Music lessons are offered at a user pays arrangement. We have had various instruments studied such as clarinet, piano and guitar. In 2017, we have had a violin tutor join our staff. Sarah Scheermeijer offers individual tuition and participation in a strings ensemble.
North West Strings Program
The North West Strings program offers a unique opportunity for students to continue learning their instrument in private lessons, as well as in rehearsal sessions, included in the academic timetable. The program includes performance, aural skills, sight-reading and theory components, nurturing the development of musical abilities to the highest level. Performances of the North West Christian Strings include school events such as Speech Night, String Workshops, school term concerts, community Eisteddfod performances and Community Church mission and outreach and performances. Weekly classes are challenging and exciting, and offer a complete opportunity for students to gain confidence in music performance, to ultimately share the joy of music with others.
Meet Sarah Scheermeijer
Sarah is a violinist with a passion for teaching children and young adults. She has 10+ years of experience teaching violin and conducting string ensembles in schools. Sarah is currently the director of North West Christian Strings, in Penguin, TAS, the musical director of the Tasmanian Adventist Orchestra, and also conducts the Burnie Stringalong Orchestra. She also has an extensive individual teaching portfolio. Her students have been recipients of scholarships at the conservatorium of music, and have enjoyed success in AMEB music exams. Sarah elicits the very best out of her students, with a well rounded approach that includes life skills and new string teaching methods. She also keeps parents well informed of how lessons are going, and ways they can help with learning at home. This produces a very high standard. Sarah is thrilled by the way music inspires learning and student motivation, and has enjoyed seeing students from a range of capabilities realize success. Sarah is currently a senior member of the TMTA (Tasmanian Music Teachers Association) and tutors violin at Don College, Hellyer College and North West Christian School.
Having studied music since the age of 3, Sarah believes her performance experience has developed her teaching competencies, and introduced her to a variety of professional musical settings. These include master-class, recital, chamber, orchestral and soloist environments. After being invited to perform solo before the governor of Queensland at the age of 9, Sarah continued violin studies with the acclaimed string educator Elizabeth Morgan AM. She was consequently a featured artist on ABC 2NR radio and gave a solo performance at the Sydney Opera House in 1999, featured as soloist in the St George Commercial on national TV (1999) and at the Tropicana Festival Gala Concert (Gold Coast). Later that year she performed as soloist playing Hubay’s Hejre Kati with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Quartet. In 2000, Sarah was presented with a full music scholarship to attend Somerville House, high school for girls, from year 8-12. Sarah also received a $7,000 music tuition bursary by the St George Foundation (2000), and a QLD Young Conservatorium music scholarship (2001). Solo performing highlights include: Sarasate’s Navarra at QPAC (solo duet with twin sister), soloist at the National String Teachers Convention QLD, New England Youth Ensemble, Somerville String Consort, Orchestra NOVA (soloist), the Somerville String Quartet and the completion of her L.Mus.A in violin.
She has enjoyed working as concertmaster and soloist of the Avondale Chamber Orchestra, Avondale Quartet, NOVA Orchestra, and as part of the Hunter Sinfonia, Sydney Adventist Philharmonic Orchestra, and University of Newcastle Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. In 2006, Sarah was awarded the Academic Excellence and the Musical Excellence scholarships at Avondale College, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree. In 2009, Sarah was awarded the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music Con Ellis Scholarship whilst completing her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours, studying under Dr. Susan Collins and Dr. Rosalind Halton. Subsequently she was also awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award to complete her Doctorate of Philosophy at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, but declined due to family commitments. Sarah has founded Wahroonga Strings, a string program at the Wahroonga Adventist School in Sydney before moving to Tasmania with her husband. She now has two daughters.