Cristian Cervantes

Cristian C.

Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a fully self-taught pianist...until I went to college that is. After 15 years of struggling to reach the highest levels of playing I could achieve, I have collected a few gold nuggets of secrets to make piano learning a LOT more fun and easier to understand. My approach to teaching is simple: if you're not having fun while trying to perfect your favorite song, I am not doing my job well enough. I always adapt my teaching style to fit the student's personality, mood and learning style (even on a week to week basis). I truly enjoy seeing the student SHINE and get excited about mastering a hard part in a song or playing both hands for the first time; if the student is happy and excited, I am happy and excited for them!

About Cristian C.

HELLO! My name is Cristian and I have a rather unusual history and background. I was originally a metal head who turned to piano playing because a lot of classical music sounded like my favorite band's guitar sections. After teaching myself from age 14 for 3 years, I was playing at a level that most teachers would agree was around the 8 year mark (including my first piano teacher at age 17). I took it as sign that I should pursue this piano thing.

After completing the music courses at a local community college, I got encouraged to begin teaching piano as a way to make a living. That turned out to be the best thing I had ever done for myself...I ended up loving teaching and watching my students grow as accomplished pianist. I have taught well over 150 students, some of which have been with me all these years. One thing I pride myself in is being the type of teacher who REALLY wants to see the student succeed and to see that spark in the student's eyes when they play amazing/beautiful music for the first time and they feel the excitement I had when I used to play as a teenager. That alone is my favorite part about teaching. It brings me the most joy and it is why I look forward to helping the student find their way each and every day; no matter the obstacle.

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He’s an excellent teacher who provides a customized learning experience to his students. He knows when to slow down lessons in order to best suit the skill level of the student and provides helpful tips for learning specific pieces of music. He also takes the time to open a line of communication with the student to answer questions outside of the scheduled lessons.

Posted Aug 7, 2020

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Experience

Piano Studio Owner
Feb 2018 - Aug 2020

Piano Lessons

After many years of teaching at my hometown's church, I was able to find space to share with another business to teach my lessons. Due to the pandemic I have shifted to online only until further notice.

Church Pianist/Piano Teacher
Feb 2011 - Mar 2018

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

I played along with the hymns that the church sang, but mainly taught lessons there to help fund the church on a few projects. They allowed me to teach there to make my living but also to help the church.

Education

Piano Performance
Aug 2016 - Dec 2018

College of the Sequoias

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Norwegian

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

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