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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Ukulele, Keyboard, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Showtunes, Spirituals, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul

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Kristina S In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Ukulele, Keyboard, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Showtunes, Spirituals, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
-Clo Parello School of Music -De Anza College -Graduate of the John Ford School of Voice and Performance -Trained and Graduated in the Speech Level Singing Technique 20 years of professional performance.
Awards:
Kristina's original song 'Angel Up Above' earned her a top 5 winning slot in the International Songwriting Competition Finals in Hollywood CA, on December 9th, 2016. Part of the 'Your Music Out inning slot in the International Songwriting Competition Finals in Hollywood CA, on December 9th, 2016. Kristina's song 'Angel Up Above' came in 4th place. The Finals event was at the famed 'Kulak's Woodshed' in N. Hollywood CA on December 9th, 2016, where the top 30 finalist were heard. Kristina performed her song 'Angel Up Above' and also performed 'A Prayer', in front of a live audience and a live webcast aired Internationally. *Awarded ‘Best Song’ for original song ‘Colours’ by the West Coast Songwriters Association Northern California.
Overview:
I am a professional performing musician. I am a singer and songwriter and have been performing locally and abroad for over 20 years. I am skilled at performance technique, mic technique, guitar, piano, songwriting, singing. I have a background in classical music, bossa nova music, rock, pop, folk, blues, jazz, country. BIO "When I go about writing a song I want to convey a message that there is something beyond this earth. There is this beautiful mystery rising above the everyday earthly sorrow that we all endure here. I want to touch a person's spirit when I play, and I feel that music has that power. If I am able to reach one person then I've done what I came to this world to do." Kristina was born on the Micronesian island of Agana, Guam in the little villiage of Oka, Tamuning on November 25th, Thanksgiving day. Born to Johnny S., a 100% native Chamorro of Guam, and Bruni Parello, of half Sicilian, half Lebanese decent. Kristina's father is a singer/songwriter/ producer, and cultural activist of Guam. His years and contributions of keeping the culture of the Island alive through song, are appreciated and respected among the indigenous people of the island and beyond. Her mother BRUNI, is an Internationally renowned portrait painter and has an immense body of work. She made certain that Kristina had the background in Jazz music by taking her to many shows where Kristina would watch her mother sketch the musicians. She saw and met many of the greats like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Horn and many more. Kristina grew up in a home that upheld a strong respect and discipline for the arts. "There was much music and laughter in my early years with my parents in Hollywood. They were often entertaining friends at fun gatherings where we would all sit around and sing and play music." As the years passed, Kristina and her parents moved up to Northern California where Kristina spent most of her childhood and teenage years learning classical piano from her grandmother. Moving on as an adult, singing, writing songs, attending the open mic circuits, and performance, took up much of her time, as well as learning to play the guitar properly. "I felt I needed to hone in on the craft of songwriting that I love so much, and that required studying the great songwriters from every genre." "I have been very influenced by Jazz and the Bossa Nova music of Brazil, from my mother, mixed with the Island/Country sounds of my fathers music from Guam, throw in a ton of classical composers as well as 70's radio, mix that with R&B Soul, Motown, Classic standards, and you have my background in what I grew up listening to". Kristina has one independently released CD ' A PRAYER', and is now working on her next second full length album titled 'The Song Has A Life Of It's Own'. Stay tuned for more information on the release of this CD.
EXPERIENCE
I have been teaching singing, piano, and guitar for over 20 years. I love helping my students reach for a goal and achieve it! I work with the student on any style to see what they are interested in developing. We try different styles and go from there to help define their identity in music. I work with scales and a also developing a full repertoire of songs. My experience has taught me that jumping into many styles can really help with getting a full knowledge of what possibilities are out there.
METHODS USED
I love Hal Leonards books , and also use Alfreds Lesson books. I work with many publishers and mix up lesson books to keep it lively. I also like to record singing lessons and guitar lessons for future use. I like to help you reach specific goals in music or performance. Occasionally, I like to have recitals for my students at public locations. I will write down all of our lesson plans and what you do in every lesson so you can see your progress. I can also record your lesson so that you can have something to hear back during the times you are not with me. I like to have fun as well and encourage you to take big leaps of faith, and try to do things you never thought you would!  
LESSON STYLE
My teaching style is very much like my personality. I am serious, determined, disciplined and structured. However, I am very friendly, encouraging, patient and like to encourage you through POSITIVE strokes and feedback. I like to inspire and help you to be your most creative self. I like the student to learn by experience. I will write down all of our lesson plans and what you do in every lesson so you can see your progress. I can also record your lesson so that you can have something to hear back during the times you are not with me. I like to have fun as well and encourage you to take big leaps of faith, and try to do things you never thought you would!  
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