Sam Chess

Sam C.

New York, NY
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Trombone

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hello! Through my four years at the Juilliard School I have taken lessons with some of the worlds most prominent trombonists, including Elliot Mason, Steve Turre and Joe Alessi. In addition, I have a vast experience of teaching both classical and jazz students. I've created my own general lesson plan comprised of exercises I have received from these world renown teachers, as well as from other working professionals in NY.

I'm very quick to notice your skill level and create a cohesive, unique lesson plan catered to working on your weaknesses and polishing your strengths! A mediocre teacher will simply give you default exercises to work on-- a task better left to google. A good teacher, however, can diagnose a student and find the most efficient way for he/she to improve.

I promise to be a caring, fun, informative teacher. Please contact me for more information about my lessons.

Teaching is my biggest passion, I can't wait to work with you!
Happy practicin'!

PS- ask me about me group lesson rates and bring a buddy!
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About

Sam passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Sam delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2010

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)

--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)

--Piano lessons (beginning to intermediate)



*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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Experience

Sam and his Check Mates
Oct 2017 - Present
bandleader

My personal project. A great way to sample my trombone playing and composing abilities.

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"

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

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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Photos & Videos

with Wynton Marsalis at the 2015 Marciac Jazz Festival
From my album, my arrangement- solo's toward the end.
Sam Chess plunger solo- with Wynton Marsalis and the Young Stars of Jazz playing Duke Ellington's "Black Brown and Beige"
rehearsing for the 2015 Marciac Jazz Festival with the Wynton Marsalis Septet

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From the 2016 Marciac Jazz Festival with Wynton Marsalis
with the Jazz @ Lincoln center orchestra in Dec 2017

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Photo by Sam C.

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Photo by Sam C.

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My album cover!! please check it out online!
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2 Reviews

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Drew Jul 27, 2018
Trombone · 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!

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Deven Jun 26, 2018
Trombone · 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.

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