Kris' Keys Online Piano and Music Academy
Kris' Keys Online Piano and Music Academy

Kris' Keys Online Piano and Music Academy

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Introduction: Premium Online Music Lessons Over Zoom Hi, my name is Kris and I can help you learn to play the piano, produce your own music, and understand music theory. In a busy world it can be intimidating and challenging to take on a new skill. Remote lessons make it easy and convenient to connect with a skilled instructor who cares - me! What I offer is professional level instruction, a creative ally on your musical journey, and the most value for your money. Following a decade of classical piano lessons, I continued my study at the undergraduate level, studying music composition and performance. After graduating college I continued to gain real-world experience: I played in bands, found work at cocktail parties, weddings, and religious ceremonies, and had the privilege of working with a variety of artists as a session musician for their projects. I have written and performed in original bands, led choirs and praise groups, and have recorded, mixed, and mastered music for myself and others. These days I write and record from my home studio where I also develop online content, teach remotely, and occasionally take gigs as an event pianist in the New York City area. Music is a part of my heart and I’d love to help you nurture your inner musician as well! ------------------------------ Are Remote Piano Lessons Worth It? The rapid growth of the remote learning field has been an exciting process for me - I’m proud to be able to offer high-quality, one-on-one, personalized piano lessons to students all over the world. It’s natural to wonder if remote lessons can be as effective as in-person classes, but my students enjoy the online environment I have developed: “I honestly feel like I get a lot more value from his online classes than I would have with a teacher during an in-home class.” -Ting “I really enjoy my weekly piano lessons. Kris has a great way of tailoring every lesson to my requirements. I especially appreciate the custom recorded videos that help me to improve my skills during the week.” - Deborah “Literally my favorite human ever. Dude is a mad piano scientist and his passion for all-things-piano is contagious beyond belief. Day one I knew this guy was a musical wizard and that there was no better teacher out there. You think remote lessons might not be your thing? You're wrong (no offense). You'll see.” -Rebecca [All review quotes come from verified students via Thumbtack.com] My lessons provide an aerial view of the keyboard alongside a light-up display for additional visual aid. Digital sheet music files can be annotated in real time, exported as pdfs, and attached to your weekly review emails. The remote setting makes it easy to record video clips from your class for you to review in-between our sessions. High quality audio, additional camera angles, and live processing all help channel the power of a full music studio into the classroom, wherever you choose to log on from! Check out my gallery for some live footage from my classes to see for yourself and for a further look at what I offer. Online lessons aren’t just as good as in-person classes, in many ways they’re even better. ------------------------------ Individualized Learning These classes are fully customizable and I welcome your input when shaping our approach. One-on-one classes should not be one size fits all: your goals and interests are important motivators that will be incorporated into our lesson plan. On the other hand, some students feel overwhelmed with the possibilities or are entirely new to music - in those cases I’m happy to chart a course for us, introduce you to a wide variety of music, and to help develop confidence in your musical identity. “Kris is a great teacher with a deep knowledge of music. This bodes well for anyone under his guidance, he’s patient, thorough and most of all the lessons are tailor-fitted to the student which makes learning so much easier. I would recommend Kris to anyone no matter the experience level.” -Joshua My students come from a variety of backgrounds with a wide range of goals: -Adult beginners looking to jam with friends, play acclaimed works from composers they know, or simply relax after work by learning to read sheet music -Advanced youngsters excited to learn popular tunes and develop hand independence -Undergraduate students needing help with music theory, composition analysis, or to develop finger strength and coordination -Graduate students in related music studies who want to augment their skillset -Budding music producers looking to learn improve their workflow -Singer songwriters looking to expand their melodies, chord progressions, and arrangement skills -Classically trained musicians wanting to learn how to improvise -Jazz students wanting to learn advanced concepts like reharmonizations, soloing, and comping rhythms No matter what your background with music, I’m ready to work with you to super-charge your learning! “Within a few weeks I started to improvise on my own (laughable by anyone who understands music, but I was having fun and that’s what’s important to me). I’m very much inspired by Kris and would highly recommend him” -Sally “Absolutely the best hour of the week!” -John “Kris has a high level of empathy and is great at encouraging his students. He always makes me feel good about the progress I'm making while still challenging me to be better. I can't recommend Kris enough.” -Jason “Within a few weeks I started to improvise on my own (laughable by anyone who understands music, but I was having fun and that’s what’s important to me). I’m very much inspired by Kris and would highly recommend him” -Sally ------------------------------ Class Overview: While classes are custom-tailored to your goals and interests, in general the assignment roster will have these components: -Finger strength exercises, including scales, arpeggios, and inversion exercises -Hook/short song -Long/full Song -Theory and structured Improvisations My classes are 50 minutes long but can stretch to an hour - having a 10 minute buffer helps both of us relax when trying to make class on time! Classes include: -Customizable lesson plans -Email recaps with personalized assignment lists and class notes -Email support between lessons -Flexible scheduling -Student song requests -PDF sheet music files -Video clip reviews (option to record your full class are available!) Topics offered include: -Piano technique -Reading sheet music -Classical, jazz, and pop music -Music theory -Songwriting and composition -Playing with others -Music recording and production -Playing by ear -Ear training Classes are $65 each with tuition for the total number of classes scheduled that month due at the first class of the month.
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Deborah L.
Mar 5, 2023
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I really enjoy my weekly piano lessons. Kris has a great way of tailoring every lesson to my requirements. I especially appreciate the custom recorded videos that help me to improve my skills during the week.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • Yes, the student can read music • No formal training; some self-taught experience • Pop • Yes, the student has a piano • 45 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Rebecca S.
Feb 28, 2023
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Literally my favorite human ever. Dude is a mad piano scientist and his passion for all-things-piano is contagious beyond belief. Day one I knew this guy was a musical wizard and that there was no better teacher out there. You think remote lessons might not be your thing? You're wrong (no offense). You'll see. If I had to choose between groceries and piano lessons with Kris, I'd eat dirt. He cracks me up constantly and occasionally melts my brain, but only in the coolest way ever. Super flexible scheduling, loads of resources for in between lessons, patient as a Saint, basically a mind reader. Bask in his glory and gain as much knowledge as you can. All hail Kris Keys.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • Yes, the student can read music • No formal training; some self-taught experience • Jazz • Yes, the student has a piano • 45 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet) • My home, venue, etc.

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Margo F.
Feb 22, 2023
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Kris embodies all of the characteristics one seeks when looking for an excellent music teacher-knowledgeable, patient, flexible with schedules, and gives helpful homework assignments to work on between lessons. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn piano!!!

Details: 45 - 64 years old • Yes, the student can read music • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • Classical • Yes, the student has a piano • 45 minutes • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Laura B.
Dec 29, 2022
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I value these piano lessons immensely. Kris is a great teacher, and I’m learning an enormous amount. Taking lessons online is convenient and connectivity/technology has not been a problem. I highly recommend Kris as an instructor.

Details: 45 - 64 years old • Yes, the student can read music • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • Classical • Yes, the student has a piano • 45 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Victor t.
Feb 1, 2023
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I’ve had nothing but good experiences with this piano tutor , he provides homework and videos in between lessons

Details: 18 - 25 years old • Yes, the student can read music • 2 - 4 yrs of formal training • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has a keyboard • 45 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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