Carlos Campos

Campos Music

Educator, 561 score
  • Teacher

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Piano, Keyboard

Youth, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Master

Jazz, Latin, Bossa, Afro-Cuban Rhythm, Fusion, Salsa, Theory, Merengue, Bebop

In Person, Remote, Group Classes

About Carlos Campos

Hi, my name is Carlos Campos.
I'm an educator and have been teaching music for almost 25 years to students all around the globe. I taught at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Musicians Institute in Hollywood and at the Cornel School of Contemporary Music. Currently I teach at the California College of Music in Pasadena.
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 have written books on Latin Jazz, Afro-Latin Piano, Ear Training and Solfege, Keyboard Voicings, Keyboard Technique, Contemporary Improvisation and other music subjects.
I have also worked as a producer, music arranger, songwriter and keyboardist in Los Angeles and the Boston area.
I enjoy teaching students of all ages, music levels and interests. My students range from beginners to very advanced. Their interest ranging from jazz piano, songwriting, ear training, afro-latin styles, composition, contemporary music theory, arranging and scoring.

Here is a list of the subjects I teach:

Piano Performance
• Jazz Piano
• Latin-Jazz Piano
• Salsa & Merengue Piano Styles
• Contemporary Keyboard Technique
• Jazz Voicings
• Keyboard Harmony and Chord Progressions
• Improvisation and Melodic Development

Theory and Musicianship
• Ear Training and Solfege
• Jazz Theory
• Chord Scale Harmony
• Reharmonization Techniques

• Composition
• Songwriting
• Arranging
• MIDI Mockups


        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. (Bassist with Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, and many 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 (Guitarist with Elton John, Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Hall & Oates, Shawn Phillips and many others)

        I have worked with Carlos Campos for many years, both in the areas of music education and production. As an educator, Dr. Campos can guide you through most areas of your music making; but most importantly, Dr. Campos will light your soul with inspiration, and infuse in you the drive to grow and to reach your full potential as a musician and as a complete human being.
        —Daniel Indart (Composer for Dexter, The Sopranos, Mozart In The Jungle, Dance With Me, NCIS, Our Brand Is Crisis, House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, etc.)

        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, etc.)

More information about my online/onsite lessons and educational material:



My book "Salsa, Afro-Cuban Montunos for Piano" is now available in Digital format.
e-Book (PDF), MP3 Files of every example in the book. 304 MP3 Files!
MP3 Salsa Percussion Library in 2-3 and 3-2 clave, tempos from 132bpm to 212bpm.
MIDI Files of every example in the book. 304 MIDI Files!

Finally... my Author page at Amazon! Check it out!

Location: Los Angeles, CA 90016, United States

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Carlos Campos
Music can change the world because it can change people. ― Bono

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