Sarah Westwood
Piano

When I first started taking piano lessons at the age of twelve, my teacher greatly inspired me with her enthusiasm for music. After a few months of lessons I knew that I wanted to teach piano someday. For the next few years I continued taking lessons, progressing quickly, and performing regularly at recitals and other events. By the age of fifteen, I began studying music at the college level. At Schoolcraft College I had the opportunity to observe many first-rate piano instructors, and I learned many valuable teaching techniques from them. I also taught several students in Schoolcraft’s piano academy and assisted in teaching piano group classes. In 2013, at age eighteen, I graduated with an Associate degree in Liberal Arts and a Piano Teaching Certificate.



After graduating from Schoolcraft College, I transferred to Albion College, where I majored in Piano Performance and minored in Psychology. During my two years at Albion, I had many unique performance opportunities. In December of 2014 I traveled to Vienna, Austria, where I accompanied the college choir for a Christmas concert at Hofburgkapelle, the historic chapel of the Imperial Palace. Other highlights of the trip included going to the opera and attending a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic, one of the finest orchestras in the world. I also visited the final resting place of some of the most renowned musicians of all time, including Beethoven, Brahms, and Schubert. I was thrilled to see where Beethoven and Mozart lived and worked, and I viewed the original handwritten manuscripts of some of their compositions. My trip to Vienna, known as the music capital of the world, provided me with wonderful memories and fresh inspiration. My musical studies at Albion culminated in my senior piano recital, which proved to be an enjoyable and invaluable learning experience. I graduated from Albion College in May of 2015, at the age of twenty.



Currently I serve as pianist in a local church, a position that I have held for the past few years. Additionally, I am a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University, working towards a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy. I also work as a graduate assistant for EMU’s music department, helping dozens of students each week with their music theory testing.



When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading mystery novels and classic literature. I also enjoy international travel. In addition to my trip to Austria, I have travelled to England, Wales, and Scotland. I look forward to taking many more trips in the future. Another of my interests is psychology, which was my minor in college. Areas of special interest within the field include child psychology and the psychology of learning. Yet another reason that I enjoy piano teaching is because I can use these interests to help me understand how my students learn and process new information.



It is an honor to work alongside such talented teachers at Expressions. This is a great place where students can reach their musical potential in fun and challenging ways.