Karin provides private piano lessons to students of all ages and abilities. Classically trained, her teaching encompasses a solid understanding of proper technique, beautiful tone production, expressive playing and reading music. Those fundamental skills contribute to versatility and to the successful performance of the abundant keyboard literature spanning a variety of musical styles. Alongside many years of experience in effectively sharing her musical knowledge, she creates a positive and nurturing learning environment with her enthusiastic, patient and encouraging approach. Her commitment to understanding her students' goals, learning styles and musical preferences ensures they will feel motivated to learn to play the piano and take pride in their accomplishments.


Karin has a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from San Jose State University, a Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of Michigan, and completed the Certified Level of "Excellence in Piano Teaching" from Piano Teacher Institute with Joy Morin. She served as a preliminary adjudicator for the 34th Annual Celia Mendez Young Pianists Beethoven Competition in 2020. In addition to piano lessons she offers instruction in sight-reading, ear training, theory and composition.

Member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), American College of Musicians/National Guild of Piano Teachers, and the American Beethoven Society.

Karin swanson

"Music is a great jewel. It adds joy and sparkle to life and I find it

deeply rewarding to facilitate students' discovery of its shimmering riches."

Karin Swanson