Kris Savitski
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Kris Savitski

Kris S.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My classes cover strength-building exercises, music theory, a variety of genres, and help to develop your creative spirit. We’ll play a wide range of pieces from beautiful classical works to your favorite pop music, customizing the song choices and class focus to your specific goals and interests, as well as looking at how the songs we play were composed.

In sum, we’ll work together to help develop your sense of rhythm, melody, and harmony so that you can sit down and truly express yourself in impromptu jam, join a band, or write a hit song.

About Kris S.

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 really worked or how to write. 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 hit a wall when it came to truly expressing myself on the instrument. That’s a frustrating point to reach.

To get over that barrier I jammed with as many other musicians as I could find. I studied topics like music theory, songwriting, and recording. I practiced and experimented constantly, discovering a vast ocean of artists and styles. In the process I eventually found myself able to play authentically and uninhibited, the way I had always wanted. The happiness I found in true creative expression finally clued me in to what music and art is all about, and I’d like to help you learn this skill as well.

I offer affordable remote video lessons online through Skype and Zoom. Beyond piano and it’s related skills, lesson topics I can cover with you can include: songwriting, music theory, recording, production, synthesizers, beginner voice training, and more!


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I feel so lucky to have discovered Kris on TakeLessons. Every lesson begins with him checking in on my progress in a variety of different areas and every lesson ends with notes of our session and different areas for me to practice before our next session. There's always a great mix of homework types that Kris lets you explore in a way that is organic and fun for how you want to learn. He will work with YOU to help find the lessons that inspire you to keep practicing and staying engaged. We also spend a decent amount of time on music theory and composition, so I feel like I'm actually learning the instrument and not just following patterns. Lastly, 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.

Posted Feb 9, 2021
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Kris is great .. always positive and upbeat. Clearly is masterful at understanding music theory and its applications to the piano. Working at a rapid pace and after just 3 lessons, I feel like I understand the piano. I would say that my understanding of some music theory (as a guitarist) helps me keep up with Kris, but he is a great listener and pauses when necessary.

Posted Nov 18, 2020
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Amazing instructor. I've come so far from working with him.

Posted Oct 18, 2020
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9 months in taking lessons from Chris and it has been a great experience so far. Not only am I learning how to play the piano, but I'm also learning music theory. Not just how to play certain notes and chords but why. Highly recommended.

Posted Sep 21, 2020
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Kris is an excellent teacher and instructor. He caters each lesson to my abilities and interests. He explains music theory concepts clearly and follows up each lesson with an emailed summary of what was taught. He's willing to work with you at your pace. My skills as a pianist and song writer have improved significantly since I began working with Kris. He's been able to successfully adapt to online lessons in a way that has made it possible for us to continue working together even though he's on the East coast and I'm on the West coast. His talent as a musician is only surpassed by his skill as a teacher. I can't recommend him highly enough. If you want to take piano seriously and really develop as a musician, Kris is the best mentor you will find.

Posted Sep 21, 2020
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Kris tailored a curriculum for exactly what my goals were and in just under a year I went from 0 to quite confident on the piano! He's patient, flexible, and there seem to be no gaps in his knowledge.

Posted Sep 21, 2020
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Wanting to improve my electronic music production skills, Kris had helped me immensely in terms of composition, and theory, taking my skills to the next level. He is very patient, identified my weak points and improved them in a manner that was most efficient for me. I cannot recommend his expertise enough.

Posted Sep 21, 2020
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Kris is an outstanding piano teacher!

His classes are fun and tailored to my learning goals.

I honestly feel like I get a lot more value from his online classes than I wouldve with a teacher during an in-home class.

With his classes on Zoom, you can see how he’s playing a piece on the piano as well as the music sheet simultaneously. You can also read the name of chords / notes he’s playing in real time with a software program he uses. In addition, he allows me to record the lesson so I can replay the lesson again to review anything I missed!

He’s been an amazing teacher. I really feel like I’ve accelerated my learning with his help!

Posted Sep 19, 2020
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In my case Kris was a fantastic guide for my first foray into classical piano/music theory. In a short period of time he took me from ground zero to playing through Bach and being able to analyze elements of my favorite tracks (e.g. mode changes). He's attentive, patient, timely, and very knowledgeable about his craft. He followed up after each session with a recap, homework, and digital copies of the materials he used during the lesson. I personally couldn't have asked for a better teacher and would recommend him without hesitation to anyone interested in expanding their musical potential.

Posted Sep 19, 2020
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Been taking lessons with Kris online for the last two months - he's very flexible, knowledgable, and an excellent techer!

Posted Sep 19, 2020
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Kris cares deeply for his students and is very accommodating in adjusting his teaching schedule to meet the needs of his students. Highly recommended!

Posted Sep 18, 2020
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On top of being highly knowledgeable in his field, Kris is a kind, understanding, and exceptionally helpful person to work with. If you want to improve your piano skills and general understanding of music, you've come to the right place.

Posted Sep 18, 2020
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Kris's lessons are structured and informative while maintaining space for curiosity and creativity. He has a true understanding of music and communicates this knowledge to you in forms of theory and artistic expression. You'll feel welcomed from your first lesson and comfortable as you progress.

If you're into electronic music production, DAWS, synths, or other geeky tech, Kris shares your passion and will happily share a wealth of information with you about those things as well.

Posted Sep 18, 2020
Rich B.
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Kris is awesome. He creates well rounded lessons that keep your brain active and asking for more. I’ve already started to see significant improvement after only two weeks. I’m happy I found him to help me with my piano journey.

Posted Jul 26, 2020
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Not only does Kris teach you all the building blocks to help you get started on your piano career but he also teaches you how to build a strong passion and love for music.My experience with Kris was truly amazing and it was so much fun to work with him! once again thank you kris.

Posted Jul 22, 2020
Nickolas S.
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Kris has exceptional knowledge of Music Theory. I had a very great session with him and look forward to many more in the future.

Posted Feb 20, 2020
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Lessons are nicely structured and individually tailored. I wanted to learn more about music theory for songwriting and this has been a great experience so far.

Posted Nov 25, 2019
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I had an excellent experience with Kris. He challenged me but also understood my specific circumstances and pace. He was flexible with scheduling and helped me greatly improve my piano playing in a short amount of time. We worked on arranged music and songwriting. I’d recommend Kris for all levels!

Posted Jul 23, 2019
Margaret Ford
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Kris is welcoming and encouraging. He knows a lot and seems to be able to explain it in a way I can understand.

Posted Apr 12, 2019
John B.
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Very patient, friendly and knowledgeable!

Posted Mar 8, 2019
Rody L.
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So good

Posted Oct 28, 2018
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I really enjoy Kris' approach to teaching the classical and improvisational concepts. Having multiple approaches to playing the piano has been great for filling in gaps of understanding and making overall progress.

Posted Apr 8, 2018
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Kris is truly an amazing Instructor! He is extremely dedicated, passionate, and committed to the success of his students. He is able to combine music theory, cite reading, and the fundamentals of composition in a very comprehensible manor. He knows exactly what to teach, how to teach, and when to teach in a way that keeps me motivated, enthusiastic, and inspired to keep learning and reaching new goals. He takes great care in providing music/exercises that will help challenge me to become a better piano player (utilizes several different methods of teaching). I highly recommend him to anyone interested in taking lessons! He is a genuine teacher, that cares, makes learning fun, and always goes above and beyond!

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May 2018 - Present


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).

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



Fluent / Native Proficiency

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