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Sam L In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Music, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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Sam L In Home In Studio
Instruments: Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Music, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 3-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
other: Montclair High School, other: Tufts University
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2015 School Talent Show - Best New Artist

Overview:
I started playing guitar when I was 7, and music has been a huge part of my life ever since. I've performed countless shows in the New York/New Jersey area as well as many around Europe. I also write my own music, and would be happy to allocate lesson time to songwriting. I took guitar lessons for years at School of Rock Montclair, and I also attended the Berklee School of Music Guitar Sessions Summer Program during the summers of 2015, 2016 and 2017, where I studied mainly blues guitar and music theory. In the summer of 2017, I also attended a songwriting-intensive program at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. I have my hands in a lot of pies as far as music goes, and I'd love to teach people whatever they want to learn!
EXPERIENCE
About three summers ago, I played a show in my hometown of Montclair. Afterwards, I struck up a conversation with a woman who had just seen me play. She asked if I could give her son guitar lessons and, even though I had never taught before, I agreed. I've been teaching ever since; there's nothing more rewarding than helping someone else get better at their instrument. I gave guitar lessons throughout high school and am continuing to do so in college. When I teach I really try to give students both what will help them and what will motivate them. In other words, there's sometimes a difference between learning something fun and something useful--it's learning a song versus learning the scale the song uses--and both factors are incredibly important to me in terms of what my students walk away with.
METHODS USED
There are two main components to learning an instrument: there's the technical, rudimentary side and the musical and analytical side. For beginners, I think it's really important to help lay a foundation in both categories, so as I teach a student how to properly fret a note, I will also make sure they know the note they're playing and, eventually, understand the way the note interacts with the rest of the notes they're playing. For more advanced musicians there's much higher variance; I like to let these types of students call the shots and learn and study only the things they want to. If I gauge that a student is an experienced enough musician I'm completely fine letting them tell me what to teach them.
LESSON STYLE
I'm very nice and patient with students, but I'm also very sink-or-swim. For example, if a student is trying to play a melody they know, I won't simply write it out for them and have them recite it: I'll push them to figure it out themselves and develop their ear. I'll of course step in at any significant roadblocks but people tend to make a lot of progress when they're pushed to do it themselves. I also like to ask a lot of questions as a way to solidify concepts, so I'll say things like, "What other chord do you know that has these notes?" and so on. When people are forced to work out their problems' solutions themselves it prevents them from disengaging from the learning process, and there's nothing more rewarding than a student's face when they just figured something out all by themselves.
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