Adrienne Knauer

Adrienne K.

Scottsdale, AZ
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Adrienne delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
October 2007

One of my favorite quotes from my favorite movie, Almost Famous:
"So Russell, what do you love about music?"
"To begin with...everything."

My musical background is probably like many other teachers - Masters of Music, 10+ years teaching experience, etc. Here are some characteristics that I think set me apart:

Broad Music Style and Interest - On any given day, I can listen to, perform, practice, or play everything from the Beatles to Bach to the Beastie Boys

Extensive Training - I studied with the Principal Harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and have performed with the prestigious Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Focused but Fun - I keep students on task but have a light hearted, humorous approach to teaching.

Adaptible - I've been teaching for over 10 years and believe I have a fresh approach to an outdated teaching method. I recognize that not all teaching approaches work the same on every student and am able to shift accordingly.

Communicative - I'm available anytime if you have any questions during your practice during the week. I accept text messages and videos. I support you at all times!

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Piano, Flute, and Harp Instructor
Sep 2007 - Present
Private Studio

I maintain a private lessons studio in my home in Scottsdale. I teach harp, piano, and flute lessons.

Piano, Flute, and Harp Instructor
Feb 2015 - Aug 2016
Chestnut Hill Music Academy

I was a primary instructor for a local music school and I specialize in piano, flute, and harp lessons.

Substitute Harp Instructor
Sep 2012 - Jun 2016
Play on Philly!

I am a substitute harp teacher for this great organization which is a music education program with the priority of serving the social and cultural needs of at-risk children in the City of Philadelphia. I have assisted in teaching a group of four young women and helping them prepare for their annual concert.

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Assistant Instructor
Sep 2012 - May 2014
Temple University

Harp Instructor
Sep 2011 - May 2012
Bridges Montessori

I made lesson plans for a class of ten 1st grade harp students. I gave weekly lessons individually and as a group to prepare them for their end of year concert. This was through the Harp Pedagogy program at Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Early Childhood Music Educator
Sep 2007 - May 2008
The Bennett Center at Penn State

I made lesson plans to teach a group of preschool children in a general music class setting.


Masters of Music
Sep 2012 - May 2014
Temple University
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Sep 2005 - May 2009
Penn State University


Limited Proficiency


Professional Performance Certificate
May 2010
Penn State University

Harp Performance


Assistant Instructor Position
Sep 2012
Temple University
Aug 2012
Saratoga Harp Colony
Flute Scholarship
May 2009
Penn State University
String Jury Winner
Dec 2008
Penn State University
Mosaic Concert Soloist
Mar 2008
Penn State University

Photos & Videos

Playing harp at a wedding at El Chorro in Paradise Valley, AZ

Free Bird by Lynryd Skynryd on Harp
Photo by Adrienne K.

Franck's Prelude Op 18 on harp and flute
Performing the Debussy Danses with a string quartet at my Masters Recital.

Leading the student harp ensemble at Penn State's Summer Music Camp

One of my first harp students back in Croton, New York circa 2010


Spartacus Love Theme by Bill Evans
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17 Reviews

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Katherine K. Apr 18, 2019
Harp · Online

Great first lesson!

Jennifer R. Mar 14, 2019
Flute · Online

Awesome. Had no idea this could be so great.

Gwynn R. Jan 31, 2019
Flute · Online

Love her!!!!!! Nice balance of fun and work:) Seeing results already.

Harper Dec 27, 2018
Harp · In studio

My daughter, Harper, had her very first lesson tonight! She loved it and Miss Adrienne was very patient with her. She can’t wait to come back :-)

Erika Dec 20, 2018
Harp · In studio

Adrienne is amazing. She clearly loves the harp and teaching it. She is very patient, even with an exuberant child. I also like that she uses technology to assist in learning. For instance, she had me download an app for my daughter to use to learn her notes. Obviously, a game makes it way easier to learn over other memorization techniques. Other times she has me video her practicing so we can make sure her technique is right.

I cannot recommend her enough!

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Samantha Dec 20, 2018
Piano · In studio

Adrienne made learning piano both exciting and fun, but also still challenging enough. She is very friendly and made me feel comfortable right away, as I was nervous being new to playing piano. She'll help you correct your mistakes and push yourself to do better. She helped me to learn to read sheet music and the basics of piano very quickly, and from then on she helped me to improve. I highly recommend Adrienne as an instructor, especially if you are new to the instrument.

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Elizabeth Dec 20, 2018
Piano · In home

Adrienne has been a wonderful piano teacher for our daughters. She is patient and fun while teaching, yet firm when she needs to be, and is able to really communicate well with children. I would highly recommend Adrienne for any type of music lessons, and for all ages.

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Annie from Phoenix Aug 23, 2017
Harp · In studio

Adrienne is a professional teacher with stunning credentials! My previous harp teacher highly recommended her to me to continue my studies as a therapeutic harpist. She has a beautiful performance style and a great personality. Her teaching skills are amazing. In 6 months, she has improved my tone, timing, and technique so much that people at my facilities are inviting me to play at their events. And that is the proof. Thank you Adrienne!

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Jan E. Jan 27, 2017
Harp · Online

What a great first lesson! I chose Adrienne for a harp teacher because of her description, "From the Beatles, to Bach, to the Beastie Boys..." I'm a classically trained guitarist, full-time guitar teacher, and contemporary guitar/vocal performer. I bought a Celtic harp last spring, thought maybe I could learn via Youtube videos. Nope. Not enough good instruction, not enough motivation. I was thrilled to find that Adrienne is BIG on technique, as I am with my guitar students. She was so encouraging throughout our Take Lessons Classroom session! I have a lot of practicing to do before next week's lesson, and I am so psyched!

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Chris Jan 24, 2017
Harp · In studio

Adrienne taught my daughter Harp. Adrienne was incredible with her, making her feel comfortable and happy to be playing, even when my daughter did not want to play. I especially liked how she was always on time, never late.

Juanita S. Apr 21, 2016
Harp · In studio

As an adult beginner, I was a little apprehensive but Adrienne immediately made me feel comfortable. She's very interested in my goals and dedicated to helping me achieve them. Working a full-time job with inconsistent hours can be challenging and she's always accommodating.

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Christopher P. Dec 3, 2015
Piano · In studio

My son Christopher had a lesson with Adrienne. He liked her very much and is looking forward to his next lesson. She has a lovely personality, and I think she will work very well with him.

Donna H. Oct 30, 2015
Harp · In home

Adrienne worked with my daughter on a special piece on the harp, which was new to her. She has a caring, consistent demeanor and high expectations for her students. My daughter enjoyed going to her sessions and learned in the best situation possible. Thank you Adrienne!

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Miranda H. Oct 5, 2015
Flute · In studio

My niece loves her & is very excited about all she is learning

Betty Sep 8, 2015
Flute · In home

Adrienne is an excellent instructor. My daughter had no experience with the flute but a great desire to play. She could not even get sound out of the flute. After the first lesson she was playing, By the second lesson she was making notes. Thanks to Adrienne my daughter has the confidence to try out for band at school this year.
My daughter was very nervous at first. Adrienne is very friendly and put my daughter at ease right away. She looks forward to her lessons with Adrienne. We have a couple of lessons left and hopefully we will be able to continue with Adrienne.

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Roberto R. Feb 6, 2015
Harp · In home

Adrriene welcomed me into her very neat, well-lit and cozy house, and into an overall comfortable atmosphere. She was very warm and patient, and took my personal musical goals in mind. (I'm not planning to become a concert harpist, but to learn to play and enjoy the 19-string celtic harp that my wife bought me as a gift, and perhaps play in church.) With this in mind, she took off with the first lesson with a song that I've been wanting to learn for a very long time, and made it into an exercise. I should now, with a two-week time gap for practice, be able to learn to correctly position my fingers and pluck the strings with a clear and crisp sound. Looking forward to my second lesson.

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Genevieve E. Feb 20, 2013
Harp ·

great teacher for young students

Adrienne is a wonderful music teacher. She makes music easily accessible to young children (and their tone deaf parents). She is very patient, organized, and responsible. We highly recommend her.

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