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Sarah E.
Tempe, Arizona
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Throughout my musical training, I have worked with distinguished performers and educators in the classical music community. I have studied with Lawrence Dutton (of the Emerson String Quartet), and Nicholas Cords (of Brooklyn Rider), Karen Ritscher (of Manhattan School of Music), and Nancy Buck (of Arizona State University). 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 each student. I have been teaching for over a decade in many settings. These include: my own private studio, TakeLessons, music stores, and performing arts studios. Before earning my masters degree in performance, I was honored to be awarded a Teaching Assistantship for the viola studio of Professor Nancy Buck at Arizona State University. During my teaching appointment, I taught undergraduate viola lessons and group classes. I have been teaching online lessons since 2017 and am very proficient with using technology for distance learning. I also have experience teaching those of all ages and those with disabilities. My Students Can Expect: -to feel empowered and strengthened by their studies with me -personalized lessons catered to their learning style and needs -organized plans of study with progress in mind -flexibility based on a student's goals and lifestyle -to enjoy making music and growing My Approach: -equal focus on technical and artistic skills, integrated when possible -emphasis on playing with good posture and mindfulness to prevent injury -practice strategies—learning more than just the notes -preparation for performances and auditions -varied skill-building: sight-reading, music theory and history as needed, aural training, and more -discussion of higher-level concepts to clarify musical ideas I enjoy using the following materials, based on experience level: -Suzuki Repertoire -the Essential Elements series -Etude books: Wohlfahrt, Mazas, Kreutzer, Sevcik, Schradieck -Scale books: Mogill, Galamian, Flesch -Various repertoire -creating transcriptions of modern materials upon request (modern songs) Most importantly, I want my students to feel capable, inspired, and successful in their musical studies.
About Sarah E.

Sarah went from a baby banging pots to a professional musician performing in Carnegie Hall and with Grammy Award winners. She began her classical training early and is fluent in piano and string instruments. Sarah first knew she loved teaching as the first volunteer keyboard instructor at the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation. She has maintained a studio of students of various instruments, ages, experience levels, and abilities for over a decade. Sarah studied with viola professors Nicholas Cords of Brooklyn Rider and Larry Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet (nine-time Grammy Award winners) at Stony Brook University. There she earned her BA in viola performance and also studied musicology at the graduate level. In her undergraduate career, she had the honor to perform in the graduate orchestra—the Stony Brook Symphony—and to be coached by the Emerson Quartet and other esteemed graduate faculty. She received the prestigious Undergraduate Quartet and Michael Bane awards and was a member of the Stony Brook Chamber Ensemble. She performed at the Emerson Spring Chamber Music Festival four years in a row and performed with Emerson String Quartet violinist Phil Setzer in December 2014 alongside other distinguished Stony Brook musicians. From fall 2014 to spring 2015, she studied in Karen Ritscher's viola studio. Most recently, she is earnedher masters degree at ASU's Herberger Institute for the Arts. She studied under Professor Nancy Buck and served as her studio teaching assistant. During that time, she taught undergraduate lessons and group classes. She has been awarded special talent awards as well as the prestigious Richard Burns viola scholarship. Sarah has also participated in well-established music festivals such as Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute (2009) and Round Top International Music Festival (2012-2014). She received scholarships to attend BUTI's String Quartet Workshop and Young Artists Orchestra. At Round Top International music festival, she received full fellowships, was selected to perform chamber music with the world-renowned faculty (Hakan Rosengren and Eteri Andjaparidze), and won a command performance in the “Best of 2014 Chamber Music" playing Takemitsu’s And Then I Knew ’Twas Wind. Most recent summers have been spent in Europe. In 2015, Sarah visited Prague as a participant of the Ameropa Music Festival; among many chamber performances she played alongside David Erhlich.In 2016, Sarah was invited to be a guest artist at the Saarburg Music Festival in the beautiful wine country of Rhineland Germany. There, she was honored to collaborate with faculty William Terwilliger, Katherine McLin, Susan Lamb Cook, and Andrew Cooperstock. Sarah is most passionate about sharing music with others. From being a high school volunteer teaching students at the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation to being a graduate teaching assistant instructing undergraduates at ASU—Sarah has a vast range of teaching experiences. She welcomes the opportunity to encourage her students to love music as much as she does.


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Love taking lessons with Sarah. She encourages me by pointing out what I do right (positive reinforcement) and also corrects me if I didn't quite master something yet. Perfect lessons. She definitely respects the time and gets to the lessons right away. I enjoy the practices and tips you gave me when I have never been a fan of "practices" prior to taking classes with you. Thanks, Sarah.

Posted Apr 3, 2021
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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
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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
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Masters of Music in Performance
Aug 2015 - Dec 2019
Arizona State University
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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