I've taught violin and viola for many years using a number of different methods, always seeking to find the right approach and the right materials for each student. More recently, I've also become a Suzuki-trained violin teacher. All my experience and training informs my teaching.
My students include kids, teens, and adults of all ages.
I care deeply about each student and will seek to get to know you and/or your child. I help cultivate musicianship and a love of music, as well as good basic technical skills. We work hard and have some fun, too!
I'm often described as warm, encouraging, patient, with high expectations and a sense of humor, too.
I welcome your inquiries and questions. First, we'll exchange messages (e-mail works best, then we might chat on the phone). Then, if we both agree this could be a match, we meet for a brief "getting to know you" session so we can see how we "click."
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Best musical wishes,
Sandra shows expertise, enthusiasm, and patience at every lesson. It is a joy to hear my granddaughter so excited to learn and play the violin.
Sandra manages to be both fun/funny and rigorous at the same time. She has nurtured my son's interest in music theory and music history as well as his developing technique. He has been learning violin with her for 6 years (since he was 5) and is now a productive and willing practice-er (mostly), loves all kinds of music, and is a pleasure to listen to.
Sandra is the best teacher I have ever had. She can deal equally well with five year olds and octogenarians like me. Her knowledge and enthusiasm are contagious.
I've had a great experience with Sandra. I'm coming back to violin lessons after a 15 year hiatus. She is patient, fun, and has done a great job at choosing music/books for me. As an adult student, it has been so easy to come back to playing with her as a guide. I highly recommend lessons with Sandra!
Usually, we exchange e-mails (and/or chat on the phone) to see if we'd be a good fit. After that, we may meet briefly to get to know each other and see how we'd work together.
How we actually start depends on your/your child's level, age, interests, etc. I'm familiar with both the Suzuki approach and more traditional ones and tailor my approach to the individual.