Samuel Pavel

Samuel P.

Watertown, WI
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Samuel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2014

Hello potential students, my name is Sam! I would love to be your new music teacher. I received my Master of Music degree from San Diego State University where I serve as a Graduate Assistant. During this time I conducted the SDSU Percussion Ensemble and performed professionally with the San Diego Symphony and San Diego City Ballet.

I am a Wisconsin local and am excited to return and share my success with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***

Whether my students are young or old, taking lessons as a hobby or wish to pursue a career in music, I tailor my lessons to meet each individual student’s needs and expectations.
I have a lot of fun teaching and I want you or your child to have fun during our lessons.

I try to build on what the student already likes, listens to and has a passion for. I encourage students to bring their favorite songs and we usually end up working with those. I also like using songs by classic artists like The Beatles as they can provide a perfect (fun and familiar) platform to learn many different aspects of drumming and musical performance.

In addition to being a drummer and percussionist, I have a strong background in music theory and I want to make sure my students not only know how to play their instrument, but also become familiar with reading and writing music.

After a few months taking lessons, you or your child can expect to have a better understanding of music and have acquired the basic tools and techniques which will allow you to play your favorite pieces of music.

*** Travel Equipment ***

For drum set lessons, I will provide my own acoustic drum set as needed. It is highly preferred that the student have a drum set at their location. The student should also supply a location in which to have a private lesson.

*** Specialties ***

All styles of drumming

*** Curriculum ***

My curriculum changes depending on the student's ability level, age, and instrument of choice. I typically use a method book for reinforcement of musical fundamentals, and a supplementary "project" piece of music that the student enjoys playing and learning. I do this so that my students can see direct connections between music fundamentals and playing music that they enjoy. My own personal knowledge and experience as a musician is always added to each lesson as well.

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Percussion Ensemble Director
Sep 2016 - Present
SDSU Percussion Ensemble

Conducts and helps artistically direct the SDSU Percussion Ensemble

Freelance Musician
Aug 2016 - Present
Local Music Scene

I play drum set with a few churches on weekends and freelance locally in San Diego.

Principal Percussionist/Timpanist
Sep 2013 - Aug 2016
University Community Orchestra

I was the principal percussionist and timpanist of the University Community Orchestra at UW-Milwaukee. I taught local community members how to play various orchestral parts.

I also played Drum Set with the orchestra frequently.


Master of Music - Percussion Performance
Sep 2016 - Present
San Diego State University
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Percussion Performance
Sep 2012 - May 2016
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Honors - Cum Laude
May 2016
University of Wisconsin Milwakee


Percussive Arts Society, The
Nov 2017

We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can learn have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.

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Photos & Videos

SDSU Percussion Ensemble 2018
Sam Pavel - Conductor

Land by Takatsugu Muramatsu
Performed by Sam Pavel 11/16/2016
Bach Cello Suite No. 2 - Gigue
Played by Sam Pavel on Marimba
This was the second movement of a timpani concerto I performed with the UWM Percussion Ensemble!
Photo by Samuel P.

Photo by Samuel P.


32 Reviews

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Tracey May 7, 2018
Marimba · In home

I take marimba lessons with Sam. I rented a marimba just for something beautiful to learn and enjoy. I was looking for someone who can show me the basics and Sam has done a great job.

Stacy May 7, 2018
Drum · Online

Online lessons with Sam are easy, informational, and fun. I couldn’t ask for a better teacher!

Kayla May 6, 2018
Drum · In studio

He's such an inspirational teacher!

Amand May 6, 2018
Drum · Online

Amazing Teacher!!!!

Jessica May 6, 2018
Drum · Online

I took online lessons for myself from Sam at the start of 2018. I had a wonderful experience, the digital classroom was easy to use. The quality of the video Sam provided was superb, and in addition, Sam puts a lot of work into making lesson programs for his students so they can learn the most they can out of lessons.

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Manny May 6, 2018
Drum · Online

Best online teacher ever!

John May 6, 2018
Marimba · Online

Sam is a phenomenal teacher. He is someone who isn't naturally talented and believes in 'Deliberate Practice'. This has helped my daughter SO MUCH not only in music, but in other subjects in school.

Patricia May 6, 2018
Percussion · Online

I took online lessons with Sam when he first moved away to San Diego. I was shocked by how effective his online lessons are. Definitely do it if you can!

Jim May 6, 2018
Drum · Online

Online drum lessons with Sam are amazing, he's easy to work with and so much fun to learn from

Andrew May 6, 2018
Marimba · Online

Online marimba lessons have been great for my daughter. She has been working so hard and learning so much. Having Sam as her online teacher makes it even better. His lessons are so effective and he really knows his stuff!

Stacey May 6, 2018
Drum · Online

Easy, affordable, and amazing!

John May 6, 2018
Percussion · Online

I was skeptical about taking online percussion lessons, but honestly they are amazing! Sam has a whole studio of instruments to show students and he makes it SO easy to learn! Take lessons from Sam!

Debbie May 6, 2018
Drum · Online

The online lesson experience is phenomenal, Sam has a wonderful setup that makes it feel like you're in the same room learning from him!

Cynthia Jan 18, 2018
Drum · In home

Sam is a great teacher. He offered a minimal fee for driving a long distance to my house in East County and always had great advice on drumming and music. He even taught me some music theory and helped me apply it to the kit.

Darren S. Sep 14, 2017
Drum · In studio

Sam was nice and effective at instructing.

Josephine Aug 17, 2017
Percussion · In studio

My daughter wanted to start learning marimba. Sam has given her a strong technical background and he taught her how to practice. I highly suggest Sam!

Jon Aug 4, 2017
Drum · Online

I started taking online lesson from Sam and I was really impressed by not only his playing, but his passion for music and expressing it to me. He really helped me jump start my playing when we aren't even in the same time zone!

Alfred Aug 4, 2017
Percussion · In studio

Wonderful teacher. I signed my son up for lessons and was impressed with how easy Sam is to work with. Sam was kind and completely open to giving away his extensive knowledge. Very happy to have Sam teaching my son! If you can get a time with Sam to teach you, do it!

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Charlie Jul 9, 2017
Drum · In home

I was skeptical to have a teacher from online show up to my house. But Sam showed up and was professional when teaching my daughter. The curriculum he's designed for her is fantastic. She's learning both from the book and by ear after only 3 lesson!

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Tom Jun 27, 2017
Drum · In home

My son took some lessons from Sam. He was very patient and nurturing. My son started as someone with no experience playing music. Not only did Sam teach him to read and write his own music. He also taught my son to learn drum set parts by ear. I am very grateful for what Sam taught my son.

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Logan Jun 15, 2017
Percussion · Online

My son started taking a few online lessons from Sam to prepare for an all-state audition. My son not only placed in the all-state audition but also loved the lessons. Sam clearly has a wealth of knowledge on many percussion instruments. I'm so thankful that my son is taking lessons with Sam!

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Nic Jun 8, 2017
Drum · In studio

Sam is an excellent drum teacher. I had very limited music/drum experience before working with Sam. In a short period of time, he has given me a good technical foundation and the progression I have made is very clear. Sam is very patient and truly enjoys teaching. His lessons are interesting and challenging and the feedback and practice he assigns between lessons are extremely helpful. I highly recommend Sam.

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Jim Jun 5, 2017
Drum · In studio

I've known Sam for about 5 years, and have enjoyed playing music with him on many occasions.
He is a top-flight musician, and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is
is considering taking drum lessons.

George Jun 2, 2017
Drum · In studio

Great teacher and a kind young man. I've been playing for a long time and he helped me figure out a couple of technical issues that were slowing me down!

Jim Jun 1, 2017
Drum · Online

I had a couple of online lessons with Sam. I was honestly shocked by how good the lesson quality was considering we had lessons over Skype!

Thomas Jun 1, 2017
Drum · In home

I took lessons from Sam when he still lived in Wisconsin. He's a fantastic teacher, he explains techniques very clearly. He also has fascinating philosophical ideas about music. He's a great teacher and I highly suggest taking lessons with him if you ever have the opportunity!

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Jenny May 30, 2017
Drum · In studio

My son wanted to start learning drum set. I wanted to find someone who was experienced in the professional world of music, not just another drummer. Sam was the perfect fit, he has such a large variety of experience for someone so young. I feel like my son will become an extremely well rounded musician under learning from Sam. I highly recommend him if you're looking for someone kind and diverse who is also a great teacher!

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Theresa May 30, 2017
Percussion · In home

Sam has been very patient teacher, he helped create a custom lesson plan for my son. I'm grateful for having such an amazing teacher. I highly suggest Sam!

Daniel May 30, 2017
Drum · In studio

I found him to be a very pleasant man and extremely easy to get along. Also, the main thing, I feel Sam will be the perfect instructor to teach me everything I need to learn. He clearly taught me how to read music and explains and demonstrates various techniques I need to succeed. I believe he's going to be the perfect instructor for me. Thanks!!!

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Sarah May 30, 2017
Drum · Online

As an experienced, pianist and multi-instrumentalist, I believe Sam's approach to teaching is one you should always look for in a first teacher. His priorities are to make you fall in love with music-making, and to get you playing the music you want to play as soon as possible. His passion for music is as infectious as his smile, he is a patient and knowledgeable guide into the world of making music.

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Bill May 30, 2017
Drum · In studio

Andy is a great teacher. Our daughter wanted to learn to play snare for marching band, and he gave her a solid grounding in the fundamentals. He came up with a customized learning plan, which allowed our daughter to learn a lot in a short period of time. Highly recommended.

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Ben Mar 5, 2017
Drum · In studio

After being a self taught drummer and in need of help, I ran across Sam a soft spoken young man with a great background in percussion instruments. You never know what kind of personality you could end up with, but I scored when I met Sam. He was kind and very easy to work with. He went the extra mile in writing out lesson plans and making sure I stayed on course. If you get the chance to take lessons, take them from Sam P.

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