Kristin Snyder

Kristin S.

Willowbrook, IL

About Kristin S.

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Kristin teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 2007
Last sign in: Yesterday


Let's get you started on your musical path! My name is Kristin, and I cannot wait to begin this journey into music with you. I have been teaching private lessons for nearly a decade, and have taught music and choir in the classroom since 2011. I specialize in working with beginners of all ages.

Music has been my passion for my entire life. From singing to playing in band and everything in between, I ultimately achieved my degree in Music Education. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in the top ten of my class from VanderCook College of Music.

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Teacher, Music Specialist
Aug 2014 - Present
Private School

I began teaching a rigorous curriculum of music education to over 600 students in this K-6 school. Many classes were those which incorporated self contained special needs students. In my time here, have created an after school choir as well as brought the entire school together for multiple concerts.

Teacher, Music Specialist
Aug 2011 - Aug 2014
St. Daniel the Prophet School

I created a music education program for students in a Pre-K through 8th grade school, and started a well rounded, enriching after school music club program. This consisted of tiered choirs based on experience and voice types, as well as a Tone Chime Choir, and an advanced recorder playing group. I was responsible for over 700 children's musical education, and nearly a dozen concerts every year. I also engineered the return of the annual Talent Show, and began new traditions of inviting alumni instrumentalists back to play, having in-school recitals for students who took private lessons, and creating a Music Awards Ceremony for students involved in the after school programs.

Voice & Flute Teacher
Apr 2008 - Nov 2011
UpBeat Music School

I taught lessons to students from many walks of life, including students who did not speak English, those with limited mental capabilities, and students who achieved many awards and recognition. In my time here, I doubled the amount of students taking voice lessons, and saw four go on to receive full or partial scholarships into various music schools. My students competed every year in the Illinois Music Association competition, and consistently placed in the top three of their respective divisions.


Bachelor's of Music Education
Aug 2007 - May 2011
VanderCook College of Music

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Orff-Schulwerk Level II
Jul 2014
Orff-Schulwerk Association of America & VanderCook College of Music

This is a method of music teaching based on student led discovery and guided experiences into musical expressions, ideas, and forms. It encompasses instrumental playing, singing, and dance, create a whole program for every child to fully experience music. In level two, this expands to more complex musical themes, including modes and more complex forms.

Orff-Schulwerk Level I
Jul 2013
Orff-Schulwerk Association of America & VanderCook College of Music

This is a method of music teaching based on student led discovery and guided experiences into musical expressions, ideas, and forms. It encompasses instrumental playing, singing, and dance, create a whole program for every child to fully experience music.


Illinois House of Representatives Certificate of Recogntiion
Dec 2013
Illinois House of Representatives
VanderCook Talent Scholarship
Jan 2011
VanderCook College of Music
VanderCook Academic Scholarship Award
Jan 2011
VanderCook College of Music
Presidential Academic Award
Jan 2007
President George W. Bush
National Honors Society
Apr 2006
National Honors Society


National Association for Music Edcuation
Aug 2007

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

American Choral Directors Association
Aug 2007

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

9 Reviews on Kristin S.

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Rachel Urquhart Jun 7, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Kristin is a great teacher for my daughter! Lenna started lessons at five and had very little attention span, bit Kristin is able to keep her focused through the lesson, and I'm amazed at how far Lenna has come in just six months of lessons.
Iris W. Jun 6, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
So far I like Kristin, I think she is an amazing person and I'm looking forward to my next lesson
Semaj J. Jan 4, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Very personable. son did very well with Kristin. Really great teacher.
Monserrat May 28, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
She is wonderful! My daughter is looking forward to her next lesson. :)
Lisa V. Apr 27, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Our son has been taking piano lessons with Kristin for one year. We are very pleased with his progress! Kristen is warm, friendly and very encouraging! She teaches the kids on their level. Her schedule is very flexible and she easily accommodates us when we need to reschedule. We would highly recommend Kristin for anyone who wants to learn piano! =)
HalinaS May 9, 2011
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Kristin is great.
ScottD1 Mar 11, 2011
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Positivie feedback

Kristen is a really fun person to learn from. She doesn't sit there and try to make you bored by learning scales for months on end. She tries to get the students playing while also learning notes at the same time. I've already learned 4-5 new notes from her and that's awesome. She is constantly telling you that you are improving, even though sometime I feel like I'm not even making a dent in this thing. I'd tell anyone who lives close that she is a down to earth and positively fun person to learn from. You will not just learn how to play, but play what you like and also doing this as an improvise. I cannot read sheet music that well and she has me playing without really needing to learn.
DeborahI Nov 9, 2010
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Bianca loves her lessons

Kristin is not only talented, she is nice. My grand-daughter really enjoys going to work with her. She gives convidence to her students. TY
MaribelV May 6, 2010
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My daughters and I are so content with Kristin! She is talented and professional we love her!!
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