Samuel Bean - Guitar, Photography, Acting, And Cooking/baking

Samuel Bean - Guitar, Photography, Acting, And Cooking/baking

5.0 (2)
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1 employee
5 years in business

About this pro

I obtained my teaching certificate in 2006 and gradually discovered that providing private instruction is my supreme element.  I also discovered that I'm a hands-on learner - more so than I am a visual or auditory one. 

Hands-on learners make up a rather small percent of the population - one whose needs are easy to overlook. I make it my job to support students who need to do something in order to understand it and I do this by way of having you imitate what I do. 

Though imitation and repetition are my most obvious pieces, I make my lessons fun and exciting as well. Everyone can be (and already is) an actor, a musician, a skilled cook, and a proficient photographer. My job is simply to help you discover these things (which are in you already) and provide them a little guidance so that you can allow them to flourish.

More than just about anything else, I enjoy instilling a sense of confidence.  Many of my students begin lessons with a sense that being proficient is just not for them.

We are ALL music and ALL of us can create it.  Learning how to do it is really a matter of enthusiasm, dedication, and (mostly impotantly) letting go and letting it move through you.  I especially value witnessing students let go of negative self-assumptions and simply being one with the music they love.

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Chicago, IL 60614
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2 Reviews


  • Frank Brackat

    I like how he is very friendly and kind when teaching me how to play guitar. Also he helped make a lesson plan to make me good at certain skills I wanted to learn which is nice in letting me have a little bit of control in what I want to accomplish.

  • Marina Caldwell

    We tried a few different guitar teachers for our two young daughters, but they learned the most with Sam. He is one of those rare individuals with a gift for working with children, and has made a career for himself in teaching. He has a strong presence in the space that keeps children very focused on the music. I highly recommend.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Lessons begin with my asking you to identify a single goal.  It could be anything from baking challah bread to releasing a chart-topping single.  Whatever the goal, I tailor the curriculum around it providing frequent and encouraging feedback all along the path.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I'm a certified K-8 classroom teacher.  I also have a related Master's degree.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
$40 for 30 minutes
$50 for 45 minutes
$60 for 60 minutes
I can also arrange a sliding scale.  Sliding scales are case-by-case and vary according to your needs.

How did you get started teaching?

I've been maintaining a profile on since 2013 - largely in response to wanting to build a private practice.  In general, I'm more effective one-on-one and with small groups than I am in front of twenty or more at one time.  I decided to pursue work in that vein.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with all ages - young and old.  I've taught children and adults.  There are various pluses and minuses to working with just about any age bracket.  I have no specific preferences.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

In August of 2016, I became an uncle.  That's a very exciting thing.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Be clear about your goal(s) - even if its simply to play "Kum Ba Ya" around the campfire.  No goal is more or less worthier than any other - just be precise (both with yourself and your teacher) about what you specifically want to be able to do.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What do I want to do?

What does this teacher's profile tell me about what he/she/they will do to help me be able to do it?