Samantha A. Camacho

Violin, Viola, Suzuki in the Schools Teacher

Samantha Camacho

SAA Member


Phoenix, MD
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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 also completed the Long Term Suzuki Teacher Training Program for Suzuki books 1-4 and I am a registered Suzuki teacher. 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.
I have been playing violin for over 20 years now and have been teaching strings for over 10 years. I am currently in my 9th year as a certified teacher in the AZ public school system. In that time I have taught general music, private and group Suzuki Violin and Viola, and string orchestra to students of all ages. I taught at the NAU Music and Dance Academy, and at several elementary schools in both Phoenix and Flagstaff. I also have training and teaching experience in a music literacy curriculum called Music Mind Games and recently had additional training for using Suzuki in the Schools. Currently, I work as a strings teacher in PVUSD, in addition to running a studio out of my home. As a performer, I have played with the NAU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, with NAU Chamber Groups, and with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. I also have experience in studio recording, writing, and performing on electric violin with alternative rock groups. I currently belong to a local indie band, I am a member of the Scottsdale Philharmonic Orchestra.
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.