Sarah E. Wood

Violin, Viola Teacher

Sarah Wood

SAA Member

Hello! Thanks for visiting. I teach over Zoom and at my home studio in Richmond. Additionally, I run a studio class and several recitals throughout the year, both over Zoom and in person. Students are also encouraged to send a mid-week video for review. I primarily work with students looking to prepare for auditions and to elevate their level of playing from intermediate to advanced. Please contact me if you would like to see if my studio is a good fit for you.

About me:

I have 20 years of teaching experience with students of all ages and abilities. My students are members of the Crowden School, the Oakland Youth Orchestra, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the Berkeley Youth Symphony, the Villa Sinfonia, and the YPCO. Former students have gone on to study music at Wheaton College, UC Riverside, UOP, and other universities.

I received my formal Suzuki training from Dr. William Starr while earning my Doctorate in violin performance from the Univerity of Colorado at Boulder. I also hold Bachelors and Masters degrees in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where I studied with Paul Kantor and William Preucil.

I have extensive training in the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping. With this background, I have worked with many players to reintegrate (or just integrate!) principles of healthy movement and mindfulness into their violin playing. I design 3D printed ergonomic custom chin rests and shoulder rests for my students if needed.

Beyond teaching, I maintain a busy performing schedule as a regular substitute musician with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet, and as a tenured member of multiple regional orchestras.

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