Private Music Instruction
VOICE ∙ PIANO ∙ SONGWRITING
My personal approach to teaching music, first and foremost, is that music is a beautiful and magical language that is a gift to learn. Equally true is that it usually takes a lot of work and patience to become fluent in. Whether high with accomplishment or frustrated with a challenging piece, I treat my students warmly and with encouragement and support. (Scroll to the bottom for testimonials from some of my families.)
I offer private voice, piano, and songwriting lessons concentrating on the areas of technique, theory, improvisation, personal expression, enjoyment, as well as progression in general musicianship and ability. Optional/supplemental areas of study I offer are digital recording and music business. Lessons are offered at 30, 45 and 60 minutes in my home in the west end of Providence.
In addition to my work as a singer/songwriter, I have been teaching children, teens and adults for more than ten years in Los Angeles, Boston and Providence. In Los Angeles I started and grew a successful traveling music school. I have taught folks from all walks of life, including kids who are just beginning, career-oriented singer/songwriters, actors for film roles (Ryan Gosling, Mark Ruffalo), adults who always wanted to sing or play but never did, and everyone in between. I have a Bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and I studied digital recording/production at Musician's Institute (Los Angeles, CA).
During the school year tuition is charged as a flat monthly rate. During the summer, and for certain projects/circumstances, I offer lessons "a la cart". II also offer a sliding scale for students who can not afford the normal rates.
30 min: $140/month
45 min: $200/month
60 min: $260/month
A La Cart lessons are $80/hour
30 min: $150/month (kids only)
45 min: $220/month
60 min: $280/month
As the parents of 5 children, ranging in ages from 14 to 2 years, we cannot say enough things about how wonderful Sara is, both as a gifted piano teacher and a person. 4 of our 5 children have taken piano lessons from Sara for almost two years and she is continually meeting each child where they are at with their studies at that moment and adjusting to meet their needs and keep their interest growing. She has infinite patience and humor in dealing with the boys every week for two hours. We have recommended Sara to two of our friends who both agree that she is the best. All of us have had previous teachers for our children and feel what she offers surpasses what we have experienced in the past. Any student would be fortunate to have Sara as their teacher.
-- Debbie, Santa Monica, CA
My 15-year old daughter, Quin, has loved making her own music at the piano her whole life. I was afraid a teacher would ruin the ease and spontaneity she felt every time she played .... but now she has Sara in her life. She faces challenges with reading music, writing music, learning complex rhythms, and singing that she embraces because Sara fits everything into a context that is above all else .... MUSIC!!!!!! Even with a demanding academic load at school, Quin is refreshed, renewed, and excited after every lesson. Piano and singing lessons with Sara are the greatest gift I have ever given her ...
--Nina, Venice, CA
Sara's gentle way and love of children shows through every time she comes to teach. My children clamor to give hugs and wait at the door for her to arrive. Sara definitely fosters a love of learning music and their cache of songs grows by the month . Our family loves Sara.
--The Hollands, Santa Monica, CA
Sara is a wonderful piano teacher. She has been teaching our two young daughters for over three years; they have both made great progress. The most important thing to us is that our girls develop the skills to make music a fundamental part of their lives: that they be able to sit down at a piano twenty years from now and bang out a song -- from memory or improvisation or even sight-reading a piece of music that was just placed in front of them. With Sara's sense of fun, her dedication to technique and theory, and most of all her strong connection to what drew her to the piano as a child, we are confident that they will have a thorough understanding of music which will enrich their lives forever.
-- Maya, Santa Monica, CA
Sara is a wonderful music teacher who brings warmth and joy to her holistic approach to teaching the piano. Our family loves and appreciates Sara's presence in our home!
--Lynn, Santa Monica, CA