During shelter-in-place, Christopher has modified his studio practices to offer piano lessons using Zoom to teach his students of all ages. Chris has been using multiple screens to offer high quality instruction, to demonstrate key placement on the keyboard as well as face-to-face instruction.
As a musician who practices continued learning, evolving and figuring out ways to elevate performance, Christopher has worked as an educator in the Capitol Hill and greater Washington, DC community for over ten years. Teaching piano and music production, his instruction focuses on the development of methods that enable the musician to build inspired, creative work while working independently. He also highlights how the unique skills one works toward in becoming a musician can be carried over to independent learning in the academic and professional world.
Christopher earned his Doctor of Musical Arts diploma in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas under the mentorship of Vladimir Viardo, winner of the 1973 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. His publication Between the Staves explores the creative tasks of performance through a deep dive into the work of Claude Debussy’s Epigraphes Antiques.