Karen Spurney is the brainchild behind notebusters. Karen has 13 lucky years of piano teaching experience and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern California in piano performance. Karen is also a credentialed California teacher.
Karen created notebusters as a way to increase her beginning to intermediate students’ sight-reading skills. Her goal was straightforward and timed exercises that encourage self-improvement. She designed exercises for notebusters to be fun, simple, and quick, so kids of all ages (and attention spans) could benefit.
After years of success using notebusters with her students, Karen decided to publish the workbook so that other music teachers and parents could benefit from her methods.
Steven Gross co-authored the book and was responsible for developing the program used to create notebusters‘ 240 exercises. Steven holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Colorado State University in Business Administration/Finance and a minor in Economics. In a past life he was a writer, and has written dozens of articles for various publications.
Steven is in charge of the business and finance side of the book, and ensuring that Karen’s ideas and methods are successfully converted to a tangible product that teachers and parents of aspiring musicians can benefit from.
Morgan Eveslage created the graphics for notebusters. Morgan holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. She has 10 years of marketing experience.