Karen Roberts

Karen R.

Virginia Beach, VA
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Especially enjoy young children!

About Karen R.

Hello and thank you for the opportunity to serve.

There is no greater blessing than to use the gifts you've been given to directly benefit others! If you love what you do you will never work a day in your life!

Be certain, making music is unlike anything else you've done. At the same time, making music will strengthen everything else you WILL do!

Whether you choose me to help to you along the way or another teacher, please be sure to get a teacher that is patient, experienced and disciplined. Your first year of music lessons will either create a strong foundation or collapse under the partially built structure. Give the teacher a chance to make their point. Don't be too quick to judge based on the inexperience of the student. The fundamental lessons must be repeated until learned.

Whatever you do, get a teacher. Do not waste time believing you can 'self teach'. Your technique needs to be monitored by someone who knows music.

I've learned a great deal in my 20 years of teaching;

- patience
- persistence
- keep it fun
- change it up
- don't compromise the fundamentals
- encourage musical discipline
- tuning, warm-up, scales, technique, repertoire, new material
- repeat!

It's my belief that music fundamentals are critical and we will create a solid musical foundation by learning the language, understanding the critical issues of timing, rhythm, reading and learning how to LEARN!

I enjoy working with all ages but specialize in children and adults that act like children!

Stay a child! Learn something new.

What are you waiting for?!

If you don't see an availability you would like, please feel free to contact me via the TakeLessons site and ask questions!


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20 Reviews
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Excellent teacher. Teaches very well and is very understandable and explains the lesson plan very well.

Posted Feb 22, 2019
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Such a wonderful experience. My son Gabriel was so excited and loved his lesson. He came home and started practicing right away. Karen was so patient and an excellent teacher.

Posted Feb 12, 2019
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I lived how casual Karen was and how fun she made it for Sophia. Mistakes were met with laughter and correction not recrimination. Perfect for Sophia’s style of learning

Posted Nov 13, 2018
Margaret Marshall
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Karen is encouraging my daughter about her violin that she is already seeing herself as a musician. She is practicing daily and quotes her teacher about why she is doing what she is doing (sitting posture, applying rosin, hand positions, etc.)

Posted Mar 26, 2018
Giovanni L.
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We would like to thank Karen for patiently teaching our son Federico. It was a pity we had to come back to Italy and w're missing such a positive inspiration for our son. Thank you again Karen for your professionalism and love in teaching our young son.

Posted Jul 30, 2017
Luanne F.
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My daughter has loved having Karen as her teacher. She is kind and patient. My daughter has made tremendous strides and is loving the violin! I even catch her practicing without being asked!

Posted May 15, 2017
Anna-Margaret B.
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Karen is so patient, yet challenging! She has a great personality, and she is super encouraging!

Posted Apr 16, 2017
Emerson G.
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We have just had one lesson so far, but my five year old son has been voluntarily and joyfully practicing everyday. That's a miracle in my opinion!

Posted Apr 14, 2017
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They only thing I have ever played was the radio. Karen is gentle, understanding, and can play anything really well. She helped tune my guitar, showed me how to play a little tune using several strings, and removed my apprehension of learning. I am rather impressed for a 73 year old man. I guess you can teach an old man new tricks.

Posted Mar 8, 2017
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Very comfortable, knowledgeable, zeroed in on what I wanted to learn. Karen challenges me to reach but instills confidence that I can do this!

Posted Feb 24, 2017
Tate H.
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Ms. Karen has been very patient with our first time piano player. My son practica without being asked and looks forward to his lessons with Ms. Karen.

Posted Jan 24, 2017
Katherine F.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

My daughter had her first lesson and loved it! We will be coming back.

Posted Jan 24, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My son was learning Piano lessons from Mrs. Karen. It was really a great experience. He loved learning from her. She went above whatever is there in the book and taught him extraordinarily. Really appreciate her extra care in teaching her students!!! Thank You Karen for having you as my Son's Piano teacher.

Posted Aug 5, 2016
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Karen is wonderful with my 5 y.o. son. She is an excellent instructor and you can tell she loves what she does. Thank you, Karen, for starting my son on what I am sure will be a lifeline love of music.

Posted May 12, 2016
Dave E.
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Karen is great teacher for the very beginner and the advanced musician!

Posted May 6, 2016
Lilly L
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I can't put into words how great Karen is! She is patient, loving, and a great instructor! You will love her!

Posted Mar 8, 2016
Genevieve C.
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Karen is really a great teacher. Could tell from just this first lesson, can't wait until next time.

Posted Feb 12, 2016
Madison M.
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Five Stars - Karen is very nice, personable, loves teaching. She's an excellent Instructor.

Posted Jan 6, 2016
Jonathan G.
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Karen is thorough. You will find out immediately that she will find your weaknesses and work on those. She is a pro - she knows what she is doing and she knows what her students need. She listens to what her students want to accomplish and then she will add to her responses extra instructions that will focus on big picture success. She really understands the difference between playing alone and playing with a group. She knows exactly how every band member will respond to what you are playing.

Posted Jul 6, 2015
Rob Wirth W.
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We love her!! She is very good with Bryson and gives good instructions. We also like the home work that Karen gives. We highly recommend her to anyone learning piano.

Posted Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 2007 - Apr 2013

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Loved this gig! No greater honor than using your God given gifts to praise the Lord

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Aug 2008 - May 2012

Baylake UMC Virginia Beach, VA

Taught Sunday school, was music leader for Vacation Bible school and Instructor for outdoor Camp GOTCHA.

Jan 2001 - Dec 2009

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Sep 1981 - Aug 1983

US Navy

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