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I am currently working on a Bachelor of Arts at Cabrillo College and transferring to UC Santa Cruz or UC Berkeley.
My name is Cameron, I am from Sacramento and recently moved to Seabright in Santa Cruz. I am also a musician and a music student. I have been studying music and taking lessons since I was 5 and have been passionate my whole life. I am working on my Bachelor of Arts degree in music and I'm deciding between UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley for next semester. I have been in multiple bands, ensembles, choirs, and more. I have been giving lessons to children on my own for about 2 years and also performed quite a bit at a summer camp called Lair of the Golden Bear this last summer. My previous jobs have mostly been with children but I am open to giving lessons to adults as well. Besides teaching and learning, another one of my musical passions is recording, which is why I have my own studio in my garage. Garage, however, is not a very accurate word. It comes with carpet and double doors that swing wide open to welcome in the ocean air. So feel free to stop on by or inquire about an in-home lesson, don't be a stranger!
My teaching experience began 2 years ago when I started teaching a few neighborhood kids that my family knew. By word of mouth I gained 3 more but then I moved to Santa Cruz so I could attend Cabrillo College. These were private lessons all in the homes of the students. But now that I have my own studio, I have been inviting students over to study in my studio. I have been playing guitar for 10 years beginning with professional lessons, electric bass for 7, and drums for 5. What I love about teaching young students is instilling good habits at a young age/early start. This usually makes the journey smoother and roughs out the kinks that we all face when practicing or studying.
When I begin with any student, I like to ask what they love, what they wish, and what they'd like to do during their lessons. Depending on the answer, I may start the student with tape on the fretboard, under the strings, outlining the chords for a guitar player. Or I may start with a book outlining the fundamentals of music and focus on sight reading. I like to have the lesson be a mix of what the students want, and what I believe to be useful information. I have found that it is better to have a lesson where the student is engaged, so I try my best to find what each student's wishes and interests are while including them in my lesson.
I like to "cross-train" my students. By this, I mean that it is important to work all of our musical muscles in order to become well-rounded musicians. Lessons could include anything from ear training, solfege, sight reading, song learning, and much more. Through this exploration, I can find what excites the student and work that into the lesson, and the student can find what inspires them while exploring it more and working on it with me. It doesn't matter to me what the student wants to learn and I will always do my best to make the lessons fun but also productive.
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