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Carol Kwak, M.M., B.M.

Suzuki Piano


CSA Instructor since 2003

Carol Kwak earned her Masters of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville and her Bachelor's of Arts in Piano at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Carol is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American College of Musicians. She gave a presentation at the biennial Suzuki Association of Americas conference (featured on the SAA's website). She has taught Suzuki piano since 2000 and prep piano since 2001. In addition to teaching Suzuki and prep piano, Carol has served as a CSA accompanist and taught theory group classes. As a student, Carol won numerous awards and scholarships for both piano and violin at the state and local level. Carol attended undergraduate and graduate school on full scholarships. 

Carol's students have won numerous awards in The Granquist Music Competition, Community School of the Arts' preparatory scholarship, Illinois Grade School Music Association and also participate in Piano Guild. Some of Carol's students have gone on to study music at the collegiate level. 

Carol's passion for teaching started after she was chosen to attend Hartt Suzuki Institute in Connecticut as an undergraduate student. Carol was so inspired by the Suzuki method and philosophy that she furthered her studies and became certified in all levels of Suzuki piano training. After attending Hartt Suzuki Institute, she taught Suzuki piano students at Cadek Conservatory of Music. Carol has been trained by esteemed Suzuki piano teacher trainers Fay Adams, Marilyn Andersen, Karen Bartman, and Yasuko Joichi.

Carol enjoys spending time with her husband and son in her free time. Her love for music and Christ is shared at church where she plays on worship team.

Carol says, "I am passionate about teaching piano lessons because I desire to share my love of music with others. I enjoy seeing students each week and how they develop musically over the years. And I especially love the fact that music can shape so many aspects of an individual's life."

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

  • American College of Musicians
  • Suzuki Association of Americas