Karen holds a Bachelors of Music Education from Hardin-Simmons University. In her time at Hardin-Simmons, she was part of the Civic Orchestra of Abilene as a first violin and as well as a percussionist in the band.
Thanks to the many travel opportunities while in school, she has traveled all over Texas, Louisiana, and Missouri for a variety of performances, ranging from church, recitals, community concerts, dinner boat shows, guest performances, classical repertoire concerts, street performances, and even marching for various parades. Because of this, she has a wide variety of exposure to repertoire and style.
Karen has been learning piano since she was 8 years old. She began private violin lessons while in 6th grade, and she took up percussion in high school. Through all her years of private instruction and University level training, Karen has become a well-rounded musician.
Karen’s first teaching experience happened to be in Abilene where she acquired a love and passion for kids of special education and music. Later in her professional development, she moved back to DFW to student teach at her High School alma mater. She led in-person and online classes from freshman to symphonic class almost every day during her time there. Karen was also in charge of leading sectionals for violins and as a result of her teaching, helped achieve superior ratings in UIL for the varsity and non-varsity orchestras.
Personality / Teaching Style
Karen is a calm, friendly, and focused person. She is very persistent but understanding and believes that every student is capable as long as they show passion, do their best, and do their part in practicing. Karen is a very compassionate person and will always challenge her students grow into the best musician they can be. She loves to develop rapport with the students she teaches and is an easy communicator.
What others are saying about Karen:
Karen is methodical and careful in her approach. She is kind and respectful and students respect her. She plans carefully and puts great thought into how her warm-ups should reflect what she wants to accomplish in the piece. She is quiet but still able to keep students attentive and engaged. Karen is very knowledgeable on the subject matter and she is not afraid of constructive comments. She will work hard to overcome obstacles or to find a new and better way to approach class/lesson materials.Christy, Carrollton, TX
Karen is very kind to students as she works methodically on pedagogy but makes sure she differs instruction based on the students’ needs. She has an amazing work ethic and will not turn down an opportunity to work hard to better her students.Candi, Carrollton, TX
Because of Karen’s 12+ years of experience in orchestra, piano, and 8+ years of band and percussion, she has different views and likes to combine different techniques of learning music. Karen will adapt accordingly to each student to best fit individual’s learning style.
If you would like violin, viola, or piano lessons with this sweet teacher, fill out our quick enrollment form to begin learning from Karen!
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