Kari Kaps
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Kari Kaps

Kari K.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Highly qualified, student-centered teacher is accepting new students! With over 8 years of professional, one-on-one teaching experience, I have worked with students of all ages and stages of their musical career. From hobbyists to budding professionals, all are welcome. I offer instruction using play-and-sing techniques, classical formal training, popular music techniques, and much more.

About Kari K.

I am a seasoned pianist with an ecclectic background of experiences! Privately, I have taught piano and voice lessons since 2012. I hold a Master of Music degree from Illinois State University, where I also taught group piano to both music majors and elective students. My professional emphasis was in collaborative work, giving me a unique perspective to teach chamber music, duo and trio playing, and coach pianists and vocalists to work WITH each other as partners!

I currently teach elementary music and accompany my community's high school choirs during the day. Previously to being a professional educator, I was the staff accompanist for Eureka College and freelanced for other groups. Some of these included Illinois Central College's and Illinois State University's voice students, local opera co-ops, and various area high schools.

I believe in a wholistic approach to musicianship. Students must have an understanding of theory to be competent at their instrument. There is more to learning an instrument than "just playing!" With that in mind, lessons are always student-driven and require students to help guide their own journey. If popular music is your jam, we will incorporate more of that than Bach and Mozart! If you aspire to major in music while at college, we will prepare you for all of the entrance exams and juries you will experience.

Come to me with your vision for yourself and leave a fulfilled musician! What if you don't have a vision, yet? I will help you build it!


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Professional Music Educator
Aug 2019 - Present

Unit 11 Schools

Students in grades 3-12 receive elementary music instruction and collaborative coaching from me during the school day.

Collaborative Pianist (Piano Accompanist)
May 2016 - Present

Self Employed

Collaborators include high school and college level vocalists, community musicians participating in weddings and other public events, and community theatre productions requiring a rehearsal pianist and pit orchestra musician.

Private Lesson Instructor
Jun 2012 - Present

Piano Keys Studio (Self Employed)

I have run my own private lesson company since 2012, teaching students of all ages, interest levels, and education levels.

Private Lesson Instructor
Sep 2017 - Dec 2019

Kidder Music Service

I taught voice and piano lessons for Kidder Music Service's (Peoria, IL) private lesson studio. Students specialized in classical music education.

Private Music Educator
Aug 2016 - Dec 2017

St. Patrick Grade School

Choral music educator for grades 5-8.

Collaborative Pianist (Piano Accompanist)
Aug 2016 - May 2017

Eureka College

I accompanied vocal students at this college who were electively taking lessons or studying to be professional musicians.

Group Piano Instructor
Aug 2014 - May 2016

Illinois State University

Students ranged from elective amateurs to junior music majors studying performance and music education.


Bachelor of Music Education (Post Baccalaureate/Licensure)
Aug 2017 - May 2019

Illinois State University

Master of Music
Aug 2014 - May 2016

Illinois State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Illinois Professional Teaching License K-12
May 2019

Illinois State Board of Education

Licensed to teach K-12 music.
Group Piano Teaching Specialist
May 2016

Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA)

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