Sara Hammelef
Findlay, OH
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Sara Hammelef

Sara H.

Findlay, OH
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Music theory at it's core is a way to analyze and talk about music. It is often compared to learning to write - you need to start by learning your letters, then putting those letters together into words. This can often make learning and applying music theory very boring however - imagine having to learn the whole alphabet before learning to spell "cat." It isn't necessary!

In music theory lessons with me, you'll learn to start applying concepts from the very beginning, slowly adding to your knowledge as we go. I also teach my students to think critically about the music they're looking at - not only being able to apply the concept's learned, but thinking about the why. What does this add to the phrase, why did the composer do this? How does this enhance or detract from the piece, and how can this be conveyed in performance?

Music theory is much more interesting, engaging, and useful than most students think. I aim to teach it from the very beginning in a way that shows students its true potential and utility to them as musicians.

About Sara H.

I am a professional oboist, music theorist, and most importantly, educator. I have a bachelor's degree in music education, specializing in oboe and english horn performance. I currently freelance and teach throughout Michigan and Ohio, with both in person and online students.

As a teacher I emphasize independence and critical thinking. I push my students to learn to listen and think critically about what and how they are playing, which helps them become their own teachers and improve more quickly on their own, outside of our lessons. I also make sure to take my student's goals in mind when I teach -- whether you want to play casually, or become a professional oboist, or anything in between! Understanding your goals helps our lessons be more enjoyable and more productive.

As an oboist I have given many solo recitals and performed with a variety of ensembles throughout Michigan from duets to full orchestra performances to accompanying amateur choirs. I have also attended and played in many master classes with world class oboists. These experiences are all reflected in my teaching, where I bring all of this expertise to you! I have also done a lot of work in music theory, both in tutoring and professional writing. I'm always working on a new theory project and research.

I look forward to getting to know you and help you achieve your goals! My students achievements include entrance into middle school and high school all state ensembles, honor bands and orchestras, and their top choice music schools. My students also regularly receive proficient ratings in solo and ensemble competitions, and are principal chairs in their school ensembles. Lets add your achievements to this list!

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Experience

Private Oboe Lesson Teacher
Aug 2015 - Present

Self-Employed

Taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced students from 5th grade through adult

Teaching Assistant
Jun 2017 - Jul 2020

Central Michigan University's Summer Music Institute

Taught music theory, reed making, private oboe lessons, and coached chamber ensembles for high school students

Assistant Audio Engineer
Jan 2018 - Dec 2019

Central Michigan University

Recorded audio and visuals for concerts, recitals, recording sessions, and marching band.

Music Theory Tutor
Aug 2017 - Dec 2019

Central Michigan University

Tutored introductory, intermediate, and advanced college music theory courses

Counselor and Teaching Assistant
Jun 2016 - Jul 2019

Crossroads Drum Major and Leadership Clinic

Taught conducting, leadership, marching, and other general drum major classes in group and private lesson settings

Education

Bachelor's degree in Music Education
Aug 2015 - May 2020

Central Michigan University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

k-12 Music Education
May 2020

Michigan Department of Education

Certified to teach all music classes kindergarten through 12th grade

Awards

Summa Cum Laude
May 2020

Central Michigan University

Affiliations

Kappa Kappa Psi
Apr 2016
Founded on the campus of Oklahoma State University on November 27, 1919, Kappa Kappa Psi is a guiding light with which band students can grow, learn, and develop themselves and their band programs. Kappa Kappa Psi is an organization of opportunity and quality, brimming with historic, well-developed leadership and membership programming that students use to become great leaders, better band members and better adapted young adults prepared for what lies ahead of them.
International Double Reed Society
Jan 2016
The International Double Reed Society (IDRS) was established in December of 1971 and is a world-wide organization of double reed (oboe and bassoon family) players, instrument manufacturers and enthusiasts. The society has over 4,400 members from 56 countries. Within the United States, 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are represented.

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