I deliver fun, engaging lessons using “outside the box thinking” and I have taught students from various backgrounds and levels. I am willing to adapt my teaching strategies to the students’ individual needs, and always pay attention to the goals my students want to achieve throughout their lessons. If individuals wish to complete a recognised qualification I offer tuition for ABRSM, LCM and Trinity graded exams, as well as Music Theory lessons. I have played the violin for 11 years, and although I am classically trained I enjoy playing other music genres such as jazz, Irish Traditional, pop, rock, country, blues, folk, Indian and Middle Eastern music, which can be included within students lessons if desired. I also play the viola, piano, guitar and ukulele but I don't teach in these instruments as of yet.
The main reason that I undertake tutoring is that I enjoy having the privilege to be able to share my knowledge, skills and passion for music. I particularly like encouraging people to play the violin and seeing their ability as a violinist flourish.
I’m a passionate and enthusiastic violinist who loves to teach and inspire people of all ages and abilities to learn the violin. I graduated from Liverpool Hope University with a BA degree in Music, achieving a 2:1. Before graduating and during my time as a university student, I have gained 7 years worth of experience within the music industry. This includes being a private violin and music theory tutor, a Violin Teacher’s Assistant, a Violin Maker’s Intern, delivering Therapeutic Musical workshops through the means of using music technology with the Drake Project in Northern Ireland and teaching English and Music in orphanages in Sri Lanka and India.
If you wish to book a violin or music theory lesson online, feel free to get in contact. I really look forward to joining you on your Musical Journey and please remember to provide as much information about yourself, your level of playing and your overall goals.
(In the future I am willing to move lessons to in-person once it is safe to do so.)
September 2017 to August 2019: Liverpool Hope University
BA in Music: 2:1
Music Society Coordinator: October 2017 to June 2019
During my two years as a coordinator I helped to run weekly open mic nights, monthly classical concerts and specifically themed genres and subject nights. To end each semester we also held a showcase night for the whole university to take part in.
September 2016 to March 2017: SERC Bangor
• ABRSM Grade 7 Violin: Pass
September 2015 to May 2017: SERC Bangor
• Distinction in HND Music
September 2013 to June 2015: SERC Lisburn
• BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music: Distinction Merit Merit
• ABRSM Grade 5 Violin: Pass
• ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory: Merit
• City & Guilds Level 2 in Essential skills Information and Communication Technology: Pass
• City & Guilds Level 2 Team Working Skills: Pass
• City & Guilds Level 2 Use of Tools & Equipment: Pass
• City & Guilds Level 2 Developing Practical Skills and Techniques: Pass
September 2011 to June 2013: Lurgan College
• GCSE Music: A
• GSCE Religious Studies: B
• GCSE Learning for Life & Work: B
• GCSE Home Economics: B
• GCSE English Literature: C
• GCSE English Language: C
• GCSE Maths: C
• GCSE Spanish: C
• GSCE Biology: C
BSL (2020): I started studying a beginner’s introduction course in British Sign Language in January16th2020 but unfortunately I was unable to complete it, due to COVID-19. During lockdown I have continued my practice with an online course.
PT Level 2 & 3 course with Premier Training NASM: I started the course at the beginning of October 2020. Once I have completed my course I hope to achieve a job position within a local gym. During this year I have found that exercising alongside my music has helped me throughout my mental health and I can’t wait to help my future clients with the same issues I have faced for years.
Experiences relating to Music:
Student Support and Well-being:
Liverpool Hope University
• Residential Assistant: Sep 3rd 2017-June 11th 2018
• Senior Resident Tutor: September 3rd 2018- June 11th2019
• Supporting the Head of Residential Life in all areas and worked alongside the Residential Coordinator.
• Providing a point of emergency contact for the residential students on the Universities campus.
• Ensuring a vibrant and exciting campus social life for the residential students with running weekly social events, such as bingo nights, free food events, mindfulness workshops, music workshops, coffee mornings and exercise classes alongside the University’s gym instructors.
• Campus tours and running open days for students applying to the university, student’s parents & family, international students and outside guests.
• Arranging Gala dinners for the first-year residential students.
• 20hrs of administrative work per week: answering phone calls, replying to emails, running a Facebook page for the students on campus, welcoming outside guests onto the campus when attending concerts at Universities onsite theatre etc.
• Using ICT systems: Microsoft word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and the universities own online portal to report emergencies or any issues that happened on campus.
• Health and safety talks/PowerPoints every three months with the local fire service in the lecture theatre for the students.
• Conducting monthly Fire Drills.
• Working with students that had learning & physical disabilities to ensure that their needs were fulfilled in relation to their studies & living arrangements on campus.
• Volunteering at the Universities monthly Elderly Tea party: arranged a deaf choir to perform twice.
• St John’s Ambulance First Aid: Pass
• Papyrus Mental Health Training: Pass
• ARC Emergency First Aid/AED: Pass
• Safety Media Food Safety Training: Pass
Violin Teacher Assistant
September 2017 to June 2019
During my university degree I had to undergo private violin lessons as part of my course. As I showed great potential in teaching the violin myself, I assisted my violin teacher while they were teaching other students. I completed between 6-8 hrs of voluntary work per week to expand my knowledge and to develop certain skills that are needed when teaching.
Violin Maker Intern
November 8th2018 to April 30th 2019
Michael Phoenix Violins
As part of one of my modules through my degree I decided to choose the Negotiated Learning Project (NLP). Due to already knowing Michael Phoenix, who is a violin constructor and repairer of some renown in Liverpool, I inquired about completing my work placement with him. Once approved, I began my internship at the Violin Making shop. Throughout the 6 months I gained thorough knowledge about the history of violin making, the processes that are involved when making the instrument and business strategies designed to achieve long-term success when self-employed. My role was to shadow Phoenix, where I completed tasks such as cleaning the workshop, clearing away items on the work benches that weren’t needed, checking shock, cleaning the instruments (violin, viola, cello & double bass), communicating with customers, handling money once a purchase was made& processing ticket sales for shows.
Teaching English in Sri Lanka
During the summer of 2018 I spent three weeks in a Sri Lankan orphanage running a summer camp for up to 90 children aged 4 to 17. One of the groups of children that I was in charge of had severe learning and physical disabilities. We ran workshops for the children, which involved teaching English and Math’s skills through interactive games, art, craft and music activities as well as various sports. This included volleyball, basketball, netball and rounders.
September 10th 2016- 31st March 2017
As part of one of my modules through my HND course I undertook a Violin Teacher position to gain experience teaching my instrument to autistic children. I provided weekly lessons for five children on the weekend and each lesson lasted for the duration of 1-2hrs per child, depending on the parent’s preference. Having the opportunity to teach violin for the first time allowed myself to gain confidence in lesson planning, organisation skills, a strong work ethic and enthusiasm to complete a master’s degree in music therapy which I plan to undertake in the next few years.
Associate Musician with Drake Music Project
February 2014 to present
Drake Music Project: exists to afford physically disabled adults and children and those with learning difficulties the opportunity to independently compose and perform their own music.
My duties involved in Workshops in composition and performance skills which are delivered using a combination of a range of computer interfacing technology and musical instruments. This has taken place in studios located in Belfast, Portadown, Newry and Londonderry. I have worked with the Drake Music’s service users to create music through a range of interfaces, each one tailored to the performer’s individual requirements. I have been learning the skills required to be able to manage and deliver Drake Music’s wide range of workshops, ensemble activities and development projects across Northern Ireland.
The MAC Metropolitan Arts Centre
February 2016 to Present
I have volunteered at The MAC Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast since February 2016 and I continue to work with them on a regular basis. Within my volunteering role I have assisted as Front of House Support, Gallery Navigator, Workshop Support and MAC Technical Support. During each shift at The MAC I am continuously communicating and helping the general public with any issues or problems that they have at the reception desk, within the theatre or in the galleries. Throughout my time at The MAC it has allowed my experience with working within customer service to expand and my knowledge to grow.
Since the age of ten my parents have fostered a variety of children. This has given me experience of dealing with vulnerable children and their behaviors, which have been extreme on some occasions. I have developed certain skills in dealing with such children alongside my parents to calm situations down when they have reached crisis point. I found such experience invaluable when dealing with students in heightened states of distress and anxiety, and it has helped me to stay calm in such situations.
Sarah is a very pastoral individual, as a very close friend to her for many years, all the way back to our young childhood I know she is very skilled at what she does, will take the time to work with the difficulties at hand, clear and punctual and a very easy going person to interact with.
I've known Sarah all her life. She has studied hard and achieved great qualifications. She became a tutor with the Drake project at only 16 and helped those with difficulties make music. Also, she has been involved with young people in care as well as being a resident tutor at Uni. She is a very trust worthy talented musician, I would recommend her and her skills to anyone! MG
Extremely talented and a fabulous teacher. Sarah has a friendly, down to earth approach and a passion for music that shines through. I have no hesitation recommending her.
Sarah is one of the most patient teachers I've ever worked with. She is alway so calm and understanding throughout a lesson and is alway so determined to help me through any obstacles that I've faced in a lesson. Her ability to simplify any difficult tune has always helped me achieve a greater selection of songs.
I find Sarah to be a dedicated tutor to her students. She is caring, knowledgeable and teaches with integrity. It is without hesitation that I recommend Sarah Gundry as a tutor for violin lessons.
I have known Sarah for 2 years. We have collaborated musically playing Classical and Traditional music privately and publicly. Sarah is always most professional in her roles. She has a great sense of humour, is a talented musician, a clear communicator and a reliable colleague. I highly recommend Sarah as a music teacher.
Sarah has worked for me and I have observed her giving Tutorials to students. Sarah is a very engaging tutor whose passion is to help her students achieve progress in their studies, and who is open and easy to relate to.
Such a talent and so approachable! Known Sarah for a few years through music and she is so reliable and enthusiastic, couldn’t recommend more!
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