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    Piano Lessons

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    Class Overview

    PIANO LESSONS: I teach pop, jazz, classical and different contemporary piano styles. I also teach sight-reading, technique, improvisation, piano repertoire and jazz voicings.

    I teach piano at my studio in Los Angeles. My studio is located in the historical Village Green (Culver City). I also teach piano online to students worldwide and use several cameras to enhance the online music lesson experience. Online students will receive a video recording of their lesson. My classes are always fun, stress free but with a strong curriculum, organized and dynamic.

    I have taught piano for over 20 years at institutions such as Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Musicians Institute, Cornel School of Music, California College of Music and Los Angeles College of Music.

    I’m very interested in working with you.
    Please send me a message to talk about your musical goals and needs.

    I have a website related to my music lessons:
    www.lessonswithcarlos.com

    "I want to recommend Dr. Carlos Campos as one of the most inspiring teachers of music I have ever known. Do you truly want to learn music and enjoy the process of learning and working hard? Then, there is no one better, because he is a born teacher who specializes in knowing how to teach and enthuse the student to fall in love with learning the art of making music. It has been my honor to work alongside professor Campos".
    —Abraham Laboriel Sr. (Professional Bassist with Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Dolly Parton, Donald Fagen, Elton John, Herbie Hancock, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles and others).

    "Dr. Carlos Campos is the kind of music educator that I would loved to have had when I was starting out! Not only is he brilliant in music theory and analysis, but his passion and insight into creativity is highly contagious! His mentorship in music inspires musicians to be well developed in their skills and excited about their own personal journey of discovery."
    —Caleb Quaye (Professional Guitarist with Elton John, Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Hall & Oates, Shawn Phillips and many others)

    "I have known Carlos for many years. He is an extremely talented musician with a unique approach to teaching piano, composition, ear training and other musical subjects. Carlos is a professional who understands the steps it takes in becoming a great player and writer. I would highly recommend studying with him".
    —Mauricio Guerrero (Six time Grammy Award winning producer, Shakira, Phil Collins, Beyoncé)

    Any age

    English, Spanish

    Willingness to enjoy music and explore our musical abilities.

    Any piano music you have studied before.

    FAQ

    What types of students have you worked with?

    I enjoy teaching students of all ages, music levels and interest; from beginners to very advanced, their interest range from contemporary piano, voice, guitar, bass, songwriting, ear training, jazz, composition, music theory, arranging and scoring.

    What advice would you give a student looking to hire a music teacher?

    Try working with different music teachers until you find one that understands your musical needs, and can guide you in a fun but organized way to learn to play, sing or write all the music you love. Over the years I have learned that there must be a certain level of communication between music student and teacher to have a long term, fun and fruitful musical friendship.

    What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I earned a Bachelor of Music from Berklee, a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory and an Honorary Doctorate of Music Arts from Shepherd University. - Some of my teachers include Edgar Valcarcel, William Thomas McKinley, Herb Pomeroy, Ran Blake, Anthony D’Bonaventura, Stephanie Tiernan, James Williams and others. - I taught at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Musicians Institute (Hollywood), Cornel School of Contemporary Music, California College of Music and Los Angeles College of Music. - As an author, I have published books on Latin Jazz, Ear Training and Solfege, Keyboard Voicings, Keyboard Technique, Contemporary Improvisation and other music subjects. As a producer, arranger, songwriter and keyboardist, I have worked in Los Angeles, New York and Boston areas.

    What is your typical process for working with a new student?

    First, I will set up a phone or Skype meeting with the new student to find about his/her musical goals. I want to know about the musical styles the student loves, the artists the student listens, the music genres the student would like to learn and explore. These information helps me to organize the right type of curriculum and material for our joint musical explorations. I believe music lessons should always be fun, but grounded in a strong curriculum that will help the student achieve their musical goals and develop the necessary skills.

    What questions should music students ask to potential teachers?

    The student should ask the music instructors about their experience playing and teaching in the musical areas the student is interested. Also, ask if the teachers have written their own material and if they have audio or video recordings of their music. Sometimes you may find a teacher who has little experience teaching or playing, but is the perfect match for you! He/she will be so interesting to listen and will go out of the way to find the right songs for you to learn. You just will feel very comfortable in that teacher’s presence and uplifted after every lesson. 

    Describe a recent event you are fond of.

    Every Saturday, I host a Live Music Lesson Webinar through my Facebook page. I cover topics such as Ear Training, Solfege, Piano, Jazz Chords, Improvisation Techniques, Contemporary Piano Styles and Music Theory. The class is always free and open to all music students worldwide. You are invited to join my free online class at: www.facebook.com/lessonswithcarlos Saturdays @ 11:00am (PST)

    How does your business stand out?

    I can think of three aspects that make my music lessons special. First, I have taught music professionally for over 20 years at institutions such as Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Musicians Institute, Cornel School of Music, California College of Music and Los Angeles College of Music. — Second, I’m a music author and I have written extensively for piano, music theory, ear training, improvisation, composition, arranging and scoring. I also have written and developed music college level curriculum for the music schools mentioned above. — Third, my music studio in Los Angeles is located in the beautiful and historical Village Green. I also teach Online to students worldwide. I use several cameras to enhance the online music lesson experience. Online students will receive a video recording of their lesson. My classes are always fun, stress free but with a strong curriculum, organized and dynamic.

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