Karen was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. Canada as her parents immigrated from Japan. Karen began studying piano at the age of 7 and took piano and theory exams through the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. After high school, she enrolled in the music program at Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C. and transferred to University of British Columbia. During that time Karen began teaching a few young students. As the number of students began to increase, Karen organized recitals and had students take RCM piano exams. After a while, it was time for a break. During the break, Karen worked in a cancer clinic in Vancouver and volunteered as the piano accompanist for a Christmas choir that performed once a year at the patient lodge. Karen then moved to Hawaii in 2016 to Hanapepe, Kauaʻi then to Honolulu in 2018.
Karen recently completed the online piano teaching courses in Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced levels through the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Karen enjoys watching movies, trying new places to eat, playing ukulele, and listening to 80’s, 90’s Japanese rock music.
Despite the Karen meme, this Karen is far from a cruel ... and is excited to help you begin or continue your musical journey!