Sarah Strickland

Violin, Viola Teacher

Sarah Strickland

SAA Member


Morgantown, IN
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I have been teaching private music lesson since 1991, and Suzuki since 2011. (See longer bio below.) Helping students of all ages and learning styles grow as musicians is my passion!

My husband and I just moved from Chattanooga Tennessee to Indiana this summer. I plan to open a private Suzuki violin and viola studio in the Bloomington area this August/September. Email me [javascript protected email address] if you would like more information or to be added to the waiting list.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Sarah Strickland


Additional info:

- M.Mus. Orchestra Conducting, Andrews University, Berrien Springs MI, 2014
- B.Mus. Piano Performance, Andrews University, Berrien Springs MI, 2002
- A.A. Arts Humanities Social Science, Cayuga Community College, Auburn NY, 1998

- Suzuki Teacher Training: Every Child Can (ECC), Violin books 1-4, Violin Practicum, Suzuki Principles in Action (SPA), Viola book 4.
- In progress: completing requirements for Suzuki Certificate of Achievement Level 1.
- Next step: Attending Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers at Jacobs School of Music, IU Bloomington.

- Guild of Carillonneurs in North America
- Music Teachers National Association:
- Program chair of Chattanooga MTA past two years.
- Recipient of 2018 CMTA Teacher of the Year Award.
- Nomine for Tennessee MTA teacher of the year.
- Recently joined MTA of Indiana/South Central Indiana.
- Suzuki Association of the Americas:
- Recently joined Indiana Suzuki Association.

Work Experience:
- Private studio of 40+ Suzuki violin and viola students in Chattanooga 2012-2018.
- Previous: taught private piano, violin, viola, and cello lessons in NY, MI, and PR.
- Students range in age from 3 to senior citizen.
- Strings Instructor/Orchestra Director The McCallie School for Boys, Chattanooga TN, 2012-2018.
- Maintained orchestra of 40, built string class program from 4 to 25.
- Organist, pianist, choir director, handbell director, children’s music leader, various churches for a wide variety of denominations in NY, MI and TN.
- Choir and Band Director, Union Springs Academy (NY), 2010-2011.

Student Activities and Accomplishments:
- Students from both private studio and ensembles at school have participated in all four levels of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestra program, and Tennessee Music Educators Association sponsored area, regional, and state competitions/clinics.
- Private students participate in recitals, play at nursing homes, for community events, and for their churches.

- Community member carillonneur at the University of the South, in Sewanee Tennessee.
- Solo and duet performances for church services, holidays and other special events, and Carillon Concert Series for the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.
- Led tours of Shappard Tower and the 56-bell Leonidas Polk Memorial Carillon.