Sara Holmes
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Sara Holmes

Sara H.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I work with student interest to develop technique, musicality and continued engagement. Each lesson is tailored to fit the needs of the student. I have experience working with students of all ages and abilities including special needs.

About Sara H.

I am a vocalist and musician from Western Massachusetts now on the West Coast! I have been singing and playing music since before I can remember. I grew up singing in school and regional choirs as well as playing the flute in District and All-State Festivals. I have been fortunate enough to play leads in many community musicals including Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Maria (The Sound of Music), Rosie (Mamma Mia), and Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins). I have also been a guest soloist with area churches and orchestras as well as sang in a Southern Rock Band from 2017-2019.

In addition to my musical training, I am also a certified yoga teacher and have taken several college courses in child development. I was an early childhood/special educator for many years and have experience with many different kinds of learners including those on the autism spectrum, ADHD, and hearing difficulties.

Singing is such an intimate art form, I find many students struggle with allowing their voice to be heard because they’re afraid of it sounding “bad” or “wrong.” It is very vulnerable and can be tied in with self-confidence and self-worth. Therefore, I incorporate a lot of my yoga and youth mental healt/anxiety relief training and experience to help students develop a strong self-concept. I have worked with many students with anxiety, stage-fright, etc and have been fortunate to share in many of their successes as musicians and as they work towards feeling more comfortable with themselves. Helping students get ready for an audition is a strength of mine.

I love getting to know students and families and sharing in their musical journey whether its a 65 year old who has always wanted to sing but never found the time, a high school student looking to prepare for college audition, or an 8 year old just starting out, inspired by their first musical experience. I look forward to hearing from you!!

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Rhythmicintension
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Sara has worked with my girls in class and now online! It’s truly an exciting experience. I was nervous my dancers would be so shy and not wanting to sing! By the end of the class everyone thought they were Beyoncé. It takes more than skills to be a great teachers. Miss Sara has heart, that’s what you really need! We love you Miss Sara! Can’t wait to have you back

Posted Jun 25, 2020
Ellie and Lila
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Sara is very supportive, sweet and patient. She never gets mad if you make a mistake. She works with your interests and helps find songs that work well with your voice and songs that challenge you. Her instructions are effective and easy to understand. She and is talented which is inspiring and we have become better singers because of her.

Posted Jun 17, 2020
Dara
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Sara is the absolute best. She is a skilled musician (and theater pro) herself and is an incredible teacher. She has worked with both of my kids and I can say she is excellent with any age. She clearly loves what she does and is passionate, flexible, talented and truly special. She really takes the time to know my kids style when it comes to voice but to also actually KNOW them. I cannot say enough about her and you should sign up to work with her now!

Posted Jun 16, 2020
John W
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I’ve had the opportunity to teach piano down the hall from Sara for several years at a music school we both worked at! Sara is a phenomenal teacher and human being. Her training and process as a teacher is thoughtful and individualized to each student she takes on. Her practical knowledge as well as theoretical knowledge about the voice/music are incredibly strong and well grounded. I’ve seen her help dozens of students understand their voice better (As well as get WAY more comfortable with singing) and make great strides as a singer under her guidance. Sara’s knowledge also goes further than the average voice teacher. She is trained in yoga and has mentored as a children’s vocal specialist. Her incorporation of body awareness and yoga into her warm ups and lessons is something that makes her a unique and incredible teacher! Stop reading, start learning! Sara is the best!

Posted Jun 15, 2020
Stephanie
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THE Sweetest kindest person you’ll meet! So much light so much passion! Her vocal ability will inspire you and she will definitely care from a sincere place to help
Who ever comes to her for help! She’s a phenomenal coach for any level you are looking for!

Posted Jun 5, 2020

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Experience

Voice Teacher
Jun 2016 - Present

Self

Teaching voice ages 7-99.

Education

Environmental Studies, French
Aug 2005 - May 2009

Ithaca College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

200HR RYS Yoga Teacher Certification
Dec 2017

Yoga Center Amherst

Based in Hatha yoga and tantric philosophy, Embodyoga operates under the principle that all movement radiates from core. Highlights of topics covered include styles of class (vinyasa, gentle, restorative), anatomy, philosophy, and how to hold space for participants

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