Sam teaches mandolin, banjo, guitar, and Soundpainting at the Jalopy School of Music in Brooklyn, privately, and via Skype. He has also taught internationally at music schools in Cambodia and Thailand. As a teacher, he is eager to help students expand their instrumental technical knowledge while also furthering their musical development and improvisational language whatever their inclinations might be. Open dialogue and following student-driven curiosity are always central to his teaching.
"I've been taking lessons from Sam for over a year, exploring musical styles spanning jazz, klezmer, and surf rock. Sam is an excellent teacher--always responsive to my musical interests and preferred learning styles, prepares useful materials, easygoing, knowledgeable, etc. Highly recommended!"
"I had the pleasure of attending one of Sam's workshops on Gypsy Jazz, at the Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn. I could tell that he was a wealth of knowledge, and ended up taking a year of private lessons from him. He is solid in teaching the fundamentals, and his knoledge stretches from bluegrass, jazz, klezmer, funk, and so on. You have not lived until you put a mandolin through a wah pedal. Aside from being a great player, Sam is a great teacher and a stand up fellow. I would recommend him 100 Percent."
"Sam is a fantastic mandolin teacher! He is very knowledgeable and skilled as well as flexible with my schedule. I'm especially happy because he is so patient and great at customizing lessons based on what I want to learn. I look forward to continuing lesson[s] with him."