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Sarah K.

Brooklyn, NY

$75/hour

Juilliard Grad Violin Teacher of ALL Ages and Experience Levels

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Background check passed as of 9/22/15
4.9 average from 43 ratings
Fantastic instructor and fun with young children
— Rivky, Brooklyn, NY on 11/19/14

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The Juilliard School-Bachelor of Music
Violin Performance
The Juilliard School-Masters of Music, Violin Performance
Master's

Education

The Juilliard School-Bachelor of Music (Violin Performance)

The Juilliard School-Masters of Music, Violin Performance (Master's)

About Sarah

Biography

As an active soloist and orchestral musician, Sarah has appeared with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and such esteemed ensembles as the Poisson Rouge Ensemble, New York Classical Players, and most recently, The Moirae Ensemble.

Sarah began her solo career in 2005 with the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra, and has since enjoyed performances with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Brockton Symphony and Quincy Symphony Orchestra, and frequent appearances with the Lowell and Waltham Philharmonic Orchestras.

As an orchestral musician, Sarah was Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, as well as a member of Axiom Ensemble. Sarah has been invited to perform with her ensembles at Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston, and Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Le Poisson Rouge in New York.

Sarah is the Social Media Director and violinist for The Moirae Ensemble, with whom she joined in 2013. She has since performed solo and collaborative recitals with the group in New York and Boston, featuring contemporary female composers. Sarah looks forward to returning with The Moirae Ensemble the 2014-15 season to The Gershwin Hotel, New York’s Spectrum, and in joining Miller Theatre’s award winning concert series in the 2014-15 season.

Sarah received her Bachelor and Masters of Music from The Juilliard School as a student of Joel Smirnoff and Glenn Dicterow.

Teaching Philosophy and History

I offer a range of lessons. Taking age, technical level, general music knowledge, and the goals of the student into consideration, I create a unique plan for each student. Beginning students ages 3 yrs.-99 yrs. are very welcome! Beginners are encouraged to take private lessons, but group lessons are available upon request.

I teach my students to respect and love the violin through example. Growing up, I had outstanding teachers who taught me through the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and enjoyment of music. Lessons should be constructive, encouraging, and heartening times in the busy world in which we live today.

Music communicates what words cannot. Through a comfortable and fun learning environment that includes music appreciation and listening, music theory, and music history, this universal art form can become a lifelong friend. With great a great passion and love for the violin, I motivate my students to cultivate their technique and creativity. Students will quickly understand the joy of speaking with the violin. “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” -Victor Hugo

I began teaching general music 12 years ago by presenting 45-minute programs for ages 3 yrs-14 yrs at numerous public schools in the Greater Boston Area in partnership with From the Top. These presentations had a vast range of topics and activities. With a class of 4th graders, I helped the students express their daily routine by, writing and performing their own piece of music. I had a discussion with a class of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders about the story behind a Bach Sonata I performed at the beginning of the class. I prompted them to say the first word or words they thought of at certain part of the piece. We then used their collection of colors, feelings, favorite foods, and other words the Bach Sonata evoked in this class of teenagers to assemble a story to compliment the music.

I became an ear-training teacher during my junior year of high school. I taught intermediate ear-training classes including rhythmic and melodic dictation, sight-singing, and conducting, to my classmates.

In my 2nd year of Juilliard I began coaching freshman student string quartets. Many of these students had very little experience with chamber music. We practiced and discussed healthy group rehearsal habits, the several technical points, such as intonation and bowings, that are imperative to unify when playing with others, and of course, the expression of the music.

I began teaching group beginner classes 5 years ago to a group of six 8 year olds. These students had never heard a classical piece before. We covered a variety of subjects including note reading and writing, string instruments and their parts, basic music history, and of course, an assortment of songs pre-Suzuki Book 1, culminating in the performance of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star with Variations, the start of the Suzuki program, at the final recital.
Biography

As an active soloist and orchestral musician, Sarah has appeared with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and such esteemed ensembles as the Poisson Rouge Ensemble, New York Classical Players, and most recently, The Moirae Ensemble.

Sarah began her solo career in 2005 with the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra, and has since
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$45/30 minutes $60/45 minutes $75/60 minutes

Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11217
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Fantastic instructor and fun with young children"

- Rivky, Brooklyn, NY on 11/19/14

"Enthusiastic and knowledgeable tutor."

- Erica, New York, NY on 10/3/15

"Brilliant Teacher"

- Cindy, Brooklyn, NY on 10/14/14
History:
Music History

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Ear Training

I began teaching my own ear training classes while still in high school because of my rhythmic dictation proficiency and perfect pitch. Perfect pitch cannot be taught, but relative pitch combined with memorization of 1 or 2 notes, such as A and D, can be just as good. At Juilliard, I took advanced ear-training classes.

General Music

As a violinist of 23 years and a qualified music theory, ear-training, and music history teacher, I am well equipped to teach general music lessons. These sessions will include music reading for beginners, key and time signatures, tempi markings, music form, and chord progressions and harmony.

Music History

I began taking music history classes in my freshman year of high school while at performing art school in Boston. I continued to take music history throughout high school, undergrad, and graduate school.

Most importantly, I believe that in order to perform a piece at the highest level one must understand the context. For example, in order to assess the tempo in Beethoven's later works, the performer must be aware of the invention of the metronome, Beethoven's continual deafness, and the inability of Beethoven's orchestra to perform the tempi that Beethoven originally wrote.

Sight Singing

Sight singing is taught in conjunction with ear-training. Using the Danhauser and Starer books, students can learn to solfege (fixed Do) a short piece while conducting, or reading a short rhythmic work.

Violin

I have been playing violin for 23 years, and received my Bachelors and Masters from The Juilliard School. I have been teaching general classical music and ear training for 10 years, and chamber music and violin for 6 years.
While at Juilliard, I participated in several education workshops and intensives, took classes in music education, and worked as a teaching fellow. Lastly, I have an active performance career in chamber, orchestral, and solo music.

The Juilliard School-Bachelor of Music
Violin Performance
The Juilliard School-Masters of Music, Violin Performance
Master's

Education

The Juilliard School-Bachelor of Music (Violin Performance)

The Juilliard School-Masters of Music, Violin Performance (Master's)

Fantastic instructor and fun with young children — My daughter just had her first lesson with Sarah. Sarah was fantastic!!! She taught my daughter, who is 5 years old, on her age level. She taught my daughter while on her knees so they can have good eye contact with each other. She sang with her and taught her songs to help her remember the numbers for her fingers and sentence to help my daughter remember the letter names of the strings. My daught ...

— Rivky, Brooklyn, NY on 11/19/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$45/30 minutes $60/45 minutes $75/60 minutes

Travel policy

Sarah will travel within 12 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11217.