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Karin's a great teacher who has helped me rediscover playing the piano and revitalized my interest in music. I look forward to playing each day and with Karin's guidance, I know where to focus and how to improve with each piece I practice.Jun 5, 2017
Karin Swanson is a specially intelligent, energetic individual and gifted musician. She excels as a pianist and is an exceptional composer with a passion to teach others. As a former student of mine in the very difficult Comprehensive Musicianship class (musicianship integrated with theory) at San Jose State University, she was among the very top of her class. And her private composition lessons with me demonstrated her superb creative intuition and command of craft. Without reservation I recommended her very highly as a piano and composition instructor. Brent Heisinger, DMA (Stanford University) Emeritus Professor of Music (San Jose State University) San Jose State University President's Scholar, 1988-89Nov 3, 2015
We found out about Karin's teaching talent through a co-worker of mine. When I spoke to Karin about our daughter we were extremely motivated by Karin's prior teaching history and educational achievements. One can certainly feel comfortable on these fronts, but one never knows whether their child will stay interested in learning to play an instrument. Karin has an inherent gift at instilling such interest. Our daughter has been taking lessons for over one year and not only has she stayed interested, she has gone so far as to compose her first piece! Many of us have taken music lessons as children, but it takes a unique person to inspire a child to go beyond the wrote music practice. Karin has this ability to 100% connect and our daughter is now passionate about learning the art of music. Our daughter was ready to move on from a basic keyboard six months ago and Karin also helped us distill down, from the overwhelming number of options, an appropriate next-step purchase. This journey has been extremely special for us. We highly recommend Karin to other parents as we have seen our daughter flourish.Nov 12, 2015
Piano Lessons (for adults)
Great First lesson. Helpful, gracious. Obviously skilled and experienced. Great!May 24, 2016Verified
Piano Lessons (for children or teenagers)
Everything went so smoothly. Thumbtack connected me with Karin, we exchange few messages the same day, next day we met and then I just admired Karin's teaching ability,ability to connect with my 4 and 6 years old daughters. The energy is so great. I am so thrill and always looking forward to our lesssonsMar 23, 2016Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Tuition rates are as follows: 30 Minutes Weekly $170/month 45 Minutes Weekly $255/month Tuition is not calculated as an hourly fee for services rendered because it includes much more than the lesson time spent with each student.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I assess the level of a student by parental guidance and an interview lesson. I can then determine the most appropriate method and musical materials for teaching the student.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from San Jose State University and a Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of Michigan.