Christopher Schoelen

Christopher S.

Saint Augustine, FL
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Hello! Hola! Benvenuto! My name is Christopher S. and I am a classical guitarist, composer, polyglot, and experienced language and music teacher.

I am a recent graduate with a Doctorate of Music Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. I also graduated with my M.M. fro the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. There I studied with the world-renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk who is a direct student of the legendary guitarist Andres Segovia.

Currently, I work part-time teaching 12 students guitar at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia. I also teach ukulele, Spanish, Italian, and English to a variety of students online. I have also just completed my debut album titled, "Anima - The Music of Spain and Italy for the Guitar." This album is a tribute and memorial to an amazing journey I had traveling and living in Europe for 3 years.

After I graduated from my undergraduate degree, I realized that in order to better my skills as a musician and become the guitar teacher I wanted to be I had to travel abroad. I moved to Seville, Spain where for three years I studied the art of classical and flamenco guitar.

I studied with an internationally known Spanish guitarist named Francisco Bernier at the Conservatory in Seville. During this time I was also teaching English as a second language to high school and middle school students. From traveling and spending so much time in Europe, I also developed and studied my love of languages and I became fluent in Spanish and Italian.

The experienced was an experience of a lifetime and I made many friends working and living abroad that to this day, I still keep in contact with.

If you are interested in having lessons with me, please contact me and we can begin learning the art of making beautiful music or learning the beautiful languages of the Mediterranean! "Hasta pronto!" "A presto!" and "Speak to you soon!"

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  • Speaks Spanish, Italian
  • Awarded Intensive Course On Basso Continuo from Conservatorio Superior de Música "Manuel Castillo"
  • B.A. in Music from Humboldt State University

Reviews (24)

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Gloria De Freitas Oct 23, 2019
Italian · Online

Christopher is so pleasant and polite. He is very knowledgeable and has a great way of explaining. I am very happy with my sessions with him!

Gloria De Freitas Oct 23, 2019
Italian · Online

Christopher is so pleasant and polite. He is very knowledgeable and has a great way of explaining. I am very happy with my sessions with him!

Melissa Aug 1, 2019
Italian · Online

Very personable-easy to follow his lead.

Susan Jul 19, 2019
Italian · Online

Christopher was very sweet and made me feel totally comfortable. It was our first lesson but I am sure it's going to be great! Looking forward to the next one!

Mark &. Sep 6, 2018
Italian · Online

Christopher keeps our lessons fun and positive!

Mark &. Jun 20, 2018
Italian · Online

We enjoyed our lesson with Christopher!

Sid Apr 16, 2018
Italian · Online

Christopher is knowledgeable, friendly, funny - an outstanding teacher. I look forward to more lessons.

michelle Jan 21, 2018
Italian · Online

He was really patient with me and very encouraging! Can't wait for my next lesson!!

Cheryl M. Nov 8, 2017
Spanish · Online

Only the first meeting but I think it will be 👍🏾,!

Esther C. Oct 6, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Christopher is an amazing teacher. I’m so excited for the rest of our lessons.

Ernie M. Aug 1, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Christopher helped me pick up the ukulele and get me from a beginner to an intermediate level and was learning how to pluck by the end of my 5 lessons!

Rachel Jun 2, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Christopher was very friendly, organized and patient. He made playing the ukulele really easy to understand! Would highly recommend.

Joyce M. May 25, 2016
Italian · Online

Good explanations.friendly, good humor. Helpful with pronunciation
And mysterious Sentence structures

Ivy T. Apr 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Very good and patience, was worth it. Looking forward to the next one..

Abby Jan 25, 2016
Ukulele · In home

Christopher led a group lesson for several seniors who had never played the ukulele. He was wonderful! Very patient and positive. Would definitely hire him again!

Jerry T. Dec 16, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

Strum stick rather than ukulele but it went well.

Lydia Takesh Nov 11, 2015
Italian · Online

Very helpful; lessons are very interactive and are fitted to your comfort.

Lina L. Oct 20, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Patient and helpful.

Josh Belinsky Oct 14, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Awesome guy to learn from. Very patient and willing to work with what you want to learn.

Stacy S. Aug 7, 2015
Italian · Online

I started to learn Italian with Chris in preparation for a vacation I was taking this year. I enjoyed my lessons so much that I have continued them after my trip. Chris is a great teacher and he makes learning the language so much fun. He uses a diverse set of teaching materials including stories and songs. His travels to Italy also help to provide great background on the language classes. He's so positive and patient and extremely flexible with lesson scheduling which is helpful since I work full time. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who is interested in learning Italian. The truest recommenation is that I was able to converse effectively while in Italy, thanks to Chris! Grazie mille.

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Oscar S. Jan 10, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Great guitar teacher! He is teaching my 11 year old son and you can see his improvement week to week. Very patient and flexible when needed, I would recommend him to all.

Mary D. Nov 19, 2014
Italian · Online

Christopher has been able to cater the lessons to my specific level of fluency in Italian. He has been organized and has given suggestions that have been helpful.
Bravo

danny P. Oct 29, 2014
Ukulele · Online

Christopher was very knowledgeable of his profession and patient with my 5 years old daughter. He has done extremely great job on online lessons.

Qi Q. Oct 27, 2014
Ukulele · In studio

nice, kind, patient teacher!


Lesson Details

Classical Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

The classical guitar is a rich and powerful instrument that has a long history. It has been developed like many instruments such as the piano, and today the guitar has a very powerful influence on modern music. However, the beautiful sounds from the past eras of music, Renaissance, Baroque, and Romanic composers have created wonderful and mysterious pieces that feature this incredible instrument. My goal is to help people who are interested in this type of music be able to perform and reproduce these amazing sounds.

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Experience

Guitar Professor
Aug 2016 - Present

University of South Carolina

I teach one section of a entry level guitar course for undergraduate students.

Guitar Teacher
Nov 2015 - Present

Music 101

I teach lessons on guitar to young middle and high school aged students. I assign and plan weekly lessons to help them start to read music and learn how to play new songs on the guitar. There are monthly recitals which I attend and prepare the students for during the school year.

Auxiliary Teacher of English
Sep 2012 - May 2014

Auxiliares de Conversacion

Taught English as a second languages to high school and middle school students in Seville, Spain. Created and organized fun games in English to help them learn. Was teaching to groups of 25 students at a time.

Music Instructor
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011

Upper Valley Rock School

Taught privately and in small groups from beginners to advanced on guitar. Facilitated and gave lessons on recording equipment. Arranged meeting times with customers for lessons. Taught music summer camps with groups of 8 students at a time on multiple instruments. Gave lessons on guitar, bass, drums, and piano

Guitar Instructor
May 2008 - Aug 2008

Long Lake Camp For The Arts

Gave 10 - 12 private lessons daily. Organized the camps first ever classical guitar ensemble. Coached camper made bands in how to play as a group and make the music sound good. Coached kids from ages 10 - 18 with a variety of different musical level from beginners to advanced.


Education

M.M. Guitar Performance
Sep 2014 - Present

New England Conservatory

Licenciatura Musica
Sep 2012 - May 2014

Conservatorio Superior de Música Manuel Castillo

B.A. in Music
Sep 2006 - Jun 2008

Humboldt State University


Languages

Italian

Professional Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency


Certifications

M.A. in Guitar performance
May 2016

New England Conservatory of Music

TEFL Certified
Jul 2011

TEFL Institute

B.A. in Music
May 2008

Humboldt State University


Awards

Creativity in Music
Apr 2017

University of South Carolina

Intensive Course On Basso Continuo
Mar 2014

Conservatorio Superior de Música "Manuel Castillo"

Bass Excellency Award
May 2006

Hofstra University Band


Affiliations

Guitar Foundation of America
Sep 2016
Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) is the America's leading classical guitar organization founded in 1973 at the National Guitar Convention sponsored by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).
Golden Key International Honor Society
Apr 2015
Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity
National Association for Music Education
Jul 2014
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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