Kari Krafft

Kari K.

Los Angeles, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Experienced violin/viola teacher of 8 years available for students of all ages and levels! I have a bachelor's degree in Violin Performance from Butler University, and I also have a master's degree in Violin Performance from the University of Oklahoma. I believe every student is different and therefore do not teach one method, but a mix and match of different methods tailored to each student. Depending on the level of the student, I use the following method books: Essential Elements, Suzuki, Solos for Advanced Violinists, and standard repertoire and pop music. I also believe that an understanding of music theory is essential for all violinists and violists, so some of my teaching is devoted to theory.
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Kari delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2010

Kari Krafft is a classically trained violinist who performs and teaches in the Los Angeles area. She currently serves on the faculties of Bertrand’s School of Music in Pasadena and Cornerstone Music Conservatory in West LA as well as coaching chamber music with the Santa Clarita Youth Orchestra. Kari holds a Master’s in Violin Performance from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance from Butler University. Her main teachers include Mr. Hal Grossman, Dr. Gregory Lee, and Mr. Larry Shapiro.

While pursuing her degrees, Kari developed a passion for music education. She is dedicated to providing quality and personalized instruction to all of her students. She uses method books such as Essential Elements and Suzuki as well as standard etudes and repertoire. Kari has experience teaching violin and viola to students of all ages and levels. She has held teaching positions with several music organizations, including the Sooner Strings Project at the University of Oklahoma, El Sistema Oklahoma, Norman Music Institute, and the Butler Community Arts School, as well as keeping a private studio out of her home.

In addition to her teaching obligations, Kari performs regularly as a freelance violinist with artists and groups such as the Young Musicians Foundation, Richard Clayderman, and the Pacific Opera Project. Kari has also won permanent positions with the Amarillo Symphony of Amarillo, Texas, and Resonance Horizon, a new orchestra in Southern California dedicated to performing music from video games, anime, TV series, and films. Kari is also a founding member of the Sunset String Quartet, a new quartet servicing all areas of Southern California with music for weddings and other events.

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Violin/Viola Faculty
Jan 2018 - Present
Bertrand's Old Town Music School of Music

I teach about 10 students at this studio of all levels and ages.

Violin Faculty
Oct 2017 - Present
Cornerstone Music Conservatory

I teach a handful of students here, along with regularly subbing for other teachers.

Viola Nueva and Upper String Tech
Aug 2015 - Present
El Sistema Oklahoma

Violin Faculty
Jan 2013 - May 2014
Fairview Music Studios

Teaching Fellow
Jan 2012 - May 2014
Butler Community Arts School


Master of Music, Violin Performance
Aug 2014 - May 2017
The University of Oklahoma
Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance
Aug 2010 - Aug 2014
Butler University


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Mary Frances Roush Violin Award
May 2012
Butler University


Music Teachers National Association
Aug 2012

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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American String Teachers Association
Jan 2011

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Photos & Videos

My quartet playing Spring from the Four Seasons
Photo by Kari K.

Photo by Kari K.

Photo by Kari K.

My master's recital
Tchaikovsky Concerto
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3 Reviews

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Beckie R. Aug 16, 2018
Violin · In home

Kari is an amazing instructor. She has a lot of great methods for teaching which comes with experience. She really knows what she is doing and is great at teaching it as well.

Phyllis Y. Aug 7, 2018
Violin · In studio

Kari is very knowledgeable and skilled with music and violin. My first lesson was enjoyable and progressive. Kari showed patience and understanding on her approach to teaching. I hope to build a continued relationship with Kari learning music and violin together.

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David Sep 29, 2016
Violin · In studio

Great lesson. I am making great strides in improving my playing ability everyday.

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