Kierstyn St. John

Kierstyn S.

Phoenix, AZ
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Lesson Details

Classical Piano

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
--Bastien for children (beginning-intermediate)
--Alfred's adult series for adults (beginning-intermediate)
--Individual classical pieces (intermediate-advanced)
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About

Kierstyn passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Kierstyn delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+

Teaching since:
January 2012

Kierstyn E. St. John is a pianist, composer, arranger and improviser who possesses an impressive repertoire of more than 500 memorized songs in every genre from classical to jazz to contemporary/pop. Kierstyn is also a talented improviser-- which she can do for hours on end in both classical and jazz styles. Because she has studied piano for over eighteen years, she has developed extremely impressive technicality from studying everything from Rachmaninoff to Bill Evans to Dream Theater. Furthermore, her performance experience has given her an innate talent of programming. She knows exactly which songs to choose for a certain gig; if you give her a genre, she can make a setlist that exactly suits the needs of your arrangement.

She has performed extensively in venues such as the Wigwam Resort, and the Ground Controls in Goodyear and in Verrado. She has played hundreds of events including weddings, memorials, private parties, festivals, and church fairs; Kierstyn was also the accompanist for all three choirs at her high school. She was the principal pianist for Northminster Presbyterian Church for four years and rocked the house as the pianist in the ASU Latin Jazz Combo for two.

Kierstyn just graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor's of Music in Composition at Arizona State University. She has studied with James DeMars, 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, The ASU Art Museum, and Voices for the Voiceless. 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 and her score for the play “Poseidon's Regret” received a nomination for a 2016 ariZoni Award!

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Experience

Private Instrument Instructor
Jan 2012 - Present
Self-Employed

I have taught private piano/guitar/drum lessons to over 30 students during the past four and a half years.

Education

Bachelors of Music (Composition)
Aug 2013 - Present
Arizona State University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

ariZoni Award (Nomination)
Sep 2016
ariZoni Board of Directors
Statewide Women's Composer Competition
Mar 2015
Four Seasons String Orchestra
1st Place in Schoolwide Talent Show
Nov 2012
North Pointe Preparatory
Superior rating
Aug 2010
National Federation of Music Clubs

Affiliations

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.

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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.

Photos & Videos

Kierstyn's Piano Demo Tape (recorded in 2015, age 19)
Photo by Kierstyn S.

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"Prelude No. 1 (Heaven's Tears)" composed and performed by Kierstyn St. John
"Rebirthing" (Skillet) lead guitar cover performed by Kierstyn St. John
Playing my beautiful Ibanez S-Series electric guitar.

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Photo by Kierstyn S.
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5 Reviews

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Peter Jul 20, 2018
Ukulele · In studio

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

Jacob Sep 13, 2017
Piano · In home

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

Jacob Sep 9, 2017
Guitar · In studio

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.

Hannah M. Feb 10, 2015
Guitar · Online

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.

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Joshua H. Jan 24, 2015
Composition · Online

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.

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