Sam Spear is a jazz woodwind instrumentalist and composer based in Boston, MA. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, double majoring in Performance and Jazz Composition. At Berklee, Spear was awarded a Presidential Scholarship (2015-2019), the Jazz Composition Achievement Award (2017), the Woodwind Department Achievement Award (2019), and the Toshiko Akiyoshi Award (2019). This fall, she will be begin her masters studies in Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory.
Spear performs on alto and soprano saxophones, clarinet, and flute. She has played with John Hollenbeck, Ayn Inserto, Greg Hopkins, Andy Milne, and Samuel Torres, to name a few. She was a member of the prestigious Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra.
As a composer, Spear's ensemble of choice is jazz orchestra. She recently premiered four new works with her own orchestra, including a four-movement suite and an extended composition.
During time at Berklee, Spear studied saxophone with Shannon LeClaire, Jim Odgren, and George Garzone. She has studied composition with Ayn Inserto, Greg Hopkins, and Bob Pilkington.
Spear has also been a rising voice for gender equality in the jazz community. Her advocacy work has been featured in Downbeat Magazine's February 2019 issue and in a news story on Boston's local NPR station, WBUR. Spear co-founded Women in Jazz Collective, a student-run organization at Berklee College of Music with the mission of empower female and non-binary jazz musicians.
I enjoy being able to help students grow as people. Learning music is about a lot more than playing notes on a page. It requires organization, study, dedication, communication, creativity, and many other important life skills.
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I like to talk with new students about why they love playing music and what some of their short-term and long-term goals are. In the first lesson, if the student has playing experience, I want to hear them play something they really enjoy and feel good about so I can get an idea of what they have already worked on and what needs improvement.
• Bachelor's degree in Performance and Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music
• Pursuing MM in Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory
• Berklee Core Music Tutor
• Berklee City Music Mentor, saxophone teacher
• Jazz Camp Instructor
• $25/30 minutes
I have experience teaching students in middle school, high school, and college, but would be happy to teach students in additional age ranges.
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