...is enthusiastic about her Suzuki violin teaching. She strives to create a fun, comfortable lesson setting that encourages both students and their parents. Helping students grow both technically and musically is rewarding. It is also wonderful to nurture quality practice habits and to watch students' confidence grow. Karen hopes to share her own love of music, especially violin, with her students.
Karen has been teaching Suzuki method violin for almost 40 years. Teaching has been through her small business, Musicmakers Center, since 1993. Karen teaches approximately 24 students through Musicmakers each year, ages 4-16, beginners to advanced. She also works with their parents in the Suzuki Triangle ~ student, parent & teacher ~ until the student is ready to practice independently and the parent's role is reduced.
Karen enjoys teaching at Blue Lake Suzuki Family Camp each June, and at local Suzuki workshops.
A member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), Karen has studied Suzuki pedagogy with renowned Suzuki Teacher Trainers around the country. Jeffrey Cox, Books 1 & 2. Geri Arnold, Book 3. Mark Bjork, Book 4. Margery Aber, Book 5. Alice Joy Lewis, Book 6. Barbara Barber, Book 7. Cathryn Lee, Developing the Bow Arm from Pre-Twinkle to Book 10 & Beyond.
Karen was the Suzuki mom to 2 daughters, who studied violin from age 3 into middle school. Then they played flute and alto saxophone in their school bands, served as drum majors, sang in school and church youth choirs, studied piano, and participated in high school musicals. Suzuki studies can lead in many directions! And years of practicing with her own daughters still shapes Karen's teaching today.
Performances with her husband, Eric, a pianist, are very special opportunities.