“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”

– Mark Van Doren

Carrie Purcell Kahler is classically trained and studied piano for eleven years. She has been teaching now for nearly twenty years, and focuses on exposing students to a wide variety of music while having fun. She tailors each student’s method books and repertoire to individual strengths and preferences. Each student learns theory, note recognition, sight reading, composition, and performance. She has casual recitals three times a year; one in fall, one in winter, and one in late spring. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Music Artistry Program and the Young Composers Project.


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Multidisciplinary artist Carrie Purcell Kahler teaches from her home studio in North Seattle, and is a member of the Washington State Music Teachers Association, affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association, and regularly volunteers for her local chapter. She has been composing since she could plunk out Mary Had A Little Lamb, and her awards include third place in the WSMTA’s Young Composer’s Project (1998) and first place in the WSMTA Young Composer’s Project (2000). She composed the music for her own wedding march, for the genre-bending Not From Around Here, and led a project, Formal Inquiry, exploring sonata form with musicians, poets, and visual artists. She regularly arranges music for her students and accepts occasional commissions. She is not currently accepting new students, but please inquire if you wish to be added to her waitlist.

Contact Teacher Carrie at: capkahler@gmail.com