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Hello, my name is Karen Ziegler and I am a piano instructor in Longmont, CO. I thoroughly enjoy teaching piano and being able to share my knowledge and my joy of music in a positive atmosphere. My goal is to help my students become well-rounded, successful musicians and to inspire within them a life-long love and understanding of music.
I've been teaching in the area for over 30 years and have lived here most of my life. My music degree is from CU, Boulder and I am an active teacher in the Boulder Area Music Teacher's Association (BAMTA) as well as the Boulder Federated Music Club.
Music is an essential part of our lives as well as a wonderful and invaluable skill to learn and enjoy! Music education encompasses so many different areas of learning and understanding — it helps to develop a way to express oneself, to develop an analytical approach to thinking, to learn and appreciate all types of music, to better understand history, to develop strong technique and eye-hand coordination and to develop poise, confidence and a sense of accomplishment. Piano lessons are an exceptional way to experience all that music education has to offer!
My teaching set-up is that of private lessons combined with group lessons. Private lessons are individualized for each student and his or her needs. Private lessons are held weekly and are either 30 minutes or 45 minutes in length. Group lessons cover music theory, history, performance, improvisation and ear-training as well as other areas of music education.
My other passion is developing and publishing educational materials for teachers and students. I started out publishing under the name Piacere Press and am now publishing under my blog Karen's Piano Keys. All the materials I have in print have been time tested in the studio. Along with my friend and colleague, Christine Schumann, we present our materials at national and state music teacher conventions as well as teacher and student workshops.
I hope that each one of you pursues your musical interests in the way that will make you most happy. Music is inside everyone of us, "we are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams..."