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Mark Camden

Artist's Narrative

Mark Camden As someone who writes and plays original compositions on self-crafted Native American style flutes, most would typically classify me as an artist and musician. I know however, that my occupation is much farther reaching. While I am passionate about being both an artist and musician, I'm equally as passionate about being a teacher for those who wish to develop their own skills in craftsmanship, composition, and design.  I've been so fortunate to learn the skills throughout my lifetime that have allowed me to call what I do my career, and I have a genuine desire to share that knowledge and those experiences with others.

Through my construction of the Native American flute, I am able to design and create contemporary instruments based on ancient principals.  I use materials and traditional methods to maintain the integrity of the Native American art form.  I then use these instruments to share my story and the history of the people that came before me.  My respect for the Native American people compels me to work in keeping this art form alive.

Although I have spent many years focusing on the Native flute and its music, my love of music is much older.  For more than thirty years I have worked as a professional musician, playing with groups that span a wide range of musical genres.  A decade ago I began playing, composing, recording, and building Native American flutes and other traditional musical instruments.  Over the years I have exhibited my work at numerous Art and Music Festivals throughout Ohio and have been a featured performer at many venues.  In 2008 I began extending my musical reach by traveling to Springdale, Utah where I performed on the stage at the Zion Canyon Native American Flute and Art Festival. In March 2009, I was a featured concert performer at the Potomac Native American Flute Festival.  My passion comes from sharing my gifts with others, young and old.

Availability

Upon request.
This artist is based in Columbus. Travel charges may apply for schools outside of the area.

Programs Available

Inside the Inspiration (Grade levels K-5)
Let the music be your guide as you journey inside the life of a musician. Learn how determination, visualization, and imagination can help you achieve your wildest dreams. Learn about visualizing, composing music, and constructing a Native style flute, all while taking a misic walk with Mark as he shares his personal story of how an instrument of the past helped him create his passion for the present.

Ohio Standards/ Benchmarks:
Fine Arts and Music
  • Students will gain exposure to music from world cultures and its purpose as a means of expression (HCSC)
  • Students will observe a musical performance and identify how elements of music communicate ideas or moods (AR)
  • Students will identify personal music preferences while demonstrating appropriate audience behavior for the style of music performed (VMAR)
  • Students are encouraged to respond physically, emotionally, and intellectually to the live performance (VMAR)
  • Students will observe and make connections between music and other areas of study such as langauge arts and social studies (CRA)
  • Students will identify the role of a musician and describe that role as a career (CRA)

Language Arts
  • Students will use active listening strategies to identify the main idea of presentations, clarify questions, and gain information (C:OVS)
  • Students will connect prior experiences, insights, and ideas to those of a speaker (C:OVS)
  • Students will interpret the main idea and draw conclusions from presentations (LAV)
Activity Options:
Inside the Inspiration
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Fees: $250/ $50 each addt'l

Built on the Past (Grade levels K-5)
Go inside the music as Mark shares the ancient story of the Native style flute. Get an in depth look at the process by which they are crafted and learn the importance of this instrument and others in Native American culture.

Ohio Standards/ Benchmarks:
Language Arts
  • Students will use active listening strategies to identify the main idea of presentations, clarify questions, and gain information (C:OVS)
  • Students will connect prior experiences, insights, and ideas to those of a speaker (C:OVS)
  • Students will interpret the main idea and draw conclusions from presentations (LAV)

Social Studies
  • Students will compare life in the past and present, demonstrating the ways basic human needs have been met over time (H)
  • Students will identify ways that different cultures within the US and world have shaped our national heritage
  • Students will obtain information from oral and visual sources (SSSM)
  • Students will compare practices and products of North American cultural groups (PIS)

Fine Arts and Music
  • Students will observe and make connections between music and other areas of study, such as language arts and social studies (CRA)
  • Students are encouraged to respond physically, emotionally, and intellectually to the performance (VMAR)

Activity Options:
Built on the Past
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Fees: $250/ $50 each addt'l

Going Green the Native Way (Grade levels K-5)
Explore the methods and beliefs of Native Americans and their relationship with Mother Earth. Learn how this group's culture influenced their use of natural resources. Make connections between past and present while gaining a better understanding of your role in protecting the environment.

Ohio Standards/ Benchmarks:

Social Studies
  • Students will explain resources and how they can be used in a variety of ways (ECOM)
  • Students will compare past and present with an emphasis on daily life including: roles of men and women, basic human needs, ways to meet those needs (H)
  • Students will identify and give examples of ways science and technology have changed the daily life of people including communication and transportation (H)
  • Students will describe changes in the community over time (H)
  • Students will compare the cultural practices and products of various groups who lived in the community including: artistic expression, religion, language, food, clothing and shelter (PIS)

Science
  • Students will describe what resources are and recognize some are limited, but can be extended through recycling or decreased use (ESS)
  • Students will describe Earth's resources including rocks, soil, water, air, animals and plants and the ways in which they can be conserved (ESS)

Activity Options:
Going Green the Native Way
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Fees: $250/ $50 each addt'l