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Kareem K.
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
About Kareem K.

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. Along with his teaching duties Kareem is the director or The Tacoma Jazz Association, serves on the Tacoma Arts Commission, and is a D'Addario Woodwinds performing artist. 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 *** 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.

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Kareem is a wonderful teacher. He is very present during the lessons and clearly brings a wealth of teaching and playing experience, along with a love of music, to the table. He has an easy manner with students - I really appreciate this as my daughter was hesitant to take private lessons but she is enjoying them very much. Thank you Kareem!

Posted Oct 6, 2020
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Kareem is superb. Under his tutelage I am certain I will advance quickly from my current skill set. I'm more convinced than ever that I can become a real musician. His assignments require the commitment that I am willing to invest. I hope I will live up to his expectations.

Posted Sep 5, 2019
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My granddaughter is 6 years old and this is her first professional piano teacher. Kareem is ensuring that she has the basics down before she continues. She enjoys the lessons, and is excited when lesson day comes.

Posted Dec 6, 2017
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Experience
Performing Artist
Aug 2016 - Present
D'Addario Woodwinds
I give performances and teach workshops on behalf of D'Addario woodwinds.
Director
Aug 2015 - Present
The Tacoma Jazz Association
My duties as director include booking and promoting local and national artists for performing and educational workshops. I also teach the weekly jazz workshops with students of all ages and abilities.
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.
Education
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
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
Awards
Full Scholarship
Sep 2000
Cornish College of the Arts
Full Scholarship
Sep 1998
Olympic College

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