Karen Roberts

Karen R.

Virginia Beach, VA

About Karen R.

Background check: Last verified 01/27/2017
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Karen teaches: Females 4 and up
Males 5 and up
Teaching since: January 1998
Last sign in: 3 days ago

Overview

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!

Photos and Videos

My sweet student, Elise playing Fire Fly.

Experience

Bass & Guitar player Praise and Worship
Oct 2007 - Apr 2013
Baylake UMC Water's Edge

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

Camp Leader, Bible school & Sunday school Teacher
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.

Owner
Jan 2001 - Dec 2009
Kelley Music

Full service music store and teaching studio. Teaching studio carried as many as 200 students a week.

Navy Instructor
Sep 1981 - Aug 1983
US Navy

Taught classroom and laboratory electronics. Go Navy!

Education

String Instrument and Vocal Performance
Jan 1993 - Sep 2008
Kelley Music

15 Reviews on Karen R.

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Luanne F. May 15, 2017
· Violin · In studio 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!
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Anna-Margaret B. Apr 16, 2017
· Violin · In studio Karen is so patient, yet challenging! She has a great personality, and she is super encouraging!
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Emerson G. Apr 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio 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!
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Chris Mar 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio 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.
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Susan Feb 24, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio Very comfortable, knowledgeable, zeroed in on what I wanted to learn. Karen challenges me to reach but instills confidence that I can do this!
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Tate H. Jan 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio 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.
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Katherine F. Jan 24, 2017
· Violin · In studio My daughter had her first lesson and loved it! We will be coming back.
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Thanga Aug 5, 2016
· Piano · In 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.
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Jeanette May 12, 2016
· Piano · In studio 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.
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Dave E. May 6, 2016
· Cello · In studio Karen is great teacher for the very beginner and the advanced musician!
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