teaching

Private Lessons

 
Kirsten is available to teach private and/or group lessons in the greater Boston area at affordable rates. A multi-instrumentalist and skilled performer of many styles of music, Kirsten is a knowledgeable and versatile teacher with experience teaching children, teenagers, and adults. Her goal is to develop musical appreciation and understanding with a strong foundation in theory and technique, while tailoring lessons to focus on students’ personal goals in a relaxed, encouraging atmosphere.
 
 

Musical Storytelling

 
Developed in the fall of 2013 as a Musical Storytelling Fellow with the New England Conservatory’s Community Performances and Partnerships Program, Kirsten’s solo performance of the Native American fable Coyote’s Crying Song is a unique introduction to the double bass, voice, and basic musical concepts through storytelling. Geared toward elementary school-aged children, the presentation begins with a demonstration on the double bass, leading to the interactive story. Following the story, two basic rhythmic patterns based on the story’s characters are taught and performed by students. The program ends with songs accompanied by ukulele and banjo, and a question and answer session with students.
 

 
 
Program length: 30-45 minutes
Recommended ages: 5 through 10 (presentation can be modified for younger or older audiences)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Songwriting Workshops

 

Kirsten has years of experience teaching songwriting to children, teenagers, and adults in a variety of settings. Workshops can focus on individual writing, or the team-building group songwriting experience. Typically sessions begin with a performance, followed by a group activity introducing songwriting techniques. Participants will have time to free-write alone or with collaborators. At the end of each workshop, anyone is welcome to share what they have written. The goal is to create a welcoming and creative space for all participants and to explore ways of composing lyrics, melody, and harmony.
 
Workshop length: 1-2 hours (workshop can be modified for any timeframe)
Recommended ages: all ages
 
 
  

Please contact Kirsten for more information about lessons, workshops, and educational performances.