Ms. Sarah Lee

Viola, Violin Teacher

Sarah Lee

SAA Member


San Francisco, CA


Master of Music, Viola Performance, San Francisco Conservatory, San Francisco, CA              
Bachelor of Music, Viola Performance, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN                             
***San Francisco Conservatory Pre-college***, San Francisco, CA      
Teaching Experience:

The Crowden School
Little Mission Studio
Radayeva Music Studio
West Portal Lutheran Church and School                                                                                 
Violin Teacher
Woodrow Wilson Elementary                                                                                                      
Violin Teacher
Sunset Music Academy of Music                                                                                                 
Violin/Viola Teacher
Music City Academy                                                                                                                         
Violin/Viola Teacher
Presidio Music School                                                                                                    
Violin/Viola Teacher/ Group classes**
Shiloh Conservatory                                                                                                                             
Violin/Viola/Group classes
KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy 
Violin/viola/group classes

Pedagogical Training:

Suzuki Violin Level 1-Every Child Can, Cathryn Lee, Beth Goldstein
Suzuki Violin Level 2, Cathryn Lee
Indiana University Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner violin and viola pedagogy

Private Studies:

Jodi Levitz
Stephen Wyrczynski
Alan de Veritch
Yun-Jie Liu

Sarah Lee is an avid performer and a native of the Bay Area. Sarah currently performs with the Stockton Symphony and performs with other Bay Area ensembles such as Opera Parallele and the Lucky Devils Band. She led as Principal Viola at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, National Music Festival, and the Orchestra Institute of Napa Valley. Other festivals she participated in include National Repertory Orchestra, Kent Blossom Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. In 2015, she co-founded the Verismo Duo with her sister Jennifer Lee: a duo comprised of piano and viola. She has a Master’s of Music degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), where she studied with Jodi Levitz. Sarah received her Bachelor’s of Music degree from Indiana University under the tutelage of Stephen Wyrczynski where she received high awards: the Premier Young Artist, A.W. Mason Music Scholarship, Recipient Friends of Music IUF Scholarship, Premier Young Artist Award, Faculty Award, and Recipient of SFCM Phyllis Wattis Scholarship. 

Sarah is known for her patience, warmth, and enthusiasm as a teacher. She has experience teaching a wide range of ages with Suzuki violin/viola training from as young as 5 years old and as old as 75 years old.  Currently, she is teaching at Crowden Music Center Suzuki Strings program and at an El Sistema at Woodrow Wilson Elementary school. She has many years of teaching at numerous schools such as KIPP Bay Academy, Presidio Middle School, Shiloh Conservatory, Music City Academy, and Sunset Academy of Music. Her view of teaching is to have students be self-sufficient when they practice on their own. Students are first taught about physical awareness and building a firm foundation from the ground up to establish great technique, which allows students musical freedom. She has prepared students for ABRSM examinations and recitals, and will gladly cater her teachings to help students that want to audition for youth orchestras, competitions,and other endeavors.