Kristina Bennett

Kristina B.

San Francisco, CA
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Lesson Details

Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I've been teaching guitar for about 7 years now ~ I focus on reading chord diagrams, tab, reading music, rhythms, how to play rhythm guitar & lead guitar, how to jam with other people, finger picking and using a pick, various strumming patterns, using a metronome, progressions, scales, various guitar tunings, how to change your strings & care for your guitar, and about the body of the guitar itself. I also make it a point to teach my students songs they want to play, that way they want to practice and enjoy what they're learning!!
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About

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Kristina delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 4+

Teaching since:
January 2007

Kristina has been singing, acting, and performing since the age of 4. She studied under the well-known and respected vocal coach, Donna Prypin, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts for at least 11 years. Kristina then went on to study Opera with Don Wilkinson, of the Boston Symphony for 1 year, and with him gained excellent range and breathing techniques. Kristina was then accepted to Berklee College of Music, where she attended for two & a half years studying under some of the world's greatest teachers. She learned extensive Ear Training, Harmony, Jazz Improvisation, Counterpoint, Arranging, Performing, Music Business, Music Therapy, and intense vocal coaching. After college Kristina moved to California where she now has a thriving teaching practice, performance, and touring career.

In 2014 she earned her Sound, Voice, and Music Healing Certificate from The California Institute of Integral Studies, under the mentoring of Grammy Nominated composer/performer, Silvia Nakkach, MA,MMT. She then travelled to India in January of 2014 with Silvia to study Classical India singing/music.

As of September 2016, Kristina recently returned from a two & half month music/bike tour through the United States Pacific Northwest & Canada.

She released her first solo album (September 2008) titled, Mermaid Tattoos and is currently in the process of creating her second album.

Kristina can teach ages 4 ~ 100 and is patient, creative, flexible, enthusiastic, and passionate. Her focus is on helping students attain their goals whether it's to be on stage winning Grammy awards, or just learning to sing and perform for fun. She can help students learn Pop, Country, Jazz, Indie Rock, Classic Rock, Musical Theater, and even their own musical genre. She also teaches beginner guitar, and proper vocal acting/public-speaking skills. In addition, she performs Sound Sessions for clients looking for relaxation & coping techniques, using crystal singing bowls, vocal toning exercises, shrupti box vocal work, and human tuning forks.

*** Lesson Details ***
Kristina is extremely creative, patient, kind, open-minded, passionate, laid-back, but sets excellent and attainable goals with the student, and absolutely loves music. Depending on each individual student, lessons will center around correct vocal breathing, exercises, music theory, songwriting, guitar, acting, and learning different techniques in order to meet personal goals. Each student is taught individually and with their own personal needs as the focus.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have state of the art microphones, amps, guitars, a keyboard, IPod radio (students can bring them to share music), and of course a computer.

*** Specialties ***
Voice, Beginner Guitar, Vocal Technique, Performance, Range, Improvisation, Music Theory, Songwriting, Sound Sessions for relaxation & coping skills. I specialize in Pop/Rock/Jazz/Blues/Country/Indie Rock, Musical Theater, and New Age genres.

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Experience

Vocal/Music Student
Sep 1996 - May 1999
Berklee College of Music

I studied Voice/Music, with a Major in Music Business for 2 years, and 1 semester study of Music Therapy.

Education

Certificate in Sound, Voice, and Music Healing
Sep 2013 - Jun 2014
California Institute of Integral Studies

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48 Reviews

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Shane .. Sep 9, 2017
Guitar · In studio

I told Kristina it was my first lesson, and that I wanted to learn how to strum. She taught me some chords and how to read tabs, which was great. But she spent most of the lesson writing out the tabs (would've been great if she did that before) and watching me strum. She made no corrections as to my thumb or finger placement, which a friend later told me was really bad for a teacher to not pay attention to. Her advice on how to find the best position was to "figure out what works for you". How would I know that as a beginner? Maybe she's better for someone with more experience.

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Steve Jun 9, 2017
Speaking Voice · In studio

Kristina really listens to what you need and clearly takes a personal/individualized approach

Jonathan W. Mar 1, 2017
Singing · In home

Extremely organized, thoughtful, helpful, and really fast to get into exercises and make progress.

Crystal S. Nov 3, 2016
Speaking Voice · In home

Amazing, gifted, talented, and patient teacher!! I'm very happy I had the opportunity to learn and grow from Kristina! =)

Daisy Chung May 3, 2016
Singing · In studio

Awesome experience! Kristina is very friendly + approachable and has allowed me to become more confident in my singing!

Morgan Apr 18, 2016
Singing · In home

Kristina was very supportive and immediately made me feel comfortable. She clearly demonstrated she knows her stuff and I'm confident we'll be a good team.

Ashley Mar 22, 2016
Singing · In studio

Kristina is just the best! Such a great teacher and a wonderful person to be around. I've gained a lot of confidence from her encouragement and kind nature and have developed an even stronger love of music and singing! I truly look forward to our lessons!

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Jonny Jan 28, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Great first lesson!

Sean Jan 21, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

Kristina is the very best - so gentle, patient, knowledgeable & supportive - I really love the environment she creates & fosters...BRAVO!

Soleil A. Jan 9, 2016
Singing · In home

Super warm, patient and adaptable with little kids so they get a lot out of even the first lesson!

Sean Dec 23, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

Wonderful - very warm, knowledgeable & supportive - LOVE HER! so far, so GREAT!

John Minty Dec 10, 2015
Guitar · In home

Such a great experience! First lesson, wonderful, I'm energized!

Vicky P. Oct 22, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Kristina is wonderful. She is warm and I felt very comfortable with her teaching space and gratified at the way she designed a lesson based on where I'm at and my goals. She really listened to me and for the first time (I've had a number of teachers) I was encouraged that she took the time and made the effort to provide me structure for practice which I very much want and, at the same time, relieved that she is open to modifying based on my ability, interest and feedback She took time with patience and grace to guide me through unfamiliar territory and was very clear in her explanations and demonstrations of everything. I'm delighted.

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BJ S. Oct 22, 2015
Songwriting · In studio

Kristina is great! I learned many tips and a few tools so far and am looking forward to my next class with her!

Fabien Sep 29, 2015
Singing · In studio

I just began learning singing and it was a very positive first lesson, Kristina was very informative and encouraging.

Jordan L. Sep 14, 2015
Guitar · In studio

She's very sweet and kind. Makes it easy to learn.

Cecily W. Sep 2, 2015
Singing · In studio

Kristina is a great teacher. She is very patient and understanding. Really knows how to go with the flow with each individual student. Kristina helps to provide a safe space for my daughter to express herself and unwind. I would highly recommend her for any student.

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Kate Kligman Aug 31, 2015
Singing · In home

Kristina is awesome! Very clear teaching, leads by example, easy to follow. She's a joy to work with.

Ruby Jul 7, 2015
Singing · In home

My daughter took her 1st lesson with Krisina today. Kristina was warm, caring and my daughter cannot wait for next session, which is always a great sign. As I did not go into the lesson, I can only rate by my daughter's enthusiasm, which was high!
My daughter is doing this only for personal benefit-she is a 12 year old beginner. Hope this is helpful.

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Daniel K. Jun 24, 2015
Singing · In studio

Kristina is the best singing instructor one can dream of. She is very knowledgeable, punctual, entertaining, and most important, a lovely person. I would recommend her to anyone who is contemplating singing!!

Christopher B. May 8, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Kristina is a great teacher! She's very versatile and has lots of experience. She's easy to talk to and easy to work with. She helps you work on your weaknesses to improve.

Lynda M. May 3, 2015
Singing · In home

Excellent engaging passionate teacher. She makes learning easy and fun. Can't wait for my next class.

Chiaki T. Mar 21, 2015
Singing · In home

She is such a wonderful teacher also a great singer.
I learned a lot and enjoyed her lessen very much!

Austin D. Mar 17, 2015
Singing · In studio

Kristina is very knowledgable, extremely nice and makes me super excited to sing each week. Highly recommend her!

Daniel G. Mar 17, 2015
Singing · In studio

Kristina is a great teacher, she encourages and challenges just right.

Jessica M. Dec 1, 2014
Singing · In studio

Kristina is great with kids! My daughter is enjoying the lessons with her very much.

Marilu P. May 3, 2013
Singing ·

GREAT TEACHER

My son who is 7 yrs old now loves his teacher, Ms. Kristina. I see my son enjoying every lesson with her. He is learning correct breathing exercises while doing vocalization. After, he sings a song that likes. Sometimes, it is difficult to teach children because of their moods but Ms. Kristina can make every lesson for my son fun and enriching. He's been doing great for a 7 yr old.

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StephanieP Sep 28, 2011
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Kristina is a little bundle of positivity. She has beautiful qualities as a teacher. I always leave feeling uplifted.

YikL Sep 11, 2011
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Father of Monica

Ms Kristina is a wonderful, patience,caring teacher. My daughter have learned a lot from her, from how to breathe, use her voice, learn music notes. I will highly recommended Ms. Kristina to any person who wants to learn about music.

KyokoU May 26, 2011
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Great teacher!!

I have been learning voice training from Kristina and I am truly enjoying the lessons with her. She is a fabulous instructor!

DiogoH Nov 17, 2010
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awesome!

Classes with Kristina have been so much fun. She is so patient and encouraging and taught a complete beginner like me how to sing and have a great time while learning. My only regret is not taking classes with her sooner!

SteveW Sep 19, 2010
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Terrific voice instructor!

Kristina is an excellent voice teacher -- both because she knows her stuff very well; and, as importantly, because she relates well to the particular issues, questions, and so on, that I bring to my lessons; that is, she meets me where I am. Third: she is very very enthusiastically encouraging, which I feel is a key quality of excellent teaching.

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JosephK Jun 20, 2010
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It's great class

MaryGraceG Jun 1, 2010
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Wonderful singing instructor

Kristina is a delight to work with. I am a complete beginner to singing, and Kristina makes me feels totally at ease during each lesson. She began by teaching me the fundamentals and paced me appropriately. She tailored the lessons to my specific goals, and she is open to trying a variety of teaching techniques to ensure I understand various concepts. Lessons are always fun, and I look forward to them. I highly recommend working with her!

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ZackL Mar 12, 2010
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Brilliant, warm and effective.

I am positive that I cannot put words in this little box to describe how incredible Kristina is as a teacher and as a person. She has mastered the ability to give direction without being critical, and showed me that I am actually able to sing. If you knew me personally, you'd think that a miracle in and of itself. I highly recommend Kristina.

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JudyC Feb 15, 2010
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Kristina is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. She provides great feedback and a lot of encouragement. She's patient, talented, and warmhearted. I've been very happy with the lessons she has provided me with!

NicoleT Jan 27, 2010
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LOVE her! Incredibly patient and just delightful and talented

VeroniqueL Nov 19, 2009
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Parent of Kaya

Kristina did a great job trying to get Kaya get over her shyness about singing. She literally would get down to her level and that was fabulous. She was very easy going and would chat to Kaya easily - this was certainly a plus for Kaya. Also, we loved her cat !!! What a cutie !

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AshleyK Nov 1, 2009
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The BEST teacher on this site!

Kristina is an extraordinarily talented vocalist. Music is her passion, and this is apparent during every lesson. I take guitar lessons and have learned so much more from her in just a few short sessions than I learned from a 10 week class at an established music school in the area. She is a gifted teacher and I highly recommend her for anyone interested in voice and/or guitar. You will not find a better teacher.

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YasukoN Oct 23, 2009
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very professional

Kristina is herself a great singer but is a very good teacher as well. She already has a developed way of going through the voice training and steps on starting with the singing, she does not give you a chance to get lost!

BirkeR Aug 10, 2009
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Kristina is awesome

My daughter loves her teacher and she is doing a great job

LeslieW Jun 6, 2009
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feedback for Kristina Bennett

Kristina is an amazing teacher. She is incredibly kind and supportive, but at the same time gives constructive feedback and inspires drive and focus. I have learned so much for her. I think that my voice has improved tremendously over the past few months because of the breathing techniques she has taught me. She is, by far, the best music teacher I have ever had!

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PaulN Apr 29, 2009
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After Three Singing Lessons

Kristina has been a pleasure to work with from the beginning. Her tips and coaching are delivered concisely and with great tact. She demonstrates quickly and effectively just what she expects and links it clearly to her practice recommendations. It's been fun and productive!

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MichaelV Apr 16, 2009
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Inspirational!

I suck at singing, but Kristina inspires me to be my best. High recommended!

MeganM Feb 6, 2009
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So much fun!

Kristina is a great teacher - very nice, patient, and fun! Singing in front of someone can be pretty nerve-racking, but I feel very comfortable with Kristina. She's awesome, and I always look forward to our lesson!

OliviaE Sep 26, 2008
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Wonderful!

I had a great time. Kristina has a wonderful energy and she is very easy going. I look forward to more lessons.

JoshuaA Sep 10, 2008
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Awesome Inspiring Teacher

Very friendly and helpful with keen insight on all aspects of singing. I plan on working with her more in the future.

ColeC Jul 31, 2008
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Experienced, energetic, and very supportive

Enjoying every lesson. Kristina wants to help you develop your skills and will customize the lessons to cater to your developmental needs. Awesome experience.

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