Sarah Pearce

Class of 2005, Music Education, Suzuki Pedagogy Certificate

“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart,” Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Inspired by Dr. Suzuki's methods and this quote, Sarah expresses that music is the medium through which she hopes to enrich the lives of students, parents, and those around her. Sarah accomplishes her mission through teaching in the Suzuki Talent Education program at the University of Evansville under the direction of Professor Carol Dallinger. She states that she feels thankful to teach in this program “every time a student has a breakthrough in a lesson.” Sarah also serves on the board of the Suzuki Association of Indiana to share ideas and continue the work and philosophies of Dr. Suzuki.

As a violin student of Professor Dallinger at the University of Evansville, Sarah felt as if she was extremely well prepared for her career, stating that she was able to gain a great amount of experience in classroom teaching while she was still in school. During her time at UE she appreciated the size of the university in that it was diverse enough for Sarah to gain new experiences, but small enough to obtain one on one attention from professors, and also develop close relationships with classmates.

Sarah enjoys living in Evansville. The size makes anywhere in the city accessible and she stated there are many great amenities that are not often found in cities the size of Evansville in the Midwest. In her free time, Sarah likes to take part in gardening, cooking, and singing in a local church choir.