Dr. Karim Yengsep

Bass Teacher

Karim Yengsep

SAA Member


Oak Park, IL
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Karim studied bass at Western Oregon University (BA in Music ‘05) with Dan Schulte, which he attended as a recipient of International Cultural Service Program scholarship. In 2007, he continued studying double bass with Michael Cameron and Larry Gray at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received both Master of Music in Double Bass Performance (2009) and Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance (2012) degrees as a recipient of a full-tuition waiver award. In addition, he is a Suzuki registered teacher and began his Suzuki bass pedagogy training with Virginia Dixon in August 2017. While in graduate school, Karim executive produced, co-arranged the music, and performed on an album of eclectic mix of contemporary Latin Jazz, Brazilian popular music, and Argentine tango nuevo, Bossa Nuevo, which was released by Teal Creek Music (TC-2021) in October 2010. ​

As a music educator, Dr. Yengsep taught strings at Portland, Oregon, public schools while working on his doctoral project, and held teaching positions at Almaty Tchaikovsky College of Music, Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory, and Kazakh National University of Arts in his native Kazakhstan from 2012 through 2015. During Summer 2017, he served as the Fine Arts Instructor and coached Jazz Band Workshop for the Pre–College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a pre-college pipeline for students of color and low-income students, most of whom are the first in their families to potentially attend college.

Karim currently teaches double bass at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School. In December 2017, he joined the music faculty at Community Music and Arts Center at Harper College in Palatine, IL.