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Instruments: Guitar, Violin, Cello, Viola
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Folk

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Sarah B In Studio
Instruments: Guitar, Violin, Cello, Viola
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Folk

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Bachelor Degree: Duquesne University

Awards:

2020 - Voyvoditch Cello Scholarship

2018 - PADESTA Orchestra Education Award

Overview:

Hello! I am a cellist and music educator who loves helping students succeed in music. I graduated from Duquesne University in spring of 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education with a concentration in cello. I also love spending my free time playing the violin, viola, piano, and guitar. I decided to major in music because I could not imagine doing anything else with my life. I love music, and I love having the opportunity to teach it. My goal as an educator is to foster a love of music with my students, and help them to set and achieve their musical goals.

EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching private lessons for the last 6 years and began teaching in the public school system in spring of 2022. This fall, I will be a long-term substitute orchestra teacher for North Allegheny School District. My education at Duquesne was entirely focused on music education. I took various courses in instrument methodology for brass, woodwind, and string instruments, and studied leading pedagogy practices from distinguished educators. I studied cello with PSO musician Adam Liu, and performed challenging works for solo cello in my studio as well as orchestral works with the full Duquesne Symphony Orchestra. I graduated with a 3.97 major GPA.

METHODS USED

In all of my teaching, I combine my students' interests with the leading pedagogy practices in string education to develop the foundational skills of the instrument as well as a fondness for it. There are several method books that I use such as Suzuki, Schroeder's Cello Etudes, and Fiddler's Philharmonic, however, I tailor each lesson path to each student based on student interest as well as proper sequencing. I generally start with these method books, especially for cello, for beginning students. For advanced students, I teach solo repertoire and more advanced etudes. My ultimate goal is to help each of my students succeed and enjoy the music-making process.

LESSON STYLE

I follow the American String Teachers Association's curriculum for orchestra education as a guideline for the skills and techniques that students must develop. The skills are developmentally sequenced and build upon one another like a stack of blocks. In each of my lessons, I assess what students know and what students could practice, and together, we remediate and master each skill or technique. I also frequently ask for student input on what music we are playing and what the student's goals are in order to better tailor each lesson. The combination of these practices keep the lessons student-centered, but also ensure that the learning objectives are accomplished. I approach teaching very seriously with a lot of planning, but during the lesson, I have lots of fun getting to talk to my students! During lessons, I strive to get to know my student better to build a positive relationship so that both of us truly enjoy our time together. I also take time to help students set weekly practice goals in order to progress at the student's pace.

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