9086 Whirlaway Court, Rancho Cucamonga CA, 91737
Instruments:Ear Training, Early Music, Other, Piano, Recorder, Theory

Styles:Classical, Kids, Other
Levels:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experience:28 years
Rate:$30 / hr

Personal Statement

Hi ! My name is Karen. I have been teaching music – primarily piano practice, theory and performance – in Rancho Cucamonga since 1983. My studio, Beginnings in Music, is both the oldest and the largest private piano studio in this city. The majority of new students come from recommendations – so I am doing something right! I have played professionally, am currently learning guitar, cello, dulcimer and recorder, continuing classes on music pedagogy and child development and have spent many years working with various choirs and child care.

I come from a musical family and I have always been involved with music, but I began teaching music in high school. By the time I graduated from college I had a full studio and a job I already loved. And that is what it takes. I am closely involved with the State and national music teachers organizations and a past district IV coordinator for EMTA and a vice president of our local chapter.

I very much wanted to expand into general music for the very young child as well. After much research, I chose Kindermusik as the best available quality program for young students. I have been teaching the Kindermusik program since 1999 and I am still very much impressed by its overall quality and the sheer amount of thought and research put into each detail. Kindermusik is continually researching and updating their programs for ever increasing quality. They are committed to bringing the best for you and your child.

I feel very fortunate to have been able to combine all of my loves – of teaching, of music, and now of also working with young children. I hope you and your child will choose to join us for musical growth and exploration.

I am affiliated with:

The Music Teachers National Association, full member since 1991 www.mtna.org
California Association of Professional Music Teachers, full member since 1991 www.capmt.org
Empire Music Teachers Association
Kindermusik International, trained and licensed www.kindermusik.com
Musikgarten www.musikgarten.org
Music Educators National Conference www.menc.org
The National Conference on Music Pedagogy
The National Piano Institute
The Suzuki Institute
Cal State, San Bernardino
The Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce
The Empire Arts Association
The Renaissance Wind Ensemble of RC

I also participated in the UC Irvine study on Music and Child Development. If there is any way I can be of service to you, please feel free to contact me.

Karen Magruder