Bachelor of Music Education (Strings Emphasis) from Bethel University
Kari Peterson, from Woodbury, began studying Suzuki violin when she was five years old in the Wayzata School District, and started learning piano a year later. After a year trying to be both a nursing and music major, her love for learning new instruments made her decide to pursue music education. She currently teaches orchestra at multiple elementary schools in the South Washington County School District.
At Bethel University, Kari received her Bachelor of Music Education degree. She studied violin and viola with Dr. Lynda Bradley-Vacco, cello with Hong Wang, bass with Mark Kausch, and piano with Dr. Stephen Self.
Kari previously taught private and small group lessons at Keyboard Kids in Plymouth, high school orchestra in the Monticello School District, and middle and high school orchestra in the Wayzata School District. Since 2011, she has been a member of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra bass section. She has also performed frequently on bass with multiple community and church orchestras. As the daughter of a music pastor, Kari was involved in church worship teams from a young age.
She especially loves helping students to connect musical skills between instruments and styles, developing note reading skills as well as being able to play by ear. She primarily teaches upright bass for all skill levels, violin and piano for beginner to intermediate level.
Music is an amazing gift from God to enjoy and share with others! No matter how old you are, your life will be much more rich with music! Studying music develops good habits and attitudes like perseverance, experiencing joy from hard work, and simply having fun creating something beautiful!