Krystol Wade started piano lessons at age 7 because she wanted to play the violin, but her dad encouraged her to learn the piano first. She calls it “the best thing I was ever made to do.” Thanks to her parents, she stuck with it and eventually fell in love with piano and music.
She has been a part of church worship since the age of 12, singing specials and playing the piano. She was mostly classically trained with some jazz experience. She wrote her first song at 16, after learning 4 chords on the guitar. Since then, songwriting has become a form of therapy for her.
She went on to study a more classical approach, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Composition from Greenville College. While at Greenville, she had a chance to perform with a choir, record an EP of original songs, write and perform with her friends in a campus band, tour with a worship team and organize 35 performers in her senior recital.
A year after graduation, she felt called to move to Nashville to be in a music hub and be a part of the creative community. She has three years of piano teaching experience and enjoys helping students reach their goals. She loves guiding beginners on their musical journey and seeing their growth and potential. Krystol says. “I really love seeing young student’s love of music being realized, and seeing the light in their eyes when they accomplish something that makes them proud. It’s such an amazing thing to inspire students to dream big!”
Krystol’s Teaching Philosophy: “I believe every person can excel in music, regardless of perceived talent. Through disciplined practice, theory knowledge, and playing songs that are enjoyable, music is available to anyone with a drive to learn and create.
I take an individualized approach in my teaching style. Since I have a unique opportunity to teach students one on one, I take the time to get to know their strengths, learning style, pace, and goals. I work in close communication with parents of young students, to make sure they know what their child is learning, what is expected of them, and how they can be part of the process. I typically follow a traditional trajectory, starting with note reading and scales, while following a method book. (Faber, Alfred, Bastien, Thompson, Schaum are some that I use regularly). I like adding in chordal theory and the number system, and how to improvise in pop/rock/worship styles for those who are interested.
As a songwriter, I love to encourage my students to write. I’m aware that writing is not a passion for everyone, although I think it is a good exercise to attempt. I enjoy seeing students see their pieces come to life and helping them notate it. It seems to awaken a whole new love for music once they have written something of their own.
While I expect excellence from each student, I am very encouraging along the way. I want to inspire my students to grow and challenge themselves daily, and achieve the goals they have set for themselves.”
Questions & Answers:
What’s your favorite local spot to spend time at when you’re not working and what do you do there?
“I love Percy Priest lake! The Volunteer Trail at Long Hunter State Park has the most beautiful lake-side cliffs and amazing views. Being in nature makes me feel more connected to God and the earth, and helps me re-center. I love to just be quiet, journal, or read while there.”
Why are you passionate about teaching?
“I love helping students see themselves as artists. I feel like I am good at simplifying a complicated concept into an approachable idea. I had a piano teacher who truly believed in me and pushed me to work hard and dream big, and I want to be that person to someone else.”
Of all the places you’ve traveled, which is your favorite?
“The Oregon coast stole my heart! Portland is cool and the nature there is unbelievable to me, as someone who grew up in the mid-west.”
What is your all time favorite movie and why?
“I never get tired of “Midnight in Paris.” I love the time travel aspect, the community of artists, and the realization that we, as humans, always think something else is better than what we have been given.”
What is your favorite quote?
“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross; there lies your vocation.” ― Aristotle