Kierstyn St. John
Phoenix, AZ
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Kierstyn St. John

Kierstyn S.

Phoenix, AZ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Two tracks: classical or contemporary (or a combination of both if desired). Classical piano has a emphasis on scales, sight reading, and preparing pieces from the baroque through the 20th century. Contemporary piano has a different emphasis on chords, theory, improvisation, and preparing popular songs of the student's choosing. Again, a combination of these two techniques may be used.

About Kierstyn S.

Kierstyn St. John is a pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer who possesses a repertoire of more than 1,000 memorized songs in every genre from classical to jazz to contemporary/pop. She has played piano for twenty three years, and has been extensively classically and jazz trained, studying everything from Rachmaninoff to Bill Evans to Billy Joel and all that's in between! She has also played guitar, bass, and alto saxophone for fifteen years and drums for twenty years.

Kierstyn has played hundreds of events including weddings, memorials, official ASU events, private parties, large festivals, and church fairs; she was also the accompanist for all three choirs at her high school. She was the principal pianist for Northminster Presbyterian Church for four years, the worship director at Roosevelt Community Church, piano teacher in residence at Sunshine Acres Children's home, and the pianist in the ASU Latin Jazz Combo. She now gigs professionally all over the state in both Uncorked the Band (a dance pop band) as well as her own jazz fusion duo, Zoetic.

Kierstyn graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor's of Music in Composition at Arizona State University. She has studied with James DeMars, Jody Rockmaker, Rodney Rogers, and Kotoka Suzuki. Since attending college, she has been commissioned by Ironwood and Imagine Prep high schools, The ASU Barrett Choir, The Phoenix Art Museum, Brelby Theatre, and The ASU Art Museum. In 2014, she won the Four Seasons Women's Composers Competition, and her string quintet "The Monarch" was performed in September by their professional orchestra. In 2016, her score for the Brelby Theatre premiere “Poseidon's Regret” received a nomination for an ariZoni Award.

Kierstyn has also taught over 150 students to play piano, guitar, drums, and more over the past ten years. She keeps the students engaged by teaching them the songs and pieces they've always wanted to learn! She can teach classical music, jazz music, and popular music, and she often mixes them to give the student a well-rounded music education that is also fun and engaging!


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5 Reviews
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Kierstyn is very knowledgeable and very easy to understand and work with.

Posted Jul 20, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Very well trained piano teacher. Was able to teach the kids in a meaningful way that hooked them on learning the piano.

Posted Sep 13, 2017
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Kierstyn had the incredibly unique ability to teach me every single song I wanted to learn while still teaching a range of classical, jazz, and pop fundamentals all along the way. I couldn't recommend her more.

Posted Sep 9, 2017
Hannah M.
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We are very happy with the lessons my daughter has with Kierstyn. She took the time when they started to learn what my daughter's goals were, what type music she likes, and makes the lessons personalized. She works well with my daughter, is patient, but pushes her to continue going and learning.

Posted Feb 10, 2015
Joshua H.
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She was very straightforward and helped me a lot with my compositions. She is very good at the piano and has written some wonderful compositions. I will definitely be considering starting lessons with her again.

Posted Jan 24, 2015

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Private Instrument Instructor
Jan 2012 - Present


I have taught private piano/guitar/drum lessons to over 150 students during the past eight years.

Piano and Guitar Instructor
Aug 2016 - May 2018

Sunshine Acres Children's Home

Pianist in Residence
Feb 2014 - May 2017

Northminster Presbyterian Church


Bachelors of Music (Composition)
Aug 2013 - May 2017

Arizona State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


ariZoni Award (Nomination)
Sep 2016

ariZoni Board of Directors

Statewide Women's Composer Competition
Mar 2015

Four Seasons String Orchestra

Superior rating
Aug 2010

National Federation of Music Clubs


Music Teachers National Association
May 2014
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.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
May 2014
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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