Kristina Bennett is a Professional Vocal Instructor, Beginner Guitar Teacher, Musician, Songwriter, Sound Practitioner and Performer in the Bay Area. She has been singing, acting, and performing for over 25 years, and has been working with clients privately for 8 years now.
Trained at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Kristina, studied Music Business & Music Therapy, with her main instrumental focus on the Voice. She also recently earned her certificate in Sound, Voice, & Music Healing, at the California Institute of Integral Studies in June 2014.
In addition to her comprehensive music background, she has a BA in Psychology & Sociology from the University of Massachusetts.
To continue her own musical & cultural education, Kristina traveled to India in January 2015, to study Classical Indian Singing/Music under the world renowned, grammy-nominated performer, Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT, and Dr. Ritwik Sanyal, India’s most notable, and honored Dhrupad singer.
Kristina released a solo album in 2008 entitled, Mermaid Tattoos, and has performed extensively throughout her life on the East Coast, West Coast, Europe, and India. She has taught in social services, schools, group sound/yoga workshops, and on an individual basis.
Kristina’s approach to teaching is to tailor lessons according to each client’s specific individual goals, needs, and desires.
Technique, proper breath control, range development, improvisation, music theory, ear training, songwriting, arranging, and performance coaching are all part of her curriculum. Her youngest student is 4, and her oldest is in their 70’s. She teaches everything from Pop, Country, Jazz/Blues, Classic/Indie Rock, Punk, Musical Theater, R&B, Electronica, and a splash of Opera.
In addition to her teaching, she also offers Sound Treatment Sessions. With the use of crystal bowls, tuning forks, shruti box, toning, breath work, mantras, vocals, chanting, and yoga, clients are given a gentle yet rejuvenating session. They will also learn simple and effective coping skills to use themselves, in times of stress, anxiety, or even just as an energizer.
Kristina’s extremely unique and rich background has enabled her to bridge the Western & Eastern Musical modalities together, offering a beautiful authentic style of teaching, and therefore learning experience for her clients.