Grace Notes Music Studio & String Ensembles
Cello, Piano, and Theory Lessons
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
With combined teaching experience of more than 30 years, David and Sarah Poon are committed to bringing out the musician in each of their students.
Our Two Studios
Home Studio in Upper Gibsons - for cello, piano, and theory lessons
Students of all ages and abilities welcome.
Sarah Tippett Poon, BMus
Sarah was born in Toronto and started playing cello at the age of six. She moved to Vancouver with her family in 1988 and definitely considers herself a Westcoast girl! She studied violoncello performance at UBC and earned her Bachelor of Music in 2004.
Sarah has been teaching cello since she was sixteen, but it wasn't until about 2005 that she realized how much she loves it! She currently has a studio of about 30 students (and growing!), ranging in age from five to seventy-five. She is passionate about teaching and about cello-playing in general, and it is her goal to grow that passion in each of her students.
Aside from teaching, Sarah is the manager of the Grace Notes String Quartet, which performs at various events around Vancouver, including weddings and other receptions. Her quartet even had a role in the wedding scene of “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”…her special claim to fame. She also performs with the Vancouver Viol Ensemble and another Early Music group, the Baranduin Ensemble, of which she is a founding member.
David Poon, BMus, ARCT, BCRMT
David is a professional organist, harpsichordist, and pianist in demand for performances on the Sunshine Coast and around the Lower Mainland. He owes his enjoyment of music to the fantastic foundation his first piano teacher laid for him, and is pleased to be able to pass that on to anyone else making the decision to learn a musical instrument.
Using RCM syllabi as a basis for repertoire and technical exercises, David aims to develop keyboard fluency through targeted practice methods and careful cultivation of good habits. Historical and theoretical aspects of both the piano and music in general are covered.
David is a member of the BC Registered Music Teachers' Association and holds diplomas from both the University of British Columbia and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He is currently assistant Music Director at St. John's Vancouver Anglican Church, accompanist for the Pender Harbour Choir and the Coast Messiah Choir, and founding director of MOTET chamber choir. When not teaching or performing, David can usually be found transcribing video game music, judging Magic, playing viol with his wife Sarah, and encouraging the composition of contrafacta by his three young children.