At Stellar Music Space (SMS), founder and principal teacher Samantha Bassler (and her assistants) provide(s) nurturing and creative music lessons that are geared to the students' individual goals and needs.
SMS provides private and small group instruction in piano, voice, guitar, and violin, classes in general music theory, music history, and aural skills, as well as summer music camps. Students from the program have gone on to pursue further study in music as performers and scholars at LaGuardia School of the Performing Arts, Columbia University, the University of Oxford, Dartmouth College, Princeton University, New York University, Queens University (Toronto), Westminster Choir College, Rutgers University, the Navy College, and other prestigious schools in the US and abroad.
Samantha Bassler, the principal teacher and founder of SMS, is a versatile musician, educator, and academic, who began teaching private and small-group music lessons in 2000. Samantha teaches lessons out of her Fort Greene, Brooklyn studio, as well as in-home lessons, and online lessons via Skype or FaceTime or Google Hangout.
Samantha has a bachelor's degree in piano from Nyack College, a master's degree in musicology from the University of Oxford (UK), a second master's degree in musicology from Rutgers University, and a PhD in musicology from the Open University (UK). Samantha also teaches music history and music theory at the university level, currently at NYU, Rutgers at Newark, and Molloy College, and is an editor and collaborator on the #DiversityinClassicalMusic syllabus project. Samantha's academic interests are wide-ranging, but focus mostly on intertextuality, disability, gender, and music, especially in early-modern England.
At Stellar Music Space, you or your child will receive an education that is enriched by the teacher's experience educating students of all ages and levels, and also enriched by her academic experience as a scholar.
Samantha is an incredible piano teacher and my son improved greatly under her tutelage. Highly recommended!
I meet with them to schedule an initial consultation and talk to them about their goals for music lessons and their past experiences. I then craft a lesson plan to meet their interests and needs, with short- and long-term goals. I integrate theory, history, and technique into every lesson, as well as aural skills.
See studio description for degrees list.
-Continuing education pedagogy courses through the Music Teachers National Association
-Pedagogy courses in high school and college
-Experience with choral conducting and working as a church music director: church organist and choir director.
See tuition policy, which you will receive after contacting me.