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Samantha Bassler

Brooklyn, NY 11205 (map)


Lessons Offered

Composition, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Violin, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home


About Me

I am an experienced piano, voice, guitar, violin, composition and music theory teacher who has taught students of all ages since 1998. I am currently adjunct professor of music at William Paterson University, Lecturer in Music at Rutgers University at Newark, and Visiting Assistant Professor at Westminster Choir College. I blend traditional and experimental teaching methods with all genres of music in order to tailor the lessons to the student's needs, although the foundation of lessons is classical repertoire, music theory, history and ear-training/sight-singing.

My Musical Education Background

Bachelor's degree in music performance and sacred music with major concentrations in piano, organ and voice.
Master's degrees in musicology and music theory.
PhD (ABD) in musicology expected 2013.

Genres and Subjects Taught

Piano: classical, jazz, popular/rock
Voice: same as above
Guitar: folk and popular/rock
Music theory and history
Ear-training and aural skills

Lesson Rates

Lesson rates are $50/hour, $37.50 for 45 minutes, and $25 for a half hour.

There are package rates available:

Buy 4 lessons, receive $15 discount per package. ($185, $85, $135) Regular price would be $200/$100/$150 for 4 lessons, 1 hour/30 min./45 min.

Buy 8 lessons, receive one lesson free per package. ($375, $175, $275).

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

I have experience teaching all age and experience levels.

My Certifications and Awards

Nyack College School of Music Exemplary Music Student, 2003 and 2004.

Member of Nyack College Distinguished Alumni and Honors Program.

Graduated Salutatorian from Nyack College, with a GPA of 3.99 .

Graduated with Bachelor's Degree in Sacred Music and concentrations in Piano and Organ, and a minor in English Literature, all from Nyack College, 2004.

Graduated with Master of Studies in Musicology from the University of Oxford (UK). Dissertation: 'Messiaen, Modernism and an Idea of the Sacred.'

Graduated with Master of Arts in Musicology from Rutgers University. Master's essay: 'Tonal Types and Modal Signs in Byrd's Cantiones sacrae'.

Currently studying for the Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology from the Open University (UK). PhD dissertation is on the role of antiquarian societies in the reception history of early music in London, England during the eighteenth century.

My Musical Influences

I a lover of all musical styles and genres, although I have a special fondness for classical music especially of the medieval, renaissance, romantic, and contemporary periods. I am also a great lover of so-called 'indie' music and electronic music. My favourite bands include Radiohead, Stereolab, Brian Eno, and the Smiths.


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