S. Caswell by Emma Mead (1)

Inspired at a Young Age...

Education plays a significant role in Sara's musical life – having been raised by parents who themselves were devoted college academicians, she witnessed early on the excitement that both learning and teaching can embody and ignite. This inspiration, combined with wisdom imparted from her many incredible mentors, constitutes Sara's pedagogical approach.

Teaching Philosophy...

As a jazz violin instructor, Sara focuses on the individual needs and goals of her students and how best to communicate and engage them based on their personalities and learning styles. Central to her teaching is the development of a strong technical and aural foundation from which the freedom to explore, create, and express can flourish. This is achieved through a balanced blending of melodic / harmonic / rhythmic exercises, solo transcriptions, etudes, and repertoire from both the classical and jazz traditions. Ultimately, Sara's goal is to teach her students how to teach themselves – to develop and refine those skills and processes that will enable them to pursue their creative ventures throughout their life.


In addition to being on faculty at Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The New School, & New York University, Sara has given countless workshops and masterclasses at Indiana University, Loyola University, Ithaca College, University of Texas El Paso, Francis Marion University, Baldwin Wallace University, University of North Carolina Asheville and Chapel Hill, and Ball State University, among others.

Sara is available for:

Workshops & Masterclasses
College & University Residencies
Private Instruction