Students range from age four to eighty.

Students younger than six years of age must demonstrate the necessary finger dexterity, finger strength, hand eye coordination and attention span to get a return on the investment of money, time and energy required to become independent at reading music while playing the piano with correct technique and musicality. The goal at the Karen Maison Studio of Piano is to assist each student in becoming a musical pianist who can read independently and has the technical skills to enjoy making music as a gift to his or her self for a lifetime.

As of July 2015, the studio is located at Bella Vista College Preparatory, (located at 33401 N. 56th Street, one light east of the Cave Creek Road and Carefree Highway intersection).

Phone: (602) 300-9385


Laila Elias Recital - December 2016

  1. One hour musicianship classes are held at 5:00 pm two Fridays before the December and May recitals during the Academic Year, and are free to all students enrolled in regular lessons.
  1. My Musicology Study Guide Levels I-V is available upon request for $25.

​She has prepared students to thrive in composition, accompanying, music education, piano pedagogy or piano performance degree programs at Brigham Young University-Idaho, Arizona State University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, University of Arizona and Grand Canyon University.​

IF STUDENTS HAVE A DESIRE TO PERFORM, COMPETE AND ULTIMATELY AUDITION SUCCESSFULLY AT CONSERVATORIES OR UNIVERSITIES, they will be taught how to develop their talents to their fullest potential both technically and artistically with discipline, admiration and enthusiasm at the Karen Maison Studio of Piano. 

She holds degrees in piano performance from the Crane School of Music, (at the State University of New York in Potsdam), and Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she completed her Master’s Degree Program.  While at the Peabody Conservatory, she performed as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony on different occasions.

Ms. Maison has been invited to adjudicate piano competitions such as the Phoenix Youth Symphony’s Annual Young Musicians Competitions and Music Teachers National Association Utah State Performance Competition.

She published “The Maison System Books I, II, and III” to help students learn the fundamentals of music reading. Her books are presently being used in all musicology classes at Bella Vista College Preparatory School.

Karen Maison Piano Instruction

Karen Maison is the director of the Karen Maison Studio of Piano located at Bella Vista College Preparatory, and music instructor at Bella Vista College Preparatory 4-12 (located at 33401 N. 56th Street in Scottsdale). Since 1976, she has provided individual piano instruction in combination with teaching music classes at her private studio, Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and Towson, Maryland as well as the University of New Mexico in Los Alamos.

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