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carlos campos, m.m.
keyboard program chair

Carlos Campos is a veteran music educator who has taught for more than two decades at numerous prestigious institutions including New England Conservatory, Berklee College, Musicians Institute, and Cornel School of Contemporary Music. He has published many curricular texts on subjects including latin jazz piano, salsa & Afro-Cuban styles, ear training, piano proficiency, voicings, improvisation, and contemporary keyboard technique. His texts are available through ADG Productions, on his own website,, and through the California College of Music Press. As a highly sought-after composer, producer and performer, Dr. Campos has recorded music for a wide variety of international artists on major and independent labels and television networks including EMI, BMG, Atlantic, Bronco, CNET, Telemundo, and Univision. His music has appeared in commercials for major corporations including Nissan, GTE, Jack in the Box, Cadbury, and more.

Among his many mentors, Carlos is proud to cite Ran Blake (one of Thelonious Monk’s only students), Herb Pomeroy (a major Duke Ellington proponent who was director of jazz bands at MIT from 1963 to 1985), Anthony Di Bonaventura (who premiered works by Ligeti, Berio, Ginastera, and Persichetti) and Stephany Tiernan (former piano chair at Berklee; contemporary piano-movement-breath technique pioneer in the lineage of Madame Margaret Chaloff) as his most influential teachers.

California College of Music is have Carlos Campos chair our keyboard program, where his unique style of teaching piano technique, ear training, and improvisation is sure to benefit many students.

M.M. in Composition, New England Conservatory
B.M. in Composition, Berklee College of Music

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