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Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA


Experienced piano teacher specializing in young beginners

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The Central School Of Speech and Drama


The Central School Of Speech and Drama (Theater)

About Crystal

I've been teaching piano to beginners of all ages for over a decade. I am certified in Orff Schulwerk - a play-based, multi-discipline integrated approach to teaching music to children. I believe that music should be fun and rely heavily on games to teach fundamentals. All of my students learn music theory, technique, sight-reading, repertoire and composition.

I believe music is a gift we give ourselves and consistent effort beats natural talent every time. I also believe students learn fastest and best by playing songs they love. I recommend that each prospective student think a little about what kind of music they'd like to play before our first meeting. It's ok if you don't know but it helps to think about it.

In addition to piano, I teach singing, general music, theater, speech, literacy skills and elementary education.

I require 24 hours notice of any cancellation. Students canceling a lesson within 24 hours of its scheduled time will be charged 50% of the lesson fee.

I have a handful of appointments available Tuesday and Wednesday for traveling to my students' homes. I also have a studio in downtown Los Angeles where I see students on Saturday afternoons.
I've been teaching piano to beginners of all ages for over a decade. I am certified in Orff Schulwerk - a play-based, multi-discipline integrated approach to teaching music to children. I believe that music should be fun and rely heavily Read more

24 hours notice required

Hourly rates by subject: Voice and piano - $60; Literacy and English - $40; Speech - $30

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90014
In-person lessons
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
American History, Geography, Government & Politics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Public Speaking
Elementary (K-6th),
SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Ear Training

I studied ear training at The Boston Conservatory of Music and have continued my studies through ongoing ear training, theory and sight singing classes. I teach ear training to my piano and voice students and rely heavily upon it in my work as a musician, vocalist, arranger and composer.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have three years' experience as a literacy, music and theater arts teacher for this age group, as well as having spent a year as an educational companion to a home-schooled girl age 8. I have designed literacy curriculum for grade 4. Finally, I have spent about ten years interacting with elementary school-aged children - encouraging good study habits, instilling personal discipline and supporting healthy self esteem - as a private childcare provider.

I am certified in CPR and 1st aid and have a current background check.


U.S. born and U.K. educated, I have taught English comprehension at the elementary school level. I also have an extensive knowledge of classical texts, poetry meter and creative writing.

General Music

I've been a professional musician since I was in high school, performing lead and back-up vocals, vocal arrangements and piano. I studied vocal performance, music theory, ear training and piano at The Boston Conservatory of Music. I continued my studies at The Central School of Speech and Drama where I minored in Music. Since college, I have continued studying singing and sight singing, as well as learning bass, guitar and mandolin.

I have performed with chamber choirs, vocal jazz groups and as a soloist with jazz bands and rock bands. I've done session singing. I have fronted my own original band and written my own songs. I've played the lead in a long-running big budget musical and acted as the musical director for smaller productions.

I have taught voice, theory, piano and songwriting for eight years, to all age groups, in classroom settings and one-on-one.

Music Theory

I can offer support in understanding basic music concepts, allowing students to improve comprehension of written music, enabling them to notate their own compositions or arrangements and increasing their enjoyment of music as listeners.


I have taught piano independently for ten years. I began piano lessons at age five and studied piano performance at The Boston Conservatory of Music.

I love working with beginners and intermediate students of all ages.

Public Speaking

A graduate of The Central School of Speech and Drama in London, I have studied elocution, vocal projection and proper use of the body for effective public presentations. I am familiar with the international phonetic alphabet and can assist with accent reduction or with learning to speak in an accent.


I am experienced in supporting reading comprehension in elementary school aged children.

Sight Singing

I trained in music theory and ear training at The Boston Conservatory of Music and continued my music studies while earning my degree in London. Post-college I have studied sight-singing with instructor Gerald W., while working as a session vocalist, musical theater performer, cabaret singer and musician.


I have written songs for two original bands, and collaborated with numerous songwriters. I also taught songwriting with Rock the Classroom, a literacy through music educational program.


I hold a BA from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England. I also studied speech at The Boston Conservatory of Music. As a classically trained singer, I am educated in posture, breath control and diction. As a classically trained theater performer, I have extensively studied the techniques of vocal projection, rhythm, persuasive delivery and dealing with stage fright. I am also proficient with the International Phonetic Alphabet and can assist with acquiring or getting rid of an accent. Finally, I have spent the past year in clinical observation of speech therapy for toddlers.

I have worked as a private speech coach for the past eight years.


I have a BA in Theatre/Acting From The Central School of Speech and Drama in London. I've been a professional theatre performer for over 15 years. I'm a member of Actors' Equity and of two professional theatre companies. I have been teaching theatre and acting for the past ten years.

Voice (Music)

I have taught voice privately for ten years, as an independent teacher.

I have been a professional vocalist for over ten years. I have worked extensively in studio sessions - as both a lead and back-up vocalist - in country, rock, jazz and blues styles. Most recently, I arranged and performed back-up vocals for Laura Roppe's 2nd album "I'm Still Here." (Laura is currently #4 on Billboard's "Uncharted" list of emerging artists.) I regularly perform live with three different classic/modern rock cover bands. One of these bands (Reckless) is scheduled to perform at The Monterey Park Festival this summer. I was in the cast of the big band jazz musical "Louis and Keely: Live At the Sahara" for its 8 month run at Westwood's Geffen Playhouse and played the lead role of jazz legend Keely Smith for 21 performances. I also appeared on the cast album, recorded at Capitol Records.

I've been singing all my life, having been born into a musical family. My parents are gospel choir directors and the three of us sang as a family trio from the time I was four until I was eighteen. I have sung in church choirs all my life. I attended a Performing Arts High School where I spent three years in the chamber choir, three years in the vocal jazz ensemble and one year as the guest vocalist with the school's jazz band. While studying in London, I appeared in a special cabaret salon at The Houses of Parliament at the request of Speaker Betty Boothroyd. Finally, I was a member of Los Angeles rock bands Throttle Back Sparky (with whom I recorded two albums and appeared at Austin's SXSW Festival) and The Honeysuckle Jones Revival (my own original Southern rock band, with whom I appeared at the Topanga Days Festival.)

Upon graduating from Van Nuys Performing Arts Magnet High (where I pursued a dual focus in music and drama,) I received the Herb Alpert Music Award. I then attended The Boston Conservatory of Music where I continued my vocal studies in bel canto and Musical Theater styles, before finally earning my BA from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London. I majored in Acting with a minor in Musical Theater and have continued my music and vocal studies with private instructors since graduating. I also continue to study sight singing with Gerald White through AFTRA sponsored education.

I am a member of the Actors Equity Association, the American Film, Television and Radio Association and the American Society of Composers and Publishers.

The Central School Of Speech and Drama


The Central School Of Speech and Drama (Theater)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Hourly rates by subject: Voice and piano - $60; Literacy and English - $40; Speech - $30

Travel policy

Crystal will travel within 15 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90014.

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