Kristin Akella

Kristin A.

Willowbrook, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have taught Flute and Recorder over a decade in both personal and classroom settings. Several of my students have gone on to achieve gold medals in their solo and ensemble contests, and place within the IMA music competition.

Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play a stronger, more supported sound and as time goes on you'll be able to expand your range beyond what you thought possible. I specialize in working with beginners, and have experience working with students new to braces, as well. Typically, I use the Rubank Flute Method book in addition to your school's band books.

As far as what age to start flute, I am firm in starting a student no earlier than the spring/summer before their 4th grade year of schooling. This is not to say that a child could not begin learning music earlier, but the arm length required to play flute is necessary to achieve success.

For recorders, I use various method books and pull from many additional pop song books as well. Additionally, I love to work with each student to meet his or her own personal goals. For recorder, students as early as 7 years are welcome to start lesssons. This instrument is ideal for small fingers and growing kids as it is lightweight and compact.

I cannot wait to meet you and get started!

About Kristin A.

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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21 Reviews
LaRichelle P.
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Did not care enough to plan ahead or get to know my granddaughter enough to individualize her weekly lessons. Very apparent that she failed to prepare ahead of time. Often late and cancelled class several times.

Posted Dec 21, 2020
LaRichelle P.
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best class ever!!!! love Kali

Posted Oct 2, 2020
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Kristin is a wonder, gentle teacher who practices patience and positive reinforcement. My daughter loved her lessons with Kristin and looked forward to seeing her.

Posted Sep 14, 2019
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My Granddaughter absolutely loves Kristen. Every week I see improvement. Thanks Kristen.

Posted Jun 17, 2019
Maya P.
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Great first lesson!

Posted May 6, 2019
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My daughter felt so confident and excited after her first lesson. She has practicing non-stop, simply because she enjoyed it (and Ms. Kristin) so much. I highly recommend this positive, encouraging, and knowledgeable teacher!

Posted Apr 10, 2019
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Miss Kristin is very kind and patient.
My daughter before used to not like to have piano lessons, now she can’t wait for the next one!

Posted Oct 22, 2018
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Ms. Kristin is great with our 2 girls. They enjoy the hands-on but also relaxed approach that Ms. Kristin brings to teaching Piano. She creates the right incentives for them to practice weekly and are getting better each week. Ms. Kristin is also organizing a concert for her students which is a great experience for the new / younger student. 5 stars!

Posted Sep 19, 2018
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Very kind and patient with our son. Helps him learn songs that he is interested in playing. Also very flexible with schedule.

Posted Sep 18, 2018
Brooke K.
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Posted Aug 23, 2018
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Kristin is a great teacher. She is professional and have patience in teaching little kids. She also has excellent teaching techniques and the ability to motivate. My eight-year-old developed a love of music after taking a few month of piano lessons with her and improved significantly since she would practice every day on her own.

Posted Feb 17, 2018
Jason M.
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Kristin has worked with my granddaughter for over a year and has done a wonderful job. She is patient with my young granddaughter and teaches her theory as well as how to play the piano. Kristin has also help my granddaughter learn hymns to play at church on special occasions. My granddaughter really looks forward to her lessons with kristin.

Posted Feb 15, 2018
Rachel Urquhart
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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.

Posted Jun 7, 2016
Iris W.
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So far I like Kristin, I think she is an amazing person and I'm looking forward to my next lesson

Posted Jun 6, 2016
Semaj J.
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Very personable. son did very well with Kristin. Really great teacher.

Posted Jan 4, 2016
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She is wonderful! My daughter is looking forward to her next lesson. :)

Posted May 28, 2015
Lisa V.
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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! =)

Posted Apr 27, 2015

Kristin is great.

Posted May 9, 2011

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.

Posted Mar 11, 2011

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

Posted Nov 9, 2010


My daughters and I are so content with Kristin! She is talented and professional we love her!!

Posted May 6, 2010

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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



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 Academic Scholarship Award
Jan 2011

VanderCook College of Music

VanderCook Talent Scholarship
Jan 2011

VanderCook College of Music

Presidential Academic Award
Jan 2007

President George W. Bush

National Honors Society
Apr 2006

National Honors Society


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.
National Organization of Women
Aug 2007
As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since our founding in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.

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