Karen Schenck

Karen S.

Wilmington, DE
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Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Lessons consist of instructions for scales, exercises, pieces and theory. Basics are required of every student... but once these have been mastered... students can determine their direction... classical or more popular variety. Recital in June annually includes award ceremony for excellence in pieces completed, Theory, practice time and book completions. Every effort is made to make Piano an enjoyable and rewarding experience. 45 minute time slots are preferred for beginners and early intermediate. 60 minutes required for late intermediate and advanced.
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Karen teaches



Karen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 2003

I hold a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Misericordia University in Dallas, PA. I have studied piano with Gisa Adler at New School of Music in Philadelphia, PA. I taught public school in the Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster County, PA and I have taught private piano for over ten years.
I love music and I love teaching - seeing my students progress and reach their goals. I believe music should be a pleasant experience and a demanding and ill - spirited teacher can ruin a student. I am NOT one of these. You will find me patient and supportive.

*** Lesson Details ***
To be an accomplished pianist you must learn all the basics well. These include music symbology which enables you to read music so you can translate it into the sound on the piano. In order to play the music written on the page you must train your fingers to do what you need them to do - so you will have finger exercises and scales to practice to enable to play pieces/songs you like. In order to accomplish all this we will use a piano method designed to teach you these things little by little so you won't get overwhelmed. One step at a time towards your goal - self enjoyment, being the life of the party, accompany the chorus, play the songs you hear on the radio or perhaps even become a renowned pianist on stage or in the theater. Whatever your goal you will need to practice and you must have a piano or at least a keyboard. The method we use will depend on the student's age, reading level, past experience with piano or other instruments and I will take into consideration your goals. If you are interested in popular music there will be a point (when you are ready) when you will be able to add this type of music to the lesson music. How quickly you grow musically depends greatly on the quality of your practice time - thus you will determine your rate of progress.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I like to purchase new materials myself for the student based on their needs at the time. They need a decent notebook for listing practice items. I usually have the method book, with note-speller for beginners, theory for more advanced, and additional pieces (non-method) as appropriate. Hanon is a staple. I use various other materials to remedy finger technique and rhythm issues as learned from my teachers and those devised by myself.

*** Specialties ***
I prefer to use a variety of materials. At the first lesson I assess reading ability, interest, physical ability and attention span to determine what materials are appropriate for the student. All students will learn scales, finger exercises, pieces and theory. I have used Thompson, Schaum, Pace, Fletcher and Alfred in my teaching - and frequently a combination there-of.

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Elementary Teacher of Music Pre K through 6 and Special Education
Sep 1969 - Present
Conestoga Valley School District


Bachelor Music Education - Related Field Piano
Sep 1964 - Present
Misericordia University Dallas,PA
Music Education/Piano
Sep 1964 - May 1968
Misericordia University


Limited Proficiency


Permanent Certification for Music Education, K-12
Jul 1985
National - Examination in NJ.

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Linda D. Jan 11, 2019
Piano · In studio

Karen and I shared one of those truly remarkable situations, we hit it off right away! We found out we have many things in common, but I also found that her style of teaching fits me perfectly . I left my lesson knowing I had made the right decision in returning to the piano. Looking forward to doing something just for myself...with Karen's help.

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Jordan A. Nov 2, 2018
Piano · In home

Ms Karen was very patient and kind.

Regina K. Mar 21, 2018
Piano · In studio

I am enjoying Karen's teaching each week. She is pleasant, patient, and creative in her instruction when she senses I need a new approach to learning the next lesson. Karen reviews what was covered in the last session, is communicative throughout the lesson, provides pointers to overcome my obstacles to learning, and presents new material as it makes sense for my progression. I look forward to my next lesson.

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Rose Oct 20, 2017
Piano · In home

Karen is one of the best, if not the best Teacher one could ever have. She
is patient, answers all questions and give positive advise, I am very happy with her teaching and I know that I made the right choice in selecting her.

The reason, I did not respond when you initial inquired about piano lessons, is because it was too soon to make an accurate statement.

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Aamani T. Oct 3, 2017
Piano · In studio

Karen is an excellent piano teacher. She is super-skilled and proficient. She is very patient and relates very well to my 9-year-old granddaughter, who is progressing rapidly with her beginner piano lessons. We are both perfectly happy with Karen.

Peter Sep 29, 2017
Piano · In home

Karen is wounderfull teacher, very encouraging 1

Michael T. Sep 29, 2017
Piano · In studio

Very Informative. Great start. Thanks, Karen.

Anindita B. Jul 13, 2016
Piano · In studio

She is a very nice teacher

Paul J. Aug 31, 2015
Piano · In studio

Karen goes into great detail, and has a lot of patience. She has a great strategy when it comes to learning and music. I'm very happy, and have advanced very quickly with her, which is very encouraging. Karen is a good inspiration to her students. I definitely recommend her as a teacher.

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Jessica S. Nov 13, 2014
Piano · In studio

Really enjoy working with Karen!

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