Dr. Karim Yengsep

Bass Teacher

Karim Yengsep

SAA Member


Irvine, CA

Equally at home with jazz, Western-European classical, and World music, over the past decade Karim led and played in a variety of ensembles whose repertoire explored the music of Brazil, Argentina, and American jazz from hard bop to fusion, and was a featured guest during live broadcasts on Illinois Public Media WILL FM. In 2010, he executive produced and performed on “Bossa Nuevo,” a CD released by Teal Creek Music (TC-2021).

Karim studied bass at Western Oregon University (BA in Music ‘05) as a recipient of International Cultural Service Program scholarship, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received both Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance and Master of Music in Double Bass Performance degrees as a recipient of full-tuition waiver awards. His bass teachers include Dan Schulte, Michael Cameron, Larry Gray and, most recently, Virginia Dixon.

Prior to relocating to Southern California in 2018, Dr. Yengsep taught bass at a premier Suzuki violin school in West Chicago suburbs, Western Springs School of Talent Education, and coached Jazz Band Workshop for the Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a Suzuki Association of the Americas registered teacher and is a member of the Orange County Strings Branch of the California Suzuki Music Association.


  • “Karim has been a wonderful teacher—he inspires with his enthusiasm and love of music. He is quickly able to diagnose issues with technique and demonstrates how to correct them so effectively. But he especially helps you see “beyond” the notes on the page. We very much appreciated his encouraging and generous teaching style. He is a fantastic teacher and human being.”—Amy Wang M.D., Parent

  • “Karim is not only an excellent teacher of the bass he is also fun, interesting and inspirational. He knows how to communicate technique and how to inspire musicality. Taking lessons from him and learning to play the bass is one of the best musical experiences we have had.”—Robin Hart, Parent

  • “He is inspiring because he is dedicated to his music, he is intelligent and articulate, and he easily and generously shares his insights and enthusiasm. He was always interesting, appropriately demanding, and sort of paternally insistent until I got it the way he wanted it. I think he has the right combination of skills and qualities that make him a teacher with whom you will enjoy working.”—Terry Donlon Ph.D., Student