Sara Jones

Sara J.

Los Angeles, CA

About Sara J.

Background check: Last verified 06/01/2016
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Sara teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: July 2011
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Sara J originated from Pasadena, CA where she began her musical studies at the age of 7. Not only was she involved with her school's music programs, she performed with groups such as the Crown City Symphony (formerly known as the Crown City Chamber Players) and the Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra, and took violin lessons for five years with violin instructor Roberta Wilcox.

After transferring from Pasadena City College, (studying with, violinist and conductor, Andrei Ganea and, member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Paul Stein) she received her Bachelor's of Music degree in Performance from the University of Redlands under the instruction of Pavel Farkas. In April 2014, she graduated from the Master's of Music program at the University of Redlands earning a degree in Violin Performance under the instruction of Jeanne Skrocki.

She has performed with orchestras like the Coachella Valley Symphony, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, and Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra. She is also involved in a Piano Trio and has performed as a Colonial Fiddle Musician on Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen at the Hawk’s Head Tavern. You may also find Sara playing many events as part of a string quartet throughout the Coachella Valley, Inland Empire, and Los Angeles county.

Ms. J is very passionate for music and tries to instill that same passion into her students by teaching them both the technicality and musicality of different pieces. She believes that when one learns how to play an instrument, one must also learn the principles of music in general. When a musician knows every facet of a piece they are playing, performing the music becomes a deeper experience for the performer and audience, whether that piece be a Beethoven Concerto or Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. She strives to help the students become very knowledgeable, not only in playing the violin itself, but also in music theory, history, ear training, wise practicing, and performance etiquette.

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Experience

Resident Artist
Aug 2016 - Present
San Gabriel Unified School District- Roosevelt Elementary School Musical Immersion Experience (MIE)

Help elementary school students learn the violin and assist in helping other music classes that occur during the day and the week.

http://roosevelt.sgusd.k12.ca.us/apps/pages/MusicImmersionProgram

http://www.musicimmersionexperience.org/

Violin Instructor
Dec 2015 - Present
San Marino Music Center

Teach violin to the community.

Violin Instructor
Apr 2015 - Present
West Hollywood Academy of Music

Teach violin and beginning piano to students who sign up through the school.

Violin Instructor
Sep 2013 - Nov 2014
The Modern Music School

Teach Violin to the community

Violin Instructor
Feb 2013 - Nov 2014
Oak Valley Music Academy

Teach violin to the community

Violin Instructor
Jul 2011 - Nov 2014
University of Redlands- The Community School of Music and the Arts

Teach Violin to the community

Education

Master's of Music: Violin Performance
Sep 2011 - Apr 2014
University of Redlands
Bachelor's of Music: Music Performance
Aug 2008 - May 2011
University of Redlands
N/A
Aug 2006 - Jun 2008
Pasadena City College

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Mar 2009

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

17 Reviews on Sara J.

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Andrea S. Mar 16, 2017
Verified Student · Violin · Online
First of this is an amazingly patient person.
Sara, kind, gentle spirit, explains to the point of simplicity.

look forward to learning this great instrument from Sara!
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Surya S. Mar 3, 2017
Verified Student · Violin · Online
Really fentastic lesson. Waiting for my next class.Perfect guidance in giving proper understanding.
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Hannah Mar 3, 2017
Verified Student · Violin · Online
My daughter enjoys her lessons with Sara. She says she is an excellent teacher and makes the lessons fun.
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Briana Feb 24, 2017
· Violin · Online
My daughter says Sara is an excellent teacher and enjoys her lessons.
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Keira Feb 17, 2017
Verified Student · Viola · Online
Sarah is a great teacher
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Matthew G. Jan 28, 2017
Verified Student · Violin · In home
Wonderful first lesson! my son is excited to continue.
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Patricia V. Jan 24, 2017
Verified Student · Violin · Online
Sara is a great violin teacher (and fun and interesting.) She's able to quickly point to the issues I'm struggling with and then clearly articulates how to correct those issues. It makes my practicing worthwhile and productive.
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Diane B. Nov 11, 2016
Verified Student · Violin · Online
I'm enthusiastic about upcoming lessons! She's a very positive, uplifting person!
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Sally V. Oct 23, 2016
Verified Student · Violin · In home
Sara is wonderful. She is nice, respectful and patient. We are very happy with her. She teaches my daughter new songs. My daughter (13) is also part of school orchestra. . Sara helps with any questions she has and provides her tips to do it better. highly recommend her.
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Grace R. Oct 8, 2016
Verified Student · Viola · In home
Sara is really nice and Grace had a great lesson today.
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