Sarah Williams

Sarah W.

Modesto, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have been teaching all band and string for over 28 years
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Sarah teaches



Sarah delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 75 and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1993

I am looking for new students that want to learn music or sing.

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.

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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.

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My first music student ... My son


18 Reviews

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Annika S. Mar 24, 2017
Violin · In home

I absolutely love Sarah, she is so awesome! She is not only a great teacher but she also wants to get to know you on a personal level, I would definitely call her a friend not just a teacher. She always makes sure you get all the lessons you paid for in.

Melinda Mar 14, 2017
Singing · In studio

Sarah is an excellent instructor. She is encouraging and fun.

Melinda M. Mar 10, 2017
Singing · In home

Sarah is a great teacher and a wonderful person. So glad to be taking lessons with her. She is a blessing to my life.

Cameron H. Feb 11, 2017
Singing · In studio

She showed good techniques

Michele C. Feb 10, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

My first lesson was fun. Sarah was very inviting and I was comfortable and learned a lot. Thanks Sarah

Michele C. Feb 9, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

My first lesson was fun. Sarah was very inviting and I was comfortable and learned a lot. Thanks Sarah

Kennedy C. Feb 26, 2016
Piano · In home

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

She had a lot of patience for a wiggly little girl.

Jahzenyah W. Oct 5, 2015
Singing · In studio

Very good vocal instructor!

Emily B. Sep 10, 2015
Guitar · In home

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
Guitar ·

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
Ukulele ·

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.

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ARTHUR C. Feb 1, 2013

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.

LeahR Mar 5, 2012

Excellent instruction!

I've really enjoyed my lessons with Sarah so far! She's been a very encouraging teacher and is openly constructive when I need improvement in any areas. She has been proactive in looking for new music for me to play and goals for me to work toward. I look forward to many more enjoyable lessons with her!

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LilyZ Feb 8, 2012

Good Experience

Really enjoy learning from Sarah. There are distractions here and there which take time away from practice which I know Sarah is working on. Overall, she is a great and understanding teacher.

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