Kristin Heller
Portland, OR
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Kristin Heller

Kristin H.

Portland, OR
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
As a classical piano student you will learn music theory, sight reading, and various classical styles of piano technique.

About Kristin H.

I have a Master's in Acting and Directing and support fields in Music. I coach singing, acting, speech, and piano for a wide range of ages. I teach many styles of acting from stage to film and in between including Shakespeare I have studied a variety of methods on acting and will cater to the interests of my students. I have a degree in Speech and Communications as well as Performing arts and would love to help you with your public speaking or every day speech needs. I coach from two locations. A studio in SE Portland and from a studio in my home. I would love to talk with you further about your personal goals in regards with what you would like to study.


*** Lesson Details ***
I want my students to enjoy the arts but the music and acting is hard work. My students will be well rounded in their subjects and have the opportunity to cross over if they would like.
I pay attention to my students needs and wants. I would like students to be open minded about the work that they are being taught but I also want to take their interests to heart. If a student brings me music or a monologue that they would like to work on, I will review it and try to incorporate it within our studies.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, flute, metronome, recording devices, internet access, text books and scanner and copier access, mirrors, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theater
Shakespeare Acting
Acting for Singers
Auditioning how to's
Script Analysis
Classical acting
Various acting methods
Classical Flute
Music Theory
Sight Singing
Public Speaking
Stage Dialects
Speech concerns and options


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27 Reviews
Jason S.
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Very helpful, and beyond detail focused to get the most success out of someone.

Posted Nov 11, 2020
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Just wanted to update my review after taking a few lessons with Kristin. In addition to providing great yoga instruction, she's also been sharing these incredible explanations of how my body works (or isn't working right) that clearly come from a deep understanding of science and the structure of the human body. It is amazing to be able to both connect with the body and to understand how it works physiologically at the same time!

Posted Oct 1, 2020
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Kristin is incredibly skilled at Yoga - helping my form and deepening my understanding fo Yoga. I'm recommending her to everyone!

Posted Sep 26, 2020
Rachel D.
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My daughter started a series of lessons with Kristen in preparation of her high school play audition. It was very clear that Kristen is extremely knowledgeable of all technical aspects of singing & able to clearly communicate. My daughter really enjoyed her initial lesson w/ Kristen & is confident that she will be well prepared for her school’s play auditions.

Posted Aug 9, 2019
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I’m so glad that I found Kristin. She provided a ton of info for my first lesson, and I’m looking forward to continue learning from her.

Posted Sep 7, 2018
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Super fun experience with these lessons! Every lesson is comfortable and i’m Seeing positive changes in my voice

Posted Jun 10, 2018
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Excellent first lesson. Engaging and fun. Looking forward to the next one!

Posted Jun 3, 2018
Jim G.
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Very good, very personable, very knowledgeable, very helpful.

Posted May 8, 2018
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Great teacher

Posted Mar 4, 2018
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Phenomenal! My daughter loves learning with Kristin and Kristin's ability to support her in theater singing.

Posted Feb 23, 2018
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Thank you!

Posted Feb 4, 2018
Bella K.
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Very knowledgeable in her field! My 13 yr old daughter felt very com for table and learmed a lot.

Posted Jan 28, 2018
Ethan K.
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Kristen took the time to evaluate where my son was at in his musical journey and immediately altered her teaching plan to fit his level of knowledge. I'm very impressed with her style of teaching and hope to continue with her for a long time.

Posted Jan 28, 2018
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Extremly helpful of a teacher.

Posted Nov 19, 2017
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She was fantastic I could immediately feel the results while learning from her

Posted Oct 8, 2017
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Kristin is an excellent public speaking teacher. She combines voice instruction, with guidance on body language and delivery. I worked with her on several speeches and saw great results. Highly recommend her services.

Posted Jun 22, 2017
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Kristin is an excellent teacher. Very patient and very approachable. She is very knowledgeable in both theatre and music. She started me on basics such as breath control, support, and learning to sing as easily as possible. She was very attentive to my goals, in this case it was to learn as well as get ready for an audition for a local musical. I've had a great experience working with her an would recommend her highly. A+++

Posted May 8, 2017
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Kristin is a great teacher. She's very patient and knowledgeable about musical theatre. I was nervous at my first lesson. But she listened to my expectations and what I wanted out of the lessons, and tailored the lesson to those expectations. Plus she gave me vocal excercises to help me a better singer, have fun, and enjoy the whole experience. Highly recommended.

Posted Apr 18, 2017
steven W.
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Very good info learnt tonight . looking forward to learning more

Posted Apr 5, 2017
Ella S.
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She was fantastic! Jumped right in to help my daughter prepare an audition piece.

Posted Jan 31, 2017
Ian R.
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Kristin was very attentive and her lesson was easy to understand. I'd recommend her to anybody.

Posted Jul 25, 2016
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Kristin is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in all facets of the performing arts. She is also an excellent instructor: focused, methodical, and insightful. I consider myself fortunate to have found her, and I give her my highest recommendation.

Posted Jun 19, 2016
Monica M.
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Kristin is a very experienced and versatile teacher. She makes it fun and exciting, so much that my daughter looks forward to every lesson. She accomidates our busy schedule and is always willing to put in extra effort to help my child learn and succeed. We love her and she is highly recommended!

Posted Jan 25, 2016
Miranda N.
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She is great! Very patient, easy to get along with and really knows her stuff.

Posted Jan 25, 2016
Kaitlynn H.
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Kristin is very encouraging and willing to work with your schedule. She combines many excercises to really get your brain thinking about the music. Piano seemed like a foreign language at first, but Kristin has made it very easy to connect all the conepts together.

Posted Jan 25, 2016
Ralyn M.
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Kristin does an amazing job of meeting me where my abilities and needs are. She listens to what I want out of the lessons, but also challenges me to stretch beyond what I think I can do... and I'm often delightfully surprised. She also teaches me a great deal of music theory as we work through singing which is wonderful. Her guidance in helping me use my "instrument" properly has been so valuable. And she is very patient and intuitive in the process.

Posted Nov 24, 2014
Taylor D.
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Posted May 1, 2017

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Acting Instructor
Jun 2014 - Present

Napa music festival

Instructed students on acting for singers, Associate Director of the Opera Alcina Dance and fitness instructor for Baroque, Waltz, Ballet, 18th century movements

Acting Instructor and movement instructor
Jul 2013 - Aug 2013

Tyrolean Opera Program

Taught Fitness and movement, and acting for singers. Directed and Choreographed various scenes


MS Theater Arts
Sep 2009 - Dec 2011

Portland State University

BAC Theater Arts
Sep 2000 - Jun 2005

Bowling Green State University



Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Theta Alpha Phi National Theatre Honors Fraternity
Dec 2001
Theta Alpha Phi National Theatre Honors Fraternity (ΘΑΦ) is an American recognition honor society that accepts members who achieve excellence in the art of theatre. Membership is available to undergraduates and graduate students at member institutions.

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