How I Got There: Music Performance & Education | Christina Piazza (COL ’16)
Posted in Student & Alumni Stories
Christina Piazza studied Music and English in the College of Arts & Sciences and is now a self-employed musician and piano teacher. Learn how Georgetown shaped her path, what led her to her current position, and more insights regarding her roles and the broader music industry:
What activities at Georgetown did you find the most valuable and why?
Georgetown University Jazz taught me to play in a group and revealed to me a style of music I otherwise wouldn’t have known as much about. It gave me a great place to grow as a piano player. DCReads also opened my eyes to how different life can be for kids just a few miles away from Georgetown.
How did you find your current position?
I advertised piano lessons through flyers and word of mouth, which led to the 13 students I have now. I worked at SiriusXM Radio for two years which led to contacts in the music industry that have led to performances.
What does a typical day look like for you?
It’s always different! I’m always writing music and going to the studio to record new music and videos. Lessons are usually on weekends, and gigs are as often as I can book them.
What surprised you the most when you started working?
No matter how smart you are, nothing can replace sheer courage. It takes a lot of it to go out and look for the opportunities you need, shows people your music, and stick to your goal enough to follow through. I’ve found that courage is a lot more important than brains.
What are the best ways for students to learn more about your industry?
I personally like to read and listen to podcasts. I learn as much as I can about the music business, which is always changing. There are endless ways to go about an entertainment career. It’s fun and interesting to see how others have done it. Of course it’s also always great to meet people through contacts at work, etc.