Music Journalism

Karen is the author of three books on music, and articles on subjects ranging from interviews with great performers to keyboard technique to pedagogy to music-themed travel.

A New York Times best-selling author, she also writes extensively about travel and the outdoors. For a complete book list, please go to her author’s page.


The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Piano Exercises

Alpha Books, 2011

Karen wrote, and composed and recorded the music for, this book of piano exercises, which introduces the reader to a wide range of piano technique.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Teaching Music on Your Own

Alpha Books, 2010

How to market, operate, and manage an independent music teaching studio.

The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Piano Chords

Alpha Books, 2006

Ever wonder how people can “just sit down and play songs” on the piano? This book reveals the secrets to “faking” it — playing by means of chords symbol.s.  But shhhh… don’t let anyone tell you it’s “music theory.”


Berkshire Magazine:  Fiddling Around

Violinist Erika Ludwig starts a string education and community music making festival in the Berkshires. (Spring, 2016) (from America the Musical

America’s top music cities, past and present  Honoring the Music Makers

At Nashville’s Musicians Hall of Fame, it’s the sidemen who get the glory.  Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp

Becoming a rock star for a day is fantasy – AND reality — as fantasy campers take the stage, for real.  Picnicking and Concert Going at Tanglewood

How to enjoy an evening at Massachusetts’ iconic summer music festival.


Karen began her career as an assistant editor at the Instrumentalist Company, which then published The Instrumentalist, Clavier, and Accent on Music magazines. She wrote and edited for all three, co-managed Accent, and received a Distinguished Achievement Award from EdPress for an interview with flutist James Galway. She also freelanced music stories for Keyboard and Frets magazines, as well as for newspapers and general interest publications. For more extensive information about Karen’s writing on all subjects, please visit her writing website.




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