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Who's Who: Karen Laufersweiler

Name: Karen Laufersweiler

Position & school(s): Rutherford, RJK

How long have you been teaching? How long at Monticello?
26 years.

Where did you go to college? What degrees do you hold?
New England Conservatory of Music.

Any awards/accomplishments? Any claims to fame?
I went to college with many people who are successful musicians. Many of my teachers were also very successful composers, performers, authors.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
Working with students who practice and are enthusiastic.

Why did you become a music teacher?
The arts were always important to me and my family. It was always a special time to go to an art museum as well as a concert.

In your opinion, why do you think music education is important?
If we don't teach our children music they will think what is on the radio is artistic.

What CD is in your CD player right now?
None.

What are your hobbies?
Painting.

What advice would you offer to an aspiring musician?
Listen to your teachers. Listen to great music and musicians. Try to communicate something when you perform.