Kara started playing the piano at age three, taught by her mother, Norene Southwick, who was among the first Suzuki teachers in Utah. She went on to study with Marche Altom and Connie Bell in junior high and high school. She began playing the flute at age eleven and enjoyed being in many bands and symphonies through high school and college. Kara's love of music and conducting took her to Brigham Young University where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. She decided to put her new teaching skills to use as a private piano instructor. She has been teaching Suzuki Piano since 2001, is an active member of the Suzuki Association of Utah and is currently serving as Vice President of Piano. She has especially enjoyed the training and mentoring received by Elaine Worley and Karlyn Brett. She loves being a part of the Oregon Suzuki Piano Institute Piano Faculty.
She lives with her husband and six beautiful children, all of whom play the piano (or will soon), in Bluffdale, Utah. She loves spending time with her family, serving in the LDS church and occasionally writing music.