Information About Sarah - Glasgow teacher
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Sarah ’s interest in bringing theatricality to classical music has led her to perform in a diverse array of locations ranging from the Palace of Auburn Hills with Detroit-based rapper Eminem to underneath motorway bridges in Glasgow to the throne room of Buckingham Palace. Her ongoing performance piece Under the Bridge is a collaboration with After the Pandemic and combines Vivaldi’s iconic The Four Seasons with original street art beneath the Kingston Bridge. The filmed performance of “Summer” was featured in the Scotsman, the Sunday Post, and on BBC Radio Scotland. Under the Bridge culminated in a live performance of The Four Seasons at Glasgow Cathedral during the United Nations COP26 conference in Glasgow.
Sarah works primarily in the theatre, having performed across the United States, Scotland, Germany, and Italy in over 50 different productions ranging from classical opera to contemporary musical theatre. In addition, her work as a recitalist focuses on the narrative aspects of instrumental music and using classical music to tell contemporary stories. As a teacher, Sarah has a range of experience working with students of all ages in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. She believes in a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to music education by combining technical pedagogy with a diverse repertoire of classical, pops, and traditional music.
Sarah received her Bachelor’s of Music (high honours) in violin performance and educational studies under the tutelage of Wen Lei-Gu from Lawrence University and her Master’s of Music and Advanced Postgraduate Diploma while studying with Andrea Gajic at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
My teaching expertise is varied and comprehensive encompassing both academic work and practical experience. During my undergraduate studies at Lawrence University, I studied music education on both the instrumental and general music tracks. This dual path ensured I studied string-specific pedagogical methods such as Suzuki, Galamian, and Flesch as well those designed for use in general music classrooms such as Kodaly, Dalcroze, and Orff. Having a well-rounded understanding of these different pedagogical methods enabled me to adapt my teaching to a variety of different settings ranging from the Appleton String Project after-school program to the summer I spent volunteering as a violin tutor in Haiti. Upon graduating, I moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where I began teaching privately and worked with students ranging from ages 4 through 18. One of the greatest benefits of individual music instruction is the ability to tailor your teaching to each student’s unique needs and interests. I believe it is this passion for meeting every student where they are, and then guiding them to take the next step, that enabled me to increase the size of my private studio from 5 to 25 students.
I believe violin lessons should be fun and engaging and I aim to create a space where each and every student can find their own creative voice through music. My style of teaching prioritizes students’ needs and desires by combining excellent technical instruction with a curriculum rooted in cross-arts collaborations. I am equally comfortable teaching classical pieces, trad tunes, pop songs, and film and musical theatre arrangements and I take special care to seek out extra-musical connections to the curriculum. If you are playing a waltz, you should learn how to waltz and feel how the music moves through your body. If you are playing a song arrangement, you should learn how to sing it and understand what the text means. By integrating formal methods into teaching a diverse group of styles, I can enable my students to build stories around the pieces they perform and empower them to share these stories with the world.
My student-centered approach to lessons allows me to tailor my teaching to each student, meet them where they are, and then guide them through to the next step in their musical journey. I offer lessons for all ages and skill levels in 30, 45, and 60 minute sessions.
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- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2021) - Violin Performance (Professional) (✔ On File)
- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2020) - Violin Performance (Masters) (✔ On File)
- Lawrence University (2015) - Violin Performance (Bachelors) (✔ On File)