I would highly recommend Sarah as a private flute teacher. My nine-year-old daughter has attention difficulties and Sarah has been wonderfully patient with her. C. has made remarkable progress in less than a year. Sarah emphasizes proper technique and learning (for example, with a new piece my daughter has a tendency to work on the fingerings and ignore the rhythms, and Sarah has encouraged her to focus on both at once) and breathing. Beyond actual lesson instruction time, Sarah also gave us advice in purchasing our first flute, made musical flashcards for C. to study, and e-mailed us some videos of herself playing the book’s musical pieces so we would know what they should sound like for our practice sessions.Sarah is also prompt, reliable and flexible in rescheduling lessons. A very good teacher and a fine player herself!
I feel so lucky to have found Sarah! My daughter has been taking lessons with her for over a year and it has been an overwhelmingly positive experience. Sarah not only teaches the fundamentals, but injects creativity and modern techniques into each lesson. She also goes above and beyond to give her students a perspective of the musicians world—arranging recitals and inviting students to flute events and performances around the city.
I found Sarah (recently online). I’ve had many music teachers since I was very young (I’m 38), and know what a rare thing it is to find someone like Sarah. I used to be an active amateur musician when younger, but got caught up in a busy career for too many years. Just recently, my business partner bought me a Western classical flute as a gift; and, after 5 lessons with Sarah, my love and passion for music is fully re-invigorated. I really like that as a teacher, she seems to understand the importance of balancing skill improvement with positive feedback from working on really beautiful pieces. She’s also patient (that’s a big plus), and exceptionally knowledgeable. I also haven’t gotten bored once while playing the exercises that she’s recommended (which to me is a sign of experience in how well a teacher can tailor material/homework to their student). In short, thanks to having found Sarah, music is back in my life to stay - my emotions and creative brain are on fire, and I feel like I’m learning very quickly.
Dear Sarah,Thank you for being such a kind and thorough flute instructor. Without you, I wouldn’t have gotten a perfect score on my NYSSMA score sheet! Once again, thank you.From your student,Shaminta