• Dynamic and Results-Driven!

    Kristin Yost is a sought-after teacher, author and presenter based in Frisco, TX. She's written two books on the business of piano teaching and taught Piano Pedagogy and Music Business at Southern Methodist University and Texas Women's University. Yost created an app (Musical Minds Online), wrote a method book with pop-style music for older beginners and frequently gives presentations to music teacher organizations throughout the United States and Europe.

     

    "The information that Ms. Yost was able to provide for me was empowering. I have never had another class or seminar in the music industry that succinctly hit on all of the points of starting or continuing in your career in the music business." - Melissa

     

    "Since day 1, Kristin has inspired and helped grow my son's love of music. I love that she encourages him to choose his favorite songs to learn and any books or sheet music is included in our tuition. The teaching staff is educated in not only music but teaching as well. Their bios are extensive!! This is truly a team of professionals. Search no more for someone to teach you or your child all that music can do!" - Cara

     

     

  • About Kristin 

    In her mid twenties, Kristin began a teaching path that was inspired by the traditional but propelled by the creative. She began trying to solve the puzzle of how to keep students interested in making music with a goal of keeping them involved in music throughout their lifetime. Through almost a decade of research and hundreds of students, Kristin has achieved a formula for success not only for her students, but also for herself. She emphasizes joy, creativity and perseverance with long-view goals that focus on each person as a collection of strengths.

    • Certified Teacher with The Royal Conservatory, 2016
    • Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, 2006
    • M.M. Piano Performance and Pedagogy Southern Methodist University, 2006
    • B.A. University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, 2004

    Learn more about Kristin's music school here:

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  • Store

    Do you want to take your studio or teaching to the next level? Check out my consulting packages! The past twenty years, 12 years of which I have owned a school, can translate to a significant boost to your bottom line.

  • An Essential Blog for Teachers

    Music Business, Practical Pedagogy and Life

    21 février 2019 · Musical Minds Online
    15 janvier 2020
    27 août 2019 · Practical Pedagogy
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  • Workshops

    Kristin has a variety of presentations and workshops readily available with topics ranging from the business of being a teaching artist to current pedagogical trends. Below are a few samples. Contact her today about doing a workshop for your organization!

    The Pop Recital!

    Making music come to life at a recital everyone loves!

    With over 10 years of putting on a great show, Kristin's expertise here is hard to beat. Kristin walks you through timeline, provides great preparatory steps, a thorough checklist and gives great song/piece suggestions. Perfect for teachers if you are just starting out or want to improve your existing performances.

    Live the Dream: Thrive in a Career You Love

    Gain sound business practices to set yourself up for success.

    Take vacations, have 12 months of revenue and save for retirement. This session will allow you to realize your earning potential and provide solutions for your concerns, all while doing what you love.

    Paradise

    Make Music Come to Life

    Elevate Your Recitals!

    Provide unique, engaging performance opportunities for your students and hit it out of the park with a "Pop Showcase”! Learn how to simply and effectively elevate your recitals and get the secrets and how-to’s for putting on your own Pop Showcase or creative performance.

    The Mindset of a $100,000 Piano Teacher

    Plan, Implement and Reflect

    Take in the big ideas and implement small, consistent steps to create a life you love. In this session you will receive real-life numbers that you need in place to maximize your earning potential. From budgets, to contracts and beyond, this session is imperative for all professional music teachers to attend!

    Create Every Day!

    Keys to a Flourishing (Musical) Mind

    Be the best version of yourself! Unlock your creative process and refocus your growth-minded path of musician, busy professional, parent-extraordinaire and inspired community member. Learn how to balance your values and passions to find the inner strength and energy you forgot you had to nurture curiosity and growth.

    Write Your Own Music

    A Pop-Music Approach to Songwriting for Pianists

    Learn how to express your own musical ideas using a pop-song roadmap for basic song-form. This lays the groundwork for amazing things to come! Receive practical and easy-to-apply ideas for harmony, form and rhythm. This session works best if piano students have had two years of study and some pop music experience using lead sheets or chord charts. All teachers welcome!

  • How I Made $100,000 My First Year as a Piano Teacher

    Read the story of Yost's phenomenal first year as a piano teacher!

    Create Your Own Music!

    A pop-music approach to creating your own music at the piano. For all ages! Best if students have had 2 years or so of piano.

     

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  • Electronic Press Kits

    Pianist. Teacher. Clinician.

  • Email Kristin

    9300 John Hickman Parkway Suite 405 Frisco TX 75035
    214-586-4309
  • Q&A

    Most frequently asked teaching questions.

    You're a musician. How did you learn so much about running a business?

    I grew up on a farm in South Dakota to hardworking midwesterners. These are the most impactful life lessons instilled in me as it relates to business.

     

    1. Invest in yourself. If you can't invest in yourself, who can you invest in?

    2. You have to spend money to make money.

    3. Do what you love and pursue your passion.

    What materials do you use to teach adults?

    For a vast majority of adults, this is something very personal and a hobby they are either pursuing for the first time or coming back to. Keep in mind, they are coming to you despite their fears of vulnerability. Think about your hobbies and if you approach them from a serious or recreational standpoint, and try to put yourself in their shoes. Here are the three classifications I see adults in and my recommendations:

     

    1. Back to the Music. Adults who were successful in lessons as children. These adults primarily like to read music, (classical and maybe some jazz standards) since that was the emphasis when they were learning initially.

    • Some familiar classical pieces they learned previously
    • New classical music that is in similar style to some of their favorites from when they were kids
    • Lush and patterned arrangements of jazz standards (must be written out at least to begin with)
    • Work on 2-3 pieces at a time
    • Some familiar technique if they'd like. It's a hobby, so I tend to not do anything too crazy

    2. A Whole New World. 30-40 somethings that want to have a creative outlet and are feeling like they need a challenge. You need to find a balance of fun and rewarding music for them but make them feel slightly challenged where they reach their goals.

    • I never emphasize too much technique here but make sure pinkies are up, thumbs are on the side and wrists are above the keys. 
    • Hal Leonard Adult Method 
    • Popular music!  MusicNotes.com is my friend 
    • Supplemental books geared toward familiar classical or romantic may work
    • After they go through the HL Adult books, we simply focus on songs that are popular and of their choosing as well as familiar classical music.
    • Work on 2-3 pieces at a time

    3. Serious Pursuit. These are the adults that are really gritty and want to acquire a new skillset that makes them feel pride, more than anything. These are typically your high achieving professionals. These are the trickiest! It's important they feel challenged and like they are "conquering" the instrument. I mostly do the same thing as I do above, with more emphasis on mechanics and give more music that may be outside the 'familiar music' realm.

     

    Do you primarily teach pop music?

    No. For the majority of my students, we learn 40% classical and romantic with 40% popular or at least familiar, and 20% of our time spent on sight reading, theory and/or technique patterns. I believe good music is good music, and it's our responsibility as teaching artists to bring out the best in our students. That means choosing the right music for the student, at the right time. When someone teaches popular music at the same level as classical, doesn't mean they ignore the classical traditions. This is one of those old ideas that we need to move past. Fun fact: each May I have approximately 25% of my students take the Royal Conservatory Exam!

    What are your best practice suggestions?

     

    Ah, the work! I didn't enjoy the process of practicing, but I did enjoy the process (and still do!) of improving. Here are my best tips for students and parents to keep the journey as enjoyable as we can:

    1. Aim for 5-6 days of practice and outline the minutes (or repetitions) you expect during each session. (We have a spring challenge that is 75 minutes a week for beginners, 120 for intermediate and 150 for advanced.)
    2. No matter what, make sure you practice the SAME day (after) the lesson, and before you go to sleep. Retention is somewhere around 90% if you practice on the same day versus 60% if you wait until the next day. 
    3. Section work; this is when you have the student play a short passage 3 times in a row correctly, before moving on. 
    4. Have fun with it! Parents, a great idea is to have your child show you what they learned in their lesson that day. 
    5. Make it part of the routine. When something is just part of the day, there is less resistance. And continuous improvement makes the activity far more enjoyable!
     

    Do you teach theory?

    Yes, of course! Primarily, theory is best taught alongside the core work each student is working on. I love the Activity books that go along with The Music Tree, and since I teach popular music regularly, we use that as an opportunity with chords, inversions, 7th chords and how to leave out thirds. For our Pop Recital each spring, I also have my students write their own chord charts, which is a fantastic culmination of so many things that are useful to them. Then, in the summer all of my students write a song, which solidifies their understanding of keys, harmony, how to write notes, make their own music, and so much more. I also like Theory Fundamentals and Just the Facts.

    Do you have some recommendations for apps?

    I love using my iPad in lessons. Admittedly, I am not into the cutesy apps, but rather whatever is practical and gets my student to our goals in the most enjoyable way possible. The essential apps that I use weekly are:

    • ForScore, for music reading
    • GuitarTabs for students who like to sing as they accompany themselves
    • Piano Maestro, especially for elementary students
    • Flash Note Derby, for note-naming drills
    • GoodEar for ear training (intervals, chords, etc...)
    • Super Metronome Groovebox for rhythm
    • DocScan if I need to make a copy of something 
    • CamScan for receipt collection and record keeping
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