Samantha A. Camacho

Violin, Viola, Suzuki in the Schools Teacher

Samantha Camacho

SAA Member


Phoenix, AZ
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I started playing violin at the age of 8 in a public school program, and fell in love with music. After singing and playing violin through high school, I attended NAU where I completed my instrumental Music Education degree in Spring 2011. During my time in Flagstaff I completed the Long Term Suzuki Teacher Training Program for books 1-4. I have now dedicated my career to music education, hoping to inspire my students as my teachers did for me. I try to make music fun and kid friendly while providing students with the tools to successfully take music as far as their dreams desire. Whether playing the violin or viola simply develops into an appreciation for the arts, becomes just a hobby, or eventually works it way into a career as it did for me, music is a rewarding area of study that I believe every child should get to experience.
After graduating, I spent three years working over full time as a general music teacher in the Washington Elementary School District in West Phoenix. In the fall of 2014, I started a new part time position teaching strings to 4th-6th grade students in the Paradise Valley Unified School District, where I grew up. This new job has finally provided me with the the time and schedule flexibility to start a small studio of Suzuki violin, viola, and cello students, something I have wanted to pursue since leaving Flagstaff. I operate this studio out of my home in central/north Phoenix where I live with my husband Tony and our two silly rescue dogs, Bruce & Bruno.
Between all of these experiences, I have now been playing violin for over 20 years and am now in my 10th year of teaching. 7 of those years were spent teaching Violin and Viola with the Suzuki method to students of all ages in both a private and group setting. I taught at the NAU Music and Dance Academy, in a special Suzuki program at Marshall Elementary Magnet School, in my own after-school program at Mountain Charter School in Flagstaff, and in the public school orchestral setting during my student teaching and now in my current employment through PVUSD. I also have training and experience from NAU teaching music literacy through a revolutionary curriculum called Music Mind Games, which is often used to supplement the Suzuki method.
As a performer, I have played with the NAU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and with NAU Chamber Groups, in addition to participating in several performances with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. I now perform classically with the Scottsdale Philharmonic Orchestra and the newly founded Women’s Orchestra of Arizona. I also have some less traditional experience in studio recording, writing, and performing on violin with alternative rock groups. Currently I am a member of a Phoenix based band where I sing and play electric violin.
If interested, I would be happy to help your child develop some of these less traditional skills or learn the basics of an amplified instrument, as a supplement to their classical instruction. I am also comfortable teaching traditional lessons based on the string literature your child uses at school if you are simply looking to supplement their current experiences with some individualized attention. Adult, group, summer, pre-audition, or other forms of intermittent or non-traditional lessons may also be available upon request, in addition to lessons or tutoring in music reading or music theory.