Hello! My name is Kristina and I am a proud musician and educator currently located in Zeeland, MI! I began teaching Violin, Viola, and Piano in 2012 and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to do what I love every day and to share the joy of making music with my students! I earned my Bachelors in Viola Performance with a minor in Dalcroze Eurhythmics Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2016, and an Artist Certificate in Viola Performance from the University of Tennessee in 2019. I have performed in concerts and outreach performances throughout Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Maine, Pennsylvania, and New York, and have performed as a member of the Holland Symphony and Knoxville Symphony Orchestras.
Ms. Z has been a fantastic teacher for my daughter! She is exceptionally attentive to my daughters needs and I am so proud of the progress she has made in her lessons!
I typically start my students by learning the basics of the instrument (i.e. how it is made, basic care, how to hold, etc.). For younger students, or those who are not experienced with reading music, I start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements. If they are learning their instrument in school as well, I like to work through any music given by their teacher. As my students progress, I like to supplement with music from various methods, or with any songs/pieces that they wish to learn. I also like to encourage my students to improvise and learn music by ear as well as using sheet music. I do this through games and other fun activities in each of my lessons, as I feel that this creativity is so important for musical growth and confidence. Since performing is such an important aspect of music, I encourage my students to find opportunities to perform for others, be it for family and friends, studio recitals, nursing homes, church, etc.
I have a Bachelors in Viola Performance with a minor in Dalcroze Eurhythmics Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as an Artist Certificate in Performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I have also completed further certification in Eurhythmics and am working to complete my level 2 training in the Suzuki Method.
I started teaching as an assistant for CIM's Preparatory Orchestra Department, a position I held for four years while earning my Bachelors. As part of my minor, I also spent one year student teaching for CIM's Preparatory Eurhythmics Department and as a tutor for the conservatory. I moved to Tennessee in the fall of 2017 to earn my graduate degree as a Teaching Assistant for the school of music at UT, where I had the opportunity to teach private lessons and group classes to undergraduate viola majors and minors. I have also maintained a private studio of violin, viola, and piano students since 2012. I enjoy teaching a wide range of genres and styles, and have experience with students ranging from 4 to 64 years old. I welcome any student from beginner to advanced, as well as students with special needs.