Music on the Brain
Music on the Brain

Music on the Brain

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Introduction: Everyone is unique. Each student’s own personality, past experiences, and learning style influence their development as a musician. I believe that music instruction should be designed around each individual student, helping them find their own musical voice—not mine. By contrast, music instruction should not plod through method books page by page, lesson after lesson, forcing students to conform to some generic view of a “music student.” Music on the Brain’s dedicated studio space was remodeled in the summer of 2016, and was specifically designed to inspire and foster the development of musicians. Special attention was paid to making room for “off the bench” games and activity sheets, music history and composer studies, and more. During group lessons, the space can comfortably accommodate as many as 12 students at once. All of my piano students receive their lessons on my well-maintained professional series Samick piano with superior tone and touch, allowing students to play with great musical expression. Music on the Brain students have access to a wide variety of stylistic periods including Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, 20th Century, and Contemporary music, as well as numerous genres such as classical, pop, jazz, and blues. The studio lending library includes nearly 200 books and 150 CDs and MP3s available for study by both piano and voice students, and is growing every week. I am passionate about teaching. Sharing my love of music with others. Instilling that love of music in my students, young and old. Seeing my students grow both musically and personally, learning things about themselves that they never imagined. And I especially love that spark of joy in a student's eyes as they reach their goals or have an "aha!" moment! I draw on a wide variety of music methods, games, activity sheets, and opportunities to design learning paths and lesson plans individually for each student. In their lessons, my students “experience” music with their whole being through not only exercises and books but also through sight reading, ear training, creative improvisation, composition, and whole body movement/ expression, as well as music history and composer studies to encourage confidence and shape musical ability. My students learn that practicing is integral to their development as musicians. To encourage good practice habits, each year I feature a new practice incentive program, which includes rewards for completing milestones such as finishing a method book or memorizing a set of scales. My students are motivated to make the most of their music studies not only by the inherent joy that music brings, but also friendly competition among students in the studio and the chance to earn recognition and rewards. Students learn how to set goals and take steps toward reaching them - an invaluable life skill.

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Melissa V.
May 24, 2017
Sarah is a fantastic teacher. She is passionate about making sure she finds the best way to teach you based on your skill level and goals. Her tailored curriculum is the best recipe for success in learning piano. I've taken many lessons from other teachers, but none have taught me as effectively and efficiently as Sarah and her studio. In only a few months, I exceeded my own expectations as a beginner student and I feel confident in the skills and techniques I learned. I would highly recommend her studio to any beginner or advanced student, young and adult!
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Thank you, Melissa! I enjoy seeing you every week, and being a part of your musical development. I look forward to diving deeper into improvisation in the near future!
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Tara A.
Oct 17, 2016
Sarah is very good with the kids and tailors lessons to their needs and their interests. She is very creative and thorough in her teaching methods, so not only do they learn how to do it, but why. We have had lessons with other instructors before, and my kids have learned more (and enjoyed it more) in their time with her than they ever have before.
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Bridget C.
Oct 20, 2016
Sara is truly an amazing piano teacher. My daughter fell in love with playing piano because of the way Sara fostered her style of learning, encouraged her and listened to her. My daughter had never truly learned how to read music but after a few lessons with Sara she had already grown leaps and bounds in her ability which boosted her confidence tremendously. I highly recommend Sara as she is an incredible music instructor. She makes sure the students have fun and encourages them to work at their pace so that they actually learn the material. Sara really truly cares about her students, does a great job of communicating with parents, and offers suggestions and ideas for practicing at home. She is by far the best music instructor we have experienced. I truly have not a single complaint. You will not be disappointed!
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Robert W.
Oct 14, 2017
This has been such a great expirence, not only for our daughter, but for the whole family! Miss Sarah puts together a great plan for the students and she is really involved in their development! I would highly recommend her if you’re looking to get your child(ren) involved in piano.
Music on the Brain's reply
Thank you for the kind words! Your daughter is such a joy to work with. I'm glad your family found me on Thumbtack!
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Phaedra D.
Nov 8, 2017

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Great piano teacher for kiddos!
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Thanks, Phaedra! So glad you joined the studio family :)
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Tuition is factored for the Studio Year and divided into 12 monthly installments (August 2017 through July 2018.) The tuition covers 41 billable individual and group lessons plus individualized plans for each student’s course of study, development of teaching materials and supplemental curricula, continuing education/ professional development, event planning, and written progress reports for each student (upon request or conference). The monthly tuition does not relate to a certain number of lessons per month -- it is merely the yearly tuition broken up for your convenience. Most months have four lessons, some more or less. Contact the studio for the 2017-2018 Monthly Tuition Schedule.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Potential students are invited to visit the studio for a free tour and consultation (with a parent, in the case of youth students.) We chat about the student's goals, parents' goals, and my approach to teaching. There is plenty of time to ask questions and share concerns. If time permits, I try to squeeze in a "mini lesson" or game so the student can get some hands-on experience in the studio.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have over 20 years’ experience in the music industry. I received my Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Music Education from Bethany College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. I have also participated in master classes with and received individual instruction from Alexander Technique author and teacher Barbara Conable, studying the practical applications of Body Mapping to making music and preventing injury. My background includes not only teaching and conducting, but also performing both as a soloist and as a member of many small and large ensembles performing locally, throughout the US, and in many parts of Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.) Currently, I am a member of the Kansas City Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association.

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