I always knew that I wanted to become a professional Music Teacher. In fact, I can’t imagine any other pursuit would bring me such reward or satisfaction than the ability to share music-making with others.

The Simply Music Piano Program operates on the premise that everyone has the ability to acquire and retain music-making as a lifelong companion - and this is why I have adopted the method for all my students.

I’ve been teaching since 1995 and truly believe that anyone who puts in the time and effort to practice can succeed. Everyone is musical!

Professional Bio

Licensed Simply Music teacher SARAH QUADE is a professional musician and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees of music (oboe) from the University of Michigan.  She has over 25 years of experience as a performer and music educator in the Washington D.C. area.  

Sarah has performed regularly with ensembles such as the Maryland Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, the National Gallery Orchestra, the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, and the Washington Bach Consort, among others.  She has participated in several recording projects, including a collection of Florian Gassman’s opera overtures with the acclaimed Eclipse Chamber Orchestra which is featured regularly on WETA-FM.  Reviews in the Washington Post have praised her for “playing sublimely”.  Sarah maintains a private studio of oboe and piano students, some of whom have been accepted at colleges and music festivals around the country.

Sarah also specializes in early childhood music and movement education, and offers classes at various preschools and community centers.  Using the Orff approach, a philosophy that acknowledges the creative input of every child, Sarah’s classes include musical games and activities designed to stimulate creativity and encourage children to learn the elements of music naturally, through play.  She is a licensed teacher with Music Rhapsody in addition to Simply Music.  


Sarah has two daughters with her husband and enjoys sailing, skiing, yoga, and hiking with her dog.