Kristi was raised in a home where music was a part of
every day life. She learned a lot from her father- a
professional musician- and enjoyed participating in
musical extracurriculars from a very young age. As a Spivey Hall Music Scholarship recipient at Clayton State University in Atlanta, Georgia, she obtained her Bachelors Degree in Music with concentrations in Voice and Education. She studied classical, contemporary, and belting singing techniques with Dr. Shaun Amos and Dr. Christina Howell while studying piano with Dr. Michiko Otaki. After having worked for many organizations and gaining valuable experience, she now operates her own Private Music Lessons Studio along side her husband, Music Junkie Studios LLC. Kristi is also proud to work closely with Academy 4 as a Club Leader at DeZavala Elementary School.
A Note From Kristi:
I enjoy many genres of music and have worked professionally in a variety of musical environments. I served as Worship Leader at a Baptist church in Atlanta for three years where my duties included teaching and directing traditional hymns, southern and black gospel, contemporary praise music and world songs in other languages as well as working closely with young children in Children’s Choir. My other professional music experience includes coordinating worship services, private venue gigging, wedding music, directing summer camps, directing musicals, secular adult and youth choir direction, judging talent competitions, and private voice, piano, and guitar lessons.
For seven years, I've taught students of all ages while working for companies like Georgia Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts as well as the TakeLessons online music organization. Most recently, I worked as a full-time Instructor and Manager of Musicology- a private music studio in Atlanta, Georgia. My students boast many awards and accomplishments including full music scholarships to universities of their choosing, placement in talent competitions, placement in honors ensembles, and superior ratings across the board from independent group and solo festival competitions.
I work with students on aural skills, music theory, proper vocal and piano performance technique, breath management, tone quality, sight reading ability, text painting, improvisation, body posture and performance techniques such as anxiety management, performance etiquette and stage presence.