Karen Schaeffer
La Porte, IN
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Karen Schaeffer

Karen S.

La Porte, IN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have been playing piano for 40+ years, have a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and additional instruction in piano pedagogy. I have taught students from age 5 to 70+.

About Karen S.

I have experience teaching both beginning and intermediate piano and beginning voice. I enjoy working with students of all ages and helping them develop as musicians. I am patient and understanding and believe that students need to feel comfortable with a teacher to optimize the learning experience.

I studied private piano into my high school years and studied organ and voice in college where I was a vocal soloist. I attended Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mi and received my BA in Music Education from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa

I have accompanied both Middle School and High School Choirs and instrumentalists, played organ and directed church choirs. I currently am a substitute organist. I enjoy working with students one on one. I recently moved to La Porte so took a break from teaching for a few months but am ready to get back to work. Sharing music is a great joy.

I especially love playing keyboard because of its expressive nature, the soft and loud, the sweetly and the contemplative. It brings me pleasure especially when a challenging piece has been mastered.

*** Lesson Details ***
I attempt to adapt lessons so each student can be successful. A variety of curriculum is used based on student's needs and the basic curriculum is supplemented with additional material to reinforce the lessons being taught. Each piano lesson begins with reviewing material from the previous lesson and then learning new pieces, including technique and theory as appropriate to the music. Practicing is an essential part of the learning process. Students are given practical ideas on how to make practicing more effective and enjoyable.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: piano, couches and chair, room for parents to wait for students in dining room or living room

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need to provide a piano in a quiet place free of distractions.


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14 Reviews
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Very nice and professional

Posted May 3, 2017
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First lesson for 8 year old but she really liked Karen and felt comfortable with all they did. She cam home with confidence.

Posted Feb 17, 2016
Ashley T.
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She has learned a lot from Karen and is looking forward to every lesson.

Posted Sep 9, 2015
Susan K.

Very professional and pleasant, but behind in technology

We feel like Karen is a wonderful person, pleasant, and very nice. However, she is rather old fashioned in her teaching, which is fine for some, just not us! Her technology is behind, so learning newer music and practice for newer shows, etc, is very difficult. If we were learning to read music and play the piano, Karen would be great, I am sure.

Posted Feb 11, 2014
Donald B.

Very good

Too soon to evaluate as I have had a limited number of lessons.
Everything is going well, however, I do have to drive quite a distance to get there, which is a negative.

Posted Jan 27, 2013


Karen is GREAT! She keeps my daughter focused and she is getting better with every lesson. My daughter has a a habit of playing to fast and Karen does not scold her for this but she gives her positive feedback and tells her how she is getting better and it has made a big difference.

Posted Jun 9, 2012

My daughter has recently begun lessons with Karen. She has completed about 10 weeks of her lessons. Karen and my daughter (14) work very well together and Karen is very patient. I would highly recommend Karen, she would be good with student of any age from young to adult.

Posted May 6, 2012

Meets Expectations!

Karen is a very good instructor. She is very approachable and demonstrates interest in my progress. I also appreciate how she keeps challenging me to learn more each week. Sometimes I feel in over my head but I grateful for the exposure.

Posted Apr 25, 2012

Mother of student

My son felt very comfortable with Karen. He learned alot in the short period of time he was there.

Posted Mar 27, 2012

Piano Lessons

I am very satisfied and very pleased with my daughter's piano lessons with Karen. Karen is always patient and very understanding with my daughter. I am looking forward to more piano lessons for my daughter. Thanks, Karen.

Posted Mar 8, 2012

Singing Lessons

Karens done a great job of creating a curriculum based on what I want to learn and improve on. She teaches with patience and humor, and offers lots of positive feedback to help build confidence. I'm very happy with Karen and look forward to continuing my classes with her.

Posted Dec 18, 2011

Karen is a great teacher

My daughter is 12 years old and has been taking piano lesson with Karen for a few weeks. She is enjoying the lessons and she feel she is learning a lot.

Posted Nov 27, 2011

Voice and Piano Lessons

I am very pleased with the learning experiences received. Mrs. S. is nice and patient and provides an environment that is productive for learning. Diana C (11/10/11)

Posted Nov 10, 2011


I find the lessons with Karen helpful and pleasant. Karen is thorough and extremely patient. Her home environment is conductive to learning. Thanks to Karen, I am becoming more confident in my piano playing.

Posted Jun 15, 2011

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Feb 2017 - Present

Substitute in the La Porte area

I play for worship services in the La Porte area when hired to substitute.

Jun 1980 - Mar 2017


Play for weekly services, preparing music appropriate to the season and weekly themes.

Sep 2000 - Dec 2009

Lakeshore Public Schools, Lakeshore, MI

Accompanied Middle School Choirs as well as individuals who attend Solo and Ensemble competitions, both vocal and instrumental.


Bachelor's Music Education
Sep 1996 - May 1998

Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa

Bachelor Music Education
Sep 1995 - Dec 1997

Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
Aug 2015
The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians is a service and professional organization dedicated to strengthening the ministry of worship and music in the Lutheran church. ALCM serves through a wide range of publications, conferences, and local, regional, and national events. Membership is drawn from all major Lutheran bodies and is open to all church musicians, pastors, congregations, and lay people who share the goals of the organization.

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