Krystmas Music Lessons

Krystmas Music Lessons

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Marianne Krystmas taught music in the North County of San Diego area for many years.  She is a product of Michigan State University.  Ms. Krystmas has done graduate work at Wayne State University in Michigan as well as graduate work in Europe at University of Innsbruck and the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria.  She has also attended the prestigious Conservatory of Music in Moscow, Russia,  the Conservatory of Paris, Paris France and The Royal School of Music in London.  Ms. Krystmas also studied composition under Samuel Adler,  the chairman of the Composition Department of the Eastman School of Music.

Ms. Krystmas specializes in teaching piano beginning through advanced studies,  theatrical and Broadway-style singing, woodwinds including Flute, Clarinet, Sax, Oboe and English horn.  Other programs available are music theory. music history, ear training and composition.    She emphasizes the importance of developing a broad music background for all her students.   Ms. Krystmas has seen her efforts bear fruit in the success for her students:  two of her recent graduates have moved on to attend Juilliard.   An another student has received her first Emmy.  She attributes her success to her passion for music.

Ms. Krystmas served as Miss East Detroit,  Miss Michigan.  She has served as President of the North County Referrals for three years.  She has two  grown children and three grandchildren.  In her spare moments she enjoys  entertaining at special events and private parties.

It is important to me to pass on the information it has taken me a lifetime to collect out so a younger generation can make use of it.

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San Diego, CA 92128
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

My expertise with a new student is to make them feel as comfortable as possible.  It can be an overpowering experience meeting a new teacher for the first time, especially when you work with someone on a one on one basis. 

If it is a brand new student and the student has never had any music lessons before I begin at the beginning with the hands. Whether a piano student or a Saxophone student we begin we the hands.  The position is very important.  

At that time we address the beginning of reading music either on the Treble Clef or the Grand Staff.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been teaching music for a very long time.  I have attended many music schools in this country and abroad.

I am a product of Michigan State University in my undergrad work and multiple music schools abroad.  

I have worked with many great pedagogic Professors.  I can trace my lineage back to Beethoven.  

My work as a music teacher is my passion.  I truly want my students to love music and to continue to play for the rest of their lives.  To enjoy many hours of pleasure and music to bless their lives and of all who come in contact with them.

Music is the greatest of gifts. It is a bridge like nothing else.

That's what I bring to the table. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I do.  The lesson rate is based on 15-30-45 minute lessons.

I reserve hour lessons for adults and advanced students.

I pro-rate my fees depending on the age and the knowledge of the student.

The longer the lesson and/or the knowledge required will determine the fee.

How did you get started teaching?

If the truth be known I have always been teaching.  I am the eldest of 3 children.  My Mother was not well and I had to work and teach my siblings.  

I also did a lot of singing and playing the piano and organ at church.  Again, I had many occasions to teach. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have taught many ADD and ADHA students.  I have taught students with high autism.  I also have taught blind students. 

The majority have been quite normal students.  I have had many of my students go on to higher education.  I have two students who are currently serving as Music Professors at Major Universities,  a film producer who has won an Emmy, an FBI agent, CPA's and many regular Mom's and Dad's who I have been blessed to keep in contact with over the years.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I believe in the interview process.  I prefer to meet the instructor or teacher before I commit to studying with them.

I what to see if they are a fit.  To be very honest, sometimes it isn't a fit.  If not, I would like to know that before I invest my time and/or money.