Welcome to Strickland Suzuki Strings.
My name is Sarah Strickland and I offer private and group violin, viola, and piano lessons. My approach is strongly based in Suzuki principles, while also drawing inspiration and information from various other complimentary sources.
My love for teaching began early, and I started my first student when I was just 14 years old. Since then I have taught many instruments in many situations:
~ piano, violin, viola, cello, (and even recorder and band instruments!) in private lessons
~ directed school orchestras, school and church choirs, beginning band, church handbell choirs
~ served as a church pianist, organist, and music director
Along my journey I have felt the need for additional training and continuing education. My Academic Degrees:
~ MMus. Orchestral Conducting
~ BMus. Piano Performance
~ Associate of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science
Suzuki Teacher Training has been most influential in my approach:
~ Every Child Can
~ Violin books 1-5
~ Violin Practicum
~ Suzuki Principles in Action
~ Viola book 4
~ Piano books 1-3
I absorb ideas about playing and teaching music from many sources. In addition to the official Suzuki training listed above, the online course "Teaching the Violin and Viola: Creating a Healthy Foundation" by Stacia Spencer on coursera.org has been very influential with how I teach young beginners. Summer 2018 I attended the "Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers" let by Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner at IU Jacobs School of Music and was both reminded of what I've learned previously and inspired by new ideas.
Helping students of all ages and all learning styles discover the joy of playing a musical instrument is my passion. Email StricklandSuzukiStrings@gmail.com to be added to the waiting list and set up a no charge, no obligation, private meeting. Looking forward to working with you!
Updated August 8, 2021.