Samuel Bean

Samuel B.

Chicago, IL
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Having played the coffeehouse circuit since my early twenties, I can show you many things that will 1) improve your playing, 2) increase your confidence in front of an audience, and 3) bring a sense of enjoyment and wonder to the music that's already in you.

My lessons are strictly for hands-on learners. I play a line and then you repeat it - simple as that. Pretty soon, you'll have mastered the major scale, the "cowboy chords" (C, F, G, A, E, and D), and then some more advanced material (minor & seventh chords, the "blues" scale). Further down the line, you'll be introduced to some basic jazz chords, soloing techniques, and even songwriting skills.

About Samuel B.

I've been a performing singer-songwriter since 1993. My influences include Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Richie Havens. During this time, I've also been an enthusiastic cook and photographer.

I obtained my teaching certificate in 2006 and gradually discovered that providing private instruction is my supreme element. I also discovered that I'm a hands-on learner - more so than I am a visual or auditory one.

Hands-on learners make up a rather small percent of the population - one whose needs are easy to overlook. I make it my job to support students who need to do something in order to understand it and I do this by way of having you imitate what I do.

Though imitation and repetition are my most obvious pieces, I make my lessons fun and exciting as well. Everyone can be (and already is) an actor, a musician, a skilled cook, and a proficient photographer. My job is simply to help you discover these things (which are in you already) and provide them a little guidance so that you can allow them to flourish.


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14 Reviews
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Great teacher. Patient and explains so you understand

Posted Jan 7, 2019
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I found Samuel to be very good at making me feel comfortable at acting, even though I'm a fairly introverted person. Also he adapts to the subject and managed to have me memorize 3 pages of script, which is not something I thought I anyone could get me to do.

Posted Sep 20, 2018
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Sam is very patient and knowledgeable about the guitar.

Posted Feb 18, 2018

Sam Bean is a thoughtful, perceptive person who is sensitive to people’s learning styles. He has a lot of experience in playing, as well as teaching guitar. He is also someone of high integrity.

Posted Feb 15, 2018
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We have had the pleasure of knowing Sam Bean for many years and would give him an A+ for his singing, guitar and performance skills. In short, Sam is awesome and an exceptional person.

Posted Feb 11, 2018

Sam is a well honed teacher with a philosophy, a lot of patience and great skill. Taking lessons with him will certainly improve your playing!!

Posted Feb 11, 2018

Sam is a terrific person and a great instructor! Highly recommended!

Posted Feb 11, 2018
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I have known sam for years as a friend. Not only is he a wonderful person but a great teacher. While we have never had formal lessons, he is always gracious and willing to explain and slow down whatever he is playing. And he is always playing! He is super talented and a joy to be around.

Posted Feb 10, 2018
Allan Brandt
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Samuel has been a top notch teacher and is very patient with my son. My son always tells me that he's inspired after every lesson. So much so that another one of my other sons has observed these lessons and is interested in taking lessons from Samuel as well.

Posted Apr 5, 2016
Ron A.
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Over the past 20 years I have taken guitar lessons twice. The episodes were separated by 15 years. I was engaged and even intense about learning. Both times ended in frustration and more important, failure. After only 5 lessons with Samuel Bean, I have learned to strum chords in time, learned several scales, 12 bar and 8 bar patterns and a bit of music theory. The result is playing to a level that provides personal satisfaction. I look forward to playing. So for you beginners and frustrated musicians out there, you know who you are, give it a try. I predict success.

Posted Apr 9, 2015
Ted D.
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I have had known Sam for many years. I am friends with his parents and his sister Emmy, also a very talented musician.
Although I don't live near him, unfortunately, when he visits NYC I make it a point to check in with him and ask for his his advice on my rather limited guitar skills. I always come away from our sessions feeling much better about my playing and can see what an improvement he has made for me. He is very patient and so eager to help, even a beginner like myself. i just wish he lived closer!

Posted Jan 23, 2015
Erin B.
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When I joined Sasona's housing cooperative community, I didn't know how to do anything. Sam provided an orientation for me that was above and beyond. Whenever I didn't know how to do something I knew I could ask him and he would not only tell me how, he would teach me how. Teaching is an integral part of who he is. He is conscientious, compassionate, and committed to his students. I absolutely recommend him as an instructor for people of all ages.

Posted Jan 12, 2015
Susan J.
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Having taken almost a dozen lessons from Sam, I can say with assurance that he is a competent, serious and sensitive instructor. Before the first lesson he inquired as to my purpose in learning the guitar and my goals. He then tailored his instruction accordingly.

As to his competence, he is a talented artist who plays with mastery and teaches with the belief that with time and practice, the student can attain comparable skill. He looks for and provides alternative methods when I have difficulty with a chord. He provides links to artists online so I can work on subtle changes in a tune during my week's practice.

Sam teaches scales which we review at each session. We also review songs/chords with an emphasis on clarity and rhythm (and graciously, not my singing). He is very serious about getting it 'right', but he is also sensitive.

Besides being sensitive in correcting mistakes, he is also sensitive to my preference in music. Without abandoning the basics, he is kindly teaching me more Blues songs than campfire ones since I like the moody melodies.

I'm very pleased and happy with my experience as Sam's student.

Posted Aug 9, 2014
Marina G.

Great guitar lessons

We tried a few different guitar teachers for our two young daughters, but they learned the most with Sam. He is one of those rare individuals with a gift for working with children, and has made a career for himself in teaching. He has a strong presence in the space that keeps children very focused on the music. I highly recommend.

Posted Jan 23, 2014

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Baker and Prep Cook
Oct 2015 - Present

Strange Brew and Austin Java Coffee Companies

I prepare bulk items (kolaches, granola, salsa, queso, pico de gallo, fruit salad, fajita chicken, croutons) for a chain of local coffee shops. I will teach you best practices for preparing quality food for large groups.

Classroom Teacher
Sep 2003 - Jun 2004

Thirteenth Avenue School - Newark, New Jersey

During this school year, I raised mathematics scores 35 percent. Students were given repeated drills with fraction bars, transparent graphs, and several other manipulative tools prior to their standardized exam.


Master of Arts - Educational Psychology
Sep 2004 - Jun 2007

New Jersey City University

Bachelor of Arts - History
Sep 1995 - May 1999

Earlham College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Elementary Education (K-8)
Jun 2006

The State of New Jersey


Perfect Attendance
Jun 2004

Thirteenth Avenue School - Newark, New Jersey

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