Bass Guitar

Levels Taught: Beginner - Advanced

About Sarah W.

Background Check: Last verified 09/01/2013
Sarah passed a background check on 09/01/2013 that included the following:
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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 70
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 70

Overview

I come from the greater Modesto, CA area. I am a veteran music teacher with over 19 years of teaching vocal and instrumental music. I have taught both in the private and public sectors.

I hold a current music teaching certificate with a BA in Music Education, MA in Elementary Education, and an MA in Reading/Music Focus.

I believe that anyone can learn to sing or play a musical instrument. I am passionate about teaching music and the joy that comes from learning music.

I am experienced in the areas of vocal and instrumental performance through concerts, recitals, musicals, community service, festivals and competitions. Some of my planned musical performances are a Christmas concert, playing and singing in our local mall at Christmas time, and a planned spring recital.

I am a classical and traditional music teacher with many new contemporary styles of teaching music.

My atmosphere of teaching is fun and nurturing!

*** Lesson Details ***
For online lessons, I am currently only teaching Guitar, Voice, Ukulele, Trumpet, and Clarinet.

Lessons are weekly or bi-weekly with a structure lesson, musical games to teach reinforcement and new concepts. I structure my music lessons according to the learning style of each of my students. Patience and understanding my students helps them in their success!
So, there is a lot of praise and encouragement in each lesson. Once a month there is music history that is taught with the lesson and music theory is included in each music lesson.

With each lesson book, there are weekly practice sheets to document daily and weekly practice. Practice is one of the most important keys to learning music. Each student is encouraged to learn one song or musical concept at their own pace.

Every week, I assess each student as they play for me their musical work. I don't expect perfection, but strive for excellence!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Great room w/ baby grand piano and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide assorted music books for piano, guitar, and band.
I have a great number of recorders with books.
Two music stands, one snare drum with sticks, CD player
I prefer, if I should travel, for my piano students to have their own piano/electric piano or guitar for guitar lessons.
Band: to have their own instrument to learn on and practice at home
Orchestral instruments: the same.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Christian and contemporary choir, band, and orchestra. Specialize in vocal coaching/voice lessons. Specialize in musical productions in both Christian and contemporary styles.

Student Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 8 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sara is an awesome instructor! My daughter is 9 and wanted to start guitar and voice lessons. Sarah has been fantastic at making this process fun and truly effective,) My daughter already has learned so much and I'm so thankful for Sarah! November 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wonderful teacher! Sarah is a wonderful teacher! I started from zero and she has walked me through reading music, fretting and playing melodies, and chords. I have learned so much and our lessons have opened up a world of ukulele fun. Between lessons I'm able to continue practicing the exercises, and also try new songs on my own. Sarah is very patient and so encouraging! I always have fun during our lessons! We have our lessons via Skype, which has worked out very well. November 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by An excellent teacher From the beginnig this teacher assesed my training and put me on the right track. February 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Enthusiastic first-time music student Sarah has made the entire experience seamless. As someone new to professional vocal training, each phase in the process has been educational and fun. I look forward to my lessons each week! April 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Patience & understanding Sarah is great, never a dumb question & always gives the attention i need to succeed even if it requires repeats of previous lessons. April 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Piano Nice and patient teacher. Look forward in having my kids progress in their studies. March 11, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent instruction! I've really enjoyed my lessons with Sarah so far! She's been a very encouraging teacher and is openly constructive when I need improvement in any areas. She has been proactive in looking for new music for me to play and goals for me to work toward. I look forward to many more enjoyable lessons with her! March 5, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good Experience Really enjoy learning from Sarah. There are distractions here and there which take time away from practice which I know Sarah is working on. Overall, she is a great and understanding teacher. February 8, 2012