Meet Kristin

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Kristin Phillips @ 503-780-5986
Kristin@SmallTownMusicLessons.com

Mailing: 38954 Proctor Blvd #398, Sandy, OR 97055


My name is Kristin.  For my 7th birthday, my parents signed me up for piano lessons – and I regularly & eagerly showed my friends what I had learned.  I have been enjoying officially teaching lessons since I was 15 years old.  It is my career – and something I dream of doing the rest of my life.  It is necessary to know that I do not teach simply for extra cash or an easy job until I find a “real” one.  Teaching is my passion, music is the expression of my heart.  I teach because I love it, and practice to perform because I have the desire. I find joy in the piano because it is absolutely a breathtakingly beautiful instrument.

When I am not teaching, I am planning lessons. When I am not planning lessons, I am creating fun worksheets and activities. When I am not creating fun worksheets and activities, I am practicing.  I practice because I believe it is a calling on my life to continue to learn, to continue to improve, and to be better prepared for the challenges and joys of each teaching day.  Teaching music is not just my livelihood – it is a calling.  I am blessed by my students, am excited to meet you, and will always count it an honor to be a part of yours and your child’s life.

Interests/Hobbies = piano, singing, swimming, computers, horseback riding, traditional archery, rollerskating, listening to music, playing games with family, babysitting my nephew & niece, hanging out with friends, making lists & checking them twice, traveling, organizing, reading books, hot chocolate almond milk with caramel sauce & soft peppermint sticks, yummy oranges, grapefruit juice, peanut butter & apple slices, and attending church. Now you have a small glimpse into my life.  ;)

Kristin’s Credentials, Experience, Associations, and Achievements…

  • 1994-2010 = taking private piano lessons as a student
  • 1994-2017 (continuing) = performing in music recitals at least twice every year
  • 2001-2010, 2013-2014, 2016 = church worship = worship band, home groups, choir (piano/keys/voice)
  • 2003-2017 (continuing) = teaching private piano lessons
  • 2004-2006 = choir in highschool
  • 2004-2014 = taking private voice lessons as a student
  • 2004-2017 (continuing) = member of various mentoring groups & professional music teacher electronic correspondence groups
  • 2004-2005 = Student Council Representative @ Open Door Christian Academy
  • 2005 = Organized/MC’d the 7th-12th grade Talent Show @ school
  • 2005-2006 = Student Council President @ Open Door Christian Academy
  • 2005 & 2006 = Northwest Student Convention @ George Fox University ~ 1st in Piano Solo (2x), 1st in Piano Duet, 1st in Vocal Ensemble, 1st in Choir, & 1st in Vocal Duet.  Encore performances in Vocal Ensemble (2005) & Piano Solo (2006) for entire convention.
  • 2006-2017 (continuing) = Member of MTNA (Music Teacher’s National Association) & OMTA (Oregon Music Teacher’s Association)
  • 2006 = Finished Level 8 of OMTA’s Piano Syllabus Examinations with honors
  • 2007-2010 = Student at Portland Bible College (Associate of Arts in Church Music) – graduated summa cum laude while also teaching approximately 45 private students weekly.2004-2006 = Organized/Taught the Tutoring Class @ school
  • 2007-2011 (occasional classes) = Student at Mount Hood Community College (4.0 GPA) ~ Music, Business, Computer Science
  • 2007-2011 = choir in college
  • 2007-2015 = choir in church on occasion
  • 2008-2017 (continuing) = teaching private voice lesson
  • 2013 = attended 5 day MTNA conference with workshops & networking in Anaheim, California
  • 2015 = attended the 3 day OMTA conference with workshops & networking in Welches, Oregon

4 thoughts on “Meet Kristin

    • Thank you, Mary Anne! Oh, I wish that could be! :) I love hearing from you. Thanks for stopping by and visiting the site :)

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