Bio and Piano Instruction

photo: Stephanie Betjemann

Karenn Chutjian Presti is a faculty member and lecturer at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, where her professional bio is available. Fluent in multiple languages, she teaches vocal language diction and song interpretation and professionally collaborates with singers in recital.

Dr. Presti also teaches piano privately. Her major academic field of study at the University of Southern California, where she earned her doctoral degree, was pedagogy, and she has served on the faculties of the Munich International School, San Domenico School, Lark Musical Society, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, and Artetonal Schule für Musik. She offers lessons in English, Italian, German, and Armenian.

Dr. Presti gears lessons for young children to foster the love of music and give students confidence in their blossoming abilities. Students perform regularly in recital in a supportive setting among peers. Lessons for older students are set up to be artistically challenging and rewarding, and to keep students engaged with music which is relevant to their lives. Theory, composition, and musical arrangements are integrated into lessons.

Dr. Presti's students have won in the PTA Reflections Competition and the Armenian Allied Arts Songwriting/Composition Competition.