Carlos Campos

Carlos C.

Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching music professionally for over 20 years. I taught at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Musicians Institute, Cornel School of Contemporary Music and currently I teach at the California College of Music.

My lessons are customized and follow the need and goals of each student. All ages welcomed! I teach beginner, intermediate and advanced piano students, songwriters and coach vocalists! I have developed curriculum for contemporary piano, ear training, solfege, music theory, songwriting and composition. Students will have the opportunity to build a strong foundation in contemporary musicianship and repertoire while having a wonderful time! Send me a message and let's get started!

About Carlos C.

My name is Carlos Campos.
I am a piano teacher and have taught professionally for over 20 years. I taught at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Musicians Institute, The Cornel School of Music and Los Angeles College of Music.

I teach music online to students worldwide via Zoom from my studio in Los Angeles. I use several cameras to enhance the online music lesson experience. My online students receive a video recording of each lesson plus supporting media.
My classes are always fun, stress free but with a strong curriculum, organized and dynamic.

- Piano: I teach contemporary, pop and jazz piano styles. I also teach sight-reading, technique, improvisation, piano repertoire and jazz voicings.

- Music Theory: I teach both Jazz Chord-Scale based Harmony and Traditional Four Part Harmony. I also teach Ear Training and Solfege. I wrote a six level course on Ear Training-Solfege which is been used in different colleges. My music theory students range from beginners to advanced.

- Guitar/Bass: I'm a pianist but I work with my Guitar and Bass students in the areas of Jazz Improvisation, Music Theory, Ear Training, Solfege, Sight-Reading, Groove development and contemporary repertoire.

- Songwriters/Producers: Over the years I worked on giving shape to the songs and ideas of many songwriters and producers. With my songwriting and production students, I work with their melodic development, chord progressions, Hit-Song deconstruction and modeling, and how to create your own music drawing from the best contemporary resources.

I would love to work with you!
Please send me a message to talk about your musical goals and needs.


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25 Reviews
Tina M.
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Carlos is awesome. I am so lucky to have ended up with him as my songwriting teacher. He is extremely professional, very talented and easy to work with. I highly recommend Carlos.

Posted Jan 4, 2020
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Carlos is amazing. He is very organized and punctual. My son loves that Carlos gives him clear instructions for homework and provides video of his lesson for review.
He is always looking forward to our lessons.

Posted Jul 15, 2019
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Carlos did a great job teaching and is passionate about instruction. He has a very thoughtful sequence of how to develop his students to be the best that they can be and is very patient with his students

Posted Jul 9, 2019
Peter O.
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I have been looking for somebody to help write and notate my songs. I went to some producers and music teachers for help with my songs. I wish I would have to run into Carlos back then. Carlos is very knowledgeable about songwriting and just music in general. He takes his time to always listen to my ideas and then helps me organize my melodies and chords. He even helps me write my songs down. I am glad I am working with him and would like to recommend Carlos to any songwriter.

Posted Jun 25, 2019
Roger S.
Profile-location-online Online

Carlos is a very dedicated and serious instructor. He is extremely passionate about teaching and learning; it shows in her students' growth. I highly recommend Carlos if you are looking for a jazz piano instructor, whether it's for personal enjoyment or a lifelong goal.

Posted Jun 25, 2019
Matilda N.
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We are so happy with the lessons. Our son (age 12) has rapidly advanced in his playing, and Carlos has the perfect mix of being gentle but firm in his expectations.

Posted Jun 25, 2019
Dan M.
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Great start. Enjoyed it a lot.

Posted Nov 19, 2018
Tina M.
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I found Carlos extremely easy to work with and he definitely knows what he's doing! This is my first voice lesson ever and I was very intimidated before starting. Carlos made me feel very comfortable and wow, did I ever learn a lot in this first lesson. I used to play the piano when I was quite young but have lost much of my ability. Carlos helped me with the keyboard in addition to teaching me correct breathing and testing my voice range. I look forward to my lesson next week!

Posted Nov 12, 2018
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Such a privilege to have Carlos as my teacher! Through his unique method I improved so much my musicianship! he’s the best teacher you can get for sure!

Posted May 4, 2018
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Carlos is an Amazing teacher, he was a wonderful method.

Posted Apr 19, 2018
Ein Ein
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Carlos is a GREAT teacher. He not only teaches music but also a good healthy mindset and philosophy of being a musician. I'm so grateful I get to take lessons from him. Strongly recommended!

Posted Apr 15, 2018
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Prof. Campos' love for Music is evident in his enthusiastic and energetic teaching techniques. Carlos is exceedingly patient with all of his students and provides the best learning experience with encouraging and inspiring them.
I would like to highly recommend Prof. Campos as your music teacher!

Posted Apr 12, 2018
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I have known Carlos professionally for over 30 years either as the publisher of his music instructional books that are sold worldwide or as a fellow music instructor at Cornel School of Contemporary Music. I have seen many times over how students have developed their overall musicianship through Carlos’s teaching methods and I would highly recommend him if you are interested in moving forward with your musical goals.

Posted Apr 12, 2018
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Carlos is the best teacher I've ever had, period.
Full of wisdom and useful knowledge and tips that have shaped me as a musician and helped me move forward with my musical development.

Posted Apr 12, 2018
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I have known Carlos for more than 30 years. He’s always been a real mentor, and a leader for all his students.
Carlos is an Innovator and creator of cutting edge learning programs, he has taught thousands of successful students and has many years of experience as a music educator.

Posted Apr 11, 2018
Josiel Perez
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I have known Professor Carlos Campos for more than few years since he was teaching at Shepherd University and I was doing my Masters in Film Scoring. Professor Campos is an excellent musician and educator who has always been willing to share his knowledge of musicianship, composition, ear training, jazz harmony, and piano.
I hope that you give Professor Campos an opportunity to share his knowledge with you. He really cares about his students.

Posted Apr 11, 2018

This is Abraham Laboriel(professional bass player and teacher since 1972).
Choosing Maestro Carlos Campos as your instructor will put you in touch with proven and tried experience coming from a temmacher who is uniquely prepared to help you learn but also to help you discover your own abilities in relationship to your talent and musical preferences. Carlos Campos has authority to communicate the beauty and excitement of music. He has my respect.

Posted Apr 11, 2018
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Carlos has been an excellent mentor, instructor in my music journey so far. He has guided me in not only academic areas, but also career and business areas.

I still remember his Ear Training lessons from 8 years ago, which was how I met him. He opened up my perception to music in ways I didn't know existed. To this day I continue to learn from him and I will forever be grateful to him.

He is one of the kindest people I have met and genuinely cares for his students growth.

Posted Apr 11, 2018
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I highly recommend, he is for sure one of the best teachers I've ever had in my life. Carlos has an awesome method that takes you to another level very quick.

Posted Apr 11, 2018
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Terrific teacher and teaching method for ear training. Great brush up on my skills!

Posted Apr 11, 2018
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Mr. Campos is an amazing teacher who takes time to teach you everything you want to learn about music and more! He makes a plan for you as an individual and is very encouraging throughout his lessons. An excellent instructor!!

Posted Apr 11, 2018
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I found Carlos to have the vest combination of traits to find in a teacher. He is knowledgeable about his subject, he explains the material well to the student, and he is a warm person. TO me this is the definition of an excellent teacher!
Thank you Carlos.

Posted Apr 11, 2018
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I was very impressed, so much that I started taking piano lessons from him. Carlos has all this curriculum and books and media that he has developed. Very good stuff! I still use his book on Open Jazz Voicings. I haven't even finished a third of the book and still find new uses every day when I play. I also found useful the way Carlos had me visualize intervals on the keyboard in order to play in all different keys. He also helped me with my ears and reading music.

Posted Apr 11, 2018
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Carlos is great teacher! Very patient and knows the pace each student needs to reach the next level. Also, he has taught at the top music schools in the nation so has lots of experience.

Posted Apr 11, 2018
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He was very helpful with so much patience.
Also he has his own material which he’d been teaching 20 years experience in Berklee, NEC, MI, CSCM,, etc.
So I could trust him and he had very deep thought and clear about what he teach.
We had some conversations while the private lesson was going on... lots of story that he told me was amazing and unbelievable. Not only The theory and the knowledge that you would get from him, also whole lot of different variety of infusions he will provide and it will help you improve as a musicIan and as an artist.
Thank you Carlos!!

Posted Apr 11, 2018

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Oct 2018 - Present

Los Angeles College of Music

Instrumental Performance, Piano, Music Theory, Ear Training, Contemporary Ensembles, Online Recording Ensembles, Music History, Composition, Orchestration, etc.

Jul 2019 - Dec 2019

Longy School of Music of Bard College (MAT)

Jazz Improvisation, Ear Training, Solfege, Songwriting, Composition and Contemporary Piano Skills.

Jul 2017 - Dec 2019

California College of Music

Contemporary keyboard classes for major and non major. Advanced Ear Training and Solfege. Sight-Reading. Contemporary Ensembles. Curriculum development for Musicianship, Ear Training, Improvisation and piano classes.

Faculty and Academic Director
Sep 2008 - Dec 2017

Cornel School of Contemporary Music

Ear Training-Solfege, Keyboard Technique, Contemporary Keyboard Voicings, Improvisation, Afro-Latin and Brazilian Keyboard styles. Ensembles, composition, arranging and private instruction. Authored curriculum for Ear Training/Solfege, Piano Proficiency, Musicianship, Keyboard Skills, Contemporary Voicings, Improvisation and Melodic Development. Overseeing curriculum development for Bachelor and Master programs in contemporary performance, composition and music production.

Sep 1997 - Dec 2012

Musicians Institute - Hollywood

Ear Training and Solfege, Keyboard Technique , Jazz Voicings, Salsa and Brazilian Keyboard styles, Hand Notation, Salsa Arranging, Private Piano Instruction, led numerous ensembles. I wrote curriculum for all levels of Ear Training and Solfege, Piano Technique, Improvisation and Contemporary Voicings.

Sep 1993 - Sep 1997

Berklee College of Music

Private Piano instruction, contemporary Keyboard Labs, Music Technology (DAW), Jazz Arranging, Salsa Arranging, Hand Notation and other.

Guest Faculty
Jan 1993 - Sep 1993

New England Conservatory

Afro-Latin ensemble for Third Stream department.


Doctor of Music Arts (Honorary)
Jun 2011 - Jun 2011

Shepherd University (Los Angeles)

Master of Music
Sep 1984 - Sep 1988

New England Conservatory (Boston)

Bachelor of Music
Sep 1980 - Sep 1984

Berklee College of Music

Undergraduate in Music Composition
Sep 1976 - Aug 1980

Conservatorio Nacional de Lima



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


AVID Sibelius 7 Essential Training
Aug 2017

AVID Sibelius 7. Music Notation Software training.


Amazon Author
Jan 2017

KIT - Teacher of the Year Award (2005)
Jun 2005

Musicians Institute in Hollywood

KIT - Teacher of the Year Award (2003)
Jun 2003

Musicians Institute in Hollywood

Portrait in Black and White
May 1996

Camerata Caribe (Puerto Rico)

Boston's Best Latino Arranger/Producer Award
Oct 1992

WBIV Radio/TV (Boston, MA)

Richard Levy Award in Composition
Jun 1982

Berklee College of Music


Pi Kappa Lambda
Sep 1993
An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

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