Karen obtained Distinctions in Grade 8 on both Violin and Piano by the age of 17. She was taught Violin by Lena Wood , former Professor of Violin at Birmingham School of Music and Principal Viola in the Aeolian Quartet and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and Piano by Olwynne Hutt and Heather Slade-Lipkin, the latter being Professor of Piano at both the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow.
Karen graduated from the University of Lancaster in 1981 with a BA Hons in Music specialising in Performance in both Violin and Piano. In addition to her degree, she has a PGCE, also from Lancaster.
Karen was appointed as an Upper Strings teacher for Dudley Music Services. Now Dudley Performing Arts ( DPA ) in September 1983 and worked there until April 2016. During her 33 years with Dudley, Karen taught Violin, Viola and Piano from beginner level to post grade 8 and many of her Violin and Piano students have continued their musical studies at Colleges of Music and Universities, a number of them gaining Music Scholarships.
Karen is also an accomplished and experienced accompanist and was the official accompanist at DPA for the external examinations of both her own pupils and those of her colleagues. She also accompanied at Masterclasses and concerts.
Whilst with DPA Karen conducted a number of ensembles , arranged and composed music for the DPA orchestras, and devised and wrote the aural tests for the DPA Internal examinations. She also coached , accompanied, and regularly performed with a large number of students for their GCSE and A level performances.
Karen continues to teach the Violin, Viola and Piano and enters many students for both ABRSM and Trinity College External Exams each year. Her pupils achieve consistently high marks in their exams , the majority gaining merits or distinctions.