Pianist and Piano Instructor






KRISTI MCKINLEY is a dedicated pianist and educator based in Southern California. She received her Master of Music (M.M) degree in Piano Performance from California State University of Long Beach, Bob Cole Conservatory of Music where she studied with pianist and composer Craig Richey.  She received her Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree in Piano Performance from Chapman University, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Dr. Janice Park, the coordinator of Secondary Piano. 

Ms. Kristi has an undeniable passion for playing piano, and during her studies she was honored with awards including the Chapman University Piano Performance Award, the Chapman University New Music Ensemble Award, the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Piano Award, the Richard and Johanna Baker Scholarship, and more. She has placed 1st in many competitions including the MTAC Romantic and Impressionistic Festival, the District VIII CAPMT Piano Sonata Festival, and the District VIII CAPMT Honors Auditions where she continued to compete at the CAPMT State Conference.  She has had the privilege of performing in masterclasses given by world renown pianists including Abbey Simon, Anne Perry, Ning An, Arthur Green, Michael Lewin, and Nadia Shpachenko. 

Ms. Kristi is highly involved in the teaching community and served as president for her school’s CSULB MTNA collegiate chapter. She has given presentations on music teaching at the annual Piano Pedagogy Symposium two years in a row, and gave a poster presentation at the most recent CAPMT State Conference. She loves attending these conferences to further strengthen her teaching skills and spark new ideas for lessons. Ms. Kristi currently runs her private music studio, Kristi’s Piano Studio, where she enjoys teaching and working with students of all ages and levels. She provides in-home piano lessons in the comfort of your own home, and her teaching style is encouraging, enthusiastic, detailed, and caring.  Outside of her work she enjoys running outside, reading fiction books, caring for her two cats, and of course playing piano whenever possible!

Kristi’s Piano Studio

Kristi’s Piano Studio is an in-home music lesson service that offers premium-quality piano lessons to children of all ages in the comfort of their home. Private piano lessons include weekly technique exercises, music theory instruction, repertoire that is selected by both the teacher and student, and more. It is my goal to make each lesson encouraging, engaging, motivating, productive, and detailed so that each student can experience the fulfilling rewards of pursuing music.

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It is my goal to instill a life long love for music in each student by:

  • Helping my students experience success at the piano so that they can enjoy the full benefits of playing the piano. This involves instilling a proper foundation right from the beginning that promotes good habits at the piano.

  • Always welcoming song suggestions and offering several song choices which allow my students to pick the pieces that inspire them most.

  • Making lessons an atmosphere of positivity where all successes are congratulated and any obstacles are approached with an attitude of curiosity in discovering how to achieve success.

All ages and levels of piano from beginning to advanced are welcome.  


As a mobile piano studio, lessons are held in the comfort of your own home. 

Servicing Areas
Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo,  Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto De Caza, Dove Canyon, Lake Forest, Foothill Ranch, & Irvine.



Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op. 101, movement 1
Piano Showcase Performance at Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, 2017


Maurice Ravel: Jeux d'eau
Piano Showcase Performance at Chapman University, 2014



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