Hi, I’m Sam!
I am one of the owners and founders of So i Heard Music, but I am a teacher at heart. I started playing guitar when I was 5 years old, picked up piano when I was 8, and by the time I was in Middle School I knew that I wanted to go to college to study music. It has been my passion ever since. I grew up listening to classic rock, which evolved into hard rock and metal music by the time I was in high school. In college I fell in love with hip hop and classical music, and as a teacher I’ve fallen in love with pop. I really do love EVERY type of music.
I started So i Heard Music to give kids in my community the music lesson experience I wish I had growing up. Our studios and hi-tech approach are unparalleled in the industry. I am passionate about teaching beginners, and watching them grow from somewhat curious to head-over-heels obsessed.
My Approach To A Typical Lesson
I am all about making sure the student has fun! I can teach the same techniques using a Justin Bieber song that I can teach using Mozart or Beethoven. My goals in a lesson are always to keep the student interested, and make sure they are having fun!
My Advice For Students
Practice as often as you can. Frequency is so much more important than individual session length.
My Favorite Local Places
The Woodland in Maplewood, NJ
Millburn High School
The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ
Having spent most of my adult life teaching, my original music is mostly old projects from my playing / performing days.
I recorded an EP with my rock band in college, “Attack The City.” (fun fact: Sean Killary, the other owner of So i Heard played guitar in that band!)
I also recorded on and helped arrange another EP for my late friend Paul Adler called “Pius.”