Karen Schuster

Karen S.

San Antonio, TX

About Karen S.

Background check: Last verified 09/08/2016
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Karen teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 2008
Last sign in: Within a month


Hello! My name is Karen and I can't wait to meet you. I've been teaching since 2008 and have taught students from Kindergarten all the way up to 10th grade. I am a band director and have loved preparing my students for Solo/Ensemble contests, auditions, and region bands. I went to VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL and earned my Bachelor's degree in Music Education in 2008. I am currently working on earning my Master's Degree from Sam Houston State University in Instructional Technology. I'm a positive and kind person, and my teaching style focuses on customization so you learn the best way possible. I look forward to helping you improve and reach your goals!


Band Director and Music Technology Teacher

Aug 2016 - Present
IDEA Public Schools

Band Director and Instrumental Music Teacher

Aug 2010 - Jul 2016
KIPP Houston Public Schools

Elementary Fine Arts Teacher

Aug 2008 - Jul 2010
Winthrop Harbor SD


Master's of Instructional Technology

Aug 2016 - Present
Sam Houston State University

Bachelor's of Music Education

Aug 2004 - May 2008
VanderCook College of Music

High School Diploma with Honors

Aug 2000 - May 2004
Hobart High School

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Standard Teaching Certificate w/ K-12 Music Endorsement

May 2016
State of Texas


Texas Music Educators Association

Aug 2010

Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

Texas Bandmasters Association

Aug 2010

For the last half-century the members of Texas Bandmasters Association have worked diligently to further the cause of instrumental music education in communities throughout the Lone Star State. As a professional service organization, TBA reaches out through its membership to constantly improve the quality of music education in Texas' elementary, middle and high schools, colleges and universities.

National Association for Music Edcuation

Aug 2004

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. 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. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

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2 Reviews on Karen S.

Cheryl Sep 10, 2016
Flute · In home
Karen is a great teacher. She thinks out of the box to meet the needs of her students and is very patient, dedicated and energetic. She also knows how to repair instruments!
Tiffiny Sep 8, 2016
Audition Prep · In studio
Karen is an absolutely amazing teacher! I've worked with her on auditions, and she is truly great at being hands on, and also with utilizing multiple means of technology to help you get better. She assesses your skills, plans an individualized lesson structure, and then motivates you through in a very easy to follow manner. I'm always amazed at how she finds new and innovative ways to improve your playing as a musician. Most of all, Karen teaches in such a loving and caring manner. It's rare to find people who want to see the best in you come out, while giving you the best that they've got. Thanks Karen!!!
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