Sam Jones
Brooklyn, NY
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Sam J.

Brooklyn, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
For the last few years, I have been teaching at schools in the Boston area, as well managing my own private vocal studio. In my lessons, I place an emphasis on teaching healthy vocal technique through contemporary music. Where as many voice instructors rely heavily on Italian art song (which is in my play book), I find jazz standards and well-curated pop and musical theatre to be a more modern and approachable genre for students to explore their own voices. My curriculums have been based much in my student’s interests and tastes, and I shape each individual student’s experience around them. These include: world music, RnB and musical theatre. For example, one of my past students was very interested in Whitney Houston and the “diva” sound, but was having trouble being that they were a tenor. For their development, we focused mainly on healthy belting placements, as well as working through their “break” and connecting their belt to their falsetto.

My teaching philosophy is very much that of empathy. I believe that the voice is an extension of a person’s whole being. Stress will find its way into a person’s singing. As an educator, one must be in-tuned with the student’s desires, hopes, fears and anxieties. A good voice instructor navigates these to achieve powerful results with their students which is the standard I hold myself to.

About Sam J.

Sam Graham is a singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn. Having just received his Master’s Degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory, he is already making great artistic strides by winning the competitive “Spark” Grant Award to launch his album, as well as NEC’s Entrepreneurial Musician Grant to direct, produce and star in a same-sex rendition of Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last 5 Years”, benefitting the local Boston nonprofit BAGLY to support LGBTQ+ youths.

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Marci
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I always look forward to my lessons with Sam! He has so much enthusiasm and patience and it really feels like he cares about my progression. He pushes me to try harder and that has truly helped me to become a better singer. He has amazing knowledge and is able to convey it in a fun, approachable way. Honestly, through my lessons with Sam I have rediscovered my love of singing that I thought I'd lost long ago.

Posted Jan 6, 2020
Alex
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Sam is awesome and he really cares about his students!

Posted Jan 6, 2020

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Education

Master’s of Music - Contemporary Improvisation
Sep 2016 - May 2018

New England Conservatory of Music

Bachelor’s of Music
Jun 2010 - May 2014

New England Conservatory of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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