- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- July 2006
My name is Kristen K. and I am an accomplished violinist and teacher from Lexington, Kentucky. I began my musical studies at age 7 and quickly discovered my passion and love for music. As a young musician, I attended numerous summer music festivals, participated in the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. I was a winner of two concerto competitions, which gave me the opportunity to perform solos with the youth orchestra. I continued my studies at the University of Kentucky as a Violin Performance major and it was there that I discovered my love for teaching music! After completing my performance degree, I decided to also pursue a Bachelor’s in Music Education. During my college career, I served as a teaching assistant in the University of Kentucky String Project, I taught group and private lessons at several local middle and high schools, and also maintained my own private violin and viola studio. I was also awarded the McCracken Scholarship Award for Excellence in Music Education. The most rewarding part of teaching has been seeing my students continually improve and reach their goals!
In addition to teaching, I also am an avid performer. I have been a member of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra for 7 years and was a member of the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. I perform as a soloist, in chamber groups, and in orchestras regularly at various events and concerts. In the past few years I have attended international chamber music festivals in Prague, Czech Republic and in Lucca, Italy. I have also had the opportunity to perform with some of the world’s most renowned musicians including Itzhak Perlman, Midori, and Gil Shaham in additional to performing in the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and in Carnegie Hall in New York City. Studying music has provided me with many wonderful opportunities to learn and to grow. It is my goal to help students really love and enjoy playing music and develop the skills that allow us to share the magic of beautiful sound. Maintaining a high level of mastery as well as continuing to learn about the art of teaching are fundamentally equal and of highest priority for me. Through teaching music, I hope to inspire students and help them reach their potential.
*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is relaxed and understanding of where each student is at, while always maintaining a quick pace for learning new skills and always expecting the student to put forth their best effort. I am very encouraging and positive. I work with each student and his or her parents to determine short and long term goals and try to best provide the materials, instruction and motivation to achieve those goals!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, well lit, piano, music stands
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical music but I also teach bluegrass and fiddle. I particularly like the Suzuki Method for beginning to intermediate students, but when they become more advanced I begin to incorporate concertos and sonatas.
Kristen was an amazing teacher! My daughter loved her. When we moved she was sad Kristen would no longer be her instructor.
Kristen has been so patient with me and already taught me many things to help me be a better violist. Many thanks!
It was a good session with Kristen. She is an accomplished musician.Looking forward to moving up to the next level with her help.
Great first lesson. Excited for more.
Kristen is warm, engaging, and knowledgeable. My daughter is very excited for her next lesson.
Kristen is very patient and sweet with our daughter who is pretty new to violin.
Great experience. Kristen is patient, organized, and observant. I look forward to my future learning experience with you.
Kristen was fantastic! Kristen worked very well with my daughter, Christina. Christina is disabled and doesn't adjust well to everyone, but absolutely loved Kristen! Kristen met her needs in every way, was very pleasant and professional. Highly recommended!!+ Read More
Very good teacher !
Kristen is a great teacher and very knowledgeable of her instruments. She teaches at a comfortable pace that will urge you to practice more and learn, without out pacing her students. I highly recommend her as an instructor.
She is really nice and sweet. I learned a lot from her and she always provide the best advice and material that can help me to solve my difficulties.
Kristen is a technically robust, patient and works with the student to ensure progress.
If I could write anything to hope that you choose Kristen to teach you, imagine it here: _______. That said. She is Amazing, Fantastic, Patient, Fun, Understand, did I say Patient!? I am a 28 year old man that is learning Viola as his "2nd" real instrument. I play piano well, and "campfire" guitar. Kristen is teaching me to read Alto clef and play the Viola. She is teaching at MY pace and not complaining when I come in without having the most practice time accomplished throughout the prior week. She has a flexible schedule and is available for communication (email and phone) between lessons (I've rescheduled many times because my work hours are not constant). She's Great! I hope you let her teach you! Thank you for reading.+ Read More
Kristen is wonderful with kids - patient, thoughtful, even-keeled. My daughter looks forward to seeing her each week, and is growing to love an instrument she never gave a second thought to when she was made to play it in the school band. I Highly recommend her !+ Read More
Complete and knowledgeable
I've recently took a block of 20 lessons with Kristen and I can say without a doubt that her skill at conveying her knowledge is unsurpassed. There was never a session that I came away from that I didn't learn something. I could describe my issues every week and she would offer several suggestions on overcoming it. Because of this, she made it possible for me to reach new heights in my skill with my instrument, but also a deeper understanding of music structure and theory. I highly recommend her if you are looking for that one teacher to help lead you, for any age.
I began as a COMPLETE beginner a year ago and strongly recommend Kristen to anyone seeking a patient, flexible, knowledgeable teacher who, through the violin both challenges and inspires growth and unique individual creative expression. Oh and, she plays like an angel...+ Read More
I've had a great experience taking violin lessons with Kristen for the past year or so. I only wish I had started sooner! She is an excellent teacher: she is patient, answers all of my questions with ease, and clearly cares about her students. My lessons have been challenging but fun, and I am very happy with the progress I have made with her.+ Read More
She is a great teacher and fantastic musician
My son had several teachers and she is the best. She is able to keep the lesson interesting and challenging while always remaining on a positive note. I now can really see the progress my son is making. It is a sheer pleasure and inspiration, hearing her play her own violin.
Kristen is always on time and prepared for my daughters lessons. She knows how to engage my 7 year old and keep her learning while still making lessons fun. My daughter enjoys her lessons and has been progressing nicely. Kristen is very accomplished and skilled at teaching violin.
Instructor is very personable and gears lessons towards individual.
The instructor is great at making you feel comfortable and gives a lot of encouragement. She is flexible with lessons gearing them towards individual skill, goals, and age. Excellent instructor!