“I love music and understanding how it works. My goal as a teacher is to inspire and engage students with a deeper understanding of the music they play and listen to, as well as expose them to new music and show them ways of better understanding it.”



Karen teaches

  • piano
  • trumpet
  • music theory (advanced)
  • available Tuesday – Friday at DCMS



Karen Nakajima



Karen Nakajima studied music at the University of British Columbia, Capilano University, Universität Wien, and Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien in Vienna, Austria. She has her Master of Arts in Music Theory but she is also an active pianist, trumpeter, and music educator. Karen has performed with the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Posaunenchor Harburg in Germany, and many other chamber groups and bands. Karen has also been a featured pianist with the Capilano Wind Ensemble and has put on piano recitals in the Lower Mainland and Point Roberts. She has accompanied singers, instrumentalists, and choirs locally and in Hamburg, Germany. 

Karen is an instructor at Capilano University where she currently serves as Music Diploma Program Coordinator.

Karen’s Website