Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Karen Akel
Karen Akel, Assistant Band Director at SCAPA and Band Director at Booker T. Washington Elementary in Lexington, KY, has taught instrumental music for 29 years in Kentucky and Ohio. Dr. Akel received her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Kentucky. She also holds a M.M.E. from Miami University of Ohio, B.M.E. from the University of Kentucky, and a B. A. from Georgetown College. Past positions include Assistant Band Director at Southern Middle School in Lexington, KY, General Music teacher at Lexington Christian Academy, and Children’s Music Director at Southern Hills United Methodist Church in Lexington. She also maintained a private studio focusing on clarinet and piano.
Current certifications include Orff-Schulwerk Levels I and II, and Suzuki Piano Levels I, II, and III. She also taught Suzuki Piano and group theory classes with the Lexington Talent Education Association. She is a member of the International Clarinet Society, NAFME, KMEA, SAI, and Pi Kappa Lambda.