Sarah Westwick began studying the violin at age three at the Vancouver Academy of Music. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in performance from U.B.C. She has also studied music in London England, at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Prague. She is a member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, is a freelance violinist and enjoys playing chamber music. She has teacher training qualifications and experience in both the Suzuki violin and viola methods.
Bachelor of Music, Performance
University of British Columbia
Violin Unit 1, Violin Foundation 1A, Violin Unit 2, Violin Unit 3, Viola Unit 3
Suzuki Association of the Americas
More to come here. Please see my private studio policies
Taking violin lessons requires commitment from both the student and the parent. Progress is made when students attend lessons regularly and practice regularly at home. When you are booking lessons with a teacher you are reserving that time slot for a whole term. As such, here are my studio policies.
Lessons must be paid for in advance with monthly post-dated cheques handed in at the beginning of each term.
There is a 3-week notice required if you choose to withdraw, and you will be refunded the pro-rated amount for the remainder of the term.
If a conflict arises in your schedule I may be able to switch your lesson time with another student if you give me at least one week’s notice.
You may have a maximum 3 lessons per year rescheduled due to student illness or a family emergency. You will be given the opportunity to have these lessons rescheduled during the holidays if we can’t find a mutually agreed upon time during the term. Lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice are not eligible for rescheduling.
There are no refunds for cancelled or missed lessons.
Any lessons cancelled by me for illness or professional reasons will be rescheduled at a mutually agreeable time or refunded.
Saturday lessons on long weekends are negotiable; however, as spring break includes three Saturdays you may only take a maximum two Saturdays off, agreed upon in advance.
If your child has a condition that might affect learning a musical instrument (such as tubes in the ears, autism, tourettes, dyslexia etc.) I would appreciate knowing about this in advance so I can adequately prepare. I have taught students with these conditions before and am happy to do so again. Any disclosures made will be kept absolutely confidential.
There will be two student recitals per year, one in December and one in May or June.
I strongly encourage students to attend at least one concert per term of professional musicians and to listen to recordings of violin repertoire as well as the Suzuki CD at home every week.