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Cameron A In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Swing

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Cameron A In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Swing

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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BM, Cornish College of the Arts AA, Bellevue College Tutoring Certificate, Bellevue College
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I have been performing regularly in public as a guitarist for the past 10 years. I have performed countless times over the years with many different types of music groups. I have performed with ensembles in the realms of rock, jazz, blues, pop, and folk at virtually every notable venue in Seattle. I also have experience performing and touring in Europe as well as other places in the United States. NOTABLE COMPOSITION PREMIERS 2014 Modern Recollections- “Atemwende” Velocity Dance Center 2014 The Pendleton House- “From the Middle to the Edge” On the Boards 2014 Cross-disciplinary collaboration- “Effigies of My Own Mortality” Ariana Bird (choreographer), Cameron Armstrong (Composer/Sound Engineer), Chelsea Rodino (Installation artist) Large scale site-specific piece on second floor of an undeveloped office building. 2013 The Pendleton House- “ Marked” Velocity Dance Center 2013 Kolidaskunk- Improvisations for live electronics Chapel Performance Space in The Good Shepard Center 2013 St. Helens String Quartet- “Textures in Motion” Poncho Concert Hall 2013 Kolidaskunk- Improvisations for live electronics Intiman Theater 2012 Seattle Chamber Players- “Rising” Poncho Concert Hall SELECTED PERFORMANCES AS GUITARIST FOR 2016 2016 William Church Winery Woodenville, WA 2016 Pink Door Seattle, WA 2016 Triple Door (Musicquarium) Seattle, WA 2016 Yakima Folk Life Yakima, WA 2016 Le’espace Paris, France 2016 Café Botanika San Sebastian, Spain 2016 La Rouge Barcelona, Spain 2016 Volume Music Festival Spokane , WA 2016 Capitol Hill Block Party (Neumos) Seattle, WA 2016 Amazon Concert Series Seattle, WA 2016 Beacon Hill Pan Med Tower Seattle, WA 2016 Waterfront Marriot Hotel Seattle, WA

Overview:
I began playing guitar at a young age, prompted by my infatuation with classic rock music as I idolized such groups as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Beatles, and many more. This was only the beginning of a life long intimate relationship with music and guitar playing. Since my first introduction to the guitar my musical tastes quickly expanded as I established a love for blues and all of its incarnations, from Chicago Blues to the varying acoustic and electric styles found in New Orleans, Mississippi, and Texas among other places. Through high school I played in rock and blues bands writing original music and getting my first real experiences as a composer and a bandleader. High School was also the place where I discovered my interest in Jazz music as I began playing guitar in the school's Jazz band. Following high school I began playing more jazz music as I attended Bellevue College studying theory and composition with Dr. Brian Cobb and guitar performance with Mark Hillard Wilson. After this I soon met renowned Jazz Guitarist Chris Spencer with whom I studied with for years to follow. I eventually found himself at Cornish College of the Arts where I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Music Composition. While at Cornish I had the opportunity to play guitar and compose for Jazz Orchestra, Latin Jazz ensemble, and Modern Jazz groups while playing under the direction of internationally know musicians and composers such as Wayne Horvitz, Tom Varner, Jovino Santos Neto and Chuck Deardorf. In the realm of composition I studied privately with composers Jarrad Powell and Tom Baker, with a deep focus in contemporary classical music. After college I worked as a composer for a few years writing music for theater and dance as well as doing residencies with different Seattle based companies. Currently I spend my time working as a guitar player in Seattle while also writing chamber music for various ensembles and art groups. I perform on a regular basis with a variety of groups in the Seattle area.
EXPERIENCE
I have been teaching and tutoring music students of all different ages and backgrounds for the past 5 years. I have taught in my home studio, tutored at Bellevue College, worked in public and private school programs and even in an educational festival setting. My first experience tutoring was at Bellevue College where I worked as classical music theory tutor teaching college students from the ages of 18-60. Following Bellevue College I began teaching guitar, ukulele and music theory in person and online in my private studio. As an addition to my private studio, I have taught at places such as Washington Middle School, Community Arts Create Rhapsody Program as well as the Northwest Wintergrass Festival Youth Academy
METHODS USED
Lessons will start with an assessment of what the student wants to learn and what their goals are. From there, we will determine the proper approach to meet those goals while keeping things fun and interesting. Once a particular skill level and interest are established I will develop an individualized lesson plan for the student to fit their wants and needs. The goal with beginning students is to get them up and running right away with chords and melodies, learning the fundamentals while being able to play their favorite songs. For all students I like to extensively focus on knowledge of the fret board and the many possible approaches to mastering it, as well as looking at creative practice methods and daily routines. A musician’s method of practicing can greatly determine their rate of improvement. For more intermediate and advanced students the general focus will shift to topics such as ear training, rhythm, music theory and music notation (if desired) and, their application to the guitar.
LESSON STYLE
In the world of music education it is important to recognize that everyone learns differently and there is no universally prescribed teaching method that works for all students. Everyone must find how he or she learns best. As a teacher I acknowledge this and incorporate it into my method of instruction. Anyone can find success as a proficient instrumentalist if they are able to learn on there own terms and find what they are doing enjoyable. My main priority is to create a fun interactive environment that excites not only the student but the teacher as well.
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