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As a music educator, my passion lies in helping each student discover and develop their own unique, individual sound using a joyful and compassionate learning process. As a fellow lifelong learner, I teach students of all ages and levels.
My voice specialization includes, but is not limited to, jazz and pop styles. Voice students learn how to approach jazz and pop repertoire with genre-appropriate technique, delivery, and interpretation. Jazz students learn improvisational skills, including paraphrasing and scat soloing, how to read and create lead sheets, and arranging skills. I apply the principles of Somatic Voicework (TM) in my studio and have completed extensive training in teaching all contemporary commercial music styles.
I teach piano lessons from beginner to intermediate levels. Piano students discover a wide range of repertoire and styles, from classical to popular music.
I equip all students with concrete musical tools and knowledge, including technique, theory, ear training, sight reading, sight singing, and improvisation so they can take their creativity and love of music forward with freedom and confidence.
I teach my composition and arranging students to explore and develop skills such as line writing, melodic and harmonic development, voicings, form study and application, and voice leading. Students study and analyze scores, and learn the basics of music engraving. I offer coaching for songwriting, including idea generating tools and lyric development.
Musical Areas Offered Include:
Music History and Appreciation
As well as holding a degree in jazz voice performance from the University of Toronto (2005), Sarah attended The 2017 LoVetri Institute at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory in Ohio, USA and also completed Jeanie LoVetri’s Somatic Voicework (TM) certification courses at the 2013 Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University in Virginia, USA. She has coached at Humber College and was on the vocal faculty at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in Chennai, India for the 2010 summer semester. Sarah has taught specialized classroom music courses at post-secondary, secondary, and primary levels, and has conducted several jazz and concert choirs in the Greater Toronto Area within the Montessori school system and private school system. Her current private studio is located near downtown St. Catharines.
We’re so pleased and impressed with Sarah’s enthusiastic and innovative approach to teaching music. In addition to traditional methods of instruction, she employs creative, “outside the box” techniques to motivate our son’s interest in his piano lessons and to foster a genuine love of music in him, which we feel is equally as important as learning the proper techniques. We’re very fortunate that our son has the opportunity to learn from Sarah and we appreciate all of the many ways she goes above and beyond to enrich his musical education! –
- Heather and John
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