Sarah Warren, Traditional Violin
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Sarah Warren

Traditional Violin

Sarah Warren, Traditional Violin

Sarah Warren is an enthusiastic and devoted teacher of the violin. At five years old, Warren began Suzuki violin studies with Suzanne Benson in Bettendorf, Iowa. Later she studied with Andrew Carlson and Kimberly Meier-Sims at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, Iowa. Warren studied Suzuki pedagogy with Meier-Sims, director of the SATO Center for Suzuki Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has attended several Suzuki workshops and institutes as both a student and a teacher.  

Warren holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in violin from Arizona State University, where she studied with Danwen Jiang. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian from the University of Illinois, which included intensive language study in Catania, Sicily. Warren has performed with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Opera Illinois, Phoenix Opera, Ballet Arizona, and Chamber Music Quad Cities. 

In addition to the violin, Warren is a trained soprano and is interested in the intersection of the voice, breath, and the violin. In 2005, she premiered a piece written for her by composer Wes Alexander titled "Canto," which is written for soprano violinist. She can also be heard singing on the album Funktasia on Centaur Records. 

Warren enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels, guiding them and exploring with them on their journeys of musical development. 

Teaching Philosophy

As a violin teacher, my main goal is to teach my students how to play the violin with technical knowledge and skill that allows them to express themselves musically on the instrument. I look at each student as a unique individual and as a whole person. I do my best to be aware of how my students' specific situations, cultural backgrounds, disabilities, and other aspects of their person may affect their learning while making sure not to broadly categorize them. I also believe that students learn in different ways. It is my job to make sure each student understands each concept I teach. As Suzuki believed, every child can learn how to play the violin. It is up to me to find new ways of approaching material, if need be, in order to reach a particular student. I also believe that motivation and deep learning is born from the accomplishment of a series of small tasks. As students build skills through small achievable steps, they build confidence, self-esteem, motivation, and greater and greater ability. Teaching young people requires patience, open and frequent communication with parents, the giving of specific tasks to accomplish, warmth and supportiveness in interaction, and a genuine care for each student.