At Sam & Rachel’s, we strive to bring the best out of our students. We believe one on one lessons are so important and essential to a student’s growth in music. One on one time allows for us to give the student undivided attention in the areas they require to learn. In big group settings, like ensembles, students can get unintentionally swept under the rug. That’s where we come in!
Sam & Rachel have been teaching private lessons on Long Island, from studios, in their homes, and even substituting for other colleagues, including each other. They have just recently moved to Brooklyn and want to continue spreading their love for music.
Sam is a student at Brooklyn College in the Conservatory studying Music Education. She has previously graduated from Suffolk County Community College with her Associates Degree in Music and is now almost done with her Bachelors Degree.
Rachel was a student at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. She is currently an Early Childhood Education Major at Kendall College, but is still heavily involved in music.
We believe everyone has a talent in music, it just takes the right teacher to pull it out. And that’s our mission; to find the right teaching style for each individual student to meet their needs and help them reach their highest level of success!
One of our favorite things about teaching music, aside from watching our students grow, is seeing them accomplish something and seeing how proud they get of themselves and their hardwork. Whether it was a hard passage, a fingering they always messed up, or even a bowing they always forgot to do, nothing is better then watching them nail it for the first time and being so proud of themselves!
Rachel was my first private teacher, instructing me when I was a Freshman in high school. While both inspiring and motivating, Rachel is truly an amazing teacher. Whomever takes violin lessons with her will come out both a better musician, and a better person. Whether a novice or a professional, Rachel can work and adapt to all students of all creeds and skill levels. It is truly an honor to call myself a product of Rechel's.
For our first lesson, we typically spend most of the time getting to know our student. Who they are, what their goals are, and where they are musically is all very important in our assessment of each student so that we can give the right amount of attention to the right areas. If they've never played before though, we will usually start by teaching them the very basics, and we'll also make sure they have the proper items to start playing; correct instrument size, bow, rosin, shoulder rest, etc.
Sam has been playing the violin for 11 years now. She also has been playing viola for around 6 years as well. In that time she has been teaching private lessons, substituting for other colleagues as well, playing in orchestras, quartets, duos, and other ensembles. She has also played at many weddings, galas, fundraisers, and more with her quartet. She has an Associates Degree in music from Suffolk County Community College where she learned music theory, ear training, music history, and even piano to a very high level. Now she is enrolled in the Music Education program at Brooklyn College learning everything she needs to know to be a school teacher.
Rachel started taking piano lessons when she was just 5 years old. In that time she also discovered she had perfect pitch, which has been a very handy tool in her musical journey. She has been playing the violin for 13 years now and has also done private lessons in this time as well. Sam and Rachel actually worked together in the same studio, as well as the same quartet before getting an apartment together in Brooklyn. Rachel was enrolled in the Music Education program at SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music for a year and a half before she decided to switch tracks and study Early Childhood Education at Kendall College. Although she isn't going to school for music specifically anymore, she still is heavily involved in music, and in her year and a half at Potsdam she learned a lot about music theory and ear training as well before she left.
Typically we charge $25 for a half hour lesson or $50 for an hour. That price can be negotiable depending on circumstances. We understnad that lessons can be a big investment, so if there's any trouble with the payment, we are very willing to work something out. The most important thing to us is spreading our knowledge of music. That comes first.