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Sarah W In HomeHome Teaches OnlineOnline
Instruments: Piano, Flute
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Avant-Garde


Sarah W In Home Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Flute
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Sep 2016 - Jun 2021

University of California, Davis


Master of Music

Sep 2012 - May 2014

San Francisco Conservatory of Music


Bachelor of Arts

Sep 2008 - May 2012

Columbia University


Winner, Call for Scores Sewanee Summer Music Festival 

Finalist, Young Composer Awards 

ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

Winner, Love of Learning Award 

Phi Kappa Phi

Selected Composer, Call for Scores

North/South Consonance

Phi Kappa Phi (Academic honor society), UC Davis chapter

Winner, Voices in Poetry Project Call for Scores (Vox Musica)

Graduate Scholars Fellowship (UC Davis)

Selected Composer, Call for Scores (New Music on the Bayou)

Individual Artist Grant, Chicago DCASE

Individual Artist Grant, Illinois Arts Council

Semifinalist, The American Prize

Rapaport Prize for summer music study

I'm a composer-flutist and flute/piano teacher who received a PhD in music composition and theory with departmental distinction from UC Davis in June 2021. I also hold a master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory and a bachelor's from Columbia University. My own compositions have been performed at music festivals across the U.S. and in Europe. I have won several calls for scores, including calls from the Sewanee Summer Music Festival (2020), North/South Consonance (2019), Vox Musica (2017), and New Music on the Bayou (2016). I have also received commissions and grants from soloists, ensembles, and arts organizations in several U.S. states. Some of my pieces have been published by music publishing companies or have been broadcast on the radio (including WFMT's Relevant Tones). I played principal flute in the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra for four years, and I appeared as a flute soloist in several orchestral and choral concerts on campus as well. I was also a member of the newly-formed UC Davis Graduate Student Ensemble, which is dedicated to the performance of new works. In addition, I have taught piano in both private studios and in after-school programs.
I have over a decade’s combined experience teaching music to K-12 and adult students of all levels, including four years of TA’ing college-level music courses. I have worked as a private flute and piano teacher, an after-school program instructor, a summer music camp teacher, and as a substitute music theory instructor at a community music school. While at UC Davis, I was a TA for several music courses, including introductory music theory, introductory music history, and intermediate ear training.
For young students, we'll start our first few lessons with rhythm and singing games to break the ice. These games also help train the ear. For flute students, we will then progress to the basics of breathing, tone production, note fingerings, and music reading. Once we reach the point where the student can read and play simple tunes, we will start using Trevor Wye's Beginner's Book for the Flute. For teenage and adult students, we'll discuss your goals in our first meeting and go from there, whether those goals are learning to play for your own enjoyment, or preparing to apply for college and/or summer music programs. I am happy to work on standard classical flute repertoire, contemporary flute repertoire, and music in non-classical styles. For young piano students, our first few lessons will be dedicated to posture, hand position, basic rhythm, and learning note names on the piano keyboard. We will then progress to music reading. I usually use Faber's Piano Adventures series for fun, level-appropriate pieces. We will also continue to play rhythm games and ear-training games in order to develop musicality. As with my flute students, I am open to a range of styles depending on the student's interests and goals.
In addition to working with standard repertoire and method books, I devise my own exercises to help with breath control, tone production, rhythm, aural skills, and other topics. I dedicate particular time and attention to the areas where I believe each individual student can benefit the most (e.g., tone quality, counting, etc.). For young students, I like to incorporate music games and improvisation into my teaching, both of which help the student develop essential musical skills in a fun, relaxed way.
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