Steinway Piano Gallery

Karen Baddell Hembree

M.A. Piano Instruction and Music Education

Karen Baddell Hembree

Teacher of students age 6 through adult, beginning through advanced abilities. Learn how to play the piano, read music, play by ear. Understand Rhythm, Melody, Harmony and Form. Use scales and chords and write your own music. Learn how to memorize and develop poise in performance. Curriculum includes standard piano methods and/or individualized repertoire materials. Elective studies in classical piano literature, American gospel, blues, ragtime, boogie and Big Band Era styles; ethnic heritage and national folk traditions; Christian hymns and praise music, pop culture, TV and movie soundtracks.

Karen is a member of the Fresno County Music Teachers Association (MTAC) Piano students (K-12) programs available: Certificate of Merit, Fall Festival, Baroque Festival, Solo Competition. All ages: Bi-annual recitals and group classes.

Karen holds two music degrees from Fresno State University, studying the Claudio Arrau method of piano performance with Philip Lorenz and Ena Bronstein; also trained in piano pedagogy, music theory, analysis, history and education.

  • Received multiple performance scholarships and awards including:
  • Rotary International Graduate Fellowship in piano literature and performance,
  • Fresno Musical Club Scholarships, MTAC Young Artist Guild, 5-year member.
  • and ensemble recitals in California, Washington, and Melbourne, Australia.

Former affiliations include: Adjunct faculty at Fresno State University and Madera/Oakhurst Community College Centers. Pianist at the Ahwahnee Hotel and The Chapel, Yosemite National Park. Classical and theater pianist, Orcas Island Theatre for the Arts, Washington. Church pianist and Worship band member.

A Note from Karen:

I enjoy partnering with students and parents to create a life long love of learning music and expressing oneself at the piano.  My lessons are tailored to each student’s desire, need, and ability level.  Accomplishing your personal music goals is my objective, and I strive to make this happen.  I teach my students the universal language of music and how to communicate using the piano.  Please call the SteinwayPiano Gallery if you would like to join me in this journey!

What parents and students have to say!

“Thank you so much for being our piano teacher. We learned so much!!” - youth

“My lessons with you have been fun, challenging and enriching! Thank you for being such a wonderful and inspiring teacher!” - adult

“My girls received a solid musical foundation with you. That is why they have been so successful in their musical pursuits and we continue to be very grateful to you.” parent of students for 10 years

“You are amazing with the piano. I want to learn how to play like you.” - youth

“Your teaching expands my horizons and is a great source of enjoyment in my life! You are a gifted teacher.” - adult

“Clouds are white, snowflakes are blue, you’re the best teacher and I love you!” youth

“Thank you for showing me how to value music. Your teaching expanded my musical tastes. I learned how to sort out music and its’ place in history.” young adult/college

“You were a great professor! Very clear and relaxed teaching style. I was able to understand the lessons easily.” - young adult/college

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