Sammy Elwell

Sammy E.

Saint Louis, MO
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I love showing other people how to play musical instruments, especially cello! If you're a beginner, I'll get you playing music right away; note-reading, scales, and stuff can come later. If you've been playing for a little while, we can work together to help you learn new skills, new music, and practice techniques that can help you progress quickly while avoiding frustration.

About Sammy E.

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! If my availability does not match up with yours, reach out to me anyway; maybe we can work something out!

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 in the St. Louis area. Currently, I am freelancing and performing with the UMSL Cello Choir.

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


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6 Reviews
Sara F.
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I think it was a great lesson. Although it would be great to be able to jump in and start playing. Sammy gave me tools and exercises to help build a strong foundation in my learning and playing!

Posted Feb 20, 2020
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I am older starting cello. Sammy is very patient and I am enjoying the lessons.

Posted May 2, 2019
Betsy M.
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Sammy is a great instructor, I am looking so forward to my next session.

Posted Feb 2, 2019
Thomas S.
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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!

Posted Sep 24, 2018
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I have known Sammy over a year as a cello teacher. He is knowledgable, kind and an all around great teacher! Recommend him highly!

Posted Aug 9, 2018

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!

Posted Aug 8, 2018

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Low Strings Teacher
Oct 2019 - Present

Webster Groves School District

Teach cello and bass classes for 4th grade after school.

Cello Instructor
Sep 2019 - Present

Suzuki Harmony STL

Provide 30 - 60 minute private cello lessons.

Sep 2016 - Present


I play cello in church services, weddings, and etc.

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


Aug 2017
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