Katarina Butenschoen

Katarina B.

Arcadia, CA

About Katarina B.

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Katarina teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: August 2013
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I am currently a fourth year piano major at UC Irvine. I am currently studying with Nina Scolnik, a Juilliard graduate and an outstanding piano pedagogue. I am pursuing my Bachelors in Music and am expected to graduate in 2017. I recently received the Tierney Scholarship at UCI. I intend to pursue my Master's Degree in Music Education.
I transferred from Pasadena City College where I was a top student in the program, winning several music awards, including the Piano Accompanying Award, Robert Westerbeck scholarship, Honors in Music, Freshman Honors, the Old Town piano competition, and Dean's Honors.
At PCC, I studied with teachers, Dr. Cynthia Williams, Dr. Phillip Young and Dr. Linda Zoolalian, who graduated from top music schools like USC, Peabody and New England Conservatory respectively.
I have more than three years of experience teaching all ages, from age 3 to eighty. Since that time, I have taught over 20 students and can teach all levels and abilities. I also do ABRSM/CM testing preparation. I can teach either at a student's home or at my studio. I have a passion for music that I want to share with my students.

Photos and Videos

Pasadena City College Piano Accompanying Concert in 2015. Me at the piano accompanying trumpeter in a Rachmaninoff song.



May 2015 - Present

I also accompany student instrumentalists and singers, both at PCC and at UCI. At PCC, I won the Piano Collaborative Award. I accompanied two singers at the Los Angeles Celebrate Music Festival.

I have accompanying experience as I have taken several years of accompanying classes. Some repertoire includes Schubert and Schumann lieder, Mozart violin sonata, and Rachmaninoff songs.

Piano Teacher

Aug 2013 - Present
Kat's Piano Studio

I teach the fundamentals of piano to beginners like reading notes, hand positions, correct posture, as well as musical expression, sight reading and theory for more advanced students.

I build the foundations of music that will last through the student's entire musical learning experience. I really love teaching and learn so much about teaching from hands on experience.


Bachelor's in Music: Classical Piano

Sep 2015 - Present
University of California Irvine

Associates in Music

Aug 2009 - May 2015
Pasadena City College

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Elizabeth and Thomas Tierney Scholarship

Dec 2016
UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Dean's Honors

Mar 2016
UC Irvine

Best Student Accompanist

Apr 2015
Pasadena City College

Robert Westerbeck Scholarship

Dec 2013
Pasadena City College

Old Town Piano Competition

Apr 2013
Pasadena City College

Music Honors

May 2012
Pasadena City College


California Professional Music Teachers Association

Oct 2016

CAPMT is the California State Affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). CAPMT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit music teachers organization of over 1,000 members, teaching in independent studios, private and public schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities throughout California.

CAPMT offers a variety of state programs for the music student and education and professional opportunities for its members. California is divided into nine geographical districts, some of which are subdivided into chapters. The districts and chapters provide local opportunities for student performances, competitions, evaluations, and for teacher enrichment, education, and interaction.

Music Teachers National Association

Oct 2016

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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13 Reviews on Katarina B.

Austen L. Jan 21, 2017
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great class!
Anne Jan 15, 2017
Classical Piano · In home
Awesome teacher. Friendly and approachable. Very patient with my hyper, energetic 6 year old son. Great teaching style.
Iliana O. Jan 15, 2017
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
let me just say i was so impressed by Katarina, she is very good. I had another piano teacher but Katarina really impressed me. She is excellent. I am all about the teaching as a parent so i really love the way she thought my daughter. highly recommend.
Amy Nov 3, 2016
Classical Piano · In home
Katarina is really nice and my son seems to be enjoying his piano lessons with her.
Xiaohong Oct 19, 2016
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
Katarina taught my son for several months for piano beginner class. She is very patient and we really enjoyed her lessons.
Mila J. Sep 10, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She has a very good way teaching a new student like me ....she is very comforting and smiling all the time ..
Ryan Sep 6, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
I really had a great time coming over and learning the beginnings of piano with her. It was easy to understand new techniques and I respect her as a musician because she knew what she taught.
Feride Jun 18, 2016
Piano · In home
Katarina is very knowledgeable, kind and patient. My 7 years old son likes her a lot. Her relation with the kids is very well. She knows well what she teaches! Very happy to have found her!
Natt Jun 2, 2016
Piano · In studio
Great teacher, my daughter really enjoy your class
Gloria Choy Apr 25, 2016
Piano · In home
Ms. Katarina has been teaching my daughters for over 2 years. She's great! She's extremely flexible, very reasonably priced, and most importantly my kids love her. She has lots of patient. Not only does she teach the piano, she finds creative ways to teach through games, stories, and even through singing for the kids to remember. One time, on a cruise my 8 year old was having long conversation with the musical director about her favorite composers. It was pretty impressive because she knew where they lived, habits, if they were blind, if they could read, and even how many kids some of them had. Yes, she impressed him!
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