Cameron Armstrong

Cameron A.

Seattle, WA

About Cameron A.

Cameron teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 2011
Last sign in: Today

Overview

Cameron began playing guitar at the age of 14, as a kid who found great Inspiration in classic rock music, idolizing 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 his first introduction to the guitar he quickly grew, establishing 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 South Carolina among other places.
Through high school Cameron played in rock and blues bands writing original music and getting his first real experiences as a composer and a bandleader. High School was also the place where Cameron discovered his interest in Jazz music as he began playing guitar in the school's Jazz band. Following high school Cameron began playing more jazz music as he attended Bellevue College studying theory and composition with Dr. Brian Cobb and guitar performance with Mark Hillard Wilson. After this he soon met renowned Jazz Guitarist Chris Spencer, with whom he studied with for years to follow.
Cameron eventually found himself at Cornish College of the Arts where he received a Bachelors degree in Music Composition. While at Cornish he had the opportunity to play guitar and compose for Jazz Orchestras, Latin Jazz ensembles, and Modern Jazz groups while playing under the direction of internationally know musicians such as Wayne Horvitz, Tom Varner, Jovino Santos Neto and Chuck Deardorf.
In the realm of composition Cameron studied privately with composers Jarrad Powell and Tom Baker, with a deep focus in contemporary classical music. He is now the composer for the quickly rising interdisciplinary arts group the Pendleton House.
Currently Cameron spends his time working as a guitar player in Seattle while also writing chamber music for various ensembles and art groups. He performs on a regular basis with a variety of groups in the Seattle area including the Seattle based jazz trio Honeysuckle Rye, folk and bluegrass group Modern Bygones, as well as the orchestral pop band Sebastian and the Deep Blue.


*** Lesson Details ***
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.
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.
For students interested in composition, we will focus more on analysis and the application of theory. We will look at songs or pieces that are of interest to the student and take them apart to figure out what makes them great. We will also look at many different kinds of music and their construction. A large part of music composition in the 21st century is the integration of electronic and computer music. For students looking for an introduction into pre-recorded and live electronic music with or without the use of guitar or other instruments, this is strength of mine that I love to teach.
Whether you are a serious musician or just looking for a fun hobby, I can get you where you want to be in your musical life. I’m fun, friendly and music is my passion and profession and I love to share it.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring extra guitars if needed, acoustic or electric.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in getting beginners up and running right away while helping each guitarist to find there own voice and have fun at the same time! When playing non-original music I specialize in blues, jazz and popular music.

Website:

http://www.cameronarmstrongmusic.com/


Music Links:

JAZZ TRIO: HONEYSUCKLE RYE:

https://soundcloud.com/honeysucklerye

ACOUSTIC FOLK DUO VIDEOS: MODERN BYGONES

https://vimeo.com/187979926

https://www.facebook.com/elbrindiscocktails/videos/1046510482133705/
https://modernbygones.bandcamp.com/releases

VIDEO'S OF ACOUSTIC BLUES AND FOLK PERFORMANCES:

Summertime Acoustic
https://vimeo.com/130905051

In the Pines
https://vimeo.com/130905033

Photos and Videos

Cameron Armstrong with the Cornish Jazz Orchestra

Experience

Wintergrass Youth Academy Instructor

Feb 2016 - Present
Wintergrass

Rhapsody Program Teacher and Coordinator

Oct 2015 - Present
Community Arts Create

Guitar Instructor at Washington Middle School

Oct 2015 - Present
Washington Middle School Host Program

Music Theory Tutor

Sep 2008 - May 2010
Bellevue College

Education

Bachelors of Music

Sep 2011 - Dec 2013
Cornish College of the Arts

Associates of Arts and Sciences

Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
Bellevue College
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5 Reviews on Cameron A.

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Nathan May 25, 2016
Guitar · In home
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Really nice & friendly person, clearly with a strong knowledge of not only the guitar but also music theory in general.
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Erik S. Jan 12, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Cameron has been teaching both myself and my teenage son for 6 months now. He is great teacher, but also a great musician, who not only is proficient at the technical aspects of the guitar, but also very knowledgeable about music theory, which he has incorporated in the lessons for my son, and is also teaching him the frame work for improvising.

He is extremely eclectic in his musical tastes and therefore versatile in being able to teach any style you might be interested in - indie stuff for my son and more blues/traditional American for myself.

He is good humored, easy going but very attentive, very responsive to what we request to learn in the lessons, and always punctual.

I couldn't recommend him enough. Awesome teacher!
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Pamela D. Sep 28, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Cameron was fantastic! He was flexible with our schedule and a great first instructor for our daughter. We would highly recommend him; he's knowlegable, enthusiastic, and very positive.
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Blaise A. Sep 13, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
There are great teachers out there, and there are great guitarists out there. However, you can tell on the first lesson that Cameron is really very good at both, which is uncommon. He is not only funny and kind but with him has an instructor, you will find yourself learning at a rapid pace, yet covering everything very thoroughly. Cameron is a great pick for guitar teacher.
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Julia Aug 20, 2015
Guitar · In home
Cameron is the best teacher I've had! He's extremely reliable- always on time, easy to contact when needed, and really flexible in rescheduling my lessons when I go out of town. I like that I learn a lot but it is never too much to process at one time and he really individualizes the lesson for what I'm interested in. We work on both artistry and technique which I think is very important. Also, he is very nice be around for an hour, I always look forward to my lesson! Couldn't recommend him more.
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