Sarena brings with her over 10 years of experience teaching violin, viola, and piano in her private music studio and throughout the Bay Area. Sarena is a faculty member with the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra (YMCO) in Oakland, a program that provides intense musical training to talented, low-income students ages 9-18. She is also violin coach in the Berkeley Unified School District, teaching at Berkeley High School and is the chamber music coach at Longfellow Middle School. She is a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) and an evaluator for the Certificate of Merit examination. Sarena has taught at the Summer Music Berkeley strings program, as well as the Strings Project program at the California State University Sacramento. Sarena encourages her students to participate in local orchestra, competitions, and recitals. Previous and current students have been members of Oakland Youth Orchestra, Berkeley Youth Orchestra, and San Jose Youth Symphony, as well as finalists in the San Jose Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and the Bay Area Music Association Music Legacy Open Competition.
Students participate in the yearly Certificate of Merit examination, which includes testing of music theory, ear training, and performance level. She tailors lessons to fit each student's unique learning needs. Books that are used in violin lessons include the Suzuki method book, Do-It Method Book, Carl Flesch Scale Studies book, and various concertos, sonatas, and etudes. Books that are used in piano lessons include the John Thompson and Keith Snell piano book series. She holds two mandatory recitals each year for her students to perform in front of an audience.
"Sarena is an extremely gifted and talented music instructor who has been teaching my daughter violin and piano for almost five years. She engages her students while committing to providing them with effective lessons and a deep appreciation for music. With Sarena's instruction and guidance, not only has my daughter learned the basics and fundamentals of violin and piano, but she's developed a true love for the musical arts and I really couldn't have asked for more from an instructor." -Therese R.
“Sarena is an amazing teacher. She is so genuine and constantly puts in a lot of effort and time for her students. Even outside of lesson time, she is willing to help you with something if you text or message her. She actually cares about her students and tries to make sure they get something out of each lesson.” - Karen L.