Cameron Strife

Cameron S.

New Britain, CT
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Whether you're the next Taylor Swift, want to rock out like Metallica, or just want to play simple folk tunes around the campfire, I'm the teacher you want! I've performed on stage and have done studio work on top of teaching on both acoustic and electric guitar. We'll cover music theory, ear training, soloing, and explore different styles of music on top of learning the songs you want to play!

About Cameron S.

STUDYING WITH ME:

Learning guitar should be interesting and fun! While we're studying all the different aspects of the instrument, you'll also be learning how to play your favorite songs and solos! I approach each student as an individual and structure their lessons according to what I determine they need, as well as what they are interested in musically. I concentrate on many different areas; ear training, theory, playing technique, improvisation, various styles of music, and, the physics of the guitar. Understanding how the instrument works is important in my opinion. My long term goal is to teach a student how they can teach themselves down the line. Understanding why you’re playing something is just important as knowing how to play it. I aim to give a student rich and well rounded one-on-one time!

GENERAL BIOGRAPHY:

I have been teaching and performing for over a decade both in the US, and in England. I have played in various bands and have produced independent artists. I have worked for a recording studio and for various academic institutions including the Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School in New York city.

I obtained my degree from Purchase College in New York and am a member of their Conservatory of Music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I construct lessons for each individual student depending on their musical tastes, goals, and current skill level etc. I want each person to get as much from their time studying with me as possible. Within three to six months, I'll have you working on timing, theory, ear training, improv, and songs/styles of music you may be interested in. I'm laid back, however, I expect at least the minimum practice time between lessons, which I'll change throughout the course of our time together depending on your skill level etc. Practice materials I draw up are included. I write out everything in plain English and do not require the use of sheet music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Small recording studio, piano, various guitars, bass, and amps.

*** Travel Equipment ***
guitar, bass, laptop, digital recorder.

*** Specialties ***
I concentrate on ear training, improvisation, and explore styles ranging from pop, alternative, rock, prog, and blues, to metal, funk, and folk etc. I do not require sight reading skills for any level of student. Rather, I work with the student with theory and arrangement conventions to really understand the music. This intern, greatly sharpens their musical ear and helps them to learn music much faster because they understand how it is put together; why and how it works, etc.

***Teaching Special Needs***
I have experience teaching students who have been visually impaired,
blind, hearing impaired, or who have had mild learning disabilities. I
am also comfortable with a student bringing their service dog or
therapy dog to our lessons if they wish.

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Tessa
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Cameron is an excellent teacher for me. I am 11 years old and have been playing for almost a year with him. He is patient and makes me stretch to be a better guitarist. He takes time to find songs at my level of learning and accommodates my tastes in music. I would recommend him for anyone who is interested in playing guitar.

Posted Feb 23, 2018
Kim K.
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I enjoyed my first lesson with Cameron. He explained things clearly so I could understand. Can't wait for my next lesson.

Posted Jun 12, 2015
Pat A.

A solid teacher with a lot of experience

Cameron is great at tailoring the lessons to my musical taste without compromising the theory, basics and fundamentals.
I have been taking lessons for one year and will not go elsewhere anytime soon. His vast musical knowledge helps merge the theory with concrete examples. No question remains unanswered.

Posted Feb 14, 2013
JimH1

great instructor

I've been taking bass lessons from Cameron for a few months now. He's a great instructor. Very knowledgeable, very patient, and puts in time outside our lessons to be prepared to teach or play new material that I am interested in. I always look forward to my lessons. If you're looking for a good bass or guitar teacher (not sure what else he might teach) Cameron is your guy!

Posted Nov 17, 2011

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Experience

Composer (Now working remotely as independent contractor.)
Sep 2009 - Present

LAVA STUDIOS

Artist and consultant
Jul 2008 - Present

VISIONARY MEDIA COMPANY

Consultant
May 2007 - Jul 2007

ADD JOY TO LEARNING - Music Industry Education Program, New York, NY

Compiled research data from various sources that quantified the positive impact that the study and application of music has on various other subjects of academic study. This data was used to support a funding proposal to create a nonprofit music education center.

Intern
Sep 2006 - Jun 2007

LIGHTHOUSE INTERNATIONAL - The Filomen D'Agostino Greenberg Music School, New York, New York

Taught guitar, basic audio and MIDI composition. Responsible for the pricing and sourcing of musical equipment. Installed and updated DAWs as well as other equipment in the music technology suite.

Education

BA degree in music with a concentration in studio production
Aug 2004 - Jun 2008

Purchase College SUNY

BA in music
Aug 2004 - May 2008

SUNY Purchase

AS level in audio production
Sep 1999 - Jun 2001

West Kent College (England)

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Hot pick!
Aug 2005

Pacific Songwriting Competition

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2012
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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