"My 5th grade son has been studying piano with Karmalita since 1st grade. She is incredibly patient, kind and encouraging while also being a stickler about the things that matter. Her love of music and teaching is infectious and infuses the time she spends with her students.
My son participates in many other activities as well, so we have chosen not to focus on piano to the exclusion of other things. Karmalita has been very understanding about this decision, and takes him just as seriously as she always has. She expects him to work on his material until it is both technically solid and musically beautiful, but she NEVER pressures our family to make him do more than what works for us. Consequently, I have a son who practices most days, makes steady progress through the Suzuki books, plays well, and loves it! We have had other music teachers in the past (piano, flute and violin) but none so all-around wonderful as Karmalita. I would highly recommend her to any family with a child of any age who wants to learn piano! "