Sarah Stokes is an accomplished professional musician and vocalist, as well as a gifted and outstanding teacher and coach. My family and I moved to Georgetown from California three years ago. My son had been taking piano lessons for three years under two different teachers. He started piano lessons when he was eight years old. When he started taking lessons from Sarah, we discovered that his previous teachers had used a “method” approach to teaching. While he could play the piano and had made progress, he could not read music. He had also developed some bad habits of technique that interfered with his development as a pianist. Sarah identified these issues in his first lesson. She immediately took a real interest in his learning and artistic growth. She knew exactly the steps to take to provide my son the necessary knowledge and to train him in acquisition of skills, and she established a very positive relationship with him as teacher, coach, and friend.
After a year of piano, he added voice lessons. His voice had not yet begun to change, so Sarah trained him as a soprano. In the past three years, he has performed on the piano in three recitals and two piano guild events. He has also sung in two recitals. His voice started to change this past year, and Sarah has recently helped him begin to develop a strong baritone voice.
I also became interested in learning to sing and took voice lessons from Sarah for about two years. Although I did not read music or know anything about singing, other than singing at home or in the congregation at church, Sarah proved to be a kind, patient, and effective teacher and coach. I only recently discontinued lessons because my schedule does not currently allow me time to practice.
Sarah’s love for music is contagious, and her education, gifts, and experience as a professional vocalist and pianist brings to her teaching and coaching a caliber of excellence and a breadth of knowledge that contribute immensely to the interest, motivation, development, and success of her students. Along with her expertise as an artist and teacher, her genuine affection for her students, real interest in their lives, thoughtful care for their circumstances, and joy in their progress make the learning and work involved in piano and voice lessons an exciting and enriching experience for both children and adults. I gladly give her the highest possible recommendation to anyone who has a serious interest in learning piano and/or voice or who wants his or her children to learn to love music and to perform it.