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Sarah Gachupin

Sarah G.

7 Reviews
Santa Fe, NM

About Sarah G.

Background check: Last verified 11/07/2014
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Sarah teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: May 1999
Last sign in: Today
Average response time: Less than 1 hour


I have been teaching violin, viola, cello, and piano for 13 years. I attended the University of Texas at San Antonio for Music Composition. I studied with Dr. Eugene Dowdy at UTSA for String Project. I have also taught for NISD, Boerne ISD, YOSA, and St. Philip's College.

*** Lesson Details ***
When registering for lessons, make sure that the first lesson is only scheduled for 30 min, that is a "get to know me" lesson. In this lesson I will get to know the student and the student will get to know me. I will listen to music that the student already knows if they have experience. If they don't have experience, I will check them to see which books I would like to assign for them.

Students will begin lesson with scales or etudes for the first quarter of the lesson. After this we will work on Theory for the next quarter. The last half of the lesson will be for solo work or extracurricular work for auditions and orchestra.

This may seem like a strict schedule, but I am laid back and would like to teach the students what they would like to learn in regards to solos and extracurricular work.

Beginners will know how to play basic songs and be able to read notes on the staff in the first 3 months. Middle School Orchestra students will be able to refine their skills to move closer to the front of their sections.

*** Studio Equipment ***
piano, guitars, amps, violin, viola

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student needs to have a piano

*** Specialties ***
I teach mostly classical style for violin, viola, cello, piano. But can also teach beginning fiddle music as well.
I am not specialized in Suzuki, but I do use it as a resource. I also use Wohlfahrt etudes and Essential Technique for all of my older students (middle school and above) The younger ones use String Explorer.
For younger students, I have a program that I call violin karate. It brings them through a belt system like karate and recorder karate. It keeps them motivated to stick with their instrument, when they don't have the motivation of being in an orchestra.

I can tutor, also. If your child is in Orchestra and is behind in class, I can help them with their orchestra music to get them caught up and then start working on other pieces, once they are caught up in class.

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7 Reviews on Sarah G.

Jim R. Apr 14, 2013
Verified Student

Sarah is exactly what I was looking for - cheerful, disciplined and a wonderful teacher ! While I can pay by ear, she had me reading music right from the start, which was my prime objective. She also is providing some basic music theory, and we now have a regular 2-to-3-times-a-month schedule.

I'm committing a year to this, and then, with Sarah's help, we'll move on to bluegrass fiddling !
Sarah H. Aug 23, 2012
Music Theory
Verified Student
My Music Theory Teacher

My music teacher was well planned. She always summed up what we talked about from our previous lesson before building up on more information. She taught me through my zone of proximal development. I was given the opportunity to practice what was shown from each lesson by doing homework. I found great happiness in studying the construction of music. Her teaching pedagogy was strong! She would incorporate mnemonic devices to help me learn the musical concepts easier. When I did not grasp a certain idea, she was patient with me. At times she would teach me from my own musical knowledge of various instruments. Other times she would share with me her own personal experiences and stories. I am thankful to have met such an amazing music teacher!
TrudyP Jul 17, 2012
Highly recommend,great instructor

So glad Sarah was our granddaughters first instructor for her introduction to the violin. She is a very positive and friendly person. She instinctively knew the right approach for Natasha with the right amount of encouragement, patience and firmness. Natasha always looked forward to her lesson and found that in practicing the time went by faster than she thought it would.
TonyL Feb 22, 2012

Sarah is a great teacher. She knows how to teach according to my strengths and weaknesses. She is very professional and approachable. I always feel comfortable and safe in her studio. I am always amazed by her talents as a musician and a teacher. I highly recommend her.
JeanneS May 17, 2011
Sarah is very friendly and put my daughter at ease right away. She is also very patient and knowledgeable - characteristics which are important in a teacher. I highly recommend her!
JoeH Jan 6, 2011

Sarah has shown me how to hold the neck correctly, improve my posture while playing and how to use the bow more effectively. I am sixty years old, and have been playing the 'fiddle' for quite sometime, and had only one or two lessons prior to meeting Sarah. I knew many bad habits were acquired without formal instruction, and she has gently shown me how to correct them. Everything she has shown me has been very beneficial, and I have learned more in the short period I've been taking her lessons than I had in the fifteen or so years I clumsily attempted to play the violin. She is very accomplished, and is so very effective with her method of instruction. She certainly is an asset to your program.
MarylouC Mar 16, 2009
Parent of Violin Student

Sarah is a very competant teacher. She has definitely motivated my son to enjoy his playing. Sarah is kind and patient. Eric looks forward to his lessons.