Dan Kristan

Dan K.

Chicago, IL
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Basic piano technique, classical, rock and pop.

About Dan K.

Dan K. is a professional freelance upright and electric bassist and teacher. He hails from West Des Moines, Iowa, where in high school he performed with the Iowa All-State Orchestra and All-State Jazz Band. He arrived in Chicago in 2009 to attend DePaul University, where he studied with renowned Chicago bassists Rob Kassinger, Kelly Sill, and Jason Heath, as well as jazz faculty Bob Lark, Tom Matta, Ron Perillo, and Bradley Williams. Dan obtained his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies in 2013.

Dan plays with a wide variety of bands from Fleeting Suns (folk rock) to Calamity Flamtet (jazz/funk/fusion) to the Dog Patch Ramblers (bluegrass/swing/Americana). He also appears occasionally with many other Chicago groups, including The Right Now and Jared Rabin. He has played many of Chicago’s finest venues including Millennium Park, Grant Park, The Jazz Showcase, House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafe, Cubby Bear, Schubas Tavern, Beat Kitchen, Reggies, Subterranean, Bottom Lounge, and many others, as well as performances all over the United States, Ireland, and England. He has also contributed to some half-dozen albums by various artists. For much of the year he keeps busy playing both on stage and in the orchestra pits of musical theater productions for companies such as Porchlight Music Theater, NightBlue Performing Arts Company, and The Royal George Theater.

He loves helping students to become the best musicians they can be, and tailors his teaching style and material to suit each individual.


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25 Reviews
Cedric R.
Profile-location-online Online

Great first lesson. We dived right in, which is exactly how I wanted it...

Posted May 21, 2020
Atticus D.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Dan is an excellent instructor! Patient and committed to providing great lessons - he takes the time to make sure each lesson is helpful and adjusts content and techniques based on progress to date. Highly recommended!

Posted Jun 2, 2019
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Posted Aug 10, 2018
Sam S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Very attentive to my personal goals and experience. Patient but willing to push a little bit. Fun, chill.

Posted Jan 24, 2018
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

very fun

Posted Nov 3, 2017
Rachel A.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Dan is very patient, kind and knowledgeable-an excellent teacher!

Posted Oct 3, 2017
Eli (.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

We had a great experience with Dan. He made the piano lessons interesting for our teenage son. Thank you

Posted Aug 13, 2017
Atticus D.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great first lesson with Dan! Very knowledgeable and helpful. Look forward to future lessons and definitely recommend him.

Posted Jul 12, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Dan is wonderful!

Posted Mar 8, 2017
Chris W.
Profile-location-online Online

Realized Im just a beginner again. Hope I can get up to par soon!

Posted Jan 5, 2017
Clyde B.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

He really shows patience, my first visit was great . I left learning how to read basic music (whole notes, half notes and quarter notes) I was able to play from a music book I had laying around for years. His loves for music shows thru his teaching. Looking forward to next lesson

read music

Posted Nov 17, 2016
Nancy O.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Learning things that I never knew about, such as complex cords, using the metronome on a consisted basis to keep the proper rythem.

Posted Sep 8, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

He was very good and explaining gthe lesson we practice on. He went over multiple times. Very patient good teacher

Posted Aug 3, 2016
Khalfani M.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I've been trying to teach myself piano for 3-4 years with no success. Since working with Dan, I've made major strides in only a few months. I've been able to play some blues and jazz already. We go over theory to help me understand what I am playing and how it works. He's very patient, kind, and makes sure you enjoy lessons each week.

Posted May 26, 2016
Rohit B.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Dan is very friendly and made me feel very comfortable on my first piano class. Looking forward to more lessons from him.

Posted Feb 21, 2016
Parker S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

It's only been a few lessons, but so far Dan has been great

Posted Feb 2, 2016
Precious O.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Dan is a great teacher. He is very patient and works very hard to help my daughter improve. She is 11 years old and was intermediate before starting with Dan and she is doing great so far. He is also super flexible when it comes to scheduling and I would recommend him to anybody

Posted Feb 1, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Dan teaches our 6 year old son piano. Our son very much enjoys his lessons. Dan conducts himself in a professional and energetic manner that is well suited for young children. We would highly recommend him as a music teacher.

Posted Jan 4, 2016
Tomiwa A.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

The teacher is very constructive and patient

Posted Oct 20, 2015
Carrie S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Dan has been a wonderful teacher for my three young children (age 8,5 year-old twins) who are just beginning to explore piano. He has the patience of a saint and a great sense of humor, which makes him so approachable. My kids look forward to him coming every week, and they are genuinely interested in learning with him. I'm so pleased with the progress they are making, and most importantly, that Dan is inspiring them to learn and have fun. We're even tacking on a group guitar lesson, which includes mom, to the end of our piano lessons! Should be lots of fun- as long as we have Dan!

Posted Jun 29, 2015
Kevin C.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Learning a great deal. Customized my lessons for my 25+ years of playing without formal training. Really getting into Jazz too. Nice

Posted Jun 8, 2015
Ross A.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

He's a really good teacher! Very punctual and easy going. My son loves him so much. He makes my son interested in music. My son is always looking forward for the lessons. He teaches according to the needs of the student. My son wasn't that interested in the beginning. Now he loves music and Dan has planted that love for music. Very resourceful! He's always communicating, open to communication, back and forth. Response on timely-manner! We are EXTREMELY happy with him. Highly recommend !

Posted Jun 3, 2015
Tom S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Dan is a wonderful, engaging, kind and inspiring teacher. My kids were motivated by Dan to practice between lessons, with fantastic result. I highly recommend Dan for any aged student (kids to adults).

Posted Apr 26, 2015
avigial B.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

We are pleased to have Dan as our child's piano instructor. He is punctual, easy to communicate with, flexible with scheduling, and has a great personality. Dan's teaching abilities are superb as he is patient and makes the material simple to understand. Our child is moving along very nicely.

Posted Mar 28, 2015
H K.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Dan is very knowledgeable and has an extensive background in music. My 10 yr. old son looks forward to his weekly piano lessons and mentions how much he appreciates the teachers patience and kindness. Dan does an excellent job of teaching the material while remaining friendly and fun! He constantly provides feedback and encouragement and does a great job of instilling enthusiasm for learning music while adapting to my son's skill level and needs. I also love that he is punctual! We would definitely recommend Dan as a music teacher to adults and kids alike.

Posted Oct 19, 2014

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Section Coach
Jun 2009 - Jul 2009

West Des Moines Community School District

Instructor for 4th-6th grade double bass students for summer strings program


Bachelor of Music - Jazz Studies
Aug 2009 - Jun 2013

DePaul University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Iowa All State Jazz Band '08-'09
May 2009

Jazz Educators of Iowa

Iowa All State Orchestra '08-'09
Nov 2008

Iowa High School Music Association

Iowa All State Orchestra '07-'08
Nov 2007

Iowa High School Music Association


American Federation of Musicians
Sep 2016
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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