanding teacher! I was in the basic level when I had my class with him. After a few months, I really felt my progress and my confidence as a result of his excellent teaching.

Sophie Dec 26, 2018
Piano · In studio

Mr. Oill does a fantastic job teaching my son piano and allows for creative freedom in the process. He has just the right amount of discipline and respect to encourage the heart while pushing his students to grow.

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