Sarah Gartin

Sarah G.

Brooklyn, NY
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***I am a freelance musician/percussionist in the NYC area but I am currently teaching online lessons from my Texas home in the midst of the pandemic.***

Being from Texas, music education became a huge part of my life from the moment I picked up a pair of sticks in 2001. I received two performance degrees from very prestigious music/percussion programs (Florida State and Eastman School of Music) and I have been private teaching since 2013. Lessons with me could set you up for either great success and/or to simply have a very good time learning something new. Whatever goals you have, I will do my very best to fulfill them. I have training on the following instruments: marimba, xylophone, vibes, bells, snare drum, timpani, drum set, auxiliary instruments (tambourine, triangle, cymbals, tom-toms, etc) and a few hand drums. I currently have access to a drum set, marimba and drum pad/snare drum.

About Sarah G.

*** I am currently only teaching online lessons and temporarily living in my Texas home (central time zone). My schedule slightly varies (I am more than positive that we can find a mutual and consistent time) each week so please consider messaging me before paying for lessons!***

Sarah is a freelance percussionist and private lessons instructor in New York City specializing in new music, two and four-mallet literature, timpani literature, chamber music, operetta, multi-solo literature and more! Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Sarah’s passion for music theatre has led her to pursue a career in the Big Apple. She most recently performed with the J2 Spotlight Musical Theatre Company in their inaugural season as the percussionist of ‘Seesaw’ at Theater Row. Some of her favorite regional shows have been 'Into The Woods', 'The Music Man', 'Candide' and 'Anything Goes'. Sarah hopes to perform on Broadway one day soon.

Since 2007, Sarah has participated in many prestigious Summer Music Festivals: Juilliard Percussion Seminar, Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar, University of Texas Honors Ensemble, Eastern Music Festival, Chautauqua Music Festival, Texas Music Festival and The Ohio Light Opera (four seasons). In San Antonio, she established herself as an avid freelancer and percussion specialist. Sarah has played with the following orchestras and theaters: The San Antonio Symphony, The Mid-Texas Symphony, The Abilene Philharmonic, Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale, The Woodlawn Theatre, The Public Theater of San Antonio, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, San Antonio Viva and The United States Air Force at Lackland AFB. Since moving to NYC, she has performed with the Main Street Theatre and Dance Company and J2 Spotlight Musical Theatre Company.

Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from The Florida State University where she studied with Dr. John W. Parks IV. While at FSU, Sarah participated in the percussion ensemble and studio, which won the Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition in 2011 and in 2012, Sarah also participated and won first prize at the PAS Orchestral Mock Audition. She performed with many of the school’s ensembles such as the University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

After graduating Cum Laude, Sarah went on to receive her Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music where she had the privilege of studying with Michael Burritt, John Beck, Bill Cahn, Chip Ross, Lee Vinson, Jake Nissly, and Leigh Howard Stevens. While studying at Eastman, Sarah received the Performance Certificate Award, which is given to students with the highest level of performing ability. The Eastman Percussion Ensemble, which includes upperclassmen and graduate students, performed at PASIC in 2013 as a winner of the International Percussion Ensemble Competition.

As an educator, Sarah has been a private lesson instructor for the last seven years. She was previously the Adjunct Percussion Instructor at Trinity University and Associate Director of Percussive Studies at Brennan High School. When she is not freelancing and teaching, she likes to spend her time with her dog Emma, experimenting with her coffee bar, cooking, exercising, and enjoys a good TV show and film.


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My son Christopher received private lessons from Ms. Gartin when she was here at Brennan High School. He learned so much from her and gained such a confidence in himself. She taught him so much, and helped him discover his passion for music. HIGHLY recommend her for lessons! We miss you Ms. Gartin!

Posted May 3, 2020
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My daughter took drum lessons with Sarah. She made huge advancements in percussion during this time and the relationship between her and my daughter was remarkable. It is a blessing to find someone that your children bond with and look up to.

Posted Apr 19, 2020
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Ms.Gartin has been such an influential mentor in my life . Her teaching methods have opened up my mind to go deeper into the world of percussion in just the span of a year ! THE REAL DEAL

Posted Apr 17, 2020
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Sarah is a phenomenal teacher. She was an personal instructor for my son for 2 years while here in San Antonio, Texas. My son loved her ability to be personable as well as mold him into a top student that can perform on multiple percussion instruments. Sarah is very professional and talented as well.

Posted Apr 17, 2020
Hannah L.
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Sarah is very detail and always prepared the lesson material beforehand. We are happy that we found her

Posted Dec 16, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Sarah taught two of our sons beginning percussion lessons. She is very warm and put the boys at ease, without sacrificing expectations. She made lessons relatable to each boy and never compared them to each other. Sarah has a wealth of knowledge and breadth of experience that make her an excellent choice in percussion teachers.

Posted Nov 1, 2019

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Percussionist of Seesaw
Feb 2020 - Feb 2020

J2 Spotlight Musical Theatre Company at Theater Row

I performed on xylophone and glockenspiel for a production of Seeaw with the J2 Spotlight Theatre Company! I received two incredible reviews from this 2 week run!

Drum Set for High School Musical On Stage
Feb 2020 - Feb 2020

Main Street Theatre and Dance Company Roosevelt Island

Drum set player for a production of Disney's High School Musical On Stage.

Drum Set/performer
Oct 2019 - Oct 2019

Likah! The Puppy Musical Workshop

NYC workshop for Likah! The Puppy Musical at The Theater Center

May 2015 - Aug 2019

The Ohio Light Opera

Percussionist and Drummer for the prestigious summer lyric opera festival.

Adjunct Percussion Instructor
Aug 2018 - May 2019

Trinity University

Private lessons, percussion ensemble coaching and percussion methods for music education majors

Associate Director of Percussive Studies
Aug 2018 - May 2019

William J. Brennan High School

Assisted the percussion and head band director in percussion related needs such as marching band front ensemble teching, percussion ensemble, private lessons and wind ensemble sectionals.

Private Instructor/Technician
Aug 2015 - May 2019

North East ISD

I taught private lessons and sectionals in this school district. Ronald Reagan HS, Churchill HS, Roosevelt HS, CT Johnson HS, Bradley MS, Kruger MS, Bush MS, Lopez MS, and Ed White MS.

Sub percussion
Feb 2016 - Jan 2019

San Antonio Symphony

Performances with the symphony

Private Instructor
Aug 2017 - May 2018

New Braunfels ISD

I taught private lessons and sectionals at Oak Run Middle School.

Private Instructor
Aug 2016 - May 2017

Pearland ISD

I taught private lessons at Pearland HS, Pearland Junior High East and West.

Graduate Assistant/Private Instructor
Aug 2013 - May 2015

Eastman School of Music

I taught private lessons to non-music majors through the University of Rochester, NY.


Masters in Music - Performance and Literature
Aug 2013 - May 2015

Eastman School of Music

Bachelor of Music - Percussion Performance
Aug 2009 - May 2013

Florida State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Performance Certificate
Apr 2014

Eastman School of Music

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