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Sarah Burns

Sarah Burns

Visiting Assistant Professor; Music Education

A graduate of Geneseo (Ill.) High School, Dr. Sarah Burns returns to the Quad Cities to join the Augustana faculty. 

For 17 years, she was the pre-K-12 general and vocal music specialist for Girard Community Schools (now North Mac Schools, Girard, Ill.). Most recently she was music program coordinator and music education specialist at Freed Hardeman University, and an adjunct music professor for the University of Tennessee-Martin and Lane College. 

She has completed the requirements for Orff-Schulwerk certification a the University of Memphis and Kodály certification at Capital University as well as training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics at Anderson University and Montessori education at Montessori Center of Jackson, Tenn. 

An active member and presenter of professional organizations, she specializes in general music strategies, music education pedagogy, folk song and historical research, and world music. An active performer, she has sung with the Jackson (Tenn.) Choral Society, played trombone with community ensembles, and served as both director and performer of Three Tooters and A Banger, an early music recorder/drum ensemble. 

She is the founding director of the West Tennessee Homeschool Band and provides music lessons and classes to home-school families. She was honored to be named Teacher of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year by the West Tennessee Music Teachers Association.


  • A.A., General Studies, Freed Hardeman University
  • B.S., K-12 School Music (Vocal & Instrumental), Freed Hardeman University
  • M.M.E., Music Education with Kodály Emphasis, Capital University
  • D.M.A., Music Education, Shenandoah University