Chris Champion has been teaching all levels of guitar for over 30 years. Chris graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T) in Hollywood CA in 1987 and also attended Arizona State University as a Jazz Performance Major. Chris was on the Jazz faculty at Arizona State University as the Jazz Guitar Instructor from 1997-2008. While teaching at ASU Chris also taught beginning and advanced improvisation classes as well as directing small ensembles. As a seasoned clinician Chris has also worked with a number of SD high school jazz bands as rhythm section coach and has adjudicated several SD high school jazz competitions and festivals. As a lover of all things guitar, Chris is extremely proficient in numerous styles of music from Blues to Rock / Jazz / Country and Classical.
Since moving to South Dakota in 2010 Chris has been very active in the South Dakota music scene in and around the Sioux Falls area both as a solo act as well as with various ensembles.
I have been playing music since I was five years old, when I learned to play piano with my mother. I believe that the musical foundation that was instilled in me at a young age has made it possible for me to learn and teach any instrument and style of music. As your music teacher, it is my goal to build fundamental skills as well as inspire and guide you through your musical journey. My favorite styles of music to play are bluegrass, folk, country, jazz, and some rock, though I have played most styles of music. My greatest guitar influences are Django Reinhardt and Doc Watson.
I have been playing guitar for over 17 years, which is more than half of my life. Playing music is my passion and I would love to pass on what I’ve learned to people who wish to learn an instrument for the first time, refine old skills, or learn new styles. When you start learning a new instrument, remember to be patient and enjoy the journey that is becoming a musician. Set goals for yourself such as playing your favorite songs for friends, writing your own songs, learning a favorite guitar solo, performing at an open mic night, or setting up performances.
I look forward to starting this journey with you! I will be here along the way to help you learn, answer questions, and let you guide your own musical process. Remember, this is your time - I’m here to help you get where you want to go. I look forward to working with you!
several years in Nashville as a studio singer and live performer. She recently earned her Master’s Degree in Vocal Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas. She has performed in many cities including Nashville, New York City, Kansas City and Stockholm.
Camille is a jazz singer, composer, teacher, arranger, pianist and voice-over artist with a wealth of experience and a dedication to her craft. She is certified in all three levels of Somatic Voice Work, which focuses on a holistic approach to contemporary commercial voice. Camille carries over similar strategies to teaching piano. With two CDs to her credit; Easy to Love a collection of vintage jazz vocal tunes, and Dream In Color, featuring refreshing arrangements of gospel standards, spirituals, and traditional hymns, she hopes to release a collection of her original music in the near future.
Camille DeVore’s singing been described as “cool, clear, and easy on the ear” and having “a warm and welcoming presence.” She tells an inspiring musical story and brings new life to the melodies she sings. Camille is a dynamic and expressive performer; a must-see for anyone who loves music delivered with depth, soul and originality.