- Levels Taught:
- High School, College
- Teaches students:
- and Ages 5 to 90
- Teaching since:
- May 2003
Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.
Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twenty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.
Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.
*** Lesson Details ***
Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:
After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons
*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.
*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)
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Love how she teaches the mechanics of learning to sing properly such as breathing correctly and posture right from the start for a beginner. Fantastic instructor!
Great piano instructor
Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughterâs love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystalâs professional and caring teaching style.
Amazing singng instructor
Crystal has increased my daughterâs self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those âteenâ years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
Wonderful person and excellent instruction
I have been taking lessons from Crystal for a few months now. I took lessons from others before I moved to the area, and I have had multiple new breakthroughs with Crystal. She is great at finding the language that allows me to understand adjustments, and is very patient and understanding. I was at ease from the first moment I met her. I highly recommend her to other adults looking to get into singing of any kind!
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She is very friendly, even though, she is not always on time. She has a very positive attitude and teaches for the required time and not a minute more. I wish she take time to get to know her students in order to personalize her teaching. I also wish she would have some sort of constructive criticism rather than always say that my child "is doing good."
My lessons are going great. I love the one on one time I'm getting with my teacher. There are nothing, but positive vibes during lessons. I'm extremely happy with this class :)-Nikki.
Very good piano teacher; especially for kids
I apologize for sending my feedback late.Post returning to India I had some catch-up to do.Overall feedback for Ms Crystal is that she is a great piano teacher and Abhishek learnt a lot in the short time he was a student with her.Specific postive feedback for Ms Crystal include: 1) The objectives set with Ms Crystal upfront in focusing on theory and technique were met.2) She was able to engage Abhsihek he, used to read the book and talk about is lesons at the hotel room in LA, and listen to the CD.3) Abhsihsek made significant progress (his teacher in India is very happy with his progress) Unfortunately as already communicated upfront, our trip to La was only for a few weeks, so we had to discontinue lessons post Nov 14.Even though I could only attend one class of Abhishek with Ms Crystal I would like to share my thoughts on a possible opportunities for improvement:1) she is sometime too kind to the kid and gives too much leeway. She may need to be strciter with some kids to keep his attention focused on the work. Abhishek is a little difficult in terms of short attention span, so in his case, she could have been firmer with the child.Overall it was a great experience and I wish Ms Crystal luck and success in her field.Thanks,smita Sahatpure