Hafez Piano Studio

Hafez Piano Studio

5.0 (1)
4 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
3 years in business

About this pro

The Hafez Piano Studio is a vibrant music education program that focuses on musical excellence, character development and continuous learning. I believe in piano lessons that are directed towards not only the development of musicianship, but also on critical thinking skills and musical independence. 

Dr. Krista Hafez was born and raised in the small community of Parma, Idaho. After completing grade school in Parma, she attended The College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, Secondary Instrumental Music Education. Dr. Hafez completed her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Boise State University, where she studied with Dr. Del Parkinson. She recently completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Music (Piano Pedagogy) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the advisement of Dr. Brenda Wristen. While at UNL she had the distinct privilege of studying piano with Dr. Mark Clinton. Dr. Hafez's dissertation, "The Effect of a Postural Intervention on Fatigue in University Piano Students," focused on a practical approach to limit the issue of fatigue, pain, and injury development in pianists, a topic of which she is extremely passionate.

Dr. Hafez maintains active membership in numerous professional organizations, some of which include: National Association of Music Education, The College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, and Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity. She also served in officer positions for many of these organizations, most notably as President for the UNL Collegiate MTNA chapter, and president of both a collegiate chapter and alumnae association of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In addition to her talents at the piano, she is also an accomplished saxophonist, having studied with Sandon Mayhew and Rodney Zuroeveste. Krista currently teaches private piano lessons in Lincoln, NE, in addition to serving as an accompanist for local churches and soloists. In her spare time, Krista loves to read, is an avid cook, and enjoys entertaining with her family.

I enjoy those "Aha!" or "lightbulb" moments--when a student who has struggled with a concept or piece of music and they finally have a breakthrough. The longer I teach, the more I also appreciate watching the long-term growth of a student. It is a joy being a witness to their musical development, in addition to watching them grow and learn in general.​

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Lincoln, NE 68506
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  • Marilyn Harger

    I am an adult learner coming back to piano after not playing for several years. Krista has taken the time to assess my level of skill and to move forward from there. She is an excellent teacher, detailed and clear in her instruction. I have enjoyed working with Krista and would highly recommend her.

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

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Music Education

Master of Music - Piano Performance

Doctor of Philosophy - Piano Pedagogy

10+ years of teaching experience

What types of students have you worked with?

Beginning, intermediate, advanced, and adult learners.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My job has many little joys. One of them is taking a young student from saying, "I hate piano," to saying, "Let me show you what I can play!" From saying, "This is hard, I don't want to play it," to saying, "This is hard, but let me try it again." Piano is fun, but challenging, and when an 8 year old can see that, it's a beautiful thing.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Am I willing to set aside the time to consistently practice every day?

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