Samuel Cushman

Samuel C.

Santa Cruz, CA

About Samuel C.

Background check: Last verified 08/18/2016
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Samuel teaches: Ages 5 to 85
Teaching since: January 2010
Last sign in: Within two months

Overview

After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2010 with degrees in Music and History, I spent several years touring and recording with artists on the East Coast, teaching as many as 20 private lessons a week, and studying tabla (Indian hand drums) to keep my own musical education alive and moving forward. I have a passion for music of all kinds, and specifically for drums and percussion. As a result of the diversity of my tastes, I have an eclectic performance background. Over the past decade I have performed with rock and metal bands, jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, various independent singers and songwriters, musical theater productions, African drum ensembles, and even a contemporary dance company. I am excited to be living in Santa Cruz and continuing my own education as a PhD student in Music at UCSC!

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Experience

Music Instructor

Jan 2010 - Present
Private Studio

While I was the primary drum teacher at Stacy's Music in Charlottesville, VA, I taught between 10-20 lessons per week to students ranging in age from 5-60 years old. Every week I crafted lesson plans designed meet the needs each student based on individual skill levels and interests. This teaching experience solidified my love for working with children and my belief that a student's age doesn't matter if he/she is motivated to learn. Since leaving Stacy's in 2012, I have taught privately throughout the United States. I gladly accept students who are passionate about becoming better musicians and better people!

Education

PhD Cross-Cultural Musicology

Sep 2015 - Present
University of California-Santa Cruz

Bachelor of Arts-History, Bachelor of Arts-Music

Aug 2006 - May 2010
University of Virginia

Languages Spoken

Hindi

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Brander Wyatt Morrison Prize

May 2010
McIntire Department of Music
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6 Reviews on Samuel C.

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Aimee Sep 12, 2016
Drum · In home
Sam has been teaching our son Sam for a year now. He is an enthusiastic, focused and motivating instructor. What our son loves about Sam is that he is teaching him to play drums through the music that our son loves and relates to. This makes it that much more "fun" to learn.

Sam is always on time, very communicative, professional, passionate about drums and great with kids! We highly recommend Sam as an instructor.
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Aimee Sep 12, 2016
Drum · In home
Sam has been teaching our son Sam for a year now. He is an enthusiastic, focused and motivating instructor. What our son loves about Sam is that he is teaching him to play drums through the music that our son loves and relates to. This makes it that much more "fun" to learn.

Sam is always on time, very communicative, professional, passionate about drums and great with kids! We highly recommend Sam as an instructor.
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Jose and Deborah Vasquez Jul 23, 2015
Drum · In home
Sam is wonderful drum instructor. He is very friendly and my teen son feels very comfortable around him. They worked for several months on drums and Sam even took time to listen to my son's DJ music production. Sam gave him his opinion and suggestions for improvements. We are very happy with how fast my son began to play drums only after the start of a few lessons. We highly recommend him!!!
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Andi L. Apr 10, 2015
Drum · In home
Sam has taught our 10 year old son for over a year now. The best thing about Sam is his ability to make learning fun and also teach and keep our son engaged. He lets my son choose the songs he wants to learn and brings in piano and guitar as my son explores music each week. Sam is extremely professional, punctual and true positive role model to my son and we look forward to his visit each week. We truly found a gem when we found Sam and look forward to a long musical voyage with him and my son.
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Maggie L. Dec 21, 2014
Drum · In home
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Sam is terrific teacher. He's been working with our 8-year-old boy for just a short time, but in that time, our son has made amazing progress. Sam's lessons are well-structured, but he lets our son choose the songs he wants to learn. He also makes each lesson fun and is good at adapting if our son finds something easier or more challenging than expected. Sam is also really nice to work with-- professional, punctual, and courteous. We all highly recommend him.
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Natalie K. Apr 14, 2014
Drum
Truly cannot ask for more, amazingly talented teacher w/ positive vibe!

Sam is not only an amazing drummer and drum teacher, but he is one of those people who brings a positive vibe with him everywhere he goes. My son began drum lessons with Sam three years ago at 5 years old, and Sam was flexible with both studio and home lessons. As a school teacher myself, I could see that Sam's teaching style offers a structure customized to each student's learning style, yet also allows for fun through musical exploration. His effortless positive energy and encouragement, easily spills over to his students during lessons, which allows them to reach their maximum potential while fostering a passion and love for drumming! Trust me when I say, this is not an easy feat when teaching a five, six or seven year old, yet Sam made it look easy, and my son couldn't wait until the next lesson! Sam is professional, invested in his students' musical growth and happiness, and is very reliable, you truly cannot ask for more!
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