Sea Island Music Studio

Providing voice lessons, vocal coachings, and piano lessons in the Johns Island area and via Skype/FaceTime. Sarah Snydacker, the owner of Sea Island Music Studio, is a very accomplished musician and scholar.

She operated her studio in Iowa City for 15 years before recently moving to Johns Island. Having earned undergraduate degrees in vocal performance and music education, a MFA in vocal performance, and a PhD in vocal literature and performance, she brings a level of expertise to her lessons that is unmatched in the Charleston area. Offering both piano and voice lessons, Sarah is known for accessible lessons, and she enjoys teaching all kinds of students. She happy to work with students of all ages, levels and abilities. Let her help you unlock your singing and playing potential to make beautiful music. Voice lessons: Everyone can learn to sing! And everyone can learn to sing better. Sarah has been helping people do just that for over 15 years. She gears her lessons toward each individual student's needs, wants, and goals. She is comfortable teaching a wide variety of styles because she believes that healthy singing, regardless of the style, comes from a strong foundation of proper technique. Whether classical, pop, jazz or musical theater, she works with students to create a healthy, effective, and unique sound. Piano lessons: Piano lessons are geared toward each student's goals. Sarah is happy to teach any style of music, and she believes the foundations of effective playing can be taught through all music. Sarah uses sight-reading, technique work, improvisation, ear training, and educational games in combination with the study of individual pieces in her lessons.

Mission: The mission of Sea Island Music Studio is to bring high quality piano and voice lessons to the Johns Island Area. At SIMS, the students will have fun, educational, and effective lessons that help to develop musicians of any age.

Operating as usual

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Here’s a fun way to listen to Tchaikovsky!

Marbles, magnets, music.

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Congratulations to everyone who participated in the first ever Zoom studio recital! You should all be very proud of your performances!

[12/04/20]   The studio recital is this Sunday, December 6! 1pm central / 2pm eastern time. Get ready to show off what you have been practicing!

Study says music takes 13 minutes to ‘release sadness’ and 9 to make you happy

Music is medicine! Listening to music for a short time can release sadness, reduce stress, help you to focus, and make you feel happier. I wonder how quickly we can feel these effects from making music? The fascinating new research proves that music heals and suggests that in future, music could be prescribed to help us focus, feel happier, relax and overcome sadness.

Think of all the things you’re learning how to do as you practice! Keep up the good work!

Free Christmas Music!

For students participating in “Christmas in July,” here’s a link to free Christmas music. Choose your level and your favorite pieces! Download free sheet music for elementary piano.

Note Identification

Here’s a challenging bass clef note identification exercise. Once you know all the pitches, time yourself. See how fast you can say the letter name & find the correct key (in the correct octave!) on the piano.

Note Identification

Here’s an exercise to help with reading a limited range of bass clef notes. Once you identify the letter name, then try to find the key on the piano. Watch for a more challenging exercise with bass clef notes soon!

Note Identification

Here’s a follow-up to the note identification exercise from last week. These are still all treble clef notes, but definitely more challenging than the previous exercise. Once you can easily name all the notes, then see how quickly you can name them - time yourself!

Note Identification

Here’s an exercise to help you learn a limited range of treble clef notes. Watch for a more challenging exercise in a few days!

A little Covid-19 humor (although my piano students know how much this would bother me!)

Despacito on a giant piano

Who thinks I need a keyboard like this in the studio?

[06/05/20]   Have you always wanted to take voice or piano lessons? Now is a great time to begin! I still have spaces available this summer, and all lessons are currently online. This means you can take lessons from *anywhere* in the world! Message me & let the fun begin! All ages welcome. (If you are a current student, encourage your friends to find out what they’ve been missing!)

Cabaret Time Machine-Wando Show Choir and Bella Voce

Here’s a link to a virtual choir concert of Wando High singers in Mount Pleasant. Be on the lookout for Abby, a member of Sea Island Music Studio. Way to go, Abby!

Wando Show Choir and Bella Voce Present: Cabaret Time Machine! Even though we were unable to create, rehearse, and produce our normal Cabaret show due to the...

Scientists have turned the structure of the coronavirus into music

By translating the structure of the virus into music, scientists might be better able to find places where antibodies or drugs can bind. Amazing! “Sonification” could help researchers identify binding sites for new drugs

[04/01/20]   Hey students! If you’ve been practicing a piece, feel free to record yourself singing and/or playing the piece, and post it in the comments here. Please say the name of the piece and what city you live in. Let’s enjoy everyone’s hard work, and please post only supportive comments. Keep making beautiful music!

Bird Song Opera

Here’s a unique opera aria! Song by Dee'Pulse

15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home | Playbill

Check out all these musicals you can watch online! From Newsies to Sweeney Todd, we’re running down some of the best filmed Broadway shows—and where to find them.

Free classical concerts you can listen to and watch online

Check out these links to hear many first-rate performances online. With many arts organizations and concert halls closing their doors due to concerns from the coronavirus, there has been a surge in performances offered for free online. Here is our updated list of great performances that you can enjoy from home.

[03/16/20]   You know a great way to spend some of your new free time? Online voice & piano lessons. I have taught online lessons to all ages for over 8 years, and I have space for additional students. Music makes everything better. Stay well, everyone.

Metropolitan Opera to Offer Up 'Nightly Met Opera Streams' - Opera Wire

This is a wonderful opportunity! In an effort to continue providing opera to its audience members, the Met Opera will host “Nightly Met Opera Streams” on its official website. These free streams will present encores of its famed Live in HD series. The performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. each night and will then be available fo...

Deserted Italian street rings out with song as people lean from windows to sing together during lockdown

Singing to shine in the darkness ❤️ ‘We shine our best in the darkness. Thank you Siena’

We are advised to wash our hands for 20 seconds. Singing “Happy Birthday” twice is about 20 seconds. Or, here are excerpts from show tunes of about equal length. Sing on!

[03/06/20]   Did you know that singing boosts your immune system?! Yet another reason to take voice lessons!

There are a few lesson times still available this spring! Sign up for voice or piano lessons now, and you’ll get first pick of summer lesson times. All ages welcome. Local lessons are offered on Johns Island, SC and video lessons worldwide.

Send a message for more information.

A fun way to work on rhythmic accuracy!

Happy Valentines Day!

Think of all you can accomplish by practicing!


Listening to music is therapeutic for these elephants. Imagine all the ways making music is beneficial for you.

This pianist plays Beethoven for rescue elephants 🐘

Underwater Speakers Help Revive Dying Coral Reefs, Study Finds

Amazing! As coral reefs die they become silent graveyards, however, the introduction of underwater loudspeakers brings new life and helps to rejuvenate the coral reefs.

Talent is grown in voice & piano lessons!

The Christmas season is about over, but for all the Christmas music aficionados here’s a challenge: can you name these tunes?

The 30 greatest Christmas carols of all time

Happy holidays! From ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ to ‘Gaudete’, these are the best Christmas carols ever written.

When The Party's Over - Billie Eilish (Interchorus a Cappella Three Sisters Sessions)

Here’s a former studio member featured as a soloist with her a cappella group at DePaul University. Congratulations, Zoe!

This is a behind the scenes live session of Interchorus a Cappella on our 2019 fall quarter retreat! Song: When The Party's Over by Billie Eilish Soloist: Zo...

Free Christmas Music!

Here is a page of links to *free* Christmas music. All of the pieces are standard carols and arranged by level. Feel free to print your favorites and bring them to your lessons this month. Or enjoy playing and singing them on your own at home. Download free sheet music for elementary piano.

Listening to the music you love will make your brain release more dopamine, study finds

“...listening to the music you love will make your brain release more dopamine, a crucial neurotransmitter for humans’ emotional and cognitive functioning.” A new study has found that dopamine -- a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in our cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning -- plays a ...

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