Cristina Warner began studying piano at age four, but it was at Bennington College in Vermont where Cristina immersed herself in music study, completing a second Bachelor’s degree in music, focusing on piano and composition. Cristina taught music in New England for several years before moving to New York.
In New York City, Cristina studied privately with internationally renowned pianist, Peter Serkin, while holding the position of Music Director for grades 5-12 at the highly regarded private school, The Convent of the Sacred Heart, established in 1821 and considered one of New York City’s oldest and most prestigious schools for girls. For five years, Cristina developed the music curriculum, taught classes, directed school musicals (including the opera Dido and Aeneas by Purcell), conducted the choir, and led the music for all school liturgies and ceremonies.
Many of the tools Cristina brought to the classroom—Dalcroze, Orff, and especially the Kodaly method – are integral to her approach to teaching students how to read and play music – especially in the area of rhythm.
Cristina encourages her students to sing, improvise and compose as they are learning to play the piano. Understanding harmony is one of the real benefits and joys of studying the piano, and Cristina makes a point of teaching rudimentary concepts of harmony from the very beginning.
Cristina is an exceptional musician and dedicated teacher, and her goal is to have her students become life-long learners, explorers and lovers of music. Cristina continues taking lessons with Sophia Rosoff, acclaimed teacher in New York City.