MA, B.Mus.

Instructor, Music
School of Performing Arts
School of Performing Arts - Music
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

604.986.1911 ext. 2066
Fir Building, room FR115


MA, Music Theory, University of British Columbia, 2013

B.Mus., Music Scholarship, University of British Columbia, 2010

Diploma, Music, Capilano College, 2008


Karen Nakajima (MA, University of British Columbia, 2013) is a multi-instrumental musician, educator, and music theory scholar.

After receiving her Bachelor of Music in Music Theory in 2010, she moved to Vienna, Austria and studied for one year at the Universitt Wien and Universitt fr Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien. She returned to UBC to complete her Master of Arts in Music Theory.

Following her studies, Nakajima has been an active musician and music educator in the Lower Mainland on piano, trumpet, music theory, and concert band. She teaches privately and leads a community wind ensemble, on top of her current teaching at Capilano University.

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.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2012

UBC Medal of Music, 2010

Bachelor of Music 50th Anniversary Prize for Music Research, 2009

Wallace Berry Prize for Music Theory, 2009

Governor Generals Collegiate Bronze Medal, 2008