Kathleen O'Laughlin

Kathleen O.

Eden Prairie, MN

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
August 2007

• A Bit About Me •
I live for music. I am currently an orchestra teacher for middle and high school students. Outside of teaching, I give private lessons in piano, violin, cello, guitar, saxophone, and many more. I have been giving private lessons since 2007 to all ranges of students (beginners to advanced). Personally, I am part of a music group performing for private events and Renissance Festivals. I have been involved closely with music since I was in 4th grade and received my BA in Music Education to help others find and experience the love I have for music.

• What to Expect During a Lesson •
Rule #1 is that music should be fun! Rule #2 is that it's okay to make mistakes, as long as we try to fix them. Rule #3 is that you should always let me know if there's a piece you've always wanted to learn, even if it's too hard.

Lessons with me have three segments. We'll always start with some kind of warm-up, to get things moving. I try to keep this to a minimum as they are generally technical and boring. Then we'll move to the pieces that were assigned last week. These are both songs from the lesson book and anything extra that you've chosen. I don't expect you to play them perfectly. We'll work through hard spots and fine tune the pieces together. Then we'll finish by looking at the pieces for next week, figuring out where the hard spots are and talking about any new concepts.

• Lesson Books I Recommend •
If you already have books, you can ignore this part. If not, you are going to want to get some! Below is a list of my favorites for each instrument. Obviously you don't need all of them though.

Piano: Faber Piano Adventures, Bastien Piano Basics, Schaum Piano Course

Saxophone: Tradition of Excellence, Standard of Excellence, Rubank Intermediate and Advanced Method

Violin and Cello: Essential Elements, Suzuki Method, Beautiful Music for Two Strings Instruments

Guitar: Hal Leonard's Guitar Method, Alfred's Basic Guitar Method

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Orchestra Director and General Music Teacher
Aug 2016 - Present
Parnassus Preparatory School

Middle School Band LTS
Apr 2016 - Present
Rockford Area Schools

Class Piano and General Music LTS
Oct 2015 - Mar 2016
Rockford Area Schools

Private Lesson Instructor
Jan 2015 - Oct 2015
Minnetonka Music Academy

General Music LTS
Sep 2014 - Dec 2014
All Saints Catholic School


Additional Licensure - Mathematics 5-12
Jun 2016 - Present
Hamline University
Instrumental Music Education
Aug 2007 - May 2011
College of Saint Benedict


Limited Proficiency


K-12 Classroom Music and Band/Orchestra Teaching License
Jun 2011
Minnesota Department of Education


American String Teachers Association
Aug 2016

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Photos & Videos

2009 - Getting ready to conduct my first band concert

2010 - Senior Recital at the College of Saint Benedict

2011 - Graduation from the College of Saint Benedict with a BA in Music Education

2010 - Senior Recital Reception

2012 - Backpacking with friends and family

2013 - Snowshoeing with the Sister-in-Law

2014 - Attempting to play Jurassic Park from memory
2014 - Sing-along for an elementary choir concert
2010 - Recording from my Senior Recital

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Chloe C. Jul 7, 2016
Piano · In home

My daughter was reluctant to start lessons but had a great first session. Kathleen knew how to get her interested and she actually practiced more after her lesson!

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