Sarah Polodna

Sarah P.

Plainfield, IL

About Sarah P.

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Sarah teaches: Ages 3 and up
Teaching since: June 2003
Last sign in: 6 days ago

Overview

Classically trained pianist and singer. When it comes to piano, I have over 20 years of training under my belt. Majority of my experience deals with classical and accompaniment but have also studied jazz and contemporary.
In the way of singing, I am a classically trained singer who majored in Opera Performance in college. I have plenty of performance experience from being on the stage in operas and musical to performing with choirs and solo recitals. In voice lessons a student can choose to specialize in opera or if they were to take standard voice lessons, they could expect a wide variety of music focusing on multiple languages and genres including musical theater.

With every musician, Music Theory is crucial. All students will learn the basics of reading music and those who choose, can go beyond to learn the structure of music and why music is the way it is with Music Theory lessons.

I am qualified to teach all levels of piano, opera, and voice.I take a real hands on, active approach to teaching, going beyond just the lesson books.

I am also able to offer tutoring services. I have been tutoring since high school. In high school as part of the National Honors Society, we were asked to tutor once a week and it continued into college when I decided to double major in Psychology taking an interest in adolescence psychology. My strong suits and reading and math but I am more than happy to help in any subject.

I do have dogs in the house so please be advised if you have allergies.


*** Lesson Details ***
Our sessions will be laid back and easy going. I expect the students to do their work and practice and as long as they are showing progress, we can continue with a fun and relaxed atmosphere. I am patient with my students, and do my best to develop teaching methods unique to each student to give the best experience and set them up for the highest level of success. I don't push students to perfection but rather assist them in reaching their personal best. As long as they are having fun and learning, I know I am doing my job. Music is to be enjoyed and that is my goal with each student.

For voice and piano, students will learn a wide variety of music. I also believe strongly in the power of sight reading. Students will also learn music theory in their lessons. Piano students will follow a lesson book curriculum along with learning scales and sight reading. Voice students will sing from all major languages (English, French, Italian, and German) and practice sight reading skills.

Students should bring a notebook to lessons where notes will be taken on what we accomplished in our lessons and what needs to be worked on for the next lesson. This will usually include a theory sheet, technique work, and songs.

Twice a year I hold a recital where students get to show off to other students and family what they have accomplished in their lessons. With piano students, you will prepare and memorize usually one song. For voice students, you will prepare and memorize two songs, at least one will be in a foreign language.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lower level for studio, piano, seating for parents, on site computer for easy reference and music samples.

*** Specialties ***
I have an Opera performance degree. I am a classically trained singer and pianist.

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Experience

Lesson Coordinator

Nov 2014 - Present
PM Music Center

I run a high standard lesson program at PM Music. This program is over 350 students with 31 teachers and 11 different instruments and growing every day.

Founder, Director

Jan 2004 - Present
Sarah Kate Music Studio

I have been running Sarah Kate Music Studio for more than 10 years now. I started it while I was still in High School with two students and have maintained it every since growing to as many as 30 students. I plan and teach every lesson as well as plan group lessons and recitals. I also write quarterly news letters for all my students and patrons.

Sales Associate

Sep 2011 - Jul 2014
Music and Arts

I work full time at a music store selling instruments, books and supplies. As a teacher, I have unlimited access to information and supplies to keep bettering the studio for the growth of my students.

Education

B.A. in Music Performance and Psychology

Aug 2007 - Jun 2011
North Central College

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency
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12 Reviews on Sarah P.

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Emese Sep 11, 2016
Piano · In studio
I find my lessons to go by very quickly, she is a great instructor and makes learning very enjoyable. I find her enthusiasm for piano to make me want to learn more and more each lesson!
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Anita G. Jul 7, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Location is close by. She is very friendly and I feel that I have learned a lot just with the three lessons
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Ariel M. Apr 10, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great teaching style
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Kiley W. Mar 10, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She was very patient and knowledgeable and we can't wait to go back!!!
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Kiley W. Mar 10, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She was very patient and knowledgeable and we can't wait to go back!!!
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Armani A. Mar 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
It was Armanis first day in went very well.
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Tamra Feb 4, 2016
Singing · In studio
Sarah was patient and helpful with my granddaughter, helping her to find her style.
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Emily B. Dec 3, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Sarah was wonderful. My14 year old granddaughter was nervous about her first lesson, but Sarah put her at ease immediately. Emi is looking forward to her next class!
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Skye M. Jun 11, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She is so so helpful and she knows how to really teach me how to develop my singing skills.
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StephanieM1 Dec 19, 2011
Mother

Sarah is a very smart and rewarding teacher in music. She encourages the student in their learning to sing ability. She goes the extra mile by informing her student ,my son, that she will teach him to read music also.