Instructor's Courses

Kristen Regester

Dalcroze Eurhythmics Faculty
Program Area: 
Musicianship
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 
2019
Education: 

Carnegie Mellon University – Pittsburgh, PA, Dalcroze Eurhythmics Certificate, in progress

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI, Bachelor of Music – Instrumental Music Education

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Michael Udow, Julie Spencer, Salvatore Rabbio, Gerald Cleaver, Jane Sullivan, Mary Westmaas, Greg Secor

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

I apply the concepts of Dalcroze Eurhythmics into all of my teaching. I have always been a very active person, and using this kinesthetic approach makes the most sense to me and my students. I find my knack is working with people who are differently-abled, as music is the bridge connecting me to them. It's certainly a fascinating journey to explore the moment with my students, and the constant challenge is discovering the ways in which each of them learn best. I find beauty within everyone I connect with. I'm constantly in awe of the tremendous amount I learn from my students every day.

Awards and achievements: 

Created curricula at Sherwood/Columbia for ages 2-8 including: BE the Music! Percussion 4 Kids, Exploring Musical Instruments, Sing With Me, Voice for the Young Performer, and Bumblebeats

Certified Music Together Teacher since June of 2000

William D. Revelli Alumni Band Association Recipient, November 1997

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Dalcroze Eurhythmics for Incoming Freshmen 8/9/2019 The Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago, IL

Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Orthodox Music Master Class 6/20-21/19

Society of Saint Romanos the Melodist, Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Chicago, IL

Dalcroze Eurhythmics for Doctors in Residency Program 1/9/15

St Mary Elizabeth Medical Center, Chicago, IL & 12/19/14

Dalcroze Eurhythmics for Piano Pedagogy Majors 11/11/13

Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Ohio Music Teachers Association 9/27/13

State Conference, Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH

Percussion Professional Development Workshop 12/2/09

Stanford Lively Arts, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA In conjunction with SO Percussion

Interests outside of music: 

Yoga, animals, meditation, biking, camping, collage art, reading, film!

Favorite quote: 

"Pay attention to the moment, it will be the past soon," song lyrics by the band, The Mathematicians

Favorite practice tip: 

Quality, not quantity! "A note is never wrong, it's creative." Julie Spencer

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

Frédéric Chopin "Comptine d'un autre été l'aprés-midi" by Yann Tiersen & "The Anvil Chorus" by David Lang

Favorite musical moment: 

I was playing the famous gong part in Carmina Burana: O Fortuna in a high school orchestra pit, and unfortunately lost the mallet head, it went rolling away from the percussion section in between hits. So I fetched it by the time I had to play the gong again and literally bowled my way into it, for lack of a mallet base. I was proud to have recovered from such an awkward coincidence in as graceful manner as I could manage within that moment!