Karin Kajita
Karin Kajita

Karin Kajita

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Introduction: I am a piano teacher with thirty years experience. I am graduate of the University of Washington with bachelors in Piano Performance and Music, and a teaching certificate. I am a member of the Washington State Music Teachers Association, Edmonds division. When teaching children, I believe in developing a solid foundation of music literacy, knowledge of concepts, technique and interpretation. I may allow a little time during lessons to work on theory and ear training. I allow adults more leeway to choose what they want to work on. I have my own method for teaching ear training and improvisation, which includes learning to play from lead sheets. I also teach blues and jazz piano.

Hired 12 times

Serves Seattle, WA

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36 years in business

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Susie N.

Piano Lessons (for adults)

Karin listened to what I wanted to learn on the piano. She is so talented, that she is able to leave the usual trail of piano lessons, and help me learn what I need to play by ear. I am very grateful to have found her.
Feb 21, 2016
Catherine K.

Piano Lessons (for adults)

Karin is an excellent piano teacher. As an adult learner with a classical/jazz vocal background, she was able to understand exactly where I was beginning and has helped me grow from there. I have seen marked improvement after only two months of lessons and look forward to seeing even more! Thanks, Karin!
Mar 6, 2016
Robert B.

Piano Lessons (for adults)

Couldn't ask for a better teacher and nicer piano. She has a positive disposition and encouraging manner. My lesson plan includes theory and a challenging piece that is also exciting to play.
Nov 24, 2015
Wendy S.
Two of my children have taken piano lessons from Karin starting at about age 5. One is grown now, but played multiple instruments, including piano, through high school. The other is in elementary school and still enjoying piano. We appreciate Karin's emphasis on theory and her flexibility to accommodate the kids' individual interests with a nice mix of classical, popular, and jazz music.
Nov 11, 2015
Susan N.

Piano Lessons (for adults)

Karin is a highly experienced teacher and it shows. She combines a very structured approach to the process with a willingness to detour and respond to my many questions along the way. Professional, friendly and patient with my level (novice adult).
Feb 19, 2016
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I normally teach from my home studio in Shoreline. I charge $60 for an hour lesson, $45 for a 45 minute lesson and, for the youngest students, $30 for a half hour lesson.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I offer a free one half hour assessment to see if we are a good fit with each other. If students are already musicians, I ask them to play for me, to sight-read, and to tell me what they want to learn. I advise them on how to go about achieving their goals. Together we devise a program specific to them. If the student is a child and a beginner, I start with (frequently) the Alfred method which I have found to be a good way to learn to read music and which presents concepts in a logical sequence. There are other methods which work well too, and are more playful.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I took private piano lessons from age eight to eighteen, when I auditioned into the University of WA School of Music as a piano performance major. I have three degrees from the UW. They are a Bachelor of Music, a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, and a music teaching certificate with choral emphasis. I studied with Professor Neal O'Doan at the UW for my last year in high school, and for 6 years in college. His emphasis was on interpretation. I learned to shape phrases, to bring out the melody, to make the music sing. I learned to love Bach for its intertwined melodies, and to love Chopin for its elegance and beauty. I also began studying jazz at the UW. I studied with the celebrated jazz teacher Jerry Grey after graduation. He taught me unique concepts of harmony that I use extensively, and he gave me the freedom to express myself however I wanted. My time with him was invaluable. I also studied post-graduation with classical teacher Joan Harrison. She taught me the finer points of a solid technique that has allowed me to play and perform for hours and years without injury. With these disparate influences, I am prepared to teach "classical" music and improvisation to any age and level.

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