We’ve recieved lots of questions in the past about how we got started and about our educational backgrounds, so here it is!
Chrissy Misso (owner/teacher) & the Studio
Chrissy is originally from Rochester, MN (she graduated from Century), went out west to Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR--graduating with a B.A. in Music Composition & Education and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. She has also completed a Masters in Education from Concordia University--Portland.
Chrissy started teaching in Rochester in 2009 during the summer seasons, mostly piano lessons, and all-year-round in 2012, starting violin/viola and voice and travelling to all of her students! In 2016, Chrissy joined the Minnesota Music Teachers’ Association and Music Teacher National Association in order to offer competition opportunities to students, although competitions are not the focus of the studio.
Chrissy opened her current location off of West Circle Drive NW in June 2018 and added ukulele lessons! Ukulele has been an extremely fun addition to the studio with students ranging in age from 4 to 67!
Summer 2019 brings a new musical opportunity as well: Summer Programs! We are excited to try out a program for preK, ukulele design, and musically inspired STEM!
While Chrissy has high expectations for every student, she tries to make lessons fun: students help pick some of their music—we aim for 3 “projects” each year, studio classes let students be more social, and games and technology keep learning fresh! There is a recital each spring and a public holiday music share each December at a local "Old Folks" home.
When Chrissy isn't working on studio stuff, she is crafting (crochet, sewing, card-making), baking, singing in Blessings (women’s vocal group) and teaching Sunday School at Bethel Lutheran Church, going to Color-Me-Mine with her family, travelling, tutoring at College Tutors, and hanging out with the coolest three-year-old around! If you want to see some of Chrissy's musical adventures, head to the studio Facebook page!
Angie Misso, Teacher & Consultant
Angie provides Chrissy's Studio with business assistance, (occasionally) helps out with beginning piano, violin, and ukulele classes, and is taking intermediate ukulele with the other adult students! She graduated
from Valparaiso University with a Bachelors degree in Business and a minor in English.
When not advising Chrissy or playing ukulele (it isn’t her day job, after all), Angie works at AKE and likes to paint and write, and hangout with her kitties.
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Chrissy’s Studio offers Music Lessons in piano, voice, violin & viola, accompanying, theory/aural skills, & composition lessons; as well as ukulele classes in Rochester, MN.