About The Teacher

About the Teacher

Kathy Edsill-Charles, NCTM, pianist-teacher, is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music where she received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance. She received a Master of Music degree in piano performance and a Bachelor of Music-Piano/Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Her major teachers include Joanne Baker, Richard Cass, William Doppmann, Howard Aibel, and German Diez. In addition to her teaching, she is a frequent adjudicator and freelance accompanist.


Teaching Experience

My teaching background includes teaching private lessons through the Community Music Department of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA where I┬áserved as Staff Accompanist. As Instructor of Music at Wartburg College (Waverly, IA) I taught applied piano, class piano and was staff accompanist. I also served on faculty at the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA) teaching group piano, piano pedagogy, and performing as staff accompanist. In addition to my college teaching I have maintained a studio of private piano students. My students have been recognized for their outstanding achievements at the district and state level. I am currently on the faculty at Clark College teaching applied piano and accompanying the Clark College Concert Choir and the Women’s Ensemble.



  • Nationally Certified Teacher of Music
  • Clark County Music Teachers Association
  • Washington State Music Teachers Association
  • Oregon Music Teachers Association
  • Music Teachers National Association
  • Pi Kappa Lambda
  • Sigma Alpha Iota – Lifetime member