Katarina Butenschoen
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Katarina Butenschoen

Katarina B.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn the basic fundamentals as a beginner: note reading, good posture at the piano, ear training, playing by ear, improvisation and making music out of the notes.

More advanced students will learn musical expression, phrasing, technique for ease of playing and how to be a better sight reader.

About Katarina B.

My goal is to instill a love of music in every student, to learn to play piano at the best of your ability and most of all, to have fun!

I have six years of experience teaching all ages, from age 4 to eighty. I have taught over 70 students and can teach all levels and abilities. I do recitals and exam testing.

I am a masters in music student at Cal State Fullerton. I graduated in 2017 with my Bachelors in Music from UC Irvine. I studied with Nina Scolnik, a Juilliard graduate and an outstanding piano pedagogue. I recently received the Tierney Scholarship at UCI.

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Dennis
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Katarina was great. Her graduate schedule is the only reason I stopped has
Bing her as a teacher.

Posted Oct 26, 2018
Waylon J
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I only just started learning piano with Katarina and she was wonderful. She was very patient with me and taught me at the pace that I wanted to go at. I learned a lot and definitely plan on continuing my lessons with her as soon as I can!

Posted Jun 7, 2018
Michelle
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My 9 year old daughter has been taking lessons with Katarina for the past 3 months. She really enjoys the lessons with Katarina and has learned a lot! Katarina works very well with my daughter and is very pleasant, patient and thorough with her lessons.

Katarina is always on time and very flexible with scheduling which I truly appreciate considering my work and my other children's activities.

We have had a great experience with Katarina and would highly recommend her!

Posted Apr 9, 2018
Fiona
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Katarina is a great piano teacher. She is very nice, patient, young, beautiful and talented yet very mature and understanding. Flexible schedule, easy and fun to work with. I had my beginning piano lesson for Adults with her for about 6 months, due to family emergency i had to stop my lessons for couple of months now. I will definitely come back to her and recommende her to anyone who wants to learn piano.

Posted Feb 20, 2018
Kayla
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Katarina is very patient with our 5-year-old. She focuses on the basics and makes each lesson exciting by associating musical terms to things a 5-year-old can relate to.

Posted Feb 11, 2018
Taylor P.
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Taylor likes her new teacher and is getting better everyday.

Posted May 18, 2017
Layla H.
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Layla really likes Katarina. Convenient location and great teacher.

Posted May 18, 2017
marvin C.
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Katarina was great, looking forward to my next lesson, would highly recommend

Posted Mar 11, 2017
Austen L.
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Great class!

Posted Jan 21, 2017
Anne
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Awesome teacher. Friendly and approachable. Very patient with my hyper, energetic 6 year old son. Great teaching style.

Posted Jan 15, 2017
Iliana O.
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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.

Posted Jan 15, 2017
Amy
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Katarina is really nice and my son seems to be enjoying his piano lessons with her.

Posted Nov 3, 2016
Xiaohong
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Katarina taught my son for several months for piano beginner class. She is very patient and we really enjoyed her lessons.

Posted Oct 19, 2016
Mila J.
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She has a very good way teaching a new student like me ....she is very comforting and smiling all the time ..

Posted Sep 10, 2016
Ryan
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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.

Posted Sep 6, 2016
Feride
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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!

Posted Jun 18, 2016
Natt
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Great teacher, my daughter really enjoy your class

Posted Jun 2, 2016
Gloria Choy
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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!

Posted Apr 25, 2016
Hannah
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Katerina is a patient teacher. All 3 of our kids have enjoyed lessons and made good progress.

DP and HT

Posted Apr 18, 2016
Terry
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Katarina has knowledge, skills and patience to teach my son and daughter. She's the best.

Posted Apr 16, 2016
Esther
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Katarina is a wonderful piano teacher! Always professional and very knowledgable. She is very patient and caring with the kids making the lessons enjoyable for them. It's nice to have a piano teacher that the kids really like and look forward to seeing! My 11 year old daughter and 8 year old son have been taking lessons from her for about a year. I can definitely hear the great progress they have made since they began. Katarina not only teaches them how to play but also teaches them music theory which is something that I love. She is an A+ teacher!

Posted Apr 16, 2016

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Experience

Substitute Piano Teacher
Jun 2019 - Present

San Marino Music Center

I work as a piano sub at the music center.

Piano Teacher
Dec 2018 - Present

Hollywood Arts Academy

Piano Teacher
May 2018 - Present

Belinda Jiminez Voice and Piano Studio

I work as an assistant piano teacher in the studio.

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.

ABRSM accompanist
Oct 2017 - May 2018

Myself

I accompany a violinist who is taking the ABRSM exam.

Rehearsal Accompanist
Jan 2018 - Apr 2018

Polytechnic School

I rehearse with the students for their musical theater songs and their spring musical Anything Goes.

Piano Teacher
Jun 2017 - Jul 2017

Forte Music Academy

Worked here for one month as a subsitute

Accompanist
May 2015 - Jun 2017

Myself

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.

Senior Recital
Apr 2017 - Apr 2017

UC Irvine

My Senior Lecture Recital was on the Prelude. I played a repertoire of Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.

Education

Master of Arts: Piano Pedagogy
May 2018 - Present

California State University Fullerton

Bachelor's in Music: Classical Piano
Sep 2015 - Jun 2017

University of California Irvine

Associates in Music
Aug 2009 - May 2015

Pasadena City College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Mandarin

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Performer
Jun 2017

Arts Award Ceremony

Magna cum laude
Jun 2017

University of California Irvine

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

Affiliations

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.
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.

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