Karla Nichols

Karla N.

Kansas City, MO
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Karla delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
March 2002

Karla is a self-motivated and proactive music educator with a solid experience in music performance and hands-on experience in developing and implementing music programs. Guiding, developing, and challenging students to achieve their highest levels has been a successful and passionate experience for her. Karla obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2004 from, with an emphasis on Viola from UMKC. She was a Viola performer with the Conservatory Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, Bach Cantatas, and a string quartet. Her viola teachers have been Dr. Steven Kruse, concert virtuosos Paul Coletti and Scott Lee, and composer Robert Hagenbuch. At the Conservatory she pursued the violin and took lessons from Paul Hatton of the Kansas City Symphony.

Karla also received her Music Educators license in Instrumental Music from William Jewell College in 2005. Instrumental Conducting, Secondary Music Methods, Instrumental Techniques, and Educational Psychology were some of the courses that prepared her to become a more knowledgeable teacher. After completing her student teaching at the Liberty Public School District, she pursued her field experience and prepared for her career as an educator at numerous schools ranging from grades 4 - 12 and college students. Currently, Karla plays 4th chair viola with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra and in the past has subbed for the St. Joseph Symphony. She is also the Viola player with Crescendo Trio. They perform 30-35 weddings and corporate events every year. Karla keeps an in-home and downtown studio offering music lessons for children and adults of all ages from beginners to advanced students.

*** Lesson Details ***
The methods I use for teaching primarily depends on the students' style of learning and the level that they are at musically. For beginning students I use a lot of visual and aural techniques and for more advanced students I build on what they already know and challenge them to go further. I am also familiar with the Suzuki method and pop music styles.

*** Studio Equipment ***
- Home studio with keyboard, 1 violin, 1 viola, music stand, music cabinet, seating for parents, wi-fi
- Downtown studio with 1 viola, music stand, seating for parents, and wi-fi

*** Specialties ***
I use the Essential Elements book for beginners so they can learn to read music. I use Suzuki Books for my student's solos. I also use Wolfhart Books to teach technique and Essentials For Strings Scale Book.

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Violin and Viola Instructor
Jan 2010 - Present
Crescendo Music Studio

My own music studio

Violin and Viola Instructor
Jun 2006 - Oct 2010
Northland Cathedral School of Music

Violin and Viola Instructor
Aug 2002 - May 2006
REW Band and Orchestra


Music Education Certificate - K-12 Music
Sep 2004 - May 2005
William Jewell College
BMA - viola
Sep 1999 - May 2004
UMKC Conservatory


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Instrumental Music Education Certificate - grades K-12
May 2005
William Jewell College

Photos & Videos

Karla Nichols performs viola on Sarabande from Suite No. II by J.S. Bach
Karla Nichols plays Viola on Gigue from Suite No. 3 by J.S. Bach
This is a music video of me performing at First Friday in September at the Crossroads in Kansas City. I thought it would be fun to perform on the street while people walk to and from the art galleries. I played quite a bit of music from the Bach Suites and some popular tunes from The Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story. I perform solo or with a trio for weddings and corporate events. Visit www.crescendotrio.com for more information or to book your event!
Photo by Karla N.

Photo by Karla N.

Photo by Karla N.


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Paloma Oct 7, 2016
Viola · In studio

The best violin and viola teacher that I have ever had. She is flexible and encouraging and is great.

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