Meet Our Teachers

Karen Miller

Karen Miller

Hi! I'm Karen Miller, a wife, a mom of five, a grandma of 4, piano teacher, gardener and quilting enthusiast!

I have been teaching piano lessons to students of all ages for 30 years. I have a BA in Liturgical Music from The College of St Benedict in St Joseph, Minnesota. Over the years I have served in Campus Ministry, Parish Music Ministry and have been an independent music educator at a Community Center and a Cultural Art Center for Children in California and in my private studio in Minnesota. I am currently serving as organist and pianist at Epiphany Parish in Mason City and teaching piano at the Surf Ballroom Music Enrichment Center in Clear Lake.

It is my goal to inspire, challenge and most of all teach students of all ages and stages to have fun as they learn the joy of making music.

Please contact me if you have questions or would like to inquire about openings.

karenmiller@houseofnote.org www.houseofnote.org
Nic Johnson

Nic Johnson

Hello! My name is Nic Johnson. I have been playing guitar for over 30 years and teaching for over 15 years. I teach in many different ways depending on the age & goals of the student. I teach all ages from 10 years old and up. I believe that teaching to have fun while learning is essential. I was born and raised in North Iowa however spent most of my adult life in Omaha, Nebraska as a full time musician. I have written, recorded, and performed in most of The United States. I have been featured on an album with Peter Frampton, Eric Johnson, & The Spin Doctors. I have also performed with many artists including The Counting Crows & Robin Trower.

I can teach guitar, mandolin, ukulele, bass, music theory, and music history!

Nicjohnson72@gmail.com
Nikki Foss

Nikki Foss

Hi there! My name is Nikki Foss. I am the Education Coordinator at the Surf Ballroom & Museum. I am thankful to be able to connect students of all ages and people from all walks of life to meaningful learning opportunities through music & history.

I have been teaching piano at the Surf Ballroom Music Enrichment Center for two years. I believe that music itself is a great teacher, and instils lessons that help us excel in so many other areas of life, as well as how to be more confident, patient, and express ourselves creatively! In my studio I strive to teach students: 1.) There are no wrong notes 2.) To not be afraid to try something new 3.) Play from your heart!

education@surfballroom.com