Chris VanBuskirk

Contact: 253-820-4505 cell

Studio Location:  2502 No. Cedar St.                                                                                                                Tacoma, WA. 98406

Teaching Area:

  • Piano
  • Music Theory

Teaching Ages: Now Accepting Students

  • Elementary Children through College
  • Home Schooled, Public and Private School Students and Adults
  • Special Needs Students
  • Adults – No one is too old to learn and enjoy music.

Teaching Style

  • Classical
  • Traditional
  • Improvisation
  • Church Worship Music
  • Chord Charts
  • Composition
  • Recreational

Teaching Days/Hours:  

  • Monday through Friday
  • All lesson dates/times are scheduled with teacher

Student Event Opportunities:  

  • TMC – Piano Trios Festivals – November & January
  • PVC –  Winter Festival – February
  • WSMTA – Music Artistry Program – March
  • WSMTA – Various types of Competitions – Various months
  • PFMC – Helen Crowe Snelling Competition – March
  • PFMC – NFMC Gold Cup Festival – March
  • TMC – Orchestral Concerto Festivals – June 
  • PVC – Anything Goes Recitals 
  • Christmas and/or Spring Recitals


  • Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
  • Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA)
  • Puyallup Valley Chapter of WSMTA (PVC)
  • Orchestral Recital Series of Tacoma (ORS)
  • National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC)
  • Washington State Federation of Music Clubs (WSFMC)
  • Puyallup Federated Music Club (PFMC)
  • Tacoma Music Collaborative (TMC) (originally ORS of Tacoma)


  • Bachelor of Science – Music Education Degree; K-12                                                                University of Montana ~ Billings, MT
  • Montana, Alaska, and Washington Teaching Certificates

BIO:    (my students call me Mrs. Van)
I have played the piano, sang, and studied music since I was four years old.  Loving music as I do, I decided to teach, both publicly and privately, sharing this wonderful gift with anyone who wants to learn.  Besides teaching piano, I also teach choral music to children and adults, having had choirs and ensembles from 6 to 100+ voices.  I have taught public school in Washington, Montana and Alaska, having had award winning A Capella Choirs over the years.  I love playing the piano, in worship, accompanying soloists, choirs, and piano performance in the community.  

I also have a very successful private music studio, having taught for the past 53+ years.  Besides the various Music Festivals and Recitals available to my students, they also have the opportunity to perform in a Piano Trio Festival, with a professional Cellist and Violinist in the fall.  In the spring, students can also perform in a formal setting, on stage with a Chamber, String, or Full Orchestra.  Those who have participated in these events have really done well and look forward to these events every year.  

Students drive to my North Tacoma Music Studio from all over the area: Yelm, Eatonville, Graham, Lakewood, University Place, Puyallup, and Fife.  I really enjoy students of all ages, so with my love and strong passion for music, these are a perfect combination and a great fit for me.  Come join the adventure with me, at Classic Keys Music Studio.

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