Sarah is a dedicated, passionate teacher with a special interest in Primary String Education, Sarah ensures that her  lessons are 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.

 

 

Sarah has developed and taught numerous Primary String Programs throughout her teaching career. Programs are generally developed in line with the school semester or term with a gradual introduction of skills starting with basic holding of the instrument to technical playing blah blah.  My String Programs integrate mobility (use of all strings) bow technique, left hand shape and reading notation.  Through games and musical interaction and accompaniment.  Sometimes CD, sometimes Piano accompaniment.  Memory games.  Singing, clapping.  Stimulation, engagement in a positive encouraging environment.    

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 for them. 

Primary String Programs are such a 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.

 

To see first hand the benefits that young children gain making music as a group is so rewarding for me.  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.  

It is my job to ensure that every child benefits from rehearsals and can take away something from every rehearsal.  Whether it's a new finger pattern, a bowing technique or quite simply learning what a particular notation means in their music, this is what I want to achieve. 

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 for them. 

 

As the next step for students and an integral part of their String Education Chamber Music is a valuable 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.

I aim to teach my students new skill sets which include, score reading, sight reading skills, phrasing, blending, tonality, improvisation and experimentation.  Ultimately I want to teach them to become independent music makers, confident in creating and demonstrating their own sense of musicianship, style and awareness.