- 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.
I play cello occasionally at weekend services.
I play cello occasionally at Sunday services.
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.
Taught 30-minute private cello lessons.
Observed 4th and 5th grade strings classes. Observed after-school honors orchestras. Led cello sectionals and conducted said orchestras.
Sammy is a great instructor, I am looking so forward to my next session.
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!+ Read More
I have known Sammy over a year as a cello teacher. He is knowledgable, kind and an all around great teacher! Recommend him highly!
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!+ Read More