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Instruments: Violin, Viola, Fiddle, Music
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Folk, Country, Showtunes, Swing

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Sarah A In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Violin, Viola, Fiddle, Music
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Folk, Country, Showtunes, Swing

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 3-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Master Degree: University of Michigan - Master of Music , Doctoral Degree: Arizona State University - Doctor of Musical Arts, Professional Certificate: Suzuki Certification Books 1-8

Awards:

Herberger String Quartet in Residence, First Violinist (Arizona State University)

Katherine K. Herberger Music Fellowship (ASU)

Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Fellowship

NFMC Aspen Festival Award

Utah Chamber Music Competition Winner

Overview:

A doctoral candidate in violin performance, I have performed throughout the US and Europe. I hold a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan, an Artist Diploma from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University, where I also taught as an adjunct faculty member for violin and viola university students. Playing alongside classical artists such as Lynn Harrell, Robert McDuffie, Gil Shaham and Stefan Jackiw, I have also been invited to perform with Michael Buble, the Osmonds, and most recently with The Killers on Jimmy Kimmel Live. I also perform regularly with the Jackson Symphony, the Battle Creek Symphony, the Ann Arbor Symphony and the Lansing Symphony.

EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for 12 years and am a passionate Suzuki instructor. My Suzuki training specifically includes studying with Mr. Mark Mutter at the University of Michigan. My aim is to help students excel by tailoring lessons to help students meet their specific goals. My top priorities in teaching are to inspire a love of music in students of all ages and capabilities, and to help guide them to reach their musical aspirations. I teach students of all ages and capabilities. Many of my students have gone on to win competitions, awards and spots in high level youth orchestras.

METHODS USED

For beginning to intermediate students, I use the Suzuki Method. Each successive piece introduces a new skill, so that the student is always building on learned skills. Dr. Suzuki, the founder of the Suzuki Violin Method, spoke often of the “Suzuki Triangle.” This is an equilateral triangle with Parent, Teacher, and Student in each of the corners. The triangle helps illustrate that each role is equally important. The parent learns the rudimentary skills of the instrument and learns how to work in a positive and nurturing way to be more conducive to their child’s learning. The Suzuki parent is actively involved in the learning process by attending weekly lessons and practicing with the student daily. The parent need not be a musician-- just willing to follow the teacher’s instructions and provide a positive learning environment. “Learning music well helps children to establish a healthy self-image that continues to serve them when they begin to study other disciplines.” --Shinichi Suzuki, from The Suzuki Concept

LESSON STYLE

Alongside the Suzuki Method, I give each student the opportunity to choose a song or piece that they are passionate about learning. Some of my students learn fiddle and folk songs, while others learn video game music or songs from movies. As I have performed different styles and genres of music all over the world, it is important in my own teaching to make sure that each one of my students explores areas beyond Suzuki pieces. I also ensure that my students create good musical habits through scales, etudes and exercises that help with both technique and musicality.

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