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Samuel B.
Chicago, Illinois
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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Teaches Beginner

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Teaching since 2003


Master of Arts - Educational Psychology

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Teaches ages 5+

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Speaks Spanish, English

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Teacher's Studio

Great teacher. Patient and explains so you understand

Posted Jan 8, 2019
Teacher's Studio

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 21, 2018
Student's home

Sam is very patient and knowledgeable about the guitar.

Posted Feb 19, 2018
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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
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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Instructor details
Teaches 5 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
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