Sarah Williams

Sarah W.

Modesto, CA

About Sarah W.

Sarah teaches: Ages 5 to 70
Teaching since: September 1993
Last sign in: Yesterday


I come from the greater Modesto, CA area. I am a veteran music teacher with over 19 years of teaching vocal and instrumental music. I have taught both in the private and public sectors.

I hold a current music teaching certificate with a BA in Music Education, MA in Elementary Education, and an MA in Reading/Music Focus.

I believe that anyone can learn to sing or play a musical instrument. I am passionate about teaching music and the joy that comes from learning music.

I am experienced in the areas of vocal and instrumental performance through concerts, recitals, musicals, community service, festivals and competitions. Some of my planned musical performances are a Christmas concert, playing and singing in our local mall at Christmas time, and a planned spring recital.

I am a classical and traditional music teacher with many new contemporary styles of teaching music.

My atmosphere of teaching is fun and nurturing!

*** Lesson Details ***
For online lessons, I am currently only teaching Guitar, Voice, Ukulele, Trumpet, and Clarinet.

Lessons are weekly or bi-weekly with a structure lesson, musical games to teach reinforcement and new concepts. I structure my music lessons according to the learning style of each of my students. Patience and understanding my students helps them in their success!
So, there is a lot of praise and encouragement in each lesson. Once a month there is music history that is taught with the lesson and music theory is included in each music lesson.

With each lesson book, there are weekly practice sheets to document daily and weekly practice. Practice is one of the most important keys to learning music. Each student is encouraged to learn one song or musical concept at their own pace.

Every week, I assess each student as they play for me their musical work. I don't expect perfection, but strive for excellence!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Great room w/ baby grand piano and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide assorted music books for piano, guitar, and band.
I have a great number of recorders with books.
Two music stands, one snare drum with sticks, CD player
I prefer, if I should travel, for my piano students to have their own piano/electric piano or guitar for guitar lessons.
Band: to have their own instrument to learn on and practice at home
Orchestral instruments: the same.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Christian and contemporary choir, band, and orchestra. Specialize in vocal coaching/voice lessons. Specialize in musical productions in both Christian and contemporary styles.


Band Coordinatoe

Apr 2002 - Present

Regional band coordinator for regional schools for annual festivals


Masters i Elementary Education

Aug 1998 - May 2000
University go Phoenix

B of Arts. Music Education

Aug 1972 - May 1975
Eastern New Mexico University


10 year award

May 2013
Modesto Christian


National Association for Music Education

Jan 2001

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

Write a Review

12 Reviews on Sarah W.

Kennedy C. Feb 26, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great with my 9 year old, Sarah is very welcoming and very knowledgeable. Wonderful teacher. My Kennedy loves her 😊
Emma S. Nov 3, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She had a lot of patience for a wiggly little girl.
Jahzenyah W. Oct 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Very good vocal instructor!
Emily B. Sep 10, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My teacher Sarah was very nice. For my first guitar lesson I learned the parts of the guitar and started learning music theory. I also learned how to tune my guitar.
Erica H. Nov 6, 2013
Verified Student
Sara is an awesome instructor!

My daughter is 9 and wanted to start guitar and voice lessons. Sarah has been fantastic at making this process fun and truly effective,) My daughter already has learned so much and I'm so thankful for Sarah!
Meghan W. Nov 6, 2013
Verified Student
Wonderful teacher!

Sarah is a wonderful teacher! I started from zero and she has walked me through reading music, fretting and playing melodies, and chords. I have learned so much and our lessons have opened up a world of ukulele fun. Between lessons I'm able to continue practicing the exercises, and also try new songs on my own. Sarah is very patient and so encouraging! I always have fun during our lessons! We have our lessons via Skype, which has worked out very well.
ARTHUR C. Feb 1, 2013
Verified Student
An excellent teacher

From the beginnig this teacher assesed my training and put me on the right track.
JudithL Apr 19, 2012
Enthusiastic first-time music student

Sarah has made the entire experience seamless. As someone new to professional vocal training, each phase in the process has been educational and fun. I look forward to my lessons each week!
RyanG Apr 2, 2012
Patience & understanding

Sarah is great, never a dumb question & always gives the attention i need to succeed even if it requires repeats of previous lessons.
eddieb Mar 11, 2012

Nice and patient teacher. Look forward in having my kids progress in their studies.

Win 4 free lessons with your favorite teacher!

Where should we contact you if you win?

You agree to receive info from TakeLessons. Unsubscribe at any time.