About the Studio

Killen Piano & Brass is a private music studio in the Duluth-Superior region providing affordable lessons for piano, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba.

I will summarize in one word what I want my students to gain from music lessons: joy. Music should never become a chore and, in the way I teach my students, music never becomes one. I combine fresh contemporary pedagogy with time-tested methods, encouraging my students to explore music that they actually enjoy that develops fundamental skills in ways that empowers rather than frustrates.

  • From day one, basic skills are learned and reinforced so that students are prepared to play a variety of music—from classical to pop and everything in between.
  • I help students craft long term goals for themselves that helps them develop a sense of direction and accomplishment as they progress.
  • I strive to have my students leave each of my lessons knowing how to practice and prepare for their next lesson, so they leave feeling confident and assured instead of intimidated or confused.

Pricing Information

For your convenience, I offer both at-home lessons as well as lessons from my home studio.

$20/30 min lesson or $35/hr lesson (recommended for intermediate or advanced students)

All lessons are billed and prepaid one month in advance.

Beginner’s Discounts

In addition to one free 30 min trial lesson, I offer absolute beginners a discounted $15/30 min lesson for the first four lessons.

About the Instructor

  • Piano experience 23 years
  • Brass experience 17 years
  • BMus in Instrumental Education (University of Utah)

My love affair with music began at an early age when I started studying the piano at age five. I picked up the euphonium at eleven. Throughout my teenage years, I competed in dozens of festivals and competitions, earning the highest marks for my performances as a pianist and euphonist. In addition to solo performances, I have played euphonium with wind bands in the US and Europe under the baton of highly respected conductors such as Scott Hagen (University of Utah), Richard Mayne (University of North Colorado), and Gary Green (University of Miami). I earned a bachelor of music in instrumental education from the University of Utah. While living in the Salt Lake Valley, I taught privately and in the Utah public school system as a band and orchestra teacher at both elementary and high school levels.


If you have any questions, would like to check on my availability, or schedule a free trial lesson send me an email, give me a call, or contact me directly with the form below.

Email: killenpianobrass@gmail.com
Phone: 406-351-2336