I am a classically trained vocalist who started singing and playing piano at the age of 7. I have a background in music theater, opera and commercial voice. I studied piano through college and started teaching beginning piano and voice during my summer breaks. I attended Belmont University where I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and minor in music business. I absolutely love teaching beginning voice and piano, most of all, I want you to learn to love music and the possibilities it can bring you.
*** Lesson Details ***
I work with beginner students in piano and voice, typically ages 6 to 18, but have several adult students. I want to make my students feel comfortable and excited for their lessons ready to have fun. For piano, I use the Bastien Piano Basics Series along with supplemental material. For my adult students I typical use the Fundamentals of Piano books by Keith Snell.
My students learn basic technique, theory, music history and ear training. During music history and theory lessons, I like to use the computer and iPad as another resource to teach.
During voice lessons, each student will learn the basics of singing. I use a book I have used myself during my vocal studies, Releasing the Inner Voice: A Guide for Singers by Marjorie Halbert, to help through the beginning stages. My main goal as a teacher is to show you how to sing properly and safely first, then, we can use that foundation as a sounding board to experiment in the different styles you want to sing.
*** Specialties ***
Beginning piano - basic technique and music theory.
Beginning classical/opera, gospel, musical theater and pop voice.
Personal studio - deliver beginning and intermediate piano and voice lessons.
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· Piano · In studio For almost a year, Sarah has been my piano teacher. She is encouraging, patient, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about my improvement. She never rushes a lesson and always takes the time to fully answer any questions I have. I have recommended her to several of my friends and co-workers, and I will continue to do so. Having a teacher who is just as pleased with my accomplishments as I am is refreshing and appreciated. If you are looking for someone to encourage you and teach you, look no further than Sarah!