Sara Davenport

Sara Davenport

Elementary Music Teacher & Performer


Fairfax County Public Schools

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
First, I joined chorus in high school and absolutely LOVED it!
Then I was given a guitar at the age of 18 and taught myself how to play.
Then I applied to the VCU School of Music as a vocal major for music education to teach high school.
Then I began writing music and performing at local bars and coffee shops in the city.
Then I student taught and hated the high schoolers, so I chose younger kids instead.
I was hired as an elementary music teacher and loved it, but the focus on performing disappeared.
The, I decided I needed to be HAPPY, and that I could still do both.
Now I play with FarAway AND teach, and it's the best of both worlds!
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Stonewall Jackson High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Music Teacher Education
Virginia Commonwealth University
Career

Career

Elementary Music Teacher & Performer

I teach general music to grades kindergarten through 6th and also am a performing songwriter.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Music
Music
Education
Education
Being Creative
Being Creative

Day to Day

A great day would include smiling and happy children, along with active and engaged learners. Not every class is perfect, but my hope is always that at the end of a class at least one student has walked away learning something new. In addition to my teaching, a responsive audience at a live show is also part of a great day!

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

When it comes to teaching I believe that experience is key. My first year was rough. REALLY rough. I had no idea what I was I was doing, and wished that my college had given us more opportunities to be in classrooms and learn from others. I found that social skills are really important, as well as communication skills. On any given day you may interact with other staff members or parents as much as you do children! On the performing aspect, experience is what it's all about. Get on that stage!!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Once you've found your passion for music make sure you allow that to grow! Being creative at an early age will allow you to excel later on.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Music Teacher Education
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You'll never make enough money being a performer." "You aren't pretty enough to make it big as a performer." "You should marry someone rich if you plan on performing music for a living."

You are not living your life for other people! You're living for yourself! Unfortunately, I had to learn that the hard way. I got a teaching job, got married to the wrong person, and had the most boring and uneventful life. Some friends reminded me how to LIVE, and how to do the things that made me happy. I began practicing and performing again, left my husband, and now I am a successful musician AND teacher, and I finally met the love of my life because of that!

Challenges I Overcame

Credibility
Credibility

Don't EVER give up on your passion! Patience is key when breaking into any business, especially the music scene. Practice and experience will get you far, and being the best you can be will get you shows. :)