Sarah A. is an experienced teacher of violin/fiddle and viola. She has taught all ages and many styles. Performing professionally since 2015, Sarah has played in classical ensembles for weddings and events, as well as in Celtic music groups and in an electric rock string ensemble called Electria.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance from Eastern Kentucky University. She is a Governor's School for the Arts graduate, an Orchestra Merit Award recipient, and held the principal violist position in the EKU Symphony Orchestra. Sarah was elected president of the EKU American String Teachers' Association chapter in 2013-2014 and traveled to Italy to study music in the summer of 2015. She was also honored to play in many faculty string ensembles during her college years.
Sarah has studied Irish fiddle music under masters such as Tommy Peoples and Kevin McKee. From a young age, she attended classes at many Irish music festivals in the U.S. and even traveled to Ireland for four weeks to learn more. Her experience with pop/rock styles began in college when she made string arrangements out of popular songs on the radio. She then took this love for playing popular music when she began performing with Electria.
Sarah began teaching after graduating from EKU and has taught private and group lessons. Along with playing and performing music, she found a love for teaching when she began her studio! Sarah even co-founded a group strings program in Georgetown, KY, an area underserved in strings music education. Sarah finds it exceptionally important to start beginners with strong technical skills, providing a good foundation for their playing. She then introduces more advanced techniques to allow for more musicality and maturity in playing. Students studying with Sarah have been featured soloists in their school orchestras, and have received Honors Orchestra and All-State orchestra positions. She keeps lessons inspiring and encouraging, bringing the joy of playing music to her students!
Sarah is a wonderful, patient teacher. She makes you feel relaxed and uses her skills to encourage each student to reach for that next level!
- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I absolutely love playing Celtic fiddle style! It is such a fun and energetic way of playing the violin that students respond really well to. I teach fiddle mostly by ear but also teach using the Craig Duncan fiddle method and the O'Connor method for those more comfortable reading music.
I love meeting new students and personalizing their music lessons! Each student learns a little differently and I tailor lessons to you. I keep lessons motivating and inspiring, and I am very methodical in teaching the foundations for every student to succeed. I also offer a unique opportunity for students to participate in ensembles with other students in my home studio!
Music & Arts
Teaching students in weekly, private instruction. Tailor lessons to the interests and needs of each student. Experience with young beginners, intermediate players, and adults.
Old Town Violins
Taught over 50 students in private and group instruction. Held excellent retention rates and student success rates in auditions and performances.
Eastern Kentucky University
Eastern Kentucky University
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