Karen Kelley - Voice, Piano and Organ Teacher

About Karen

An Experienced Music Teacher in Centerville, OH

I am an experienced and professional music teacher in Centerville, OH, with more than 50 years of teaching experience. I have three college degrees in music, including a Bachelor of Science in Music Education for Students K-12, a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a double major in Piano Performance, and a Master of Music in Voice and Music Education. The first two degrees are from the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH, and the master’s degree is from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

I’ve been a music teacher in public school in Centerville, OH. I performed with Shirley Jones in The Sound of Music as a nun in the abbey and was also in On a Clear Day with Shirley Jones and Billy Hayes. In this musical, I played Shirley Jones’ double as “Daisey.” During the show, we traveled to Dayton, Warren, and Columbus, OH.

My other education includes studying at the University of Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria, where I studied the German language and culture.
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Teaching a Variety of Music

I teach various styles of music for voice, piano, and organ. This includes:
Operatic Arias
Art Songs
Italian Arias
Other Foreign Language Songs (French, German, Latin, and English)
Musicals from Broadway
Popular Music
Country Music
And More
During lessons, I play live accompaniment on the piano. I may also use accompaniment tracks, such as karaoke.
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My Teaching Style

When providing lessons, I use a fun, innovative, creative, and traditional style of teaching. I accept voice, piano, and organ students of all ages. I like to start with children at the age of five or six but will work with students who are older. I also provide lessons on comprehensive musicianship covering a wide range of topics, including music theory, technique, facility, interpretation and dynamic skills, music history and appreciation, and sight-reading and sight-singing. My overall philosophy of education is that of high expectations of accomplishment for each student.

I charge $22.00 per half hour on instruction. Typically, I teach one music lesson, per student, per week; however, one-hour lessons can be arranged. I do ask students to pay upfront for the month, which equals $88.00 per month.

Music Competitions

This competition is for classical music performers in Junior High/ Middle School and High School.

My students compete in both solo and ensemble categories in District 12. They will earn their rating through the OMEA.

T.O.P. Flight (Teens Offering Praise) – This is a Christian event for children aged 12 to 18. The competition is for Christian music only, such as contemporary and country Christian music. My students will compete against each other in various song and age categories to win recognition and trophies.

All music competitions are annual. Additionally, I will prepare my students for other events, such as school auditions, community music programs and theater auditions, MUSE MACHINE, talent shows, beauty pageants, and weddings.
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