Samuel Cushman

Samuel C.

Santa Cruz, CA
100% Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

We know that starting lessons is a big step and we want you to feel confident booking with us. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll help you find a new teacher or you can receive a refund for any unused lessons within the first year from the date of purchase.

Lesson Details

Loading-circle

About

Samuel passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Samuel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2010

I play and teach drums and percussion in numerous styles ranging from rock, jazz, funk, hip-hop, and pop to Indian classical tabla and Balinese gamelan. I'm passionate about many kinds of music and I enjoy working with students of all ages. In addition to drums and percussion, I teach music theory and beginning piano. I'm currently working towards a PhD in Cross-Cultural Musicology at UC Santa Cruz, and I'm accepting students throughout the Bay Area.

Experience

Music Instructor
Jan 2010 - Present
Private Studio

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

+ Read More

Education

PhD Cross-Cultural Musicology
Dec 2017 - Present
University of California, Santa Cruz
Master of Arts in Music
Sep 2015 - Dec 2017
University of California, Santa Cruz
Bachelor of Arts-History, Bachelor of Arts-Music
Aug 2006 - May 2010
University of Virginia

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Hindi
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Brander Wyatt Morrison Prize
May 2010
McIntire Department of Music

Photos & Videos

Photo by Samuel C.

View
Photo by Samuel C.

View
Photo by Samuel C.
+ 2 more

6 Reviews

Write a Review
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.

+ Read More
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.

+ Read More
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!!!

+ Read More
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.

+ Read More
Maggie L. Dec 21, 2014
Drum · In home

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.

+ Read More
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!

+ Read More

You may want to revisit

Previously viewed teachers: