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Karen M.

Phoenix, AZ

$36/hour

Piano Theory, Technic & Practical Application since 1983

In-person lessons

$36/Hour


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Cal State, San bernardino

Education

Cal State, San bernardino

About Karen

I love Music! My family has always incorporated music into our lives. Some of my earliest memories are being danced around in my Mom’s arms and listening to her sing. I began formal lessons on the Piano when I was 7 years old. Growing up also I sang in the Church Choirs, played on Hand Bells, and explored the Flute. I spent a formal year each on Trumpet and Harpsichord and am currently working on learning Zither, Autoharp, Dulcimer, and Soprano, Alto & Tenor Recorders, and sometimes the guitar (when I have a chance).

Of course, I also regularly read and attend lectures, conferences, seminars and master classes to always improve my teaching skills multiple times each year. I have been teaching piano and music theory since 1983 in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and have played professionally. I am a member in good standing with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and was with the Inland Empire Kodaly-Orff Association, attended the National Conferences on Keyboard Pedagogy and was with the California Association of Music Teachers (CAPMT), now Arizona. I was a fully certified and licensed teacher of Kindermusik (earned the maestro distinction many times) and Musikgarten Group Piano and, until just recently and have earned National Certification through the MTNA and more recently Levels I & II of Orff. I am also past District IV Coordinator for CAPMT and past Vice President and President of the Empire Music Teachers Association (EMTA) which I helped found. My thick files with years of notes from my students make me very happy. I keep busy and love teaching!

I try hard to present students with a solid, broad based approach with an emphasis on understanding the fundamentals of musical comprehension, music reading, musical memory, and ear development. These are essential to playing and enjoyment of any instrument! To this end we cover theory, music history, performance, technique and practical application. These basics are supplemented and reinforced by the monthly group sessions, several annual field trips, access to regional, state and national music competitions and performances, as well as the formal Student Evaluations each Spring. I have a full music lab at my studio, an extensive library of music and music reference materials and up to date postings on local free or low cost musical events While I tend to emphasize classical music and technique, we will also cover a wide range of music in various meters and modalities: classical, popular and world music in solos and duets. Supplementary books are available: holiday, religious, popular, classical, music from specific times, places, composers, movies... or whatever the student wishes, when they are ready.

My personal goal is not to have a studio full of competition performers. A few are always nice of course, but the average student just wants to be able to make music - to make it sing. I DO want them to understand, appreciate, and be able to pick up something and figure it out - or apply what they know to another instrument. Once music is part of a life, it never leaves; it is the one universal language.

I love teaching. Choose lessons with me and learn that A Good Beginning Never Ends! Contact me today.
I love Music! My family has always incorporated music into our lives. Some of my earliest memories are being danced around in my Mom’s arms and listening to her sing. I began formal lessons on the Piano when I was 7 years old. Growing up also I sang in the Church Choirs, played on Hand Bells, and explored the Flute. I spent a formal year each on Read more

Policies
Cancellation
36 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Phoenix, AZ 85022
In-person lessons
Music:
Ear Training,
General Music,
Music History,
Music Theory, Piano
History:
Music History

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Ear Training

I believe firmly that ear training is essential for performance, memorization, composition and harmony. I use the Alfred Ear Training Books and several computer programs.

General Music

I have years of experience in teaching. Most of my students were by referral and I maintained the top rating with the BBB for many years. My training (more than 18 years worth) is extensive plus continuous self study on all things musical. I am also nationally certified by the Music Teachers National Association in Piano.

In addition, I trained in the Orff-Scheulwerk Method, levels I & II out of 3, all levels and continuing, university credit, education offered by Kindermusik. I have many years of attendance at local state and national conferences, lectures, master classes, workshops and so on.

Music History

Understanding Music History is necessary for performance of any music of the intermediate level and up. My students begin with generalities and work up to more specifics of the place, time, appropriate performance practices and the composer of most pieces they learn to play. The ability to teach music history is necessary for certification by the Music Teachers National Association.

Piano

I have played professionally and have 31 years of experience teaching piano theory, technique, performance and practical application. My private training, of more than 18 years, is extensive. I constantly seek to improve my skills in many ways. In recognition of this, I am now a Nationally Certified Music Teacher by the Music Teachers National Association.

Cal State, San bernardino

Education

Cal State, San bernardino

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $36.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Travel policy

Karen will travel within 10 miles of Phoenix, AZ 85022.