Hannah Christianson

Piano, Singing, Acoustic Guitar, Voice, Songwriting, Ukulele, Loog Certified Guitar
56 Reviews
800+ lessons booked on Lessonface
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**Not currently accepting new students.** Check out some of the other great teachers on Lessonface! :)  

*To my current students -- I will be off from June 17 - August 9. (I will be in the process of moving across the country and settling in to my new home!) Happy to pick up lessons again in August :) 

*Songwriting Teacher of the Year 2018 and 2019*

Hi! I'm Hannah Christianson. I am an award winning songwriter, performer, and music lesson teacher. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2013, with a dual degree in Music Therapy and Songwriting. Since then, I have toured in the East Coast and Midwest United States, as well as Ireland and Scotland, and have received numerous songwriting awards, including Winner of the Great American Song Contest in the Pop Category, Finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and Finalist in the Great American Song Contest in the Adult Contemporary Category. I have taught songwriting workshops at MIT, South Shore Conservatory, in Kenya, and in Ireland. I've worked as a music therapy intern at Boston Children's Hospital, where I learned how to work with people from many different cultural backgrounds as well as with children who have special needs. I've also self-released two albums, collaborated in many different musical groups, and have licensed my music to several licensing companies. Throughout all of my experiences in my performance and artist career, I have always been a teacher of music. Most recently, I have been teaching songwriting to students all over the world, as well as private lesson students in my own home. I love being able to share the joy and love that I have for music with others, and to teach not only the musical skills, but also the appreciation for how music can bring more beauty, joy, and expression into one's life. 


I blend my experiences as a performer, songwriter, and music therapist to create a unique lesson experience for each student, specifically tailored to his or her needs.  My lessons are fun, upbeat, and informative. I like to focus on creating a positive relationship with music, as a tool for processing and expressing yourself, as well as on learning musical goals. If you want to experience the joy of music and develop new musical skills at the same time, I'm the right teacher for you. 

I especially love to teach songwriting, voice, improvisation, and piano. I also enjoy teaching beginning guitar and ukulele.  I'm happy to teach multiple instruments /skills in my lessons to students. My favorite genres are pop, jazz, and singer-songwriter, as well as some musical theater. Mostly, I enjoy creating a space for students to explore and experience the beauty of music :) 

In my first lesson with students, I like to take an assessment of where they are musically, and what their musical goals might be. From there, I create a unique curriculum designed to their needs and abilities. Some examples of topics we may cover are listed below...

Songwriting Lessons

-Analyzing your favorite songs. We look at the melody, the chord structure, and the lyrics.  We break it down to see what specifically makes this song something you love. 

-How to get over the critic in your head / writer's block. 

-Tuning into creativity using improvisation, meditation, and other techniques.

-Object Writing

-Commonly used Chord Structures, Lyric Structures, and Song Forms

-Weekly Songwriting Exercises... Ex: This week, try writing a song in AABA format. (Don't worry if you don't know what that means yet!)

-Prosody -> how to make the music of the song accurately reflects the lyrics and vise versa

Voice Lessons

How to Breathe

Warming Up / Taking Care of the Voice

Posture - How Posture Can Affect Your Singing

Tone - Belting, Whistle Tone, Experimenting with Tone 

Pitch - Singing on key

Emotional Expression - Singing to convey the meaning of the song

Finding Your Unique Voice - Finding what sounds the most like ‘you’ and sharing that with others!

How to be a Performer - Ways to be in front of others on stage, to keep the audience’s attention, to work with a band etc…

Piano Lessons


-Working on all Major Scales, using the formula WWH WWWH (W - whole step, H - half step) • Learn the BluesScale(1-b3-4-#4-5-b7-1,i.e.CEbFF#GBbC)
-Chord inversions of the I chord from major scales

-Building chords from the major scales, I ii ii IV V vi viidim

-Learning the Relative Minor, Harmonic Minor Scales

-Learning about Modal Scales (Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian)

-Learning about chords in these different modes and their inversions

-Applying these scales to improvisation techniques


-Sight-reading 3 new pieces of music a week, especially short ones, just to get used to sight-reading music. Remembering to look at what key you’re in.

-Going VERY slowly, and as “in time” as possible.

-Counting out loud or playing with metronome.

-Trying to sight read both hands at the same time, and if it’s not possible, then one hand at a


-Using the Blues Scale in improvisation, Improvising over the 12 bar blues
-Ear training / learning new phrases by repeating phrases that I play
-Using other scales to improvise, major, minor, modal..
-Adding chords in the left hand to support improvising in the right hand

-Listen to a favorite song on the radio and play along with it, play anything that sounds good to you.
-Find a bluesy song to listen to, try out some of the bluesy licks, the blues scale alongside the song.
-Make something up completely from scratch! Play something that tries to reflect how you feel. Noodle around on the piano and play/have fun making different sounds.

Ukulele Lessons

-How to Tune Your Ukulele

-Basic Chords

-Strumming Patterns and Rhythm

-Playing and Singing at the Same Time

Acoustic Guitar Lessons

-How to Tune Your Guitar / Learning the names of the strings

-Strumming Patterns and Rhythm

-Standard Chords and Bar Chords - How to play and read them

-Playing and Singing at the same time

-Playing with Open Tunings

Music Theory

-Musical Notation - Learning names of notes, being able to play them on instrument of choice

-Time Signatures - What does each number mean, getting used to playing in the more standard time signatures, working our way up to playing in odd time signatures

-Clefs, Sharps, and Flats - Learning how flats and sharps work, and being able to read notes in different clefs.

-Key Signatures - Being able to tell what key you’re playing in, which keys have sharps/flats

-Scales - Major, Minor, Modes

-Chords and chord structures - learning how they’re built, how to play and read them

-Ear Training and Intervals - learning about intervals, being able to tell what they sound like

Reviews of lessons with Hannah Christianson

Hannah is really nice and fun, and clearly knows a lot about voice and how to teach it. I just finished only my third lesson, and I've already learned a LOT of helpful things from her. Definitely one of the best teachers I've ever had
Verified Student
May 18th, 2020
Thank you Hannah I learned a lot
James Lidstone, Verified Student
May 11th, 2020
Verified Student
April 22nd, 2020
Hannah is very patient, fun and animated! She kept on rolling with it when my daughter didn't feel comfortable improvising or doing some of the more energetic exercises. She'll warm up and be right there with you soon enough Hannah!
James Curran, Verified Student
April 1st, 2020
Hannah is the best!! My goal was to get into Berklee College of Music. I had applied once before and did not get in, but with Hannah’s help I was able to put together an audition that I was really proud of and now I’ve been accepted for Fall 2020! Hannah always kept me focused and pushed me out of my comfort zone to make me a better musician, yet somehow she managed to also be super friendly, encouraging, and supportive through every lesson which to me is the most important thing.
Dominic LaRocca, Verified Student
March 31st, 2020
Super clear about what to expect and great communicating! She’s wonderful.
Roxanna Cooper, Verified Student
February 10th, 2020
Hannah is wonderful very good and was so happy and welcoming.
Therese Sampson, Verified Student
September 20th, 2019
Hannah was a perfect fit for my 9.5 year old daughter.
Jenny Campbell, Verified Student
September 9th, 2019
We booked a trial voice lesson with Hannah for my 8-year-old niece. She is a little shy but loves to sing around the house and is very interested in learning more. Hannah was very patient and kid-friendly and made my niece feel super comfortable. She's been doing the vocal warmups Hannah previewed in the trial lesson non-stop since our lesson yesterday.
Pamela Vogel, Verified Student
September 7th, 2019
She's super nice and full of knowledge. She loves to share her knowledge and is very sweet about it.
Erika, Verified Student
April 23rd, 2019
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