Sammy Elwell

Sammy E.

Saint Louis, MO
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Sammy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Hello, I'm Sammy!

Making music is one of my favorite things to do. I believe that music is for everyone and lessons are about you, the student. So we can tailor your lessons to whatever you need. Whether you're a beginner, playing/learning for fun, or looking to enhance your playing, I can help you!

I am a graduate of the music program at University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) where I studied cello and music theory with the Arianna String Quartet. During my time there, I played cello in the university orchestra and in some other smaller groups. I played one season with the Oregon East Symphony and I have played at several church services.

Through my teacher at UMSL, I am connected to a line of great cellists and teachers. His teachers can be traced back to Pablo Casals, the great master cellist By taking lessons with my you can join that lineage!

I also enjoy watching Netflix, cooking, hiking, and eating Indian food.

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Sep 2016 - Present
The Crossing Church

I play cello occasionally at weekend services.

Sep 2016 - Present
Chesterfield Presbyterian Church

I play cello occasionally at Sunday services.

Rural Music Facilitator
Aug 2017 - Jul 2018
Ethos Inc.

I was a volunteer with Americorps, serving as the music teacher in a rural community in Eastern Oregon. I taught general music, grades K-12, as well as after-school private lessons and group lessons on several different instruments.

Nov 2017 - Apr 2018
Oregon East Symphony

Cello Teacher
Nov 2016 - Jul 2017
ViBravo Strings

Taught 30-minute private cello lessons.

Sep 2016 - May 2017
ViBravo Strings

Observed 4th and 5th grade strings classes. Observed after-school honors orchestras. Led cello sectionals and conducted said orchestras.


Bachelor of Music - Cello Performance
Aug 2014 - May 2017
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Associate of Arts in Muisc
Jan 2012 - Jun 2014
St. Louis Community College


Limited Proficiency


Outstanding String Musician
May 2017
UMSL Music Department

Photos & Videos

My Little Cousin Experiences Cello for the First Time

McCluer High School After-School Strings

Oregon East Symphony Summer Strings Camp

UMSL Cello Choir Concert

UMSL Cello Studio

UMSL Cello Trio


4 Reviews

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Betsy M. Feb 2, 2019
Cello · In home

Sammy is a great instructor, I am looking so forward to my next session.

Thomas S. Sep 24, 2018
Cello · In home

Thomas and Sammy connected right away. Thomas had a terrible experience last year and following that, wouldn't even pick up his cello without proadding and arguing. This afternoon he picked up his cello and started playing the minute he got home from school. Yea! Prayer answered!

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monica Aug 9, 2018
Cello · In studio

I have known Sammy over a year as a cello teacher. He is knowledgable, kind and an all around great teacher! Recommend him highly!

Loree Aug 8, 2018
Cello ·

Sammy and his wife Amy did a wonderful job teaching beginning cello, violin and viola students at the Summer Strings Music Camp in Pendleton, of which I was the Director July 23-27. They worked hard to prepare interesting, innovative and creative methods to teach rhythms, note-reading and beginning orchestra to 13 students ranging in age from 5 - 11. I was very impressed with their final orchestra presentation at the final concert of Camp July 27th!

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