Karen Farnum Surmani is the Early Childhood Acquisition Editor and Vocal Masterworks Editor for Alfred Music Publishing. She is the author of Teach Yourself to Singand Singing 101, and is a co-author of Rock Singing Techniques and the series Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory, Sing at First Sight, and Classroom Music for Little Mozarts.
Karen received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from California State University, Northridge, and a Masters in Music Education degree from the University of Southern California. She is a credentialed and Orff certified music teacher and also has extensive training in early childhood and elementary music education. She has taught music at the elementary school, middle school, and university levels. An accomplished classical vocalist, Karen sings professionally and teaches private voice.
Karen is a member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Music Educators National Conference, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, and National Association for the Education of Young Children.