Karl S.

Burbank, CA


Piano With Karl, Fun, Sensitive Motivating teacher

In-person lessons
5+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/17/12


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Bates College
Berklee Colleg of Music


Bates College

Berklee Colleg of Music (Other)

About Karl

Karl has been teaching music for over 15 years, with lessons that keep students motivated, while building a solid foundation of skills. Beginner students are offered fun exercises, along with a natural progression of pieces that demonstrate musical form, theory, and technique. Students may also select their favorite songs, or sing along with pieces from Musical theater, or explore their first Jazz or blues piece, improvisation or composition.

Testimonials from Karl's Music Students
Lisa and Brian Flood, (4 years)"Karl was one of our son Luke's first piano teachers and ignited his love of music that continues to burn brightly. What impressed us most about Karl--in addition to his obvious talent--was his ability to adapt his lessons, music selection, and teaching style to our son's interests and personality. Luke always looked forward to Karl coming through the door with his trademark big smile and sincere enthusiasm that he passed on to Luke. Karl made it fun to learn difficult musical skills like site reading and covered a wide range of musical genres, from classical and blues toour son's favorite, musical theater. He also provided Luke with his first opportunities to perform before a live audience, but did so in a way that made Luke, and Karl's other students, feel very comfortable playing to a crowd."Over the four years Luke was fortunate enough to have Karl as a mentor, he cultivated a true passion for piano and music. Today, Luke is a sophomore in high school and an active member of his school's conservatory program. He's already played piano in three pit orchestras and has been hired as assistant music director of a young performer's musical this summer. He also plans to major in music in college."As parents, we always appreciated Karl's business-like approach to teaching piano. He always made good on his promises, charged fair rates, and showed up on time, ready to go. Needless to say, Luke was very fortunate to have Karl as a role model and inspiration."- Lisa and Brian Flood

A Ayanian, 2 students,Piano, saxaphone, guitar(3 years)“Karl is a wonderful musician and a creative teacher. He works extremely well with kids of any ages, making them feel comfortable trying new things and stretching themselves. Karl's love of music is infectious. He makes learning an instrument fun! He has taught our kids the piano, saxophone as well as the guitar.In addition, Karl was always on time and dependable for the 5 years he taught our kids. Plus, they always enjoyed preparing for their lessons, excited to try out new music or perfect old songs. Since working with Karl, our daughter was accepted into the honors high school jazz band and wind ensemble.”- A Ayanian

PJM, 2 students, Piano (4 years)“Karl taught piano to my son and daughter for several years. Both of my children were challenging to teach, and he adapted well to the needs of each child. My daughter has attention deficit disorder and is very hyperactive. Karl let her work with a wide variety of music since novelty of material helped her to pay attention to the lesson.”“My son was very shy and Karl assumed a casual and friendly manner that reduced the performance pressure that my son felt when observed playing piano. Both children were given freedom to select music that appealed to their individual taste which enhanced their enthusiasm for music study. I recommend Karl without reservation.”- PJM

Renee Cooper, Piano, drums, guitar (7 years)
Karl was my son Matt’s piano teacher for 7 years, beginning when Matt was 5 years old. From the very beginning, Karl developed a relationship with Matt that encouraged Matt’s love of music. The lessons were fun, age-appropriate, and challenging. Karl has a wonderful way of connecting with his students as a friend, while also maintaining structure and momentum in the lessons. Matt always looked forward to his lessons with Karl, and was terribly disappointed when Karl left the area and he could no longer continue lessons with him. Matt is now almost 15 years old and a very accomplished musician. I credit Matt’s passion for music to his years studying with Karl.
- Renee Cooper

Karl is also an accomplished composer and performer of original Music, much of it licensed to Film and Television. You have likely heard his original music on The Oprah Winfrey Show, HGTV, The History Channel, VH1, The Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Bravo, The Food Network, and many others. You may have also seen his live touring band,“7Coyotes” all around New England, at various colleges, clubs, and private parties. Karl minored in Music at Bates college, while earning his degree in Physics, and later continued his music studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston focusing there on Music Production, Engineering, Composition and Piano Performance. Karl has presented seminars on the Business of Music licensing for the prestigious Nashville Songwriters Association and Boston Songriters Workshop. You can also catch some of Karl's original music on itunes.
Karl has been teaching music for over 15 years, with lessons that keep students motivated, while building a solid foundation of skills. Beginner students are offered fun exercises, along with a natural progression of pieces that demonstrate musical form, theory, and technique. Students may also select their favorite songs, or sing along with Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Burbank, CA 91502
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
ESL/ESOL, Spanish

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Composition (Music)

Karl's own compositions are heard daily on such programming as HGTV, The Travel Channel, Discovery, The Food Network, and The History Channel, and most recently "Hogan Knows Best" featuring Hulk Hogan. He can help students begin or improve in skill areas such as song form, chord knowledge and melodic development. Karl's training is from Bates college where he minored in music, and Berklee College of Music, where he continued study in composition and Music Production. His songs have also been licenced for first use by up and coming pop artists.

Ear Training

Karl has coached students in Ear Training for over 15 years. He uses a roster of exercises developed at Berklee College of Music that provide a logical, and enjoyable progression in Ear Training. Karl accepts students at all levels, and can incorporate Ear Training with the study other instruments, or as a stand alone discipline for vocalists. He finds that Ear Training students begin to hear, understand and appreciate music with greater depth. This discipline is especially useful for vocalists, performers and composers.

General Music

I am a private music instructor for over 20 years in piano, and now drums, guitar, vocals as well. I have a BA minor in music at Bates, and I am also an alumni of Berklee College of Music. I am a performer, composer, publisher and licenser of music. My three original music cd's are for sale on Amazon, itunes and direct sale. My songs have been licensed to HGTV, Travel Channel, History Channel. My specialty is in composition and music theory.


Karl has taught guitar for over 6 years. He will cover both conventional sight reading, guitar tab, chords, finger picking, and playing songs. Karl will have you playing at least two chords, and singing along at the first lesson (if you desire to do so) and is great at keeping the learning both fun and rewarding. Both accoustic and electric players, devotees of classical, blues and rock are welcome.

Music Theory

Music theory has been one of my favorite disciplines and passions. I hold both a Minor degree in Music and BA in Physics from Bates College. My theory training continued at Berklee College of Music, and today has led me to continue study through the many books available. I have found many creative and exciting ways to share and apply music theory with students of all levels, especially those in composition. My personal composition credits include music for multiple television programs.


Karl minored in Music at Bates College, in Maine, and attended Berklee college of Music in Boston, MA. He has been performing for 20 years as a professional pianist, as well as composing for broadcast film and television.
His students range in age from 6-76, many of them continuing on to professional careers in music. Karl likes to establish a firm grounding in music essentials, while enouraging his students to study what they enjoy the most, whether it be composition, performance, Classical or Popular Music.


Karl has taught Saxophone for over 15 years.
Much of starting the saxophone is developing a proper embouchure (mouth position) and strength of breath. He is very patient and encouraging with this process. Your first few notes will then feel rewarding and fun. He will cover conventional sight reading, and playing songs. Karl will have you playing simple and fun songs in no time. Devotees of classical, blues and Jazz are all welcome.

Sight Singing

Karl has performed as a singer and pianist for 20 years. He always incorporates some sight singing with any instrument, and also offers it is a program for vocalists.


Karl earned his degree Minoring in Music Bates College, and continued his studies at Berklee college of Music in Boston, focusing on songwriting, composition, production and engineering. Karl has dozens of songwriting and licencing credits on National television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Travel Channel, The History Channel. He has presented seminars on the business of songwriting and publishing to the Nashville Songwriting Association. Karl continues to compose today, and has 3 Albums released, all available and selling on itunes.

Bates College
Berklee Colleg of Music


Bates College

Berklee Colleg of Music (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Karl will travel within 10 miles of Burbank, CA 91502.