in Teaching Music to All Students
Sarah Fard is a Boston based music educator and guitarist who is dedicated to promoting inclusive music education. She holds a Bachelors of Music Education from the University of New Hampshire, where she also studied jazz guitar, and a Masters of Music Education from Boston University. After receiving her masters, Sarah was awarded a scholarship and an assistantship to the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, for which she received a Graduate Certificate in Music and Autism.
Working in public education since 2009, Sarah's most recent endeavors are focused on supporting other music educators in developing more inclusive pedagogy. In addition to teaching high school music, Sarah serves as an educational consultant for the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs (BIAESN). She also leads occasional professional development through BIAESN, and directs their collegiate chapter of United Sound, for which she received a Berklee Urban Service Award. Sarah also teaches at Longy School of Music of Bard College in their Masters of Music Education program.
Sarah is an advocate for guitar education, specifically for its relevance to most genres of music and inclination towards graphic notation. She has published her curriculum via The Adapting Guitarist, offering handouts for instruction based on the Universal Design for Learning. In aiming for multiple means of representation, Sarah developed her own notation system based on extensive research on guitar notation and disabilities. The Color Adapted Tab (C.A.T) is available here. It is her hope that this resource will aid in more teachers creating an inclusive guitar classroom, with adaptations best suited for the individual student.
In addition to her career as an educator, Sarah also gigs regularly in the New England area under the name Savoir Faire, and started the #AGuitaristIs campaign to promote diversity in the guitar community.