Sam Ecoff received his degree in Music Theory and Composition from UW-Eau Claire and studied music technology at Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts in Winter Park, Florida. He has been teaching private music lessons since 1988 and has been a member of the piano faculty at the Waukesha County Conservatory of Music since 1997. Sam is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, ASCAP, MAPTA (Milwaukee Area Piano Teacher's Association), and MTNA (Music Teacher's National Association). He is currently serving on the state board of the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs, President of MAPTA, President of the Lake Country Music Club, and sits on the board of directors of JCI, the Junior Composer's Institute. His articles have been published in Clavier Companion, Acoustic and Digital Piano Buyer, and Piano Notes magazines, is the author of three books on music technology, and has servered as a guest lecturer at the Junior Songwriter's Institute. In 2009, Sam was selected as a recipient of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award and was inducted into the Kettle Moraine Laser Trailblazer Hall of Fame in 2010.
Sam is very active in the professional music world. His compositions have appeared on many television programs including American Idol, Jersey Shore, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, 20/20, Dateline NBC, The Tonight Show, CSI, The West Wing, Martha Stewart Living, Access Hollywood, Look for Less, How Do I Look, What Not to Wear, America's Most Wanted, Days of Our Lives, Dancing with the Stars, Dr. Phil, A&E Biography, NBA Access with Amhad Rashad, and The Teen Choice Awards to name just a few. His pieces have been performed in over 40 countries around the world.
Sam holds students to high musical standards emphasizing music theory, classical technique, and excellent musicianship. Sam's studio is an excellent choice for serious and dedicated students seeking challenging educational opportunities, a solid background in classical piano technique, and an active studio.
Sam is also an avid martial artist and holds black belts in both ITF and WTF Tae Kwon Do. He regularly teaches classes in self defense, sparring, and weapons.