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Crystal M.

Voice, Piano, and General Music Tutoring!

Voice, Piano, and General Music Tutoring!

$40/hour

  • 267 hours tutoring

  • South Acres/Crestmont Park Houston, TX 77087

About Crystal


Bio

My name is Crystal and I have been studying Music since I was 8 years old. I received my Bachelors Degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I taught at a local elementary school for 5 years in their after school program. I have also been teaching privately around the city for 6 years. I am dedicated to bringing music to any student that wants to learn. I have helped with as little as advice for college students on continuing to study voice, to helping 5 year...

My name is Crystal and I have been studying Music since I was 8 years old. I received my Bachelors Degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I taught at a local elementary school for 5 years in their after school program. I have also been teaching privately around the city for 6 years. I am dedicated to bringing music to any student that wants to learn. I have helped with as little as advice for college students on continuing to study voice, to helping 5 year olds learn the letter names of the piano and where they fall on the keys. I encourage everyone to study music, whether it be music appreciation or a theory class. Music is good for the soul.
My current availability is during the day. I already have several home schooled students but I would love to expand more into the home schooled market. Every semester is different and students come and go. I'm ALWAYS looking for new students so please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you all!


Education

Berklee College of Music
Professional Music

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Houston, TX 77087
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 3/23/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Composition (Music),

Composition (Music)

In middle and high school, I studied music comp for 6 years. Once I got to college I took two years of music composition both for classical music and jazz. Since I started teaching, I have helped students with music composition homework.
Salsa Dancing

Salsa Dancing

I randomly took ballroom classes during college. Although I did not compete, my instructor always told me that I had an excellent frame. The great part about teaching salsa dancing to me, is using it to help teach rhythm. If your body can move during the song, your mind can figure out what the rhythm is.

History

Music History

Music History

I have studied music history as a requirement for both my high school diploma and my college degree. What I love to do with music history is tell the untold stories of the composers. It's something that's not often talked about but I love telling my students about Bach and how he used to saw off the legs of his pianos and play on the floor so he could feel the vibrations. Knowing that that was how he wrote some of his most famous works can not only give them inspiration but hope.

Homeschool

Piano

Piano

I've been playing piano since I was 7 years old with my grandmother as a teacher. I was taught with the Michael Aaron series. I studied piano throughout Middle and High School. I've been teaching piano at Mark Twain Elementary for their after school program since 2010. I also play piano every Sunday at my church and have accompanied the school choir in my neighborhood.

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Piano

Piano

I've been playing piano since I was 7 years old with my grandmother as a teacher. I was taught with the Michael Aaron series. I studied piano throughout Middle and High School. I've been teaching piano at Mark Twain Elementary for their after school program since 2010. I also play piano every Sunday at my church and have accompanied the school choir in my neighborhood.

Music

Composition (Music),

Composition (Music)

In middle and high school, I studied music comp for 6 years. Once I got to college I took two years of music composition both for classical music and jazz. Since I started teaching, I have helped students with music composition homework.
Ear Training,

Ear Training

Since starting music as my main focus, it has been mandatory for me to take ear training classes. One of my favorite forms of teaching ear training is taking the same song performed by two different artists, most often making sure they don't sound anything alike, and asking the students what all the differences are. It not only gets them involved in listening, it makes them grow further appreciation for older music.
General Music,

General Music

I studied music at Garden Villas Elementary, Pershing Middle School, HSPVA, and Berklee College of Music. I studied voice specifically at HSPVA and Berklee. While studying, it was mandatory for me to take all of the following classes: Ear Training, Music History, Music Theory, Speech, Sight Singing, Health, Vocal Labs, and Music Business.
Music History,

Music History

I have studied music history as a requirement for both my high school diploma and my college degree. What I love to do with music history is tell the untold stories of the composers. It's something that's not often talked about but I love telling my students about Bach and how he used to saw off the legs of his pianos and play on the floor so he could feel the vibrations. Knowing that that was how he wrote some of his most famous works can not only give them inspiration but hope.
Music Theory,

Music Theory

Since I started studying music, I've been studying music theory. Some of the easiest ways for students to learn the theory behind music is realizing that music is math. There is so much math in music theory that the only difference is really the terminology. Once you get past the fancy words, everything falls into place.
Piano,

Piano

I've been playing piano since I was 7 years old with my grandmother as a teacher. I was taught with the Michael Aaron series. I studied piano throughout Middle and High School. I've been teaching piano at Mark Twain Elementary for their after school program since 2010. I also play piano every Sunday at my church and have accompanied the school choir in my neighborhood.
Salsa Dancing,

Salsa Dancing

I randomly took ballroom classes during college. Although I did not compete, my instructor always told me that I had an excellent frame. The great part about teaching salsa dancing to me, is using it to help teach rhythm. If your body can move during the song, your mind can figure out what the rhythm is.
Sight Singing,

Sight Singing

Outside of taking mandatory sight singing classes, I am constantly using my sight singing skills nearly everyday. Every time I go into an audition, I have to sight sing a piece. One of my favorite ways to teach sight singing, is taking songs that students already know, blank out the title and the words just to see how quickly they pick up on the melody and how sight singing doesn't have to be intimidating.
Songwriting,

Songwriting

Part of my degree included concentrations in several different areas. One of those areas is Songwriting. I studied with some of the best songwriting teachers in the nation including John A., Scarlett K. and Jack P.. I continue to write all the time. One of the projects I'm currently working on is a Children's Christmas Musical.
Voice (Music)

Voice (Music)

Voice has been my primary instrument since middle school. I have studied under some of the best programs in the city of Houston and Boston, MA. Since I began teaching in 2010, I have had the pleasure of teaching 8 private vocal students, musical theater classes, and small choir ensembles.

Other

Salsa Dancing

Salsa Dancing

I randomly took ballroom classes during college. Although I did not compete, my instructor always told me that I had an excellent frame. The great part about teaching salsa dancing to me, is using it to help teach rhythm. If your body can move during the song, your mind can figure out what the rhythm is.

Sports/Recreation

Salsa Dancing

Salsa Dancing

I randomly took ballroom classes during college. Although I did not compete, my instructor always told me that I had an excellent frame. The great part about teaching salsa dancing to me, is using it to help teach rhythm. If your body can move during the song, your mind can figure out what the rhythm is.

Summer

Piano

Piano

I've been playing piano since I was 7 years old with my grandmother as a teacher. I was taught with the Michael Aaron series. I studied piano throughout Middle and High School. I've been teaching piano at Mark Twain Elementary for their after school program since 2010. I also play piano every Sunday at my church and have accompanied the school choir in my neighborhood.

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Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (90 ratings)
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Reviews


Knowledgeable, fun and efficient

I am an adult re-learning piano as a hobby. Crystal was able to pick up my strengths and weaknesses and tailor fit the lesson to me. I initially thought I was going to have to go through boring parts but she knew what I already knew and went to parts I didn't. She explained everything very thoroughly, yet fast and effectively. It was fun! And Crystal is a joy to talk to and be with. I can't wait for my next lessons!

Le, 11 lessons with Crystal

great teacher

MY kids are having fun and also their piano skills are improving. Their Recital was also amazing!!! No pressure, but engaging kids into the world of music.

Janet, 45 lessons with Crystal

Crystal is both fun and low-key

I had my first sight-singing lesson with Crystal. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to learning more with her.

Peggy, 34 lessons with Crystal

Fantastic teacher with a great personality!

Crystal was instrumental in helping our daughter with her music theory class. We not only saw her improve in grades, but also grew her interest in the subject. She has a warm personality, and we found her very encouraging and supportive through the course of the year. Thanks, Crystal!

Murali, 11 lessons with Crystal

Crystal has her own way of teaching. She is funny. My son looks forward to his next lesson with her.

I learned good breathing technique this past week. She is patient. She works well with my son. We are looking forward to her next session.

Glady, 17 lessons with Crystal

Very Professional!

Crystal M. is an outstanding tutor. She is patient, reliable, and very knowledgeable. She makes the lessons fun and easy to understand. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a dedicated professional music/voice tutor.

Idara, 1 lesson with Crystal
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