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My name is Crystal French

We are each born with an urge to express ourselves. My mother chose the piano for me when I was 5. As I grew older, I began to understand that there were no shortcuts to obtaining the skills required for self-expression. Now, as a music educator, I aim to assist my students in learning the fundamentals needed to express their own voice.

Founder & Teacher, 7Keys Music

Applied Piano & Trombone Teacher, Columbia University

Theory & Sight Singing Instructor, San Diego Center for Jewish Culture

Steinway & Sons Teacher & Educational Partner



Master in Music and Music Education, Teachers College, Columbia University 

B.A. Music, Pfeiffer University

Professional Affiliations & Awards

2016 & 2017 Teacher of the Year, Steinway Piano Gallery 

College Music Society

Music Teachers National Association

California Association of Professional Music Teachers

      -San Diego North Chapter   

      -San Diego South Chapter



Crystal French is an accomplished musician, dedicated educator, and researcher who has significantly impacted the music industry. Her remarkable journey began at a young age when she immersed herself in the captivating world of melodies and harmonies. With exceptional talent and unwavering commitment, Crystal mastered multiple instruments, laying the foundation for her musical prowess.


Driven by her love for music and a desire to share her talents, Crystal founded 7Keys Music—an innovative platform with a mission to bring the joy of music to aspiring musicians. As the driving force behind 7Keys Music, she empowers future musicians, amplifying their voices and providing a nurturing environment for their growth. Crystal's students consistently achieve superior ratings at festivals and conferences, boasting a 100% success rate. Her dedication to excellence was recognized in 2016 and 2017 when she received the prestigious Steinway & Sons Teacher of the Year award from Steinway Piano Gallery-Charlotte. Crystal now holds certification as a Steinway Teacher and Educational Partner. Additionally, in 2022, she participated as an NCMTA Piano Festival Adjudicator.


With her extensive experience as a music educator, Crystal brings the transformative power of music into the lives of her students. She has inspired countless learners, fostering their musical abilities and nurturing a lifelong passion for music. Crystal has taught at esteemed institutions such as Scholars Academy for the Gifted & Artistically Elite, United Community Charter School, and the British International School of Charlotte. She collaborates with classroom teachers to create interdisciplinary lessons, design syllabi, and integrate curricula. Her teaching philosophy revolves around empowering her students to explore their creativity, embrace their individuality, and reach their full potential as musicians.


Crystal holds a Master's in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. This educational background enriches her teaching approach, enabling her to provide well-rounded and impactful musical experiences for her students.

Beyond her role as an educator and entrepreneur, Crystal actively engages in philanthropic endeavors. She supports music education programs in schools and advocates for the essential role of music in personal development and emotional well-being. Crystal firmly believes that music has the power to heal, inspire, and unite people, and she strives to make a positive impact through her work at 7Keys Music.


Crystal French's dedication to music and visionary leadership continues to leave an indelible mark on the industry and her community. Her passion, talent, and entrepreneurial spirit make her a true force to be reckoned with, shaping the future of music through 7Keys Music.

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