Sarah is a dedicated, passionate teacher with a special interest in Primary String Education. Every lesson is individually tailored to suit each student, their personalities, their goals and needs.
"I source and apply a variety of methods to create, engage, educate and above all inspire my students with over 15 years of private teaching experience."
"My 8 year-old has benefited so much from Sarah’s musical expertise and experience while learning violin with her over the last 3 years. Sarah has a natural rapport with my daughter, and through gentle encouragement, enables her to feel comfortable and confident during her lessons. The violin can be a tricky instrument to learn, but because Sarah is always positive and relaxed as a teacher, my daughter has successfully extended and progressed her technical knowledge in a way that has never been too overwhelming for her. My daughter loves her weekly lessons with Sarah; in her words, Sarah is ‘kind, and gentle, and teaches me lots of new things in a fun way’.
Throughout her teaching career Sarah has developed and taught numerous Primary String Programs ranging from Year 2 - 4.
"I find them to be a thoroughly surprising and rewarding experience. Children find such joy and seek out their individual strengths as many of them experience making music for the first time."
The benefits that young children gain making music as a group is so rewarding. It's an exciting time for them as their training wheels are off! For many it is a stage where their musical journey can officially begin as their music making becomes a social experience, a musical learning hub so to speak.
"I aim to engage musically and personally with my students using engaging creative warm ups, rehearsal techniques and demonstrations. Historical style and orchestral techniques and disciplines are included from an early age."
For students the feeling of both personal progress, achievement and acceleration alongside with the satisfaction of contributing musically to the ensemble can be a very inspiring time.
"Sarah is a caring, diligent professional who inspires others through her example. Her skills as an ensemble director are excellent. She selects engaging repertoire that serves to extend and challenge her students. She is a highly valued member of our Staff."
Caroline Pomeroy, Head of Music - Wilderness School, SA
As the next step for students and an integral part of their String Education Chamber Music is a valuble opportunity and can be a defining role in a students musical journey. It can kindle a desire to dig a little deeper, a yearning to learn and the aspiration to achieve.
Sarah's coaching techniques encompass and encourage students to expand their skill sets which include, score reading, sight reading skills, phrasing, blending, tonality, improvisation and experimentation.
"Ultimately I want to teach students to become independent music makers, confident in creating and demonstrating their own sense of musicianship, style and awareness."