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Kenton Youngstrom

Kenton Youngstrom

Phone: (626) 441-4283
Fax: (626) 441-5360

Email: Kenton.Youngstrom@pepperdine.edu

Highlights of Qualifications

Over 20 years of experience teaching college-level classical and jazz guitar

Strong secondary teaching areas: composition, theory, ensemble, improvisation, film scoring

Expertise with notation/recording/editing/graphics software, MIDI applications

Professional performances include: international concert tours, television and radio appearances, concerto soloist, recitals, jazz venues, recording sessions

Teaching Experience

Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA 2000 - Present
Music Instructor - Guitar - Classical, Jazz, Commercial

Los Angeles Community College District; ELAC, Mission 1992 - Present
Music Instructor - Guitar - Classical, Commercial

University of Redlands, Redlands, CA 1990 - Present
Music Instructor - Guitar - Classical, Jazz, Commercial, Ensemble

Colburn School of Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA 1979 - Present
Music Instructor - Guitar - Classical, Jazz, Commercial, Ensemble

Cypress College, Cypress, CA 1979 -1985
Music Instructor - Guitar - Classical

Private Instruction, Los Angeles, CA 1973 - Present
Music Instructor - Guitar - Classical, Jazz, Commercial, Ensemble

Professional Experience

Falla Guitar Trio, Founding Member, Co-Producer 1979 - Present

International concert tours, recordings (debut named Record of the Year by Stereo Review), master classes, workshops, California Arts Council Touring Artists since 1989. Performances include the inaugural concert of the Stotsenberg Recital Series at Pepperdine; Guitar Congress; GFA; Dubrovnik Festival; La Guitarra California 2001; Hawaiian residency 2002; Ventura Chamber Music Festival 2003


Original compositions and orchestrations: Mary Pickford-A Life On Film "An American Sweetheart" (Film Scores); Jazz ensemble: El Espejo (TV Theme); choral works; string quartet; works for small jazz combo, big band, guitar ensembles. Arrangements: selections from 7-Year Zigzag (Film Score) and a comprehensive list of arrangements and transcriptions of works by major and minor composers from antiquity to the present, including West Side Story, the Goldberg Variations, MozartĀ¹s Symphony 39, Nutcracker Suite, opera selections, art songs, lute songs, and numerous transciptions of jazz and rock solos by various jazz and rock musicians.

Professional Musician 1974 - Present

Solo recitals (including Stotsenberg Recital Series, Music at LACMA,

Athenaeum Concerts, Marymount College Artist Series); ensemble concerts (with flute, voice, violin, cello, bass, harp, piano, horn, trumpet, saxophone, guitar duo, trio, quartet, various other combinations). Performances as soloist with orchestra including concertos by Rodrigo (Concierto de Aranjuez with the Pepperdine Orchestra), Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Vivaldi, Almeida, others. Jazz performances with small combos, big bands (led an 11-piece jazz combo for the opening of the 2001 International Film Festival in Cannes, France). Co-founder of Mariachi Mexicapan (concerts with Ballet Folklorico Mexicapan, and a unique live performance singing and playing Mexican folk music on a prize-winning float in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena , CA). Early music performances on renaissance lute, baroque guitar. Numerous recording sessions performing jazz, blues, rock, classical and flamenco guitar. Several recording projects as engineer/producer using ProTools. Adjudicator, Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition, 1997, 1999.

Professional Writer 1987 - Present

KENTON YOUNGSTROM Classical Guitar Method Book 1, 1993 Kenton Youngstrom Publications, ASCAP; Learning to Fly Faster and Farther, 1992 Hot Licks Series, GPI Publications, 1989 FRETS magazine; Learning to Fly, 1987 FRETS magazine.


Master of Music - University of Southern California, Classical Guitar
Performance-1982 Bachelor of Music, Magna Cum Laude- University of Southern California, Classical Guitar Performance - 1979.