Sarah Bylander Montzka

Sarah Bylander Montzka

Sarah Bylander Montzka (viola/violin) is the Associate Director of the Suzuki program at the Music Institute of Chicago. She is a graduate of Northwestern University (MM) and The Cleveland Institute of Music (BM). Sarah is a past chair of the SAA Board of Directors and a past board member of the Society of American Musicians. Sarah was the recipient of the 2018-19 IL ASTA “Outstanding Studio Teacher” award, given annually to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in the teaching of strings in a one-on-one setting. She is the founder of MIC’s Violapalooza! workshop and teaches at workshops and institutes from Duluth to Tanzania. Previously, Sarah worked in the administrative field as Coordinator of Education Programs for the Jacksonville Symphony and Associate Director of the Colorado Suzuki Institute. Sarah has performed as a section violist in orchestras including the Jacksonville, Charleston and Savannah Symphonies.

Holding Two Concepts In Ones Mind  Episode 4

June 7, 2017 by Sarah Bylander Montzka, Margaret Watts Romney

Students, Teachers, Parents, Administrators: we are all interested in growth and change. In this episode, Sarah Bylander Montzka explains the skill we can all use of “holding two concepts in one’s mind at the same time”—a skill which can nurture growth in students, organizations, and ourselves. Read more ▶

Chairs Column

Chair’s Column

Chairs Column

Chair’s Column

Chairs Column

Chair’s Column

Chairs Column

Chair’s Column

In Praise of Honest Feedback

In Praise of Honest Feedback

Chairs Column The 730 Day Challenge

Chair’s Column: The 730 Day Challenge

Viola Conference Events Collaboration and Community

Viola Conference Events: Collaboration and Community

SAAs 16th Biennial Conference  Clinicians

SAA’s 16th Biennial Conference—Clinicians

Interview Vijay Iyer

June 24, 2013 by Sarah Bylander Montzka

Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was described by Pitchfork as “one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today,” by The New Yorker as one of “today’s most important pianists… extravagantly gifted… brilliantly eclectic,” and by the Los Angeles Weekly as “a boundless and deeply important young star.” Read more ▶

UnfrettedUnfettered The Evolution of Andrew Bird

March 21, 2012 by Andrew Bird, Sarah Bylander Montzka

Chicago-based film score composer, multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird began his musical journey on a “box” violin at the age of four and spent his formative years as a Suzuki student. Read more ▶

Ask the Experts 23 Redefining Parent Goals

April 11, 2011 by Sarah Bylander Montzka

Patience. Generosity. Empathy. Determination. Joyfulness. Problem-solving skills. Kindness. Dependability. Creativity. Attentiveness. Flexibility. Resourcefulness. A lifelong love of learning… These are just some of the character qualities that can be shaped through study of a musical instrument. Dr. Suzuki emphasized developing “good… Read more ▶

Attack of the Killer Cell Phones

Attack of the Killer Cell Phones