TEACHING

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I offer individual music lessons for all ages, levels, and ability in violin, viola, and piano. 

 

I have experience teaching complete beginner to advanced students, very young and adult students, and students with physical or learning disabilities.

Please contact me at sarah.evins@gmail.com to arrange a free consultation lesson.

My Students Can Expect

  • to feel empowered

  • lessons customized to a student's learning style and needs

  • organized plans of study with progress in mind

  • flexibility based on a student's goals and lifestyle

My Approach

  • equal focus on technical and artistic skills, integrated when possible

  • emphasis on posture, mindfulness,  and injury prevention

  • practice strategies—learning more than just the notes

  • preparation for performances and auditions

  • varied skill-building: sight-reading, music theory and history as needed, aural training, and more

  • discussion of higher-level musical concepts

Experience and Training

I have gained experience teaching in a variety of settings—from my own music studio to a family-owned music school to a music store, as well as in volunteer contexts. I was also honored to serve as a teaching assistant for the viola studio of Professor Nancy Buck at Arizona State University. I also volunteered at the Nevada Blind Children's Foundation, my first experience as a music instructor.

My training in viola comes from distinguished performers and educators in the classical music community. I have studied with Nancy Buck, Karen Ritscher, Lawrence Dutton (of the Emerson String Quartet), and Nicholas Cords (of Brooklyn Rider). My teachers have been taught by well-known string pedagogues, including Dorothy Delay, Karen Tuttle, Lillian Fuchs, Harvey Shapiro, and Heidi Castleman. This broad array of teaching styles and philosophies has given me a well-rounded foundation of teaching approaches 

 of teaching approaches which I apply to each student.