CONSERVATORY of MUSIC

Cameron Watson

PRIVATE LESSONS | PIANO, THEORY

conservatory instructor
My goal is to turn curiosity and exploration into enjoyment and accomplishment when working with young children, teens or adults. Whether the subject is theoretical, ensemble, composition or free improvisation, lessons should be fun, inspiring and creative.

About

Pianist, composer, conductor, writer, filmmaker, legal scholar and educator, Cameron Watson’s experience and range is unparalleled. Beginning at the University of Calgary, UWO, UBC, The Banff Centre and Switzerland, Watson’s teachers include: Boris Roubakine, Luigi Zanninelli, Gerhardt Wuensch, Leonard Isaacs, William Aide, Jane Coop and the eminent Gyorgy Sebok. From 1977 to 1995, as a full faculty member of Medicine Hat College, Watson was a primary contributor to the musical life of that community: performing (solo and chamber), teaching, creating curriculum, master classes and all varieties of conservatory programs; producing summer festivals, concert series, theatre productions, recordings, television programs—as well as being President of the Medicine Hat College Faculty Association and Director of Choirs at Fifth Avenue United Church. Further, Watson studied filmmaking, screenwriting and film scoring at Simon Frazer, NYU, UCLA and SAIT, producing and scoring broadcast, award winning films both dramatic and documentary.

Now at Alberta College Conservatory and as a sessional instructor in the Department of Music, MacEwan University, Watson continues to be a passionate educator. In addition to teaching/performing in Edmonton, he was six years at Music Camrose—three as head clinician—giving workshops in Edmonton and Calgary as well as adjudicating over thirty festivals throughout Western Canada. As a writer, Watson has contributed feature articles to INTERNATIONAL PIANO magazine. A holder of an LLB from The University of Alberta, in 2000 Watson was named national winner of the Gordon F. Henderson/SOCAN Copyright Award for his essay: “Music Copyright Infringement: A New Understanding”.

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Music with Distinction, Piano Performance, University of Calgary.
  • Master of Music, Piano and Composition, University of Western Ontario. Thesis: “Liszt’s Process of Revision”
  • One year of residency (DMA): University of British Columbia (in progress)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. Major: Intellectual Property.

Performances / compositions / recordings

  • Solo recitalist and chamber player where required in all of the above organizations and venues and in all years. [sample programs and list of repertoire on request].
  • Recording artist on television and radio including eight separate programs for CBC Radio as well as two published CDs featuring the works of CPE Bach, Beethoven, Ginastera and Prokofiev as well as my own compositions.
  • Media artist on YouTube featuring 20+ works including Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy” and Rachmaninoff’s “Moment Musicale in C major”

Awards / Achievements

  • Contributed feature articles to INTERNATIONAL PIANO magazine.
  • Holder of an LLB from The University of Alberta, in 2000 Watson was named the national winner of the Gordon F. Henderson/SOCAN Copyright Award for his essay: “Music Copyright Infringement: A New Understanding”.
Cameron is incredibly knowledgeable, and passionate about his specialty. He has taken the time to build rapport with my son, which makes him a more effective teacher. He uses his expertise to assess my son’s areas of strength and weakness, then crafts a plan to build my son’s skills. We are so fortunate to have found him!
Shanda, Piano Student