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Samantha Coates is a professional pianist and teacher with nearly 30 years’ experience in both private and group tuition. She is the author and publisher of BlitzBooks, the music education series that has captured the imagination of students across Australia and transformed the teaching of music theory, sight reading and general knowledge.
Samantha attended the Conservatorium High School in Sydney before completing her Bachelor of Music degree at the NSW Conservatorium, majoring in piano performance. She has had extensive experience as a solo performer and accompanist, and also enjoys singing in a cappella ensembles. She continues to teach at Australian Music Schools where she specialises in theory and musicianship classes.
In the 15 years since the first Blitz workbook was published, Samantha has revolutionised the teaching of theory and sight reading and has become a sought-after lecturer and presenter on a wide range of pedagogical topics, including sight reading, aural and exam preparation.
Samantha’s ongoing dedication to making music education as fun as possible has seen her find many ways to engage students’ interest and enthusiasm. Her aim is to make music more accessible to all instrumentalists through a holistic approach to the teaching of music theory, sight reading, aural and general knowledge.
In her spare time Samantha enjoys organising professional development seminars for teachers, staring at the ocean, going for long walks, and reading good fiction.