Christine Marie Albarran | Lessonface

Christine Marie Albarran

Violin, Composition, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele
79 Reviews
200+ lessons booked on Lessonface
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Mrs. Christine Albarran is a Suzuki-trained violin teacher and has studied with Ed Kreitman, Ed Sprunger, Nancy Jackson, and Mark Bjork. She received her undergraduate degree in music performance from Columbia College, and a business management degree from Rockford College.  In 2015, Christine earned her master’s degree in teaching with an endorsement in music. She is currently certified to teach K-12 music in the State of Texas. 

She has played with a variety of groups ranging from symphony orchestras to rock and folk bands. Christine is also fond of original music and has taken great interest in writing on the ukulele and piano.  She is currently working on recording a children's album, inspired by the love of her daughter. 

What do you want to impart to your students through your teaching? As Suzuki said, “beautiful tone, beautiful heart.” I desire my students to become fine musicians with discipline, awareness and sensitivity to their violin. But more importantly, my goal is to help them develop into noble human beings with beautiful spirits and hearts.

What do you enjoy most about teaching? I love experiencing the sense of wonder and awe with each child as they start to believe in themselves as a violinist.

Are there specific methods or techniques that you use in your teaching that may be important to share with prospective students? I truly believe in the Suzuki method. Being a Suzuki student myself, it’s something that stays with you for a lifetime. When I did my Suzuki teacher training as an adult, tears were brought to my eyes from the sound of children playing Twinkle. It’s dear to me and has made me who I am today.

Suzuki book training: Books 1-6, 9-10

Briefly describe your musical pursuits outside of teaching:  I joined the  New Texas Symphony Orchestra in 2018 and have loved my experience playing with such a talented group of musicians.  With a toddler and baby on the way, I also enjoy singing children's songs around the house and in the car. 

What is your earliest musical experience or best musical memory? I remember playing at a local retirement home when I was around 5 years old. One older gentlemen threw in some change and told me to “keep it up.” I guess I took his advice.

Please describe one of your favorite teachers or mentors. I have had so many wonderful teachers that have guided me along the way. I specifically remember my musicianship/sight-singing professor at Columbia College Chicago. She was so passionate about music and life, in general. She was an incredibly strong woman who encouraged me to keep going, even when I got discouraged.

Who is your favorite composer or what is your favorite musical period? I have always been fascinated by Bartok. His Romanian Folk Dances are so much fun to play. Also on my top list is Duke Ellington.

Texas Educator Certificate, K-12 Music. 2017. Registered Suzuki Violin Teacher, 2008. Texas Music Educators Association, 2017.

I use a wide range of curriculum based on the goals of my students. Here a few ressouces my students are currently using:

Suzuki Method Books

Essential Elements Method Books

Barbara Barber's Scales for Advanced/Young Violinists

Sevcik School of Violin Techniques

Sevcik Shifting the Position

Mazas Melodious and Progressive Studies 

Kreutzer Violin Studies 




Reviews of lessons with Christine Albarran

I almost hesitate to tell you how wonderful Ms. Christine is because I don’t want to share her! After my daughter’s violin teacher quit at school, I was skeptical that an internet platform could be effective— but Ms. Christine impressed us & continues to impress us after 8 months. She is not only a talented violinist, but an excellent teacher. She is attentive & gives very meaningful & effective feedback & homework... all without making her student feel self-conscious. It’s a pleasure to see my daughter’s enthusiasm & joy in her violin grow everyday, along with her skills. My daughter feels inspired every time she interacts with Ms. Christine, and loves any chance she gets to hear Christine play her violin during her lessons.
Josie Banas, Verified Student
July 17th, 2018
Ethan Ramoutar, Verified Student
December 19th, 2017
Our 14 year old son is currently taking violin lessons with instructor, Christine Albarran whom we highly recommend. Christine is a talented professional who is also well versed in classical music. Her dedication and patience with young people result in accurate and easy communication for both student and parent. Christine has prepared our son for performances in: adjudicated solo and ensemble events, school orchestra, school musicals and oversaw his progression to principal first violinist. We are grateful to have such a personable instructor for our son to learn from.
Angela Ramoutar, Parent of Verified Student
February 23rd, 2017
My 10-year-old daughter has been taking violin lessons from Christine for several months and has enjoyed learning from someone who is clearly experienced, organized and nurturing. In teaching kids, there needs to be the right balance of structure and encouragement. Christine offers that balance.
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January 10th, 2019
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