Deborah Lysholm
Kristin Freya
Andy Ausland
Angelia Ball
Sheila Casey
Emily Colay
Tona Dove
Steve Durand
Carlos Garcia
Trudy Gustafson
Karen Johnson
Levi Martin
Grace Mollenkopf
Julie Marie Muskat
Patricia Price
Serena Tritschler
Dianne Walker
Alexandria West
Paul WonSavage







HEARTBEAT STUDIOS • 7661 West 145th Street • Apple Valley, MN, 55124 • 952.432.7833
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Karen Johnson started music lessons at age 8.  She studied piano, accordion and guitar and taught guitar at Rex Music in South St. Paul when she was a junior in high school.  She taught 50 students a week while in high school and college.  Karen attended the University of Minnesota for three years, then transferred to Elmhurst College in Illinois where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and was immediately hired to teach third grade in Glendale Heights, IL.  After moving back to Minnesota and starting a family, Karen decided in 1986 to get back to her first love…teaching private music lessons.  She became a member of the Apple Valley Music Teachers’ Association in 1987 and served as its president from 1990-92, again in 1997-98 and once more from 2002-04.  She also enjoys being a member of a very fun group, the Rex Accordion Club.  The group performs annually for Christmas in South St. Paul and has performed at the Science Museum, the Stone Arch Festival, many Oktoberfests, weddings and anniversaries.  Karen believes strongly in building self-esteem in her students using patience and humor to overcome obstacles.  She cherished every day that she gets to be a teacher.  Karen has been teaching piano and guitar at Heartbeat since 1998.  For more information, call Karen directly at 612-483-3339.