About the Teacher

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© 2016 Sara’s Music Studio, taken by Sweet Art Photography

Teaching Philosophy: Every music student is unique. They have distinct goals and aspirations. They learn in different ways. They like to listen to and explore music that speaks specifically to them.

One of my primary goals as a teacher is to provide a unique learning experience tailored to my student’s aspirations.

My teaching style incorporates proven classical technique with modern technology and teaching methods. Students will learn the basic foundations of piano or voice through exploring classical repertoire, jazz, blues and popular music. Most importantly – my teaching philosophy focuses on making music fun to learn!

Short Resume: Sara holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Westminster College and a Master of Music in Music History and Literature from Youngstown State University. Her master’s thesis can be found on OhioLINK ETD: The Romantic Pilgrim: Narrative Structure in Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs.

Sara began teaching and tutoring part-time in 2000 while in college. Her full-time teaching career started in 2005 at reputable music stores and private studios throughout Western Pennsylvania. Sara’s Music Studio opened in 2010 in West Middlesex, PA, where she now teaches approximately 40 private students. Each summer the studio offers numerous workshops for piano and voice students. See the Lessons or Summer Workshops pages for more information.

Outside of the studio, Sara has served as a part-time faculty member at Youngstown State University and a musicology guest lecturer on the Semester at Sea Enrichment Voyages through the University of Virginia. In April of 2015, she joined composers and authors Jennifer Eklund, Kristin Yost, and Debbie Center as a workshop leader through the Piano Bench Mag’s Creatives on the Sea Cruise.

Sara frequently acts as a studio business consultant for music teachers and also co-hosts with Tracy Selle at Upbeat Piano Teachers.

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© 2016 Sara’s Music Studio, taken by Sweet Art Photography

Sara is an active blogger at SaraMusicStudio.com, where she offers resources to piano and voice teachers and students. She also runs the Voice Teachers Community, an online forum which encourages discussion amongst voice teachers and coaches.

Sara received numerous music awards throughout her undergraduate and graduate work, including awards from the Tuesday Music Club, Opus I Music Society, and the National Association of Teaching Singing (NATS). She is also a 2014 ATHENA International Honoree for Young Professional Leadership, and a Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary International.

For a more complete resume, email info@sarasmusicstudio.com

I’m always looking for music or games to feature. If you have any suggestions for games, activities, or repertoire books you would like me to feature, please fill out the contact form below.

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