Sarah Evins

Sarah E.

Tempe, AZ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My training in violin and viola comes from distinguished performers in the classical music community. I have studied with Nicholas Cords (of Brooklyn Rider), Lawrence Dutton (of the Emerson String Quartet), Karen Ritscher, Brett Deubner, and Nancy Buck. My teachers have been taught by some of the most eminent string pedagogues of their generation, including Dorothy Delay, Karen Tuttle, Lilian Fuchs, Harvey Shapiro, and Heidi Castleman. This broad survey of teaching styles and philosophies gives me a great breadth of knowledge which I apply to all of my students.

Whether it be beginners, who are just learning the basics of sound production and proper posture, or advanced students, who are preparing for solo competitions or orchestral and chamber performances, my students will feel empowered and strengthened by their studies with me.

I hold the same approach for all my students at any level. All my violin students will:
-be empowered by their violin technique, through diligent study of études and exercises (my favorites include Wohlfahrt and Kreutzer)
-play with good form in order to prevent injury and increase longevity (how to prevent tendonitis and muscle fatigue)
-learn how to focus in order to accomplish goals, including practice strategies
-practice performance situations regularly in order to overcome performance anxiety
-be encouraged to challenge themselves with sight-reading each lesson (including duets and new repertoire)
-learn expression and musicality alongside repertoire

Additionally, my studies in musicology and music theory will help me teach basic ear training, music theory, and music history as needed to thrive as a young musician.

Finally, and most importantly, I cater my teaching style to my student's personalities and ages. I want my students to enjoy their music making, express themselves creatively, and have fun!

About Sarah E.

Hi, my name is Sarah and I would love to teach you to become a better musician.

I began teaching at the Nevada Blind Children's Foundation as a piano instructor in my senior year of high school. Since then, I have taught as a music teaching assistant at Stony Brook University and a violin, viola, and cello teacher at Music & Arts in Mount Sinai.

I am currently the viola studio teaching assistant under Professor Nancy Buck at the Arizona State University School of Music.

I aim to teach my students more than just the basics. My students should expect to master: how to play their instrument most efficiently, body awareness, relaxed and proper posture, musicality and thoughtful phrasing, some aspects of music theory and ear training, stage presence, and more.

Most importantly, I will help my students grow more confident in their musical abilities. My goal is to help nurture my students' musical talents and help them grow into their potential.


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17 Reviews
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I love learning from Sarah as an adult student! She is so patient and kind, and explains things in multiple ways if I am confused. I definitely recommend her for any student!

Posted Aug 9, 2017
Eliana A.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

It was a very welcoming approach to the Violin world my daughter felt on her 1st lesson. Sarah was so patient,soft spoken and well versed with her violin skills that made the class worthwhile.

Posted Jul 28, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Kids loved Sarah

Posted Jul 18, 2017
Angie A.
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Posted Jul 14, 2017
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Very patient, positive, and kind!

Posted Apr 8, 2017
Stella C.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Sarah is a lovely young lady who is passionate, kind, and patient. Her upbeat energy and positive reinforcement really helps my little one feel confident in her skills as a violinist. As an instructor she seems very passionate about what she is teaching going that extra mile to ensure that you get what you need and more!

Posted Feb 28, 2017
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Super sweet and thorough. I've enjoyed my first lesson already

Posted Sep 4, 2016
Profile-location-online Online

Sweet personality, very patient, and super flexible with schedule. Daughter is really enjoying playing again

Posted Jan 29, 2016
Kiera S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Sarah was great with my daughter. Very sweet and patient.

Posted Jan 23, 2016
Megan S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My daughter was so pleased. Sarah is awesome! The best instructor I have ever seen.

Posted Jan 17, 2016
Megan S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My daughter was so pleased. Sarah is awesome! The best instructor I have ever seen?

Posted Jan 17, 2016
Lillie W.
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Sarah was great with our daughters first violin lesson! Very patient and encouraging!

Posted Jan 6, 2016
Laurie E.
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Very kind, patient and encouraging.

Posted Jan 6, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My daughter loved her! She is very good with children. My daughter was excited to practice and couldn't wait for her next lesson. I was very impressed with this teacher she knew exactly what to do and how to get my young daughter interested.

Posted Dec 9, 2015
Annabell D.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Sarah was extremely patient and sweet with my 4 year old son! Would recommend.

Posted Sep 2, 2015
Sofia J.
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Really excellent with little kids.

Posted Jun 12, 2015
Rhonda H.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My daughter loves Sarah, she is very sweet, helpful and comprehensive. She sets standards, challenges and goals for my daughter to reach that allows her to feel like an accomplished violinist, although she's just a beginner.

Posted Oct 16, 2014

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Bachelor of Arts in Music, with Honors
Aug 2009 - May 2013

Stony Brook University

Honors High School Diploma
Aug 2005 - May 2009

Las Vegas Academy of Performing and Visual Arts



Limited Proficiency


Richard Burns Scholarship for Viola
May 2015

Arizona State University

Michael Bane Award
May 2012

Stony Brook University Department of Music

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