We’d like to introduce you to one of our Strings tutors, Sarah Masters!
In today’s interview we talk to Sarah Masters, a former UCE Music Technology student and one of our violin, guitar and ukelele course leaders based at our Harborne Strings Club, Birmingham.
Sarah talks us through her time with us here at The Strings Club and what she loves most about working with us. She also tells us about her practice habits and how after studying she went on to form her own music business.
Where did you study music?
After my GCSEs I spent 3 years at Walsall College studying a BTEC National Diploma in Popular Music and then went on to complete a HNC in Music Production and AS Level Music. From there I went to City of Birmingham University (formally UCE) to study a BSc Music Technology.
Tell us about your musical experience?
I do not have much performance experience as most of my study focused on being in the studio recording musicians and I did not perform much during my studying years. After uni, work and other life commitments prevented me from joining any orchestras or bands but one day when my children are a bit older I will rectify this! After graduating in 2005 I completed further training as an Early Years Music Practitioner and went on to form my own business – Rainbow Rhyme, working with babies and children from 0-5 years and their families. Alongside this I also teach privately at home, mainly on a one to one basis but occasionally with larger groups.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I enjoy everything about teaching music from the early days of introducing the instrument through to preparing pupils for their graded exams. But I find the most rewarding thing is seeing the self pride in my students when they have achieved something new, whether that is a Music Medal, a graded exam, performed in a concert or even a solo performance in class, it all helps to build confidence and build character in people.
Your biggest achievement/ most enjoyable musical experience so far?
My biggest achievement in my career so far is forming my own early years music business and having the opportunity to inspire children from the earliest stages of their lives. When I hear a child tell me that they have asked Santa for a violin or a guitar or they bring along a little ukulele to a session, I feel I have inspired them to pursue music in one way or another.
My most enjoyable teaching experience has been working with such a variety of young people over the years and bringing them together to make music as one big group. Every concert that I do with my own private pupils and with The Strings Club makes for the most enjoyable teaching experiences!
Who is your favourite musician and why?
So many to choose from but I do like Nigel Kennedy as alongside his amazing talent I also admire him for his quirkiness and he supports Aston Villa!
How did you start learning your instrument?
I was taught violin in primary school initially by two classroom teachers but when I moved to secondary school my tuition was provided by Walsall Music Service.
Top practice tip for our Strings Club children?
Keep your instrument to hand and out of the case (as long as it’s safe of course!) That way you are more likely to pick it up and practice.
A big thanks to Sarah! Read up on some of our other tutors and workshop leaders here in our blog soon!