Meet Sakari

Teaching Philosophy

At the outset, many students begin their studies in music with the idea that becoming a musician means learning an instrument, and practicing that instrument is for the purpose of learning all of the notes. Though significant, mastering an instrument is only a minute part of the skills that make one a musician. I believe that musicianship can be developed in the early stages of learning through a well-rounded approach that encompasses performance skills, music theory, composition, and a knowledge of music history. By engaging students in various musical disciplines, I aspire to share with them a sense of wonder and intrigue for one of humanity’s most marvelous creations.

-Sakari Dixon Vanderveer, instructor at Bow and Quill Music


Sakari Vanderveer, instructor. Photography by William Vasta, 2014.


Sakari has taught violin and viola in Redlands, CA since 2011. An alumna of the University of Redlands, she is passionate about giving students a well-rounded music education in the early stages of learning their instrument.

Her teaching strategies often integrate sight-singing and music theory into the lessons, giving beginning and intermediate students the building blocks for great intonation and music literacy early on.

Her students have won auditions in local honor groups on numerous occasions, earning positions in ensembles such as the SBCMEA County Honor Orchestra, the SBCUSD District Honor Orchestra, and the SCSBOA All-Southern Honor Orchestra.

In addition to maintaining a private lesson studio, Sakari has served as a strings coach and music director in MUSICA!, an El Sistema program in San Jacinto, CA. As the founder of the You(th) Can Compose! Summer Workshop, she is in high demand as a composer and visiting teaching artist amongst youth music programs.

Visit to learn more about Sakari’s work as a violist and composer.