Sarah Polodna
Plainfield, IL
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Sarah Polodna

Sarah P.

Plainfield, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Crocheting is all about enjoying what you create with your own two hands. So you will learn all the basics and beyond while creating actual items: from scarves to hats to crowns, stuffed animals, decor, whatever interests you!

My grandmother taught me how to do a basic stitch back in high school and I taught myself the rest! Fast forward years later and I have actually opened up my own crochet shop focusing on children's crocheted creations.

About Sarah P.

Due to current pandemic, lesson are offered both in person or virtually (via Google Duo, Facebook messenger, or Facetime) with the intention of moving to in person lessons when student deems it safe enough to transition.

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 the owner and creator of my own crochet shop. I can teach beginners through intermediate crocheters. We focus on your interest and find projects based on your interests to learn the skill sets for crocheting. We learn how to read both written patterns and diagram patterns. With crocheting lessons,w e have the ability to record our lessons for visual reference during at how stitching time.

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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Patricia G.
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Sarah was energetic, positive, and kind with my daughter, age 11, who was really struggling to get a handle on a song for a play she has been trying to train for. This was her first voice lesson ever. My daughter was drawn in immediately by Sarah’s practical and happy approach and felt more capable and comfortable at the end of the session and is definitely looking forward to the next one. Hard to ask for more than that in a first lesson!

Posted Feb 29, 2020
Jason F.
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Very friendly atmosphere great teacher.

Posted Jan 18, 2019
Maxwell M.
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Max is 3 years old boy who doesn't talk yet. He was shy at the beginning but teacher was very positive, supportive during the class. After the class at the car Max wanted to go back. :)

Posted Aug 14, 2018
Delila D.
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Granddaughter liked her first lesson

Posted Dec 6, 2017
Brian P.
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Good teacher.

Posted Oct 23, 2017
Emese
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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!

Posted Sep 11, 2016
Anita G.
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Location is close by. She is very friendly and I feel that I have learned a lot just with the three lessons

Posted Jul 7, 2016
Ariel M.
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Great teaching style

Posted Apr 10, 2016
Kiley W.
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She was very patient and knowledgeable and we can't wait to go back!!!

Posted Mar 10, 2016
Kiley W.
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She was very patient and knowledgeable and we can't wait to go back!!!

Posted Mar 10, 2016
Armani A.
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It was Armanis first day in went very well.

Posted Mar 9, 2016
Tamra
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Sarah was patient and helpful with my granddaughter, helping her to find her style.

Posted Feb 4, 2016
Emily B.
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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!

Posted Dec 3, 2015
Skye M.
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She is so so helpful and she knows how to really teach me how to develop my singing skills.

Posted Jun 11, 2014
StephanieM1

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.

Posted Dec 19, 2011
SeannaK

Ella loves her singing lessons with Miss Sarah. She makes Ella feel very comfortable.

Posted Nov 18, 2011
DoloresR

Our daughter, Francesca, loves Miss Sarah and voice lessons. We origainally signed up for 1/2 hour lessons on Fridays (only available time for our family). Miss Sarah's schedule has had to change. Unfortunately, we may have to look for lessons elsewhere unless Sarah can work something out in our favor.

Posted Nov 1, 2011

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Experience

Owner/Creater
Jan 2019 - Present

Private business

I have a family run business. My husband and I manage orders, craft fairs, special events, and communications. I am the sole creator of all product. We specialize in customized children's creations focusing mostly on hats, but also create newborn photo sets, teethers, toys, stuffed animals, home decor, jewelry, cup cozies, loveys... You name it we can make it.

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

Music Studio

I have been running my 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

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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