Colleagues, Parents and Students


Karen Monroe is a superb artist/teacher. Her passion for music and her love of teaching all serve to inform her work. Karen knows how to inspire audiences and students alike!

Dr. Jill Timmons

Artist/Teacher Affiliate, Classic Pianos, Professor emerita, Linfield College, Author, and Oxford University Press, Principal, Artsmentor, LLC


I am a proud parent of a student of Karen Monroe’s piano studio and I cannot recommend her highly enough. My son Matthew has been a student of Karen’s for over 10 years. He started with her in kindergarten and she has supported and nurtured him in the love of music ever since. She partners with parents to ensure students are accountable for practicing sufficiently. Her technical teaching skills, love of music, creativity and passion for teaching has helped my son become the outstanding musician he is today. She provides theory fundamentals lacking in other music studios which are key in becoming truly technically skilled at piano. He plays piano with the high school wind ensemble, has accompanied ensemble casts at high school plays and musicals, has accompanied other musicians, and has performed for 10 years in recitals, competitions, and adjudications. Karen has taken him from performing as a little kid in recitals and church to the representing Lewis County at the Washington State Music Teacher Associations State PlayOffs recital as the winner of the 2013 Lewis County Playoffs competition. Matthew has found employment as a local church piano and organist, has played for weddings and memorial services, and will likely pursue a music career thanks largely to her teaching him.


Leslie D.