- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
- Teaches students:
- Ages 7+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- March 2015
Hello future students, my name is Sarah and I am honored you chose to look at my profile, finding the right teacher is so important! I graduated from Lees-McRae College in May 2017 with her BFA musical theater and minor in art and design. I was training american sign language at Northern Virginia Community College back in 2012, and I furthered my knowledge by working under and ASL master in 2015.
I try to not charge too high for lessons, I know that this is something that is for fun and is not always a possibility so I try to keep it at a lowish price so that everyone has a chance to learn. I am very flexible to schedules. I am willing to have a regular time or switching it up weekly; I have students who travel for a living so they are always on a different time zone; no matter the obstacle I will make it work for you!
Something that is great to know about me is that I never stop training, pursuing growth and knowledge. I read books in these various fields to learn more and more, take master classes, and train with my own vocal coaches. I think art - on any platform, is a great way to get out of your head, free your mind, and open up yourself. So this can be for professional training, a hobby you always wanted to pursue, or a dream you wanted to chase after.
In my class with you, or you child, I will make an individualized lesson plan that focus around what skills you already have, what skills you aim to improve/gain, and how you learn. I am very familiar with the fact that we are ALL different, which means we will all learn DIFFERENTLY. I am willing to explain something in as many ways as one needs in order to understand. I like to think of my lessons as a “safe place” to explore, have fun, grow, and be okay with making mistakes. We will always start with the basics, understand the core of the craft - for example in singing that would be our vocal anatomy and how it all connects together. I use props to help make the concept more visual and graspable as well as diagrams. This is not something someone will pick up in one lesson, so don’t come in saying “I can’t”, you can, you just have to learn HOW. I will show you the how. Remember, this is a learning process, we must embrace each step of our growth.
Some background of how I came to do what I do:
I have been working professionally for theatres for five years now; which has had me living in various towns in NC, OH, AR, and traveling nationwide for tours. I have a lot of experience under my belt for my years. I began taking performance classes as young as age 2 when I started ballet, then I began singing in choir in third grade. I started being in awe of sign language when I saw an interpreter working her magic around age ten and I asked my mom for a sign language book. Expanding my knowledge is what I do for fun, so when you pick me you pick someone who is constantly growing and learning more which will ultimately benefit the student.
I teach a variety of classes that, for the most part, circle around the arts! Some of my classes include but are not limited to: Acting, Child Acting, Improv Audition Prep, Various styles of “Singing” classes, Ear Training, Musical Theatre, Music Performance, Various “Art” classes, Facial Exercises (Which is great for singers, and those who speak a lot day to day to help relieve tension in the face), and more!
For an explanation on each class, I will be recording a video that describes them and posting that on here soon! There is a video trailer of me singing and dancing that is currently available. If you want to know anything more at all please do not hesitate to send me a message and I will respond as quickly as I possibly can!
I am working in all the shows along side of the resident actors while also being trained in the technical aspects as well.
I have a 10 month contract and I cannot say how grateful I am for all the knowledge I have gained!
I get hired at children's parties nation wide to perform as different characters and make their parties more fun!
I was hired on as an actor for their summer season. Here I really emerged into children's theatre.
I played Elena in the touring production of WITHOUT WORDS at In/Visible Theatre in NC. This was the world premiere of a beautiful story of a man who learns to communicate through ASL. I was able to combine my love for theatre with my love for sign language. It was phenomenal.+ Read More
I played Dorothy at the Land of Oz Theme Park on Beech Mountain in NC for two years in a row. I would love to return one day if I ever move back there, the job was a lot of fun!
My first professional theatre job was playing the lead role of "Short Tree" while being in the Children's Theatre production of A SHORT TREE AND A BIRD WHO CANNOT SING with Ensemble Theatre in NC.
I am trained and certified to work with a sword, rapier & dagger, as well as engage in hand to hand combat for a theatrical purpose.
Sarah was so great in my first lesson with her! She's clear with her instructions, made me feel at ease despite some definite nervous feelings, and she certainly seems very experienced in ASL! Excited about my next lesson! :)
My daughter, Ava enrolled in Sarah's classes and she loves it so far! She has only done two classes and, she's learned so much. Ava said that the exercises were interesting but very fun and helpful. The both of us would definitely recommend hiring Sarah as a coach!+ Read More
Very patient with a sense of humor. My kind of instructor.
I had an audition for a play that was coming up and Sarah gave me the confidence and training i needed to do a good job. Shes a great teacher and taking lessons with her is stress free and a lot of fun! I recommend taking lessons with her whether your looking for a few tips or a major boost in skill!+ Read More
Got off on a great start!
Sarah is awesome! I feel like I’m already learning so much!
Love the way Sarah breaks every line and sentence apart for you to fully develop your character .
I just had my first lesson with Sarah and it was great! In one day I've learned so much about singing and the anatomy of the voice box. But above all that, she is a very kind and patient person, who love's what she does. She really makes you feel comfortable right off the bat and explains things in a very easy to follow fashion. I'm already looking forward to next weeks lesson!!+ Read More
Sarah is very patient with my energetic 8 yo!!
He is learning a lot and his confidence is growing.
FIRST TIMe doing an online acting class and was a great experience. My daughter loved it.
She is so patient & flexible with my schedule, thats why she is the perfect instructor for me.
Sarah is wonderful with my daughter, Valerie. She is patient and encouraging. My daughter enjoys the lessons and looks forward to them. After only 3 lessons I can see a difference and truly appreciate Sarah’s guidance and kindness!
Sara is Amazing TEACHER and A GREAT SINGER! I was not sure what to expect but now I’m soo excited and can’t wait for next lesson!! She is a true PROFESSIONAL in every way and had so much patience with me too !!
5 stars is not enough for HER !! SHE is a 10 STAR!!!!!
My daughter, Valerie, is 7 years old and has had two lessons so far with Sarah. Not only does Valerie love the lessons and looks forward to them, but I love the way Sarah talks to her and is caring and compassionate. She explains the exercises so well, praises Valerie when she does well, and gently corrects her when she misses the mark. Sarah communicates with me regarding Valerie's lesson and it is very easy to schedule lessons as well. I would highly recommend Sarah as voice coach for younger students as well as older ones!+ Read More
I have now attended 5 lessons with Sarah and after one month, I learnt the correct techniques to breathe & sing. Certainly realized there's less to no pain in my throat compared to before lessons, and also have increase range comfortably. Sarah has different exercises to really help. Looking forward next to project my voice and singing consistently with the right techniques!+ Read More
Very thoughtful, motivating and considerate, knows what she is doing as well, would definitely recommend her.
Sarah was fun and very easy to follow. She made sure that the signs that I completed were accurate and that if I had questions, she answered them very promptly and thoroughly. It was a very enjoyable session with Sarah. Hope to keep up with her and work on a good level of proficiency.+ Read More
It's my first lesson with Sarah and finds her to be very knowledgeable altho she is young! :) Even tho she was having congestion, she still went through the lesson. Looking forward to learn more breathing support and expanding my range with Sarah!
Excellent teacher! Sarah is patient, engaged, and organized. Right from the start, she tested my voice to see where we should begin. Nearing the end of the lesson Sarah left me with a bunch of helpful tips and techniques to practice developing my voice.
My second lesson was just as great but due to where I was I was a bit nervous to sing too loud. Sarah quickly adapted to the situation and we worked on vocal exercises and worked on a song we had been working on. Thank you, Sarah, you are the best teacher!^^
After our 2nd lesson, Sarah sent me a picture text of her and her cast in full costume, while on set. Sarah was in a cow-suit. It was then that I realized I have a pretty dope singing teacher lol.
I was drawn to Sarah’s profile because her prices fit my college budget, and her fun personality radiated through her photos. They show how much she seems to love and enjoy musical theater and performing, and I really liked that!
So far I’ve only had three full lessons with her, and I freakin love them : )
1. Sarah is incredibly patient and understanding.
I missed out on our very first lesson because I had written down the wrong date. I felt so bad but she was really nice about the mishap and even sent me an overview of the lesson plan. I ended up filling out some questions so she could get to know me better for our next lesson, and so that the first lesson wouldn't go to waste
– thank you again Sarah!!
2. Sarah has an incredibly down-to-earth and welcoming personality that creates an environment in which you feel comfortable and relaxed.
It’s been very easy to let loose more and more with each lesson. That’s not to say that these lessons are easy. I feel relaxed but always challenged : )
3. Sarah wants the best for you and is there to encourage, aid, and push you towards becoming the singer that you have the potential to be!
She is always asking for my feedback on whether or not the advice she gives helps me better understand the vocal exercise/warm-up. She is very creative and has me engaging with my mind and body when I sing, like visualizing air fill into my body as my rib cage expands, or squatting as I reach for a high note so that my mind isn’t intimidated by it.
She is always giving me tips throughout our lessons and reminding me about all the things I need to think about and engage with while singing – stand tall, feet planted on the ground, use our “singer’s breath (through the diaphragm), engage with the resonators in my head and chest and avoid those in my nose, etc. Sarah always references to and shares with me any tips she’s received through her own vocal teacher or what she’s learned through singing/vocal workshops she’s been to. She’s full of experience and knowledge!
4. We meet through Facetime but that doesn’t stop Sarah from being able to read my facial expressions and sense when I’m holding back. I'm still learning and struggling with our vocal exercises and she always senses my hesitation, so she would repeat them again until I’m ready to attempt them. She knows when I’m holding back even when I may not be aware of it myself, and she’s always encouraging me to be more confident with my singing and voice. I really appreciate that! Please know that the quality of the lessons are amazing! Sarah never fails to catch the times I sing through my nose, forget to breathe, and my incorrect vowel sounds.
Every lesson I’ve had so far with Sarah has been really helpful and fun and I’d seriously recommend her to any beginner out there that wants to learn about/improve on their vocal technique!!!