Karen Rudin
Mesa, AZ
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Karen Rudin

Karen R.

Mesa, AZ
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Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
I teach all forms of literacy including listening, speaking, writing, and reading English. I teach grammar, phonics, word recognition and comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, and effective, expressive, and creative writing skills. I have been an avid reader and writer ever since my elementary school days. At college, I received a perfect score on my departmental English exam. I have three education degrees: A double bachelor's in elementary education and music, and a master's in reading. I am presently a Mesa Laubach Literacy Council Board Member and Tutor. I love to help students become more proficient in the English language.

About Karen R.

Karen R. was born and raised in a musical family in Lindstrom, Minnesota. Karen has loved to sing and play instruments almost all of her life, and became passionate about music early in her childhood. She has played 7 instruments proficiently including piano, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, trombone, recorder, and voice (also an instrument). As a child, Karen took private instruction in piano and classical guitar. She sang and played guitar in her first band in the fifth grade! In high school she played trombone in band, bass guitar in stage band, and sang in the high school choir and stage chorus. In high school, she also sang and played acoustic and bass guitar in a rock band called the 6 pack, who performed for school dances and community events. Karen was also the singer and guitarist, leading the Young Life group. Even though Karen has had training in many instruments, she has had the most training in voice.

As an adult, Karen has sung extensively in church choirs, women's ensembles, and has been a featured vocal soloist at church services, Christian retreats, and women's ministry events. She was extensively involved in vocal music at Grace Community Christian Church, where she was the singer and guitarist leading and teaching songs to women Bible study groups, preschoolers at vacation Bible school, and Kids Praise Club for elementary aged children. For Kids Praise Club, she also taught the children the choreography for the performances. Presently, Karen is a Choir Director for the K-6 Choristers group at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Mesa, AZ., and also taught singing and choreography to the children at VBS at FPC. Karen also had a main roles as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man in April of 2013, and Mrs. Bucket in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in April, 2014, The Jailer's Daughter in Wind in the Willows, and Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins, Mrs. Darling and a Pirate in Peter Pan, performed by the First Players at FPC. Additionally. Karen is presently a substitute elementary school and music teacher at Grace Christian Academy, and also subbed at Bethany Christian School, and taught General Music K-12 at Young Disciples Christian Academy part-time from 2013-2019.

During Karen's college career, she was a voice major at Mesa Community College (MCC) and Grand Canyon University (GCU). At MCC, she performed in the Sun Valley Chorale (SVC) and Cadence women vocal jazz ensemble. SVC performed classical songs at the Mesa Arts Center, and Cadence performed jazz songs for MCC events. Karen was also involved in musical theater at MCC. Karen was an opera singer at Night at the Opera, and a Broadway singer at Broadway Bound, both at MCC. At GCU, Karen has been in the President Singers, Canyon Singers, Canyon Chorale, and Union Choirs. Canyon Singers were the honor students and ambassadors for GCU who traveled locally and out of state to recruit students for GCU. As a voice major, Karen has had 9 semesters (4 ½ years) of private voice instruction under the tuteladge of Dr. Cathy Hauan at MCC, and Dr. Sheila Corley at GCU. Karen has three degrees from GCU: A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music, a Master's of Education in Reading and Curriculum, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. Music is Karens passion and she desires to teach it to all ages and stages of people. Music is the universal language and creates joy and healing in the soul.

Presently, Karen owns her own home music studio called Starshine School of Music in which she teaches piano, voice, and guitar. Karen also teaches Take Lessons music students (an online music student placement company) piano, voice, and guitar in her home. Karen is also an active Mary Kay Consultant.

*** Lesson Details ***
Karen's teaching style is very patient, nurturing, encouraging, and fun-loving. Karen is a teacher who sets loving but firm boundaries and guidelines. She implements structure and organization, but is not overly strict and harsh. She believes in encouraging, loving, and imparting knowledge with her students so that they will maximize their potentiality and their inner musical stars will shine.
Karen teaches piano, voice, guitar, and music theory for beginning through intermediate (for voice she teaches beginning through advanced). The curriculum that Karen uses is varied according to the student's personality and learning level. She uses her vast knowledge and information from her education and past experiences, and also Alfred Essentials of Music Theory, Alfred's Instructional books, Hal Leonard Pro-vocal Series, Faber Piano Adventures for all levels, and other resources. She also uses an assignment lesson plan book so that each student will know her clear objectives, what is expected of them and so that communication is established with the student's parents if the student is under 18. Additionally, Karen uses incentives, a point system, and rewards for self-discipline, consistent practicing, musical accomplishment and growth, and a good attitude.
Karen's students learn and perform remarkably well because of her very loving, organized, and comprehensive teaching style. They progress in amazing ways on a weekly and monthly basis. They look forward to coming to their lessons because they are treated with such respect and care. They know that Karen has such a passion and love for music, which is so contagious and is passed on to them. Therefore, these music lessons are enjoyable and enriching for the teacher and student alike.

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*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar, Kimball piano, CD and cassette players, extensive music literature, Demo and Karaoke CD's.

*** Specialties ***
I have been classically trained as a voice major at college level. However, I have had so much musical experience (singing, and playing guitar and piano) in varied genres including rock and roll, Broadway and theatrical music, country western, Christian contemporary, folk songs, and children's music. I am very familiar with all kinds of music.


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Steven W.
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Karen is very patient with me. Her soft voice and gentle create the perfect environment for learning

Posted Feb 20, 2021
Dawson J.
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Really nice and very patient with me. Made feel comfortable and not pressed.

Posted Feb 19, 2021
Chelsea and Natalie R.
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Today was our first lesson. Karen was on time and professional, and also very personable. She took the time to see what level each of my girls was at. I like that she teaches theory along with playing.

Posted Sep 23, 2020
Imogene I.
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Karen was wonderful with Imogene. She learned so much with just one lesson and she cannot wait for the next.

Posted Jun 6, 2020
Thomas L.
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Karen Is an amazing teacher! Karen gives great guidance to those willing to learn. She is very patient and takes all the time needed for everyone to develop their skills. She is very good and changing times to meet and is understanding that things change and is flexible. I can't say enough about how great she is at teaching.

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Ms Lee
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Karen made me feel very comfortable & gave me what I needed so I have a very natural look using makeup. Would highly recommend her to anyone looking for help with cosmetics!

Posted Aug 30, 2018
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Wonderful teacher for our 12 year old. Very kind, encouraging, organized and knowledable. I would highly recommend!

Posted Aug 7, 2018
Michael T.
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Karen was great with our almost 11 year old son. She does a great job of personalizing lessons to make it more motivating.

Posted Jun 15, 2018
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Looking forward to my next lesson!

Posted Sep 29, 2017
Lucy B.
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Karen is terrific!

Posted Aug 29, 2017
David A.
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Very punctual, pleasant and able teacher. Detailed-oriented instruction. Very helpful with theory as well.

Posted Jul 8, 2016
Larry Sindle
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Karen is very a very good Teacher, she has patients, very helpful, and makes you feel comfortable.

Posted Feb 20, 2016
Elizabeth N.
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I think l have gotten the right piano teach. I was happy with her first lesson.

Posted Jul 26, 2015
Elizabeth N.
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She is cheerful and seems very knowledgeable in music. I feel l will learn my piano easily.

Posted Jul 25, 2015
Mark R.

Karen is very conscientious, creative, and compassionate. She loves people, students young and old, and loves to encourage their best efforts in their areas of interest. Musically, she is gifted with a beautiful voice and a good understanding of the fundamentals of music. She motivates her students to excel by instilling in them a strong desire to practice and to study, and she makes it fun!

Posted May 12, 2015
Hector L.
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My daughter goes to Karen for singing lessons. She loves going to her and enjoys the positive environment that Karen cultivates.

Posted Jul 28, 2014
Alice D.
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Karen’s recitals, showcasing 6 to 12 students each time, always thrill
me. Men, women, boys, & girls of all ages and various degrees of
achievement stand before their audience with confidence. They have
practiced, not only the pieces which they play, but showmanship, not
pushy or cocky, but polite and welcoming. They make eye contact and
smile; some invite the crowd to sing along on the choruses. Even the
1st year students exude confidence.

The crowd returns those smiles, along with cheers and clapping. One
can tell that Karen has kindly and persistently shown and encouraged
each student. If any show fear, she does not chide; she accompanies
them in the performance and nods approval as they continue. I watch
that fear subside. They are then met with handshakes and pats on the
back. Next time, they will be even more eager to share the pieces that
they worked on and not expect criticism.

Karen picks a theme and arranges guitar, piano, and voice selections,
intermingled into a program that leaves a person well entertained and
planning to come back next time. I am not related to any of the
participants and have no obligation to be at the recitals. I love the
music, the talent, and the progress that I see and hear. You, too,
will be glad you came.

Posted Jul 23, 2014
Allan S.
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I am 73 years old and have always wanted to play a guitar, Karen is a member of our church choir and had mentioned that she teaches guitar and piano. I asked if I could take lessons this past June and she agreed to teach me. I am so happy that Karen is teaching me to play a guitar, I did not think I would ever be able to do that but I am learning thanks to her great teaching skills, patience and fantastic knowledge of music. She is very encouraging and teaches on my level of understanding never above my head. I would recommend Karen to anyone that has a desire to learn to play a guitar she is perfect for me!

Posted Jul 17, 2014
Andrea L.

Everything you need to reach your goals!

I have been taking lessons with Karen for about 2 months now. Under her tutelage I have advanced quickly right before my eyes! I am very excited at the progress she has brought me as I have been trying for years to just follow some of the beginner books myself with no luck and a lot of frustration.
Karen will remove the frustration with her patients, clear communication, and demonstration. Her energy helps me slow down and relax. I'm seeing clearly how a relaxed student is a much more productive student. By the time I get home I want to do the homework and look forward to what is next!
If you are a goal setter and want to learn piano, rest assured, Karen will be able to assist you in reaching those goals!

Posted Aug 23, 2013
Kevin R.

Patient and Encouraging

I have been taking lessons for the piano with Karen R. for about a month now and am very impressed. She is a very patient instructor and makes sure that I understand not only what she wants me to do, but why. She is a very encouraging person to learn from and I greatly enjoy my time with her.

Posted May 12, 2013

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Classroom Music Teacher
Jan 2013 - Present

Young Disciples Christian Academy (YDCA), Grace Christian Academy, and Bethany Christian School

I am a Music Teacher at YDCA, teaching students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. I have teach general music, music theory, recorder classes, piano classes, guitar classes, and singing. I also organize recitals and special events for the students at YDCA. I am also a substitute teacher at Grace Christian Academy and, teaching music for grades K-12 and also Elementary Ed. classes (grades K-8th grades).

Choir Director
Aug 2012 - Present

First Presbyterian Church

I am Director for the elementary aged children choir called Pure Praise Singers, and Vacation Bible School groups. I have also been a substitute Choir Director for the FPC Sanctuary Choir. I also directed the Pure Praise Singers children's musical called Colby's Missing Memory.


Bachelor's in Elementary Education, Bachelor's in Music Education, and Master's in Reading and Curriculum
Aug 2006 - Dec 2011

Grand Canyon University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Sep 1974

Oliver Thein Beauty School

I was given a Certification of Cosmetology after completing 1500 hours at Oliver Thein Beauty School


Magna Cum Laude Honor
May 2009

Grand Canyon University


National Association for Music Education
Nov 2013
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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