Sam Kaufmann

Sam K.

Sherman Oaks, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Technique mixed with theory and ear training to create a well-rounded, complete musician.
A great education and vast professional experience sets me apart.

About Sam K.

They say PLAY music because it is supposed to be fun!
Whether you've been playing for years or haven't even touched a guitar yet - we will get started right away enhancing the enjoyment you get from your guitar. Anyone can play, ANYONE. Beginners - I'll have you improvising music in 5 minutes.

Discover the satisfaction of being proficient on your instrument.
Become the guitarist you want to be. Play what YOU want to play, while still fitting it in to "theory".
Let your own unique personality come out through music!

In addition to technique, theory and ear training you'll learn:
• How and what to practice
• How to overcome self-imposed limitations
• What to expect at an audition, and we can prepare together!
• Prepare for "musical conversations" with other musicians when sitting-in or at jam sessions

About me:
Sam’s innovative style and creativity over the past 20 years has established him as one of music’s foremost composers/guitarists.
A depth of credits, including multiple Emmy noms, begin at age 15: Sam was pulled from high school to accompany Maynard Ferguson at a show in his home town, he toured as lead guitarist for NKOB, and later upon graduating Berklee College of Music, Sam was hired by Michael Jackson to write music for the HIStory project. Perfect timing – he had only moved to Los Angeles 3 days prior!
Sam went on to compose music for such iconic television shows such as Sightings, Modern Marvels and Biography as well as top level brand advertising for Nike, Lexus, ESPN and many more.
Testimonials lauding Sam’s talent include kind words from William Shattner, Ben Deily (Lemonheads), execs at Disney, directors and producers from network shows on HBO, CBS, NBC and many other industry players.


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7 Reviews
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He knows what it will take for you to become better. Super friendly, excellent teacher.

Posted Jul 6, 2018
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I have had many guitar teachers, Sam is by far, the best. He isn't just teaching me how to play guitar, he is teaching me how to be a musician. I look forward to my lesson each week.

Posted Jul 6, 2018
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Sam always goes above and beyond, he answers any questions I have throughout the week, via email and is sincerely interested in enhancing in my musicianship. He has a depth of knowledge that only comes from experience.

Posted Jul 3, 2018
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An exceptional guitarist and an exceptional teacher! Highly recommended! Sam keeps me motivated and excited about my playing and what we are learning.

Posted Jul 3, 2018
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I've always taken lessons from Sam in person, but now that he is offering Skype lessons, anyone has the opportunity to tap into this fine talent. Invaluable…Incomparable.

Posted Jul 2, 2018
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From the very first moment, Sam put me at ease. No question is a stupid question, and he always finds new ways to explain something if I don't get it! Patience and persistence. A rare combination.

Posted Jul 1, 2018
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I can't say enough about the confidence Sam has given me. He has taken my playing to another level that I couldn't get to before. I've been through so many teachers, finally someone that get's it!

Posted Jun 30, 2018

Photos & Videos

8 Photos & Videos


Sep 1990 - Present


Guitarist on Studio Sessions for Film and TV. CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Universal, Samuel Goldwyn, Paramount, Netflix, and more!


Bachelor of Music
Sep 1990 - May 1994

Berklee College of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Berklee College of Music Alumni
Sep 1994
The Berklee Alumni Affairs Office embraces the college’s alumni as valuable members and vital stakeholders in a lifelong, global community. We strive to foster and strengthen alumni engagement in meaningful and innovative ways that support the interests and goals of alumni in their professional and personal pursuits. Guided by the college’s mission, we seek to build a sense of shared community, pride, professional achievement, volunteerism, philanthropic support, and commitment to Berklee. We celebrate and applaud our alumni as they seek to improve the world around them through their creative pursuits.
American Federation of Musicians
Sep 1994
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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