Krista Giffin

Krista G.

Los Angeles, CA

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Upright Bass

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I am a music teacher who has taught beginners for many years. I've also taken bass lessons myself. I am most qualified to teach beginners through the Jr. High age level.
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Krista delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1996

I am a piano, voice, and acting teacher with an MFA in Music Education. I studied acting with Suzanne Shepherd, Larry Silverberg, and Karen Giordano in their private studios in New York City. I've had extensive teaching experience, both privately and with public school students from all ages K-12 and adults as well. While my main instruments are piano, voice, and ukulele, I've taught band and strings for many years, so I can help your beginning band students on the basics of any band or string instrument (except percussion-not my forte). I personalize my lessons toward the student to make it fun for them while also expanding into new territories to stretch them and help them grow. You have a fun and patient teacher in me. Together we will work toward your goals in a way that is fun and inspiring. If you would like a time that you don't see on my schedule, feel free to ask. Sometimes I can make an exception.

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Music Teacher
Aug 2016 - May 2018
Alhambra Unified School District

Teaching K-3 General Music, 4th-5th beginning band and strings, and 6th-8th intermediate/advanced band and strings and Ukulele.

Music Teacher, K-8
Nov 2015 - Jun 2016
St. Genevieve Elementary School

Teaching K-3 General Music, 4th-5th beginning band, and 6th-8th intermediate/advanced band and choir.

Teaching Artist
Dec 2012 - Jun 2015
Dancing Classrooms

Taught Pierre Dulaine's program of ballroom dance to 4th and 5th grade public school children.

Teaching Artist
Jan 2007 - Jun 2015
Bronx Arts Ensemble

Taught grades K-12 in various subjects; band, strings, choir, theater, musical theater, ballroom dance

Music Teacher
Sep 2006 - Jun 2007
Tito Puente Middle School

7th and 8th grade band and strings

Band and Strings Instructor
Aug 2001 - Jun 2006
Frank Borman Middle School

Taught band and strings to 7th and 8th graders. Put on performances, traveled to London and Scotland with a group of honors musicians and played in the London New Year's Day parade two different years.

Music Teacher
Aug 1999 - Jun 2001
Avondale Elementary

Taught Band and General Music to 4th and 5th graders.


Master of Fine Arts in Music Education
Jan 2002 - Jun 2004
Arizona State University
Bachelors in Music Education
Sep 1990 - Dec 1996
University of Arizona


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

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NM Dec 9, 2015
Piano · In home

Krista taught our 7-8 year old an intro to piano. She taught our daughter very well and she quickly picked up piano and built her love of music. Her style was firm but fun which was perfect for our independent minded squirmy musical kid. She also gave some singing lessons for a choir audition (which was successful). We miss Krista and would gladly hire her again if she lived closer!

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Jana Sep 20, 2015
Classical Piano · In home

Krista is s an extremely dedicated piano teacher. My daughters felt comfortable with her and learned so much music and music theory over the last three years.

Monisha Sep 2, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

I took vocal lessons with Krista for several years and would highly recommend her. She was always encouraging and I found myself quickly improving with her guidance. Krista has a wide repertoire and gave great suggestions for finding new audition pieces that fit my personality and voice. Krista not only improved my vocal technique, but my confidence and public speaking skills as well. She has my highest recommendation!

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Stephanie Sep 2, 2015
Music Performance · In studio

I have known Miss. G since I was 12 yrs old (7th gtade). She was my Orchestra teacher, there I learned Violin, Double Base and some Piano. Now keep in mind I was only 12 and learned and advanced to the top in one year of having her. There I learned much more than just how to play an instrument. There I learned how to present myself as a young artist, read two differnet celfs or "keys" of music, time management and how to teach others. I have taken any and every piece of advise from this women! Even now, at the age of 25. We are still in great communication and I have grown to truly respect Miss. Giffin for all the time and effort to help me. Take it from me, she is great at what she does and even better at learning/teaching new things. I would put 100 satrs if I could!

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Henry Sep 2, 2015
Speaking Voice · In home

Krista actually worked with both my boys on voice and piano. She was great and engaging with them. She accommodated the different styles and personality of each child to maximize their potential. I would highly recommend Krista.

Cheri Sep 2, 2015
Classical Piano · In home

Krista taught both of my young daughters (9 and 12) piano for several years in our home. She also worked with my older daughter to practice signing and prepare for a talent showcase. Krista always had a great attitude, warm smile and worked with the kids on classical music as well as pieces of their choosing that they could relate to. She was on time, a good communicator and a very methodical teacher following the Suzuki method with my kids. We miss her so much!!

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