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About Kristen Zelenak

Kristen Zelenak
Kristen Zelenak
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Speaks: English
Instructs: Saxophone
Education: Bachelor's in Music Education, Central Michigan University (2013) Master's in Music Performance, Michigan State University (2015) Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Performance, Arizona State University (est. 2022) Master's in Wind Band Conducting, Arizona State University (est. 2022)
Performance Experience: I have performed across the United States and Italy as a solo and chamber musician. Many of my recitals and performances are on youtube. Search my name and take a listen!
Teaching Experience: I've been teaching saxophone for over 14 years. I have taught middle school band for 2 years, and have been a teaching assistant for the saxophone and band programs at Michigan State and Arizona State University.
Teaching Philosophy: I believe that EVERYONE can learn the saxophone! It's such a fun instrument! From beginner to advanced, every student has a place in my studio. I am a student-centered teacher, which means that I try to accomodate for what my students wish to learn, and teach them in ways that work best for them. Let's make music!

Get to know Kristen Zelenak

Kristen Zelenak is an active soloist, chamber musician, educator, and conductor from New Baltimore, Michigan.

As a saxophonist, Kristen is an active soloist and chamber musician. Her chamber groups have won top prizes at the Coltman Chamber Music Competition and the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition. She has competed as a semi-finalist in other national competitions such as NASA, Fischoff, and MPRIZE.


Ms. Zelenak is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in saxophone performance at Arizona State University. She received her Master’s in Music Performance from Michigan State University and she received her Bachelors in Music Education at Central Michigan University. Her teachers include Christopher Creviston, Joseph Lulloff, and John Nichol.


Kristen is also currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting and serves as a graduate assistant with the Arizona State University Wind and Athletic Bands. Prior to ASU, she spent two years as the Assistant Band Director at Mance Park Middle School in Huntsville, TX.


Kristen Zelenak teaches at:
10290 N 90th St Suite A
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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