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Karen Thickstun, instructor of piano and piano pedagogy

Karen Thickstun Profile

Karen Thickstun has served as director of the Butler Community Arts School at Butler University since its inception in 2002. She teaches piano pedagogy and piano at Butler University and directs the Butler Piano Camps. She holds degrees from Duke University (piano performance, economics), University of Virginia (masters in business administration) and Butler University (masters in music education). She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM).

Thickstun is past president of the Indiana Music Teachers Association and serves on the national board of the Music Teachers National Association (2013-2015 as Secretary-Treasurer). In 2008, Thickstun was recognized as "Teacher of the Year" by the Indiana Music Teachers Association. She authors a regular business column, "It's All Your Business," for the American Music Teacher periodical. Her articles have also appeared in Keyboard Companion, Junior Keynotes, and Indiana Music Teacher. She has written and received numerous grants for arts education projects from the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and the Lilly Endowment.

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Indianapolis, IN 46208
Chair: Lisa Brooks
Secretary: Joy L. Rogers
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