Sarah E. Wood

Violin, Viola Teacher

SAA Member


Richmond, CA
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Hello! Thanks for visiting.

I have fully converted to Zoom lessons and will continue to do so for the time being. In addition to their weekly lessons, my students digitally meet as a group on a regular basis to play for each other and to maintain a sense of community. I also require each student to send a mid-week video for review, in order to bypass any sound quality issues that may occur in real-time lessons on Zoom. Lastly, I send digital lesson notes for each week to aid in continuity between lessons.

While I don’t know how long I will be teaching remotely, these solutions have been working well for me and my students, and I am still accepting new students for the fall semester. Please contact me if you would like to see if my studio is a good fit for you.

A bit about me:

I have nearly 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 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 further training in the methods of Kato Havas and Paul Rolland, as well as the movement educational methods of Body Mapping and the Alexander Technique. 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 also can help students design ergonomic custom chin rests and shoulder rests, which can then be 3D printed.

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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