I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English and can speak some Taiwanese, and enjoy teaching students of all ages. With over 10 years of teaching experience, I am able to tailor the speed, curriculum and style of each lesson to the individual. By default, I will teach music in the Suzuki Violin series, but I am more than happy to arrange or find violin parts for songs you are interested in!
I like to make my classes fun, and I am constantly thinking of new ways to engage young musicians. I help my students fall in love with the music using the Suzuki method - emphasizing constant immersion in music, regular performances, music theory, posture and artistic expression. Learning music is like learning a language; you must immerse yourself in it by listening to it daily and practicing. With younger children, I am very nurturing and adept at incorporating learning games to make performance fun. Music theory can be boring, so I tie in music theory as it relates to the pieces we are currently learning, and make learning it a game. I have over 10 years of experience teaching kids Pre-K – 6th grade, so I am very patient, nurturing and kind, but strict when I need to be.
My family moved around a lot during my childhood, but music remained the one constant in my life. Playing the violin gives me a lot of joy and I hope to pass on the joy of music to my students!
*** Lesson Details ***
Curriculum - I will primarily be using the books in the. Suzuki Violin School: Violin Part, Vol. 1 - Vol. 4, A Tune A Day: String Method, and A Tune and Day: Beginning Scales. For theory, I use Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory. It is the students responsibility to purchase and bring their music to class. After students have advanced past basic violin skills, I may bring in supplemental material - pieces from pop culture or Disney tunes that students are interested in. Theory will be taught in class as it relates to the piece we are working on, and I will supply additional worksheets when necessary.
After students have advanced past the Suzuki Violin School, Violin Part, Volume 10, I may introduce violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Mozart.
Because performance is an integral part to the Suzuki method, I encourage my students to perform once a year at our annual recital. Shy students, never fear! I will work with you extensively to make your piece beautiful. If any students are not comfortable with performing publicly, they can decide to opt out of the annual recital.
*** Studio Equipment ***
In studio lessons will be held at my home in the living room, with adequate seating for parents. I provide a music stand, and a keyboard and tuner for tuning.
I encourage parents to bring a video or audio recorder to record lessons, so that students may review them during the week. Of course, students should bring their violin, bow, rosin, and assigned pieces to class.
*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling to your home, I will bring my own violin, bow, rosin, and books. I expect the student to provide music stands, their assigned pieces, and a well lit area for lessons.
I am willing to travel up to a five mile radius from my home studio for an additional fee.
*** Specialties ***
-Violin: Suzuki Method
Verified Student · ·
Sarah has been a great teacher since the beginning. She is super friendly and patient when it comes to teaching and always makes each lesson fun and exciting whether it's learning proper instrument positioning or learning more advanced techniques. I would definitely recommend Sarah to anyone looking to learn to play violin or trying to improved their violin skills.
Verified Student · ·
Sarah is a wonderful teacher. She really helped me to understand and respect the art of playing Violin.
Verified Student · Violin ·
The Short Version: I totally and wholeheartedly recommend Sara for anybody at any age considering studying Violin.
The Long Version: As a beginner adult student and a child care provider, I feel I have a very unique perspective into Sara's teaching style.
Studying under Sara has been absolutely wonderful and has really fueled my progress with the violin. Within five minutes of the first lesson you can tell how excited she is to be teaching you something she is so clearly passionate about. She's positive and patient in her instruction and in learning from her, you get the feeling she wants you to be your best so that one day you could even play alongside her. That, along with her professionalism, sincerity and respect makes her truly valuable as a teacher.
However, as good as she is with adults, I think she's even better with children. I provide private child care for a living (which is just a fancy way of saying I'm a nanny). I work with children ranging from 20 months to 14 years old and I'm very good at my job. In my experience, I've found that you can tell that some people, for some reason, are just good with kids. It requires a certain balance of patience, enthusiasm and authority and it all has to seem easy. Sara possesses these qualities in abundance. The violin can seem like a complicated instrument to a beginner and it can be frustrating (believe me, I know), but Sara has a knack for breaking things down in a way your child will understand and, more importantly, have fun doing it.
So why are you still reading this? Go and sign up already! :)
Verified Student · Violin ·
First when I decided to start learning violin, I was a bit hesitant because how difficult I heard learning this instrument is and my age, which is 28, that its a late start. All these negative thoughts were gone since my first lesson with Sarah.
She is so skillful and positive. She changed my idea about learning and made it easy for me. Classes are fun and enjoyable. She insists in repeating and doesn't move on to the next step until she is confident that I did the first right.
Can't wait until I get more of these lessons. And hopefully better in playing the violin.