Samara Rice
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Samara Rice

Samara R.

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Accomplished, focused, and professional piano teacher of 7+ years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn in a fun and positive environment.

About Samara R.

Samara R is a contemporary classical music composer and educator based in Southern California. Textural elements, unusual instrumentation, extended performance techniques, and imagery inspiration combine themselves to form her compositional sound.

Samara is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. She graduated cum laude from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in music composition, and was selected to participate in the prestigious honors program, which culminated in a solo honors recital. She was awarded The Steward Prize for an outstanding creative work.

Samara studied music composition at UCSD with Dr. Lei Liang, Dr. Chinary Ung, Rand Steiger, and Dr. Philippe Manoury. She studied music composition, music theory, piano performance and pedagogy at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA under the tutelage of Dr. Norman Weston, Pamela Worcester and the late Dr. Rebecca Rollins.

At UCSD, Samara also had the opportunity to broaden her musical knowledge with courses complementary to composition. She studied recording, mixing, and mastering techniques in a state-of-the-art studio with Tom Erbe (SoundHack), completed a yearlong series of courses in jazz theory and improvisation with Kamau Kenyatta, took private violin lessons with Batya MacAdam-Somer, and even spent a quarter studying conducting with Dr. Chinary Ung.

Samara has sung and performed in numerous choirs throughout Southern California, including The Southern California Children’s Choir, Saddleback College’s Women’s Camerata and Modern Masterworks Choral, UCSD’s Concert Choir and Gospel Choir, and The La Jolla Symphony Chorus.

Samara currently runs a private music studio where she teaches piano, violin, voice, and composition lessons. In addition, she is a certified Music Together instructor for music and movement courses so she can introduce infants and toddlers to the joys of music.

Samara has participated in various music festivals including UCSD’s Toy Piano Festival organized and hosted by Scott Paulson, UCSD’s undergraduate arts festival ADDO, and The Grand Teton Music Festival.

She enjoys sharing her love of music through composing, teaching, and performing.

Samara is a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), The Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA), and The Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC).

*** Lesson Details ***
Expect lessons to be fun and enjoyable! I want all my students to love music. I use a variety of materials to craft customized lessons based on your interest, skill level, and musical style. Let me know what you want to learn and I can help you achieve that goal!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, piano, supplies, music books, couch, music stand

*** Specialties ***
I mostly teach in a traditional classical trajectory with emphasis on developing solid technique, musicianship, and theory skills. However, I also encourage students to learn other fun songs such as their favorite Disney and pop songs.


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10 Reviews
Jasmine M.
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Samara was great with Jasmine. She felt very comfortable with Samara from the beginning and we look forward to meeting with her for future lessons!

Posted Aug 31, 2015
Samara K.
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Samara is great with our daughter. She recommends songs that our daughter likes and she asks my daughter to choose songs that she likes. She sings along with her when necessary to help her find the right notes and plays piano beautifully. Our daughter looks forward to the lessons with Samara.

Posted May 3, 2015
Melissa S.
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As Samara's colleague at UCSD, I had the privilege of collaborating with her on various musical projects and observing her composition process from start to finish. She's a creative, talented and ambitious musician who is familiar with various musical instruments and techniques. More than that, she is a dedicated educator: she has extensive knowledge of musical pedagogy and is always looking for opportunities for further professional development. I highly recommend her for students of all levels!

Posted Jan 5, 2015
marjorie B.
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Our daughter took voice and piano lessons with Samara for about 6 months in San Diego. She had never had lessons before but within that short time fame our daughter learned and progressed at an unbelievable pace.

Samara is patient and extremely talented with her gifts as well as with children. Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed all her lessons with Samara and we were definitely sad to see her go.

Posted Sep 9, 2014
Mel M.
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Samara is a fantastic teacher with an incredible level of patience and perfectly calm demeanor. My four year-old daughter enjoyed every lesson and couldn't wait to go back for more. Under Samara's tutelage, my daughter made incredible strides and developed a passion for piano.

I am grateful to Samara for teaching my daughter not only the fundamentals of piano, but how to enjoy the instrument while learning. I was certainly sad to have Samara leave San Diego, but that just means other students in Long Beach will stand to gain from Samara's talents.

Posted Jun 16, 2014
Lan W.
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We've been lucky to have Ms. Samara as our daughter's music teacher. In just 2 months, our daughter (12 years old) could sing pop songs beautifully and write the lyrics for her first song. We highly recommend Ms. Samara to anyone who is looking for a well-rounded music teacher who is professional, knowledgeable, patient, and loving. Thank you, Samara for being a great teacher to Sara for the past 2 months.

Posted Jun 8, 2014
Cindy B.
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My little one, 5 years old has been taken lesson with Ms. Samara for both piano and violin. Ms. Samara is very patient and great for getting the little one engaged. She has made great progress with Ms. Samara for past year.

Posted Jun 7, 2014
Elsie W.
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I took my sons to music lessons for years and lived vicariously through them. Now that they are grown, I finally decided to take voice lessons for myself.. I chose Samara for my teacher and she was the perfect choice! She gave me confidence when I was insecure and expanded and strengthened my range. Best part was--her lessons were so much fun! You CAN teach an old dog new tricks (at least Samara did)!

Posted Jun 6, 2014
Ana R.
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Samara is a wonderful musician and instructor. Our son Alex (8 years old) who never played piano before, learned fast and played a few pieces on his own in a short period of time. Our daughter Danielle (10 years old) played piano before but changed her mind and picked violin instead. Samara worked with Danielle and was able to encourage her to not give up. Danielle plays a few pieces but her favorite is "A whole new world". Both of them got very advanced in 6 months of working with Samara . I picked Samara over other music instructors for her personality and kindness. She is full of patience and both of my kids felt very comfortable with her. We miss her and hope to find another music instructor like her!

Posted Jun 6, 2014
Sonja W.

Sensitive and fun

My teacher's lessons are instructive and fun. She challenges me to expand my comfort zone in terms of singing range, which is what I was looking for. She is reliable, has great communication skills and has the sensibility to 'pick' students 'up' from where they are and guide them to new levels of confidence.

Posted Feb 13, 2013

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Music Composer and Educator
Jun 2007 - Present

Self-employed (Miss Samara's Music Studio)

-Custom piano, violin, voice, composition/songwriting, theory, and combination lessons based on student’s level and interest -Prepare weekly lesson plans including fun supplemental songs and traditional method books -Integrate music theory and music history that relates to student’s pieces

Associate Stage Manager
Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

Grand Teton Music Festival

-Properly arrange stage for orchestral and chamber music concerts, adhering to quality production standards and specifications -Facilitate smooth rehearsals and performances -Assist the Stage Manager, Managing Director of Artistic Operations, guest artists, and Maestro as needed -Seasonal summer position

Music Instructor
Apr 2012 - May 2014

Prodigy School of Arts

-Taught private piano, violin, viola, voice and piano/voice combination lessons -Prepared lesson plans and taught summer camps covering topics in orchestration, singing, music history, and music theory games -Assisted with administrative duties including QuickBooks, student scheduling, and correspondence with parents

Music Together Instructor
Aug 2009 - Jul 2010

Music Together LLC

-Taught music and movement classes for children 0-4 years of age with their parents -Directed activities building music fundamentals -Led various songs, rhythm, tonal, and movement activities throughout the classes


Master of Music
Aug 2014 - May 2020

Cal State Long Beach

B.A. Music Composition and Theory, Cum laude
Sep 2010 - Jun 2013

University of California, San Diego


Music and Movement Instructor
Aug 2009

Music Together


The Steward Prize: for an outstanding creative work
Jun 2013

University of California, San Diego. Music Department.

Department Honors in Music with Distinction
Jun 2013

University of California, San Diego. Music Department.

Provost Honors for 6 quarters
Jun 2013

University of California, San Diego


American Composers Forum
Feb 2019
The American Composers Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. We provide new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engage communities in the creation, performance and enjoyment of new music.
Alliance for Women Film Composer
Apr 2018
Through advocacy, support and education, the Alliance for Women Film Composers aims to increase the visibility of women composers active in media scoring. The AFWC advocates for the inclusion of women composers within industry events; supports filmmakers, game developers and studios in their inclusion of women composers; and educates, mentors and inspires emerging women composers.
MusicLink Foundation
Oct 2017
Any child who has musical potential deserves the opportunity to nurture this talent to its full extent. Many children lack the chance to receive music lessons due to financial need. The MusicLink Foundation reaches out to low income families by linking these students with professional music teachers willing to reduce their fee to make the lessons more affordable for the child.
California Professional Music Teachers Association
Aug 2014
CAPMT is the California State Affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). CAPMT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit music teachers organization of over 1,000 members, teaching in independent studios, private and public schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities throughout California. CAPMT offers a variety of state programs for the music student and education and professional opportunities for its members. California is divided into nine geographical districts, some of which are subdivided into chapters. The districts and chapters provide local opportunities for student performances, competitions, evaluations, and for teacher enrichment, education, and interaction.
Music Teachers National Association
Jul 2014
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Dec 2013
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
Music Teachers' Association of California
Oct 2013
MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

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