Kareem K.

Kareem K.

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Tacoma, WA

About Kareem K.

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Kareem teaches: Males 5 and up
Females 5 and up
Teaching since: August 1994
Last sign in: Last week


A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem K is a performer, composer, and educator, who is in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage.

Growing up in the northwest with its vibrant music scene allowed Kareem the opportunity to study with, listen to and perform with world class jazz artists residing in the area. Artists such as Tracy Knoop, Jay Thomas, Don Lanphere, Bill Ramsay, Hadley Caliman, Julian Priester and many others had a large impact on Kareem early in his musical education. This direction and guidance continues to inspire and lead Kareem as he continues his lifelong passion undertaking a career as a professional musician.

Today, as a performing artist he spends most of his time leading his group for which he composes and arranges most of the music. The band is constantly on the move as a sought after performing group and spends most of its time performing in and around the Pacific Northwest. When not leading his own group Kareem can be seen and heard performing as a sideman with many other top notch musical acts and projects, most notably The Paperboys from Vancouver BC.

As an educator Kareem divides his time teaching jazz improvisation as an artist in residence at The Tacoma School of the Arts, directing the award winning student jazz ensemble at Pierce College, conducting masterclasses and workshops at schools around the Puget Sound area, and maintaining a full load of private students.

Kareem holds a Bachelors Degree of Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle Washington which he attended after receiving a full scholarship.

Throughout his years of teaching Kareem has worked with students of all ages and abilities, from beginners just getting started, to advanced players who simply want new ideas and direction.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are relaxed and are focused on what you would like to learn.

I usually begin with assessing where students are in their abilities and then come up with a lesson plan based on what they already know and what they would like to accomplish.
They can be geared towards a 5 year old with no musical training whatsoever, or to an advanced musician who wants to further develop their skills.

Topics that I cover in lessons throughout a typical day of teaching include: Instrument technique, sight reading skills ( note and rhythm recognition ), memorization skills, music theory, ear training, improvising, and composing.

After 3 to 6 months of lessons and regular practice a beginning student should have a good command of their instrument and a strong foundation of sight reading. At this point we normally will also have started some music theory as well. For students wanting to focus on jazz we will have already begun improvising as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
5x10 room w/ piano and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I focus on the basics of learning to read music and basic technique on the instruments that I teach. From there I proceed with theory, ear training, improvising, composition etc. It all depends on what the students want to learn. I am comfortable teaching classical music as well as jazz, rock, composition, and improvisation.

Photos and Videos

Live performance at The Taichung Jazz festival in Taiwan 2009


Jazz Ensemble Director Jan 2012 - Present
Ted Brown Music

I lead the jazz ensemble for Ted Brown Music's " Live It Out Loud " program.

The class focuses on jazz improvising and ensemble playing.

Artist in Residence Jan 2002 - Present
Tacoma School of the Arts

My work at TSOTA involves teaching the jazz improvisation class.
We study jazz improvising concepts and apply them to performing in a small group setting.

Private Music Instructor Jan 1996 - Present
Self Employed

I've been teaching private music lessons since 1996. Lessons involve teaching students technique, sight reading, music theory, improvisation, and composition.

Jazz Ensemble Director Sep 2003 - Apr 2014
Pierce College

I directed the Pierce College jazz big band which involved leading rehearsals, taking the group on tour, planning performances, booking guest artists to perform with the group, purchasing sheet music, allotting scholarships, and recruiting and ausitioning new members.


Bachelors Degree in Music Sep 2000 - Jun 2002
Cornish College of the Arts
Associates Degree in Arts and Science Sep 1998 - Jun 2000
Olympic College

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish Limited Proficiency


Full Scholarship Sep 2000
Cornish College of the Arts
Full Scholarship Sep 1998
Olympic College
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3 Reviews on Kareem K.

nikkiJ July 16, 2012
Kareem does very well with Lauren who is difficult to work with because she is very shy and does not provide a lot of feedback to him. We are considering continuing the lessons into the fall as I believe her can really help her improve.
JusticeB July 10, 2012
I highly recommend Kareem as a piano teacher for both kids and adults. I took lessons with him as an adult and found him to be very knowledgeable about music and very capable of explaining concepts to me in a way that I could comprehend. I wanted a teacher who could take me beyond just reading notes off a page and Kareem did just that. He taught me a very good foundation of basic musical principles and introduced me to the world of composing music, which is something I never thought I could do. Kareem was patient and very focused during each lesson. He developed lesson plans that were specific to my desires and needs and made sure to check in with me often as far as if I felt good about the direction we were going and the content of each lesson. He is able to fit a lot into each lesson slot so it is definitely worth the money. Lastly, I appreciated that he always offered that I could email him if I have any questions about our lesson plan or if I needed clarification about anything we covered. I highly recommend Kareem as a piano teacher.
DebbieS1 March 16, 2012
Karim is an excellent teacher. He has this way of letting our child go at her own pace while she is showing great progress. I reccommend Kareem highly.