Karen Mueller

Instruments: Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Irish Bouzouki, Dulcimer, Autoharp.

Styles: A variety of styles including Folk, Americana, Celtic, and Contemporary. 

Ages: 5 – 90

Specialties: Roots/Americana styles.

Karen Mueller is a nationally-touring performer and instructor who plays a wide range of stringed instruments, including guitar, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, and ukulele. She has won many national and regional awards, including the prestigious McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians, the International Autoharp Championship, and the Minneapolis Arts Commission’s “Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Community” for work with older adults. She has also been inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame, and is the bandleader for Katie McMahon, original lead singer from Riverdance.

Karen is in demand as a performer, studio musician, school residency artist and general music instructor, and enjoys working with students of all ages and levels. She has over 20 years of teaching experience, in a variety of styles that include folk, Americana, Celtic, and contemporary. One of her students has said that “Karen is a skilled, articulate teacher who is both focused and goal oriented. She has the ability to help students achieve a high level of competence in a short time frame.”

Karen has released six solo recordings and authored three music books, including “Celtic Autoharp” published by Mel Bay Publications. Her recorded music has appeared in ongoing editions of the Silver Burdette Making Music series of elementary music education. She has also contributed selections to numerous anthology recordings, including two volumes of “Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer,” “Autoharp Legacy,” and the “Minnesota Fiddle Tunes Project.”

Karen works closely with each student to determine the best teaching mode for their learning style and musical preferences, be it by written music, tablature, chord charts, or by ear. Close attention is paid at the outset to establishing comfortable ergonomics with the instrument, and developing good playing and practice habits.

Because Karen has both classical training as well as rich experience with traditional music (such as Celtic, folk and Appalachian), she strives to help students understand music theory principles as they apply to help them learn the music they want to play. She is known as a patient, encouraging, fun, and flexible teacher. Her students have ranged in age from 5 to 90, and she believes it is never too late to start learning the joy of playing an instrument.

  • $30 per half hour lesson
  • $60 per hour lesson

Lessons canceled with less than 24 hour notice require payment.

Lessons canceled with late notice cannot be rescheduled. Payment is requested for a month at a time based on number of lessons a student wishes to book in a coming month.  All payment methods accepted: check, cash, PayPal, and credit card (for slight added fee).  There is a 24-hour cancellation policy, to ensure respect for the time reserved for the lesson. All lessons begin on the hour or half hour.  When a 30 or 60 minute lesson is scheduled, that is the total time allocated for the lesson, which includes moving in and out of the studio.  The more a student can be ready in advance of the lesson time (tuning, etc.), the more time will be available for the lesson.

Dec. 21st 2018 – O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Catherine University, St. Paul
Performing in Katie McMahon’s Celtic Christmas,

The O’Shaughnessy


Karen is available Monday afternoons and evenings at CVMA – Raymond Ave.

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