Ascension Piano Studio

Ascension Piano Studio

5.0 (5)
2 hires on
35 years in business

About this pro

My goal is to teach each student to play artistically with healthy technical skills, strong music reading skills, understand basics of music theory, and have an appreciation for music history.

I taught for 30 years.  Do to unforeseen circumstances was forced to shut down my studio.  Now by the grace of God I am able to start rebuilding my studio and my performance skills

I taylor each students curriculum to that individuals learning speed and style instead of using a standard method book written for one size fits all

Please visit my website at or my facebook page ascensionpianostudio.

I love sharing the gift of creating music.  I always stand in the back of recitals because when my students succeed it brings tears to my eyes.  

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Colorado Springs, CO 80917
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5 Reviews


  • Molly Taylor

    Karen taught me piano for 9 years. During that time I learned theory, foundations, musicality, went from beginner to advanced and fell in love with music in the process. Karen’s skills are incredible and she encourages her students to strive for excellence by teaching not only how to play, but how to practice. I am now a music therapist and a music educator and use the skills I learned from her in my practice and my classroom.

  • Kaitlin Lankford

    I was a student of Mrs. Dandino for about 10 years. The lessons each week were full of music theory, music history, technique, and encouragement. Mrs. Dandino’s love for music was infectious and she had so much knowledge that she shared each lesson, that I grew my love of music through elementary, middle and high school while taking lessons from her. I then went to college in Florida and decided to major in music. Because of the foundation from Mrs. Dandino, I had many opportunities to conduct ensembles, be a section leader in chorus, tutor classmates in music theory, and more! got my Bachelor of Arts in Music, and went on to teach private piano lessons, voice

  • Maureen Taylor

    Karen Dandino taught my 4 daughters piano lessons. It was actually much more than piano lessons. It was music lessons and life lessons. She taught theory, musicianship, proper conduct for recitals and she had one recital a year at a retirement home. It didn’t end there. The students not only played for the residents but they brought cookies and served the residents after the recital. Two of my daughters went on to major in music in college and one is now a music professor at a college. They have commented on how those early lessons set them up for success in their studies; probably in more ways than they even realize.

  • Diane Duke

    Karen Dandino taught piano to all 3 of my kids, and I can’t imagine a better qualified teacher! Karen is gifted in teaching as well as a highly trained pianist herself. She has tried and true methods for kids of all ages, as well as adults. They learned so much more than just the mechanics of playing piano—dynamics, music theory, memorization, history of composers, performing skills, etc. Our kids are adults now, still enjoy playing piano, and have such fond memories of Karen and her endless patience, encouragement, and love of music.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

That depends on the age and level of the student.  If the student has had previous lessons I work at keeping them progressing while filling in the gaps such as technique.

Ages 4-6 lessons are 30 min

Ages 6 and up are 45 - 60

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

please check out my bio on my website

What types of students have you worked with?

All levels, all ages, all levels of ability

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Have them play for you.  The abilities they demonstrate are the abilities they will be able to pass on to you.  

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