A music teacher for 31 years at Santa Monica's John Adams Jr. High School, Kitchen later taught pedagogy, harmony and music theory to other music teachers for 15 years through UCLA Extension.
"She was not too soft with the people. She was very strict but very, very loveable," recalls Gertrude Koenig, another veteran piano teacher, who took Kitchen's classes at UCLA.
Although she gave up the extension classes when her husband died in 1970, Kitchen still teaches five private students on the two grand pianos in her parlor.
"It's not so much the money," she said. "The fact that you see results coming and you see an enlightened look on a child's face, that's what keeps you going."