Pianist, composer, educator. I love working with students to help them understand how music fits together, which allows me to constantly re-examine my understanding of essential musical concepts. In helping others learn how to play and write music, I believe it is important to teach them the conventions (but never "rules") of music theory so they know how, and when, to defy them.
Sam records piano/keys with many musicians in and around New York, including Love Raptor, a funk collective based out of Bridgeport, CT. He has also recently begun writing and producing his own instrumental tracks — which fuse together elements of hip-hop, jazz, and blues — for vocalists.
Trained as a classical pianist from a young age, Sam received his Master's degree in Music Theory from the Mannes School of Music in New York, studying directly with the world renowned theorist Carl Schachter. At Mannes, he regularly taught, tutored, and coached undergraduate and graduate students, and he completed the full music pedagogy track in topics such as theory, analysis, ear training, and dictation. Sam has also taught elementary piano and theory at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts' summer programs for middle schoolers. He remains an active student to this day, studying piano and composition at Juilliard (and production/beat making with Soundfly!).
Sam's musical interests are broad and constantly evolving, from classical composers like Bach and Chopin to jazz greats like Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner, from prog rock groups like Pink Floyd and Phish to hip-hop artists like Mac Miller and Kendrick Lamar.