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Kris has been teaching piano successfully for over 25 years to students of all ages and abilities. He has a Bachelor of Music Education and a Licentiate diploma in piano performance from Trinity College London. His approach to piano lessons is based upon the belief that people learn best when they’re having fun. For new beginners the emphasis is on playing games that teach musical concepts and quickly get the student to be able to play music that sounds interesting and rewarding. For intermediate and advanced students Kris believes that repertoire selection plays a key role in determining a student’s motivation to succeed and improve. Fluent reading of music notation is one of the core goals of his teaching, along with developing a trained ear, knowledge of music theory and building the technical skills required to play with ease and confidence.

Rather than teaching by a set method, Kris has taken the best of several methods and combined them to develop a system of instruction that is sequential, interesting and delivers results quickly. Students are encouraged to learn pieces from the standard classical repertoire but an interest in popular and jazz styles is also welcomed. As a well-regarded composer, Kris is also keen that his students discover the joy of being able to create their own music whether it be through improvising or composing their own pieces. Some of his compositions can be listened to on his YouTube channel.

Lessons take place in Kris’s home studio in Naperville, Illinois which has a beautiful 7 foot concert grand piano and a cosy parent waiting area with fee Wi-Fi. Studio concerts are organised on a regular basis to give students the chance to show off their achievements and also to get inspiration from what others are doing.

Kris is happy to give prospective students an obligation-free trial lesson so they can ask questions and check out the studio. Feel free to contact Kris by email spikekarpf@aol.com or cell phone 630 442 8838.

Studio Location
771 Torrington Drive
Naperville, Illinois
(630) 442-8838