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The World Of Music

Did you know that all children are born musical? Join me for Munchkin’s Music and Dance, where we will nurture your baby, toddler, or preschooler’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement. Or inquire about private lessons (though these are not for kids only! 🙂 

winding music scale


Spring 2024: The (mini) Monkey Collection

Greetings everyone!!  

We’ve just about finished up the Bear Collection…all three classes were wonderful, full of longtime attendees and new faces as well.  I’d like to keep the mojo flowing, and thus have decided to offer a short four-week session this spring:  the mini-Monkey Collection!  The cost is $105 (the bulk of that cost is for a book and music to listen at home…well worth it!)   There will be no class this summer, so having that collection will give y’all something fun to listen to after summer adventures!   We will reconvene in the fall.  Click below to register on The Music Class website.


These fun and interactive classes are for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers with their caregivers.  We have a blast playing all sorts of instruments and singing, all while working on basic tonal and rhythmic competence.   Learn more about class by clicking the Munchkin’s tab (under Offerings) above!


 Gift certificates are available for any amount…give an experience that lasts a lifetime 🙂

Private lessons

Please contact me for availability for piano, guitar or mandolin lessons for children (I currently have a waitlist for the school-attending set) or adults.  Current students may check schedules, balances, etc. at

Threshold Singers:  We were on hiatus due to Covid19, and continue to be, but please feel free to contact me if you are either interested in joining us or would like us to sing for you or a loved one in the future.

Musician(s) for Hire:  Feel free to contact me if you are looking for live music for an event!

About Us

Music in CB offers a rich variety of musical opportunities for children and adults in the Gunnison Valley of Colorado.

Whether you’re looking for something to do with your toddler, have an aspiring pianist in the family, or are looking for someone to play music at a special event, I’d love to help! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or thoughts…

Musically yours,

a toddler in music class


Whatever age you are, we have musical opportunities for you!

Munchkin’s Music is just for you.  We’ll help you child explore music in a fun, group setting.  We also offer classes at Paradise Preschool. 

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Explore Paradise Preschool Offerings

Munchkin's Music

No matter what age you are, its never too late to explore an instrument.  I offer lessons in piano, guitar, and mandolin.

Explore Private Lessons

The Gunnison Valley  Threshold singers bring the beauty of music to those who need it most.  Join us, or find out more.

Explore Gunnison Valley Threshold Singers

Need music for a special event?  We’re here for you!

Explore Musicians for Hire

Karen is an awesome music teacher and I highly recommend Munchkin's Music class. I am 15 and have been in Karen’s classes since I was 3 or 4. Karen's classes sparked my interest for music at a very young age because she made it fun and entertaining. Now, music is my life and I hope to make it into a career. Overall, even if your not serious about music, the classes Karen offers are super fun for kids and might even start a lifelong interest.
I have three daughters who have all been to Karen's Munchkin's Music classes. I believe that starting babies in a music class helps develop important skills in life, like focusing in a classroom, hearing and counting to develop math skills, and socializing skills in a fun environment. Two of my three daughters have taken private music lessons with Karen for years and have become accomplished musicians! The third daughter (age 3) will continue to enjoy Munchkin's Music class until she starts kindergarten. Children love Karen's kind and fun nature. I am so thrilled that Karen continues to teach. Karen loves to watch children grow and always listens to them. Children of all ages love to learn and have fun with Karen Janssen.
As a music educator myself, I know how important it is to expose young children to a variety of music. Both of my children have taken music class with Karen since they were under a year. Once my older son aged out of the Munchkin's Music classes he transitioned very smoothly into piano lessons with Karen. I believe that attending Munchkin's Music and listening to the cds at home greatly prepared my son's ear to be aware of duple and triple time, the basics of solfege and the ability to repeat rhythms and match pitches with his voice. He is now enthusiastic about playing the piano and enjoys his weekly lessons with Karen. She is very structured and positive and is fantastic with kids. I look forward to my younger son following suit, music class has always been one of our favorite bonding times of the week. Karen has a passion for children and music education and shares the belief that playing/singing music is an essential skill for all children to gain.
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