Kristin West
Reston, VA
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Kristin West

Kristin W.

Reston, VA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
you can expect to learn to read music and play a variety of pieces with confidence and enjoyment.

About Kristin W.

I began playing at 4 years old. I loved classical music and taught myself by listening till I was 6 and started formal lessons. I continued lessons throughout high school with a Juilliard graduate. During my senior year of high school, I had the amazing experience of playing in Weill Hall, located in the famous Carnegie Hall, as part of the young artist showcase.
While attending Vassar College, I continued to take private lessons with another Juilliard graduate, as well as taking classes in theory.
I also just finished my second B.A in music from George Mason and am pursing a graduate degree in piano pedagogy.


*** Lesson Details ***
I have beginner to advanced piano books in both performance, lessons, and theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawai Grande Piano, Yamaha upright piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical Music

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Dinil W.
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Ms . West was great on our first lesson. My son was very comfortable with her and she took time to understand his level. My son is very excited for the next lesson. Highly recommend!!

Posted Sep 8, 2019
Alison
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My 6 year old just had her first lesson with Kristin. She was really patient and made lesson fun. I’m looking forward to my daughter learning with Kristin!

Posted Sep 8, 2019
Griffin H.
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Great first lesson!

Posted Aug 20, 2019
Gixiang L.
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Pretty nice yeah!

Posted Aug 17, 2019
Vincent C.
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Kristin teaches at a perfect pace. I learned so much in the first session. I can't wait for the next one.

Posted Dec 13, 2018
Nicole C.
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I really enjoyed my first lesson with Kristin and look forward to continuing. She made me -an adult learning beginning piano- very comfortable and moved at a good pace. She has a wonderful style of teaching.

Posted Nov 14, 2018
Sawyer S.
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My son adores Kristen - they get along great! She is a fantastic instructor and also makes the lessons enjoyable.

Posted Sep 9, 2018
Rupali K.
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my 6 year old is really enjoying taking lessons from Kristin. He has really opened up and enjoys learning piano.

Posted Sep 5, 2018
Niel K.
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Kristin is very patient and works great with my 6 year old. He has wonderful calming lesson with her .

Posted Jul 27, 2018
Victor
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Kristin was very flexible, and understanding of the level of our son’s piano playing. Immediately able to direct him to where he needs help.

Posted May 6, 2018
Ephraim K.
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Ms. Kristin is patient, kind and fun -loving while teaching my wiggly 6 year old. He is learning so much and enjoying piano.

Posted Feb 13, 2018
Quentin
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She was great with my son! He can be easily sidetracked but she was able to keep him motivated the entire lesson.

Posted Jan 9, 2018
Mary
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Kristen is knowledgeable, pleasant and instruction is on point at the appropriate level.

Posted Mar 9, 2017
Arav G.
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We had our first class today and she was quite good. She made my son feel comfortable and she looked quite strong on the subject.

Posted Feb 7, 2017
Janthine T.
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My daughter is learning and I am happy with the progress she is making.

Posted Feb 4, 2017
Cathy Q.
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Best instructor ever!

Posted Feb 2, 2017
Aditya R.
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Good Experience. Kristin was able to keep my son engaged for a 1st time visit.

-Thanks

Posted Dec 15, 2016
Kavana M.
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Kristin was great with me. She is patient and focuses on your requirements. She also helps with apps and tools which can be used to improve skills.

Posted Oct 18, 2016
Aayush P.
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This was the first class and my son had good time in the class. I felt Kristine was really a good teacher for my son who is just 4 years, I think it's not easy to engage a 4 year kid and I would give the best rating for Kristine on keeping my son motivated on the very first class. Through out the class Kristine was to the point I feel lucky to have her as a teacher for my son. As this review is about the teacher I would say Kristine is an experienced teacher who was planned for the class and knows how to guide and handle students.

Posted May 18, 2016
Anne
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Kristin is a remarkable teacher. She is thorough and very patient; encouraging the student with each lesson. I am thrilled to have chosen her as my instructor and I progress with each lesson.

Posted Mar 7, 2016
Hope
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Kristin is a great piano teacher and I highly recommend her. She is patient, knowledgeable, and motivates her students. She knows how to teach children very well. She knows how to explain the lessons so that my daughter understands the concepts. Even after the lesson, my daughter was so eager to do her piano homework and even practiced some more on her own.

Posted Sep 14, 2015
Hakim
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The best

Posted Sep 4, 2015
Jan V.
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Kristin has been so great for me. She is patient and kind, and she encourages me to stretch my learning and understanding. If her explanation of something does not sink into my brain, she explains another way. She is also a talented pianist herself and I love to hear her play.

Posted Aug 28, 2014

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Experience

Piano instructor
Oct 2017 - Present

Reston Music

Music Specialist
Sep 2013 - Apr 2018

Bach 2 Rock

Piano Teacher

Education

Master Piano Pedagogy
Aug 2019 - Present

George Mason

B.A. Music
Aug 2016 - Dec 2018

George Mason University

BA Pyschology
Aug 2001 - Jun 2005

Vassar College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Apr 2018
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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