Sam Chess
New York, NY
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Sam C.

New York, NY
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Beginner
Hello! Through my four years at Juilliard I have studied with amazing pianists such as Frank Kimbrough and Dan Nimmer.
Although I majored in jazz trombone, I have been a proficient piano player since I was very young. I use the piano everyday to compose, so I am more than capable of teaching beginning to intermediate players how to properly play. I have a very cohesive lesson plan designed to give any student a well rounded basis for playing the piano. Teaching has always been my biggest passion, I can't wait to work with you!
Contact me for more info!

Happy practicin'!

About Sam C.

Hello! I'm Sam and I'm a graduate of the Juilliard School. I'm a huge music nerd and teaching is one of my biggest passions. For eight years, I have been teaching students of various ages and backgrounds, compiling lesson plans designed to work with students at ALL LEVELS. As a prominent NYC based jazz trombonist/bandleader/composer, I am more than qualified to teach any student.
I have given numerous masterclasses, workshops, lessons and group lessons in everything from classical trombone technique to jazz history. I offer fun, cohesive lessons catered to your ability in the following subjects:

--Trombone (jazz and/or classical, beginning to advanced)

--Jazz Harmony (any instrument [bass, piano, drums, guitar, etc.] beginning to advanced)

--Piano lessons (beginning to intermediate)

--Music Theory and/or AP Music Theory prep (any instrument, beginning to advanced)

--Ear Training (any instrument, beginning to advanced)

--Arranging/Composition (any instrument, beginning to advanced

--Songwriting (any instrument, beginning to advanced)



*Since I charge the same rate for each of these subjects, many of my students request to split the lesson time into 2 or more subjects

If you have any questions about my specific lesson plans for a particular subject, please don't be afraid to shoot me an email!

Happy practicin'!

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Tina
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ok Sam is fantastic!
the connection was a little weird at first but it was on my end I think because the second I moved to my living room it was steady. Rather than find a local teacher I just figured to see if I could find someone affordable online, and wow, he also went to Juiliard!
6 out of 5!

Posted Jun 22, 2019
Maggie
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I'm so lucky I found Sam! I used to play piano and was hoping to brush up on technique, learn jazz chords/harmony, and play along improvising with a jazz soloist. Getting a Juilliard trained musician for this price is a STEAL, I highly recommend.

Posted Jun 22, 2019
Lawrence
Profile-location-online Online

I bounced around with a few other teachers who had flashy profiles, but none of them had as thorough, personalized, or challenging of an approach as Sam. He was so quick to diagnose my mistakes and had a way of making the trombone fun rather than frustrating (imagine that!!)

TEN STARS!!!!

Posted Jun 21, 2019
Negar A.
Profile-location-online Online

Had one lesson - he is very patient and encouraging . subsequent lessons were not possible due to inability to connect electronically and his busy schedule ... it was not worth trying to figure out when to have a class since regularity was not a priority it seemed. sorry to say. Wish him all the best in his performances and professional life,

Posted Mar 7, 2019
Negar A.
Profile-location-online Online

my first lesson went very well. Awesome teacher.

Posted Dec 13, 2018
Drew
Profile-location-online Online

My skype lesson with Sam was one of the most insightful musical experiences I've had in regards to educating myself about the craft of trombone playing. Not only is his remarkable prowess at the instrument itself apparent but his knowledge of musical harmony and overall artistry allows all of his expert advice to come full circle and become even more impactful. His teaching style was incredibly supportive and effective and with clear and concise input I feel like I can very easily implement the information he gave me into my own playing. From the nuances of trombone technique to the intricacies of complex musical harmonies and progressions, Sam is more than capable of instructing students of all ages and skill levels. I would absolutely recommend Sam to anybody who wants to study music/trombone seriously or even is just getting started and wants to build a strong foundation. I can't wait until my next online lesson!

Posted Jul 27, 2018
Deven
Profile-location-online Online

Sam is a fabulous trombone teacher and player! In our lessons, he is really good at assessing what I can and can’t do and then building lessons to address those skills. As a teacher, he is very fun and down-to-earth while also having high standards and being willing to challenge me.

Posted Jun 26, 2018

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Experience

Sam and his Check Mates
Oct 2017 - Present

bandleader

This is my personal project, we play around the NYC area. All original arrangements and compositions!

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
May 2016 - Present

Jazz at Lincoln Center

-regular trombone substitute -various shows and venues in NYC area -2017 "Big Band Holidays Tour" -2018 "Big Band Holidays Tour" -2018 Australia/China Tour -2019 -recording work and touring

Wynton Marsalis Septet
Aug 2015 - Present

Jazz at Lincoln Center

-played at the Marciac Jazz Festival (France) in 2015 and 2016, as well as other performances within USA

Education

Bachelor's in Music- Jazz Studies/trombone
Sep 2014 - Present

The Juilliard School

High school diploma
Aug 2010 - May 2014

University High School

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

William R. Hearst Scholarship
Aug 2014

The Juilliard School

Billy Strayhorn Scholarship
Aug 2014

The Juilliard School

Affiliations

ASCAP
Nov 2017
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.
International Trombone Association
Nov 2016
The general purposes of the International Trombone Association shall be: To promote communications among trombonists around the world, to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trombone family and to function as a clearing house for trombone-related ideas and information

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