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Kris S.
Teaches Online
Provide the perfect background instrumental for your voice or another singer
Learn to play along with others with no prep time!
About Kris S.

Make piano lessons more productive, convenient, and rewarding! “Kris has a high level of empathy and is great at encouraging his students. He always makes me feel good about the progress I'm making while still challenging me to be better. I can't recommend Kris enough.” -Jason Custom-tailored classes put you in the driver’s seat: “Kris is a great teacher with a deep knowledge of music. This bodes well for anyone under his guidance, he’s patient, thorough and most of all the lessons are tailor-fitted to the student which makes learning so much easier. I would recommend Kris to anyone no matter the experience level.” -Joshua Online Music lessons are convenient and easy: “I honestly feel like I get a lot more value from his online classes than I would have with a teacher during an in-home class.” -Ting You’ll learn how to truly express yourself through the instrument: “Within a few weeks I started to improvise on my own (laughable by anyone who understands music, but I was having fun and that’s what’s important to me). I’m very much inspired by Kris and would highly recommend him” -Sally “Absolutely the best hour of the week!” -John Classes include: -Customizable lesson plans -Email recaps with personalized assignment lists and class notes -Email support between lessons -Flexible scheduling -Student song requests -PDF sheet music files -Video clip reviews (option to record your full class are available!) Topics offered include: -Piano technique -Reading sheet music -Classical, jazz, and pop music -Music theory -Songwriting and composition -Playing with others -Music recording and production Welcome to my online classroom! As a life-long student of music, I know how overwhelming the subject can be. In my classical piano roots, no one taught me how music was written. After ten years of study I became highly proficient at reading the notes on the page and moving my fingers to play them but I would hit a wall when it came to truly expressing myself. To get over that barrier I jammed with other musicians, studied music theory, practiced religiously, and listened to as much music as I could. Eventually I found myself able to play authentically and uninhibited, the way I had always wanted. I’d like to help you find that same kind of happiness from true creative expression! When you take piano lessons with me we’ll cover all sides of musicianship with a focus on building creative ability. Your classes will be varied and fun with a wide range of exercises and activities.. We'll play a wide range of pieces from classical, to jazz, rock, pop and more, breaking the music down to learn why and how it works. Together, we’ll develop your sense of rhythm, melody, and harmony so that you can sit down and truly express yourself. Please get in touch to set up a free consultation call, either over the phone, over Skype, or Zoom! -Kris

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Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 2014

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Bachelor's of Arts in Music and Psychology

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Teaches ages 8+

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Teaches 9 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
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First 3 lessons
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Teacher's Studio

Kris is a phenomenal instructor and I wish I found him sooner. HIs method incorporates technique, theory, and improvisation on simultaneous tracks, which has allowed me to progress farther and faster in 6 months then two years with a different instructor. He has made the piano less intimidating and made me passionate again about the piano.

Posted Sep 15, 2022
Teacher's Studio

Kris is a fantastic instructor. The lessons are a great balance of music theory and playing/applying skills. Notes after each class are a helpful way to follow and understand your learning journey. I have grown a lot during my time with him, both in terms of my understanding of foundational music principles, but also in terms of moving outside my comfort zone with improvisation and composition. He is also an incredibly patient, kind person, and encouraging person--fun to work with so that I even look forward to lessons when I haven't practiced a wink. You should contact him!

Posted Sep 12, 2022
Teacher's Studio

Kris has been an incredible teacher for my son. Kris has taught piano, theory, beatmaking, and even some music production. He's been responsive to my son's interests and has really helped my son develop his technique, understanding, and love of music. We've been very lucky to work with Kris for several years -- lots of gratitude and appreciation.

Posted Aug 31, 2022
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Pianist
May 2018 - Present
Pianist
Project is based around neo-classical piano compositions
Solo Artist
Apr 2014 - Present
Kris Abyss
This solo project is an evolving environment for me to grow as a musician in. Indie, bedroom pop/dream pop singer-songwriter that I record and perform under. Vocals are something of a new foray for me, but I really enjoy exploring sound collages (such as on the Galactic Goodness album) and personal songwriting as a way of processing (such as on the latest Kris Abyss demo releases).
Keyboardist
Jan 2018 - Mar 2019
Bug Séance
Bug Séance was a fun band I got to be a part of last year
Keyboardist and Song Writer
Sep 2010 - Jun 2014
Predella (band)
This was an original alternative rock band in which I played keyboards, synthesizers, piano, and helped write our songs as well as manage the band.
Music Direcctor
Sep 2009 - Oct 2013
St. Joseph's Parish
Here I worked as a music director for a choir at a local church, leading the congregation in song each weekend at multiple masses. I played piano and organ, and helped teach the choir new songs.
Bachelor's of Arts in Music and Psychology
Aug 2008 - Aug 2012
University of Connecticut
English
Native Proficiency

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Instructor details
Accompaniment
Teaches 9 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
50 minutes
$60
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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