Keyboard, Music Theory, Piano, Music
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
Sarah Duguid married and relocated to the Springs in 2009 from Louisville, Kentucky. She began studying music at the age of 9 and has been privileged to work with a wide variety of instructors and musicians over the last twenty years. She was chosen for the ASMTA Honors Recital in 1998 and awarded the MTNA Music Study Award after her concert on the Vladimir Horowitz Steinway in 2004. Sarah has been teaching independently in her home for nine years, as well as on staff with the Performing Arts Center in Mt. Washington, Kentucky. She has played as a church pianist and served as an instructor for the SBTS Strings Camp and Louisville’s RBC summer school program. Previously Sarah worked as a youth counselor at Maryhurst, a residential treatment facility for teen girls. She has been certified in Safe Crisis Management, Teaching Children Effectively, Principles of Effective Counseling, and CPR/ AED. It is her enduring passion to nurture and impact the lives of the children she teaches by expanding their understanding of the world of music through interactive group and individual lessons.
My Musical Education Background
Genres and Subjects Taught
Lessons & Materials
Please try to arrive at least 5 minutes before your child’s scheduled lesson time. We want to learn as much as possible and need all the time set aside to do so! I ask that students remove their shoes and wash their hands before each lesson and remember to be gracious and respectful of others by sitting quietly until the previous student is finished. You are welcome to sit-in on your child’s lessons whenever you like, unless they would be more comfortable alone. This would allow you to observe their progress firsthand and understand exactly what I am asking of them, so that you could better encourage proper practicing at home. However, please do not bring other children or friends to the lesson. The fewer the distractions, the more concentration your child can devote to learning.
Students will be given an assignment sheet each week with specific goals for their age, level, and ability. This provides them with a particular focus for the week and is to be checked off during their practice times and brought to the next lesson. Feel free to discuss these goals and assignments with me at anytime outside of lessons. It will be your responsibility to purchase your child’s music and books either online or from a local music store - I would be more than happy to refer you to one nearby! I will send home titles and information with your child whenever new materials are needed.
Memorization & Group Classes
I challenge each student to memorize pieces to further develop their interpretation and performance skills. Awards will be reserved for the end of the school year for those who meet their individual practice and memory goals.
One hour group classes will be held once a month during the school year allowing students to combine the best of their imaginations and insights. We will study various aspects of music history (time periods, composers, instruments) as well as theory, rhythm, form, and performance. Though there is no extra charge for this class, I highly recommend your child’s participation to help provide them with a more well-rounded musical education beyond their weekly private lessons.
Recitals & Concerts
Every spring a recital will be hosted at a local venue TBA. A $20 venue fee/family will be withdrawn on the 1st of the year in preparation for this event. This is a meaningful part of making music, in which your child has the opportunity not only to play for their own enjoyment, but to practice proper performance behavior, relaxation, and interpretation skills while playing in the presence of others. I will request a small research/writing assignment from each student to include in the program. It is my intent that this be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for all! Please make an extra-special attempt to celebrate your child’s accomplishments at this time!
Furthermore, I highly encourage you to take your children to local concerts and performances whenever the opportunity arises! Explore their favorite artists and composers and ask them questions about the music and performer.
Practice & Support
Much of your child’s achievement and progress hinges on their diligence and efficiency to give undivided concentration and time to practicing. Please help set aside a specific time for their practice and see that they have as much privacy as possible. I do not recommend students spend all their “practice” time at the piano, but also on theory and listening/reading assignments. I have found it beneficial for some to use a timer. It is very important that the instrument your child uses regularly be tuned and in good working order. Let me know if you need a recommendation for an experienced technician.
Your encouragement and support is vital for your child to recognize and enjoy their musical development especially during the beginning stages!!! You are the eyes and ears during these times of “working out” the concepts your child has grasped at each lesson. Please discuss with me privately any of your suggestions or observations concerning your child’s interest or progress. I greatly appreciate and highly value your concerns!!
Tuition for individual students:
$80/month for 30 minute lessons
$150/month for 1 hour lessons
10% off for siblings
10% off entire semester payments made up front*
*In cases of withdrawal before the end of the semester, discounts will no longer apply.
Payment is withdrawn on the 1st of each month from September-May via on-file debit/credit card unless payment has been made up front for the entire semester. (Please contact me for sibling or semester pricing) Six lessons may be booked in advance for the summer months (June to Aug) with tuition paid by the 1st of June.
Should you need to cancel, please notify me by phone or email as soon as possible. Cancellations made within 3 days of a scheduled lesson will not be made up except in cases of an emergency (sickness, weather conditions, etc). If four legitimate cancellations are made within a semester, one month’s tuition will be free (or half-off in cases of siblings or hour lessons).
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
Felt Music specializes in individual piano instruction as well as interactive group music appreciation classes for children and younger beginners in the Northeastern Colorado Springs area.
My Musical Influences
The Roots of My Musical Heritage...
Sarah Duguid was taught by
Eva Pettus & Cheryl Marshall,
who were taught by Myron Myers & Maurice Hinson,
who were taught by Joseph Brinkman,
who was taught by Arthur Schnabel,
who was taught by Theodor Leschetizky,
who was taught by Carl Czerny,
who was taught by Ludwig Van Beethoven,
who was taught by Franz Joseph Haydn.
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