About the Teacher

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Jo Karl

Jo Karl has been a music instructor in and around the Lincoln area for over 20 years. She begins her young students on piano, adding singing/voice and guitar for those who can demonstrate the necessary piano foundation. Jo received her degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney specializing in K-12 Vocal and Instrumental Education.She limits her student load so she may concentrate on each student’s strengths and goals. Her students are encouraged to perform often in the community and enter local, district and state competitions at the level of their comfort and ability. For over 20 years Jo has directed the “Young Performers”, a group that performs in hospitals, nursing homes and the community

Jo not only takes great interest in her students, but she feels it is important to promote the arts in the community. She is currently active on the Board of Directors of both the Nebraska Music Teachers Association (NMTA) and the Lincoln Music Teachers Association (LMTA) and has held various positions throughout her involvement. From 2004 through 2006 she served as LMTA President and has also held positions, such as Treasurer, Program Director, Lincoln Arts Council Representative, Corresponding Secretary, Chair of the Policy and Procedures Committee for Hiring Staff, and Public Relations Chair. From 2004 through 2007 Jo served as Executive Director of LMTA’s Music Outreach Program which provides youth from low-income families the opportunity to afford music lessons. She currently serves as the Secretary/Newsletter Editor for NMTA and enjoys performing with her church Praise Band.

Jo stays current with her knowledge and skills as a music instructor.  She does continuing education through workshops provided by NMTA and LMTA, as well as other local and national companies and organizations. She has twenty-one post graduate hours from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln including music therapy research, movement, statistics, middle school music, exceptional learners and music technology. 

In 2009 and 2011 Jo received the first place award in the Teacher Division of the LMTA Composition Contest and has also placed in the 2007 and 2006 competitions. Several of her students also won in the student division of the contest. 

Jo has had several students go on to pursue music in college and as a career.