Miss. Sarah Cool

Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Suzuki in the Schools Teacher

Sarah Cool

SAA Member


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Sarah McCauley began serving at the Casa de Mi Padre Orphanage in Santa Cruz del Quiche, Guatemala, in January 2018. She plays music for the kids as well as at local church events. Previously, she lived in St. Joseph, Missouri, where she taught music at St. Joseph Christian School. She directed orchestra for the St. Joseph Public School District for five year for student from 6th—12th grade. She also taught Suzuki violin lessons for 12 years.

In addition to teaching, Sarah has honed her musical skills by playing the violin in the St. Joseph Symphony, being the concertmaster and principal violist of the MWSU Orchestra, and performing frequently as a piano accompanist. She is the manager and violin player for the Cool String Trio, which provides music for many weddings, church services, graduations, and other special events.

Prior to being employed by the St. Joseph School District, Miss Cool worked at the Missouri Western State University Center for Community Arts, where she taught Suzuki violin lessons and group classes as well as some viola, cello, piano, and string quartet students. Other employment experiences include conducting the St. Joseph Symphonic Youth Orchestra at MWSU for three years, being the part time operations manager for the St. Joseph Symphony for two years, working at a miniature golf course, and helping run a (very small) goat-milking business.

Miss Cool enjoys volunteering her musical talents to encourage and uplift others. She has performed at the Ronald McDonald House, Mayo Clinic, the Noyes Home for Children, and numerous nursing homes. The United Way of St. Joseph featured the Cool String Trio on a CD for their “Success By Six” project. She plays the piano regularly at her church.

Miss Cool has taken several short-term Suzuki violin teacher training courses with instructors including Alice Joy Lewis, Carol Dallinger, Susan Kempter, Nancy Lokken, Anne Montzka-Smelser, and Beth Titterington. She also completed Stage 1 of Suzuki Early Childhood Education with Dorothy Jones. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from MWSU.

Sarah is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She is the past-president of the St. Joseph Area Music Teachers Association and is also a member of the Missouri Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association.