About the Teacher




Karen is a third generation piano teacher who began her musical career with Music in Early Childhood classes, moving to the piano at the early age of six.  Since then, her musical interests have continuously grown, as she has been actively involved in concert and jazz bands, mixed choral groups, vocal jazz, church ensembles, and musical theatre.

Notable awards have included first place at both the SRMTA Florence Bowes Pedagogy and Wallis Pedagogy Competitions and more recently the national CFMTA Memorial Pedagogy Award for excellence in pedagogical training. Additionally, she was granted the Dorothy Bee Memorial Scholarship for continuing education in support of her educational endeavors.

Karen has completed an Associate diploma in Piano Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT), an Associate diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College of London (ATCL), and a Licentiate diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College of London (LTCL). Additionally, in 2010 she convocated from the University of  Saskatchewan with a BA honours degree.

She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Piano Pedagogy through the University of Ottawa, and her research focuses on motivation in piano students.

Karen is entering her tenth year in the music profession after teaching nearly 7000 piano lessons. Special training and past workshops have included the Kodaly method and Music in Early Childhood with Connie Moore, piano performance masterclasses with Robin Harrison, multiple seminars with Jennifer Snow, Marc Durand, and Dale Wheeler, and bi-annual CFMTA Conferences. She is a patron of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Theatre Calgary, and sits on the Calgary Registered Music Teachers Association Executive as Second Vice President.

Past teachers and examiners have commented on Karen’s “passion for teaching” and “warm and engaging manner.” Her lessons involve a variety of music – from minuets to mambos to Mission Impossible – to keep students motivated and teach sensitivity and compassion for all cultures and musical styles.