Annette Karges
Denver, CO
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Annette Karges

Annette K.

Denver, CO
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Hello there! As a pianist I believe that music study is a gift that has transformative power. As a piano teacher I believe that teaching is a rare opportunity to mentor a child in music, or fulfill the dream of playing music for an adult.
I have come to realize that I am hardwired to give, to share, to encourage and to guide. My hope for piano lessons is to share with my students at least a portion of the ways that music has benefited me.
I consider it a privilege to guide individuals in discipline, creativity, self-expression, and developing a strong sense of worth in what they do. I am inspired by witnessing those moments of excitement as students rise above challenges and accomplish more than they thought they could.
All of the above is my big picture goal for the weekly routine of learning new pieces, musical theory, solid technique, improvisation, and everything else encompassed in a well rounded music education at the piano.

About Annette K.

Annette Karges holds an M.M. in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and a B.A. in Music, Piano Performance, and Philosophy from Minot State University. Her ten years of teaching experience include: running her own private studio, teaching as a graduate assistant in the Lamont School of Music and Lamont Piano Prep Program, and teaching with Children’s Music Academy.

Annette enjoys guiding individuals of all ages in their discovery of music. As a pianist of seventeen years, she is passionate about continuing to learn and study as much music as humanly possible. Annette enjoys sharing music with others as well as collaborating with her musical friends.

For younger students, Annette teaches with clear curricular goals in order to give them a solid and diversified foundation in music. For older students, she gives them the opportunity to be somewhat more self-directed in their approach, while still quipping them with a well rounded musical education.

Annette grew up on a farm/ranch in North Dakota and loves finding creative inspiration in the outdoors - whether it’s the wide open spaces of the plains, or the mountains of Colorado. She enjoys spending time with friends, hiking and running with her side-kick Watson, drinking tea, good books, and happy movies.

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Jennie
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Annette is the best! My 5 y/o is pretty shy and Annette won her over quickly. Lessons are varied and at a good developmental pace. Since we've had to transition to online lessons, we've been pleased with how it has translated. Thus far, online lessons are still challenging and yet engaging. Can't recommend sweet Annette enough!

Posted Apr 1, 2020
Michele
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Annette is amazing. My girls love her. She encourages them and teaches them so well, I don't even have to ask them to practice! She is HIGHLY recommended!!!

Posted Apr 1, 2020
Mindy
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Annette is a fantastic teacher. My 7 year old daughter started learning piano with Annette one year ago and she has grown so much over the course of the year! We are so grateful for Annette's patience, positive attitude, thoughtfulness, and her passion for what she teaches. We absolutely recommend her.

Posted Mar 31, 2020
Dorothy
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Annette Karges has been my adult piano teacher for two years, and I am starting my third year. I chose Ms. Karges, because she was earning a degree in Music Pedagogy when I started. Since my career has been a public school teacher, I appreciated having the chance to learn from a person whose major is learning the best way to teach people of all ages.
Taking lessons is exciting and fun. Ms. Karges finds ways to teach each new skill and piece in innovative ways that bring out the composer's intentions.
I recommend that you try out her studio for yourself and your loved ones to become motivated to improve and enjoy learning how to play piano better.

Posted Mar 31, 2020

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Experience

Private Piano Instructor
Sep 2010 - Present

Independent Piano Studio

- Instruct children and adults ranging in age from 5 – 70 in the fundamentals of playing piano and the basics of music. - Continually assess and adapt to individual learning styles. - Communicate and demonstrate processes for students to encourage independence and initiative in personal practice. - Maintain positive attitude and incorporate constructive feedback to motivate students to excel and increase enjoyment of music.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Sep 2017 - Jun 2019

Lamont School of Music, University of Denver

- Instruct college students in the fundamentals of playing piano and the basics of music in a one-on-one private lesson setting - Substitute teach for Piano Class, a group piano instruction setting for undergraduate music majors - Organize and oversee class registration and lesson scheduling for enrolled students - Assist in teaching private lessons and group piano classes to students (age 5-9) in the Lamont Piano Preparatory program. - Plan lessons and lead class for a weekly adult Recreational Music Making class - Accompany instrumentalists and vocalists during lessons, juries, & performances

Music Instructor
Aug 2013 - May 2017

Children's Music Academy

- Equip students age 4 – 10 with broad based music foundation in a small classroom environment. - Follow a multi-dimensional curriculum including beginning elements of keyboard skills, singing, theory, ear training, composition, improvisation, & ensemble playing. - Manage and encourage parent/child relationships while working with and instructing parents in classroom. -Advise and encourage new teachers as they join the team.

Education

Master of Music in Piano Performance & Pedagogy
Sep 2017 - Jun 2019

Lamont School of Music, University of Denver

Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance
Aug 2011 - May 2015

Minot State University

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Sep 2019
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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